September 24, 2012
Program: Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies
Undergrad: Earlham College (International Studies)
Fast Fact: Himayu enjoys talking passionately about disarmament, nonproliferation, arms control, political theory and international humanitarian law.
“The reputation of MIIS and its program on disarmament, nonproliferation and arms control played a major role in my decision to attend MIIS."
Himayu has always been fascinated by how humans, individual and collective, define and understand their sense of security. Born in Japan and raised in India, Himayu became intensely interested in the affect small arms and light weapons have on a community’s sense of security. The desire to better understand how weapons define state and human security lead Himayu to pursue a master’s degree in nonproliferation and terrorism studies.
“The reputation of MIIS and its program on disarmament, nonproliferation and arms control played a major role in my decision to attend MIIS. Students from my undergraduate school interned regularly during the summer at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and often spoke profoundly about their experiences.”
Himayu says the strength of the NPTS program is that students often have the opportunity to learn and share ideas directly with experts and practitioners in the field of nonproliferation and disarmament. During his time in the program, Himayum interned with the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) for six months.
“The 6-month internship at UNODA was an exceptional experience for me, both in personal and professional development. I was able to quickly gain the trust of my colleagues and become integrated into the UNODA team due to the specialized coursework on nonproliferation and disarmament at the Monterey Institute. The network I developed while interning at UNODA has continued to play an important role in my professional work in the field of disarmament and nonproliferation.”
Since graduating, Himayum accepted a project management position for a small arms control project with the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR).
“The project was initially developed by a group of graduate students at the Monterey Institute, including myself, which highlights the strength the student body holds in developing and implementing ideas in the field of disarmament.”