July 15, 2013
The Monterey Institute of International Studies and its James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) learned recently that CNS will receive a $2,000,000, four-year, matching challenge grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY). The grant was provided to enable the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) to sustain and expand its work on various initiatives to improve international governance on issues related to nonproliferation and nuclear security.
“We are thrilled to work with Carnegie Corporation on these issues of vital international importance,” said CNS Founder and Director William Potter upon learning of the grant’s approval. “The VCDNP is a new but critical player on the nuclear stage in Vienna, and we are excited about the opportunities this new grant presents. It will be a tremendous boost to our efforts to strengthen global nuclear norms.”
“This grant will be a genuine difference-maker, helping CNS and the Vienna Center to continue to build on the excellent work they have done over the past two years,” commented Institute President Sunder Ramaswamy. “We are delighted to continue the strong partnership we have experienced working with the Carnegie Corporation.”
The Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation is an international think tank created in 2011 with the support of the Austrian Foreign Ministry and operated by CNS. Headed by Executive Director Elena Sokova, the center has rapidly established itself as an intellectual and policy hub in Vienna, hosting dozens of seminars and workshops, facilitating dialogue and discussions among national governments, international organizations, and the civil society, and offering training programs on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament to diplomats and other practitioners from around the world. As such, the center fills a very important niche, and provides a much needed platform for candid, in-depth, and result-oriented discussion on the most pressing nonproliferation and nuclear security issues.
“The CCNY grant is a recognition of the accomplishments of the center and its potential role in further strengthening global nuclear governance,” observed Ms. Sokova.