Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Upcoming Events

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Issues

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers a major address on disarmament and nonproliferation.

Explore complex and controversial issues through expert guest speaker discussions and other Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS) events.

Fall 2015 Events


Assessing the Iran Nuclear Deal: A Conversation with Congressman Sam Farr and CNS/MIIS Experts

Congressman Farr and CNS/MIIS Experts

Wednesday, August 31, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Irvine Auditorium

Sponsored by The Middlebury Institute and The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Congressman Farr will speak about the importance of the Iran deal from a Congressional perspective. Dr. Bill Potter will provide an overview of Iran’s nuclear program and moderate a discussion by Dr. Jeffrey Lewis on the deal’s verification provisions and Dr. Avner Cohen on Israeli perspectives on the deal. Dr. Jeffrey Dayton-Johnson, MIIS Vice President for Academic Affairs will introduce the evening’s speakers.

Congressman Sam Farr presents the Monterey Bay Region in the U.S Congress. He serves on the powerful House Appropriation Committee and is an active participant in congressional foreign policy debates. He served in the Peace Corps in Colombia from 1964-1967.

Dr. William Potter is the Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Professor of Nonproliferation Studies and Founding Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He is the author or editor of over 20 books dealing with nonproliferation and international security.

Dr. Jeffrey Lewis is Director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Dr. Lewis also founded and maintains the leading blog on nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, ArmsControlWonk.com.

Dr. Avner Cohen, widely known for his path-breaking history of the Israeli nuclear program, is a Professor in the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Program at MIIS. His latest book is The Worst Kept Secret: Israel’s Bargain with the Bomb, published by Columbia University Press.

Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future

Henry Sokolski

Wednesday, August 13, 2015
4:00 PM
CNS Building (Seminar Room)

Sponsored by The Middlebury Institute and The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Speaker Henry Sokolski is the Executive Director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, and author of Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future, which explores what we may be up against in the next few decades and how we think about this future. The key premise of the book is that with the world focused on Iran, it is tempting to think that addressing this case, North Korea, and the problem of nuclear terrorism is all that matters and is what matters most. Perhaps, but if states become more willing to use their nuclear weapons to achieve military advantage, our security could be held hostage not just by Pyongyang, Tehran and terrorists, but to nuclear proliferation and miscalculation, and wars between a much larger number of possible players.

Threat and Opportunity: The Role of Nuclear Weapons in Alliance Formation

Alex Davies

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
CNS Building (Seminar Room)

Sponsored by The Middlebury Institute and The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Speaker Alex Davies, Davis United World College Fellow at CNS for the summer 2015, is a rising junior at Cornell University pursuing an independent major in international relations, Middle Eastern studies, and computer science. His interests include international security and international relations theory. At CNS, he has worked on US-Russia relations and the impact of nuclear weapons in alliance formation.

The Closest We Ever Came to Nuclear War: New Insights on the "Cuban Missile Crisis" and the 1995 "Black Brant Event"

Benoît Pelopidas

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
CNS Building (Seminar Room)

Sponsored by The Middlebury Institute and The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Speaker Benoît Pelopidas is a lecturer (assistant professor with tenure) in International Relations at the University of Bristol and an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. Starting this September, he will be a visiting fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, working with their global systemic risk research cluster. He received his Ph.D. in politics from Sciences Po (Paris) and the University of Geneva. He has been awarded two international prizes for his research, from the International Studies Association and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. He also received the Swiss Network for International Studies’ award for best dissertation of the year. His research focuses on the global politics of nuclear vulnerability, the cases of near use of nuclear weapons, the lessons learned from global nuclear history and French nuclear policies.

Visualizing Three Years of Radiological Material Trafficking & Incidents: Open Source Tools and Data Fusion

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
CNS Building (Seminar Room)

Sponsored by The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

CNS Summer Interns present their research:

Jessica Margolis

Jessica Margolis is a rising senior at Emory University majoring in International Studies (conflict and security) and Global Health. She hopes to work in the public or private sector regarding arms control and defense, with a focus on international diplomacy. Jessica is also interested in international health policy, culture and society.

Timothy Fraser

Tim Fraser is a rising senior at Middlebury College majoring in international studies (East Asian Studies, Japanese). His senior thesis is: Japanese Public Response to upcoming Nuclear Reactor Restarts Post-Fukushima. He hopes to follow an academic career path, earn a PhD, and teach geographic approaches to nuclear issues.

Adviser: Bryan Lee

Bryan Lee is Director of the Eurasia Nonproliferation Program (ENP) at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

Reflections on the 2015 NPT Review Conference: An "Insider's" Perspective

Friday, July 31, 2015
12:15 PM
CNS Building (Seminar Room)

Sponsored by The Middlebury Intsitute and The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Dr. William Potter is Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Professor of Nonproliferation Studies and Founding Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Spring 2015 Events

Security, Stability and Resiliency of the Internet's Global Infrustructure

Friday, May 29, 2015
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
CNS Building (Seminar Room)

Sponsored by The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and The MIIS Cyber Security Initiative (MCySec)

Oleg Demidov is the former Director of the Cybersecurity and Global Internet Governance Program at the PIR Center in Moscow. He graduated from the School of Public Administration at Moscow State University of Lomonosov in 2010. Currently, Oleg has been working on his Ph.D. thesis at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University). In 2011-2012, he held the position of Project Coordinator at Center for Political and International Studies (CPIS) under the International Federation for Peace and Conciliation. Since 2012, he has served as an expert to the Commission on Information Security and Cybercrime at the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC).

Seminar: Naval Nuclear Propulsion: Assessing Benefits and Risks

Charles D. Ferguson, President of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
CNS Building (Videoconference Room)

Sponsored by The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and The MIIS Chapter of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management

Charles D. Ferguson is the President of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). Prior to FAS, Dr. Ferguson served as the Philip D. Reed Senior Fellow for Science and Technology at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Before his work at CFR, he was the Scientist-in-Residence in the Monterey Institute’s Center for Nonproliferation Studies, where he co-wrote (with William C. Potter) the book The Four Faces of Nuclear Terrorism (Routledge, 2005). He has served as an adviser to the U.S. government and several national laboratories. In 2013, he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his work in educating the public and policy makers about nuclear issues. He graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy, served in the nuclear Navy on a ballistic missile submarine, and earned a Ph.D. in physics from Boston University.

US Counterterrorism Strategy: Vignettes from a Practitioner

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Davis

Thursday, April 30, 2015
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
McGowan 100

Sponsored by the Middlebury Institute and The Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Davis is a U.S. Army War College Fellow based at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey for the 2014-2015 academic year. Lieutenant Colonel Davis is a career Special Forces and Foreign Area Officer. His experiences include operational and embassy assignments throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He holds a B.A. from James Madison University and an M.A. from the Naval Postgraduate School.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Jim Oldani of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:55 PM
McGowan 100

Sponsored by The Middlebury Institute and The MIIS Chapter of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management

James J Oldani is a Staff Engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he has been employed for 32 years, holding a Q-Clearance since 1983. He holds a master’s degree from the Colorado School of Mines in Metallurgical Engineering (1982).

Jim is widely recognized as an expert in nuclear weapons. He has vast experience in weapons design, engineering, materials and testing, and is quite familiar with operations at the Nevada Test Site. His experiences with nuclear weapons have also made him quite familiar with the procedures for handling “sensitive nuclear materials.” Currently employed in LLNL’s Classification office, Jim is intimately involved with most of the Lab’s weapons and defense programs. He is also proudly a green belt candidate in the martial art of Tang SooDo!

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is a nuclear weapons design (physics) laboratory that was established in 1952 by Nobel Laureate E.O. Lawrence and Edward Teller for the purpose of developing the first “hydrogen bomb.”