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.

Spring 2015 Events


"Security, Stability and Resiliency of the Internet's Global Infrustructure" a Presentation by Oleg Demidov

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).

A Seminar: “Naval Nuclear Propulsion: Assessing Benefits and Risks” with Speaker Dr. Charles D. Ferguson

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”
By 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" a Talk by Jim Oldani of 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.”