Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Learning Goals

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NPTS students receive professional training in nonproliferation and terrorism studies.

Develop the knowledge, skills and language competencies used in policy processes with the MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS).

General Subject Knowledge

  • Ability to compare and contrast historical and contemporary schools of thought in International Relations
  • Ability to apply IR theories to explain international policy decisions and outcomes
  • Understand the process of developing and implementing global
  • Ability to analyze how international institutions, norms and structures of governance affect and shape global, international, regional and domestic policy
  • Knowledge of contemporary global issues, including security, trade, development, gender, human rights and the environment

Specific Subject Knowledge

  • A general understanding of the concepts, organizations/regimes, treaties, and major issues and debates in international arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament, and how they related to international and regional security.
  • Understanding of the technologies involved in the production of WMD (nuclear, chemical, biological, and radiological weapons and their means of delivery) and the capabilities and limitations of different types of WMD.
  • Familiarity with the leading theories about why state and non-state actors seek to acquire and retain WMD.
  • Understanding of the negotiating history of the primary treaties and the politics of the current regimes designed to combat WMD proliferation (NPT, NSG, BWC, CWC, PSI, etc..)
  • Familiarity with the politics of regions of proliferation concern, including (but not limited to) Northeast Asia, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, South Asia, and the Americas Assess proliferation threats from state and non-state actors across a wide range of regional contexts.
  • Conduct research using primary and secondary sources (including in languages other than English); critically analyze the reliability of sources.
  • Produce concise policy analysis in a range of formats, including policy memos, issue briefs, country profiles, and op-eds.
  • Evaluate and assess the implementation of WMD nonproliferation policies involving national governments, international organizations, and NGOs.
  • Knowledge of terms, definitions, and concepts related to terrorism and other types of insurgent and state-sponsored violence, extremist political and religious ideologies, covert operational techniques, money laundering, and terrorist finance
  • Knowledge of goals, motivations, capabilities, and organizational structures of terrorist and extremist groups
  • Ability to analyze terrorist threats deriving from various ideological milieus, particular geographical and cultural regions, or specific types of technologies
  • Ability to analyze strategies and policies for combating terrorism
  • Develop, evaluate, and implement effective anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism financing policies
  • Ability to assist governments and NGOs to build capacity to prevent and respond to terrorist threats and incidents

Professional Skills

  • Ability to form, work in, and lead a team towards the completion of a common project.
  • Ability to synthesize complex ideas
  • Written communication skills
  • Ability to present orally, argue, and debate
  • Ability to understand and use the concepts and language of international economics
  • Ability to grasp and utilize the concepts and structure of research design
  • Ability to use basic tools of data generation, including survey research, interviewing, case studies directed studies
  • Interpret basic statistics
  • Comprehend the multi-level institutional arenas in which policy analysis takes place: multilateral, regional, national, local
  • Acquire competence in the writing of policy memos and other professional writing instruments
  • Competence in executing policy analysis individually and collectively, through team work
  • Grasp the concept and practice of intercultural competence

Language Competencies

  • Ability to understand complex communication in target language
  • Ability to convey complex ideas in writing in target language, particularly in field of professional expertise
  • Ability to convey complex ideas verbally in target language, particularly in field of professional expertise