According to researchers at the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), there are potentially as many as five chemical weapons production facilities in Syria, a nation currently experiencing widespread civil unrest.
Monterey Institute Campus Grows with New CNS Headquarters on Van Buren Street
May 15, 2013
The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) formally celebrated the opening of its new headquarters at 499 Van Buren Street in Monterey at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 14. The 10,500 square-foot building was acquired by Middlebury College on behalf of the Monterey Institute from the law firm of Horan, Lloyd, Karachale, Dyer, Schwartz, Law and Cook, and has undergone significant renovations. It occupies the northeast corner of Van Buren and Jefferson Streets, just down the block from the Samson Student Center at the center of the campus.
CNS is the largest nongovernmental organization in the United States devoted exclusively to research and training on nonproliferation issues. Its reputation and operations have grown steadily since 1989 when MIIS professor Dr. William Potter founded CNS with a handful of students. Today CNS has offices in Monterey, Washington D.C. and Vienna, Austria, and had long since outgrown its old offices at 400 Pacific Street. Happy CNS staff members showed guests at the opening around the new headquarters, including spacious offices, a large seminar room, and a dedicated videoconference facility.
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