Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Ervin Farkas

Adjunct Professor

I am passionate about sharing my experience and knowledge with students. What excites me about being a professor at MIIS is a receptive, interested and eager audience. I am enjoying interaction with students, to share my experience with them, to discuss or argue about issues related to disarmament and non-proliferation.

  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Crisis Management
  • Business Continuity Management
  • Disarmament and Non-proliferation Conventions, Treaties and Protocols Implementation
  • CBRN Issues

Recent Accomplishments:

  • Establishment of the OPCW delivery of assistance mechanism
  • Establishment of the Crisis Management mechanism for an oil and gas corporation
  • Establishment of the Business Continuity Management mechanism for an oil and gas corporation
  • Establishment of the National CBRN Training Centre under Article X, Chemical Weapons Conventions (CWC)

Previous Work: 

Establishment of the OPCW governance system addressing delivery of assistance under Article X of the Chemical Weapons Convention. Support to the National Authority in implementation of the CWC with focus on Article X in the GCC region. Delivery of training to national or regional teams addressing CBRN or HAZMAT response. 


MA, Chemical Technology, University of Ground Forces, Vyskov na Morave, Czech Republic.


History of Disarmament, OPCW internal publication

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NPTG 8548 - WKSHAssistnceProtectnAgainstCW      

The Chemical Weapons Convention is the first global international disarmament treaty, which deals with chemical weapons as one category of weapons of mass destruction, and entered into force on 29 April 1997. This treaty prohibits development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons, and is dealing with their destruction.

The Convention has four pillars – Destruction of chemical weapons and existing stockpiles, Non-proliferation, Assistance and protection and International cooperation. The assistance and protection issues are addressed under Article X. The Convention?s provisions on assistance and protection have become more significant in terms of the security of Member States. Each Member State has the right to ask for assistance in case of the use or threat of use of chemical weapons, or feels threatened by activities prohibited by Article I of the Convention. The OPCW has the obligation to deliver assistance to a country in need. This assistance may consist of equipment of different types, military or civilian units and expert advice. The enhancement of the Member States? protective capacities against CW and the effective functioning of the Convention?s mechanism for the provision of assistance are indispensable safeguards.

Fall 2016 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop

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