Upcoming Events

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

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

Fall 2014 Events


MIIS CySec Speaker Series: Kenneth Carter, Counsel at Cloudflare on "Project Galileo"

Thursday, November 20, 2014
12:15 PM - 1:50 PM
McGowan MG100

Sponsored by MIIS and The Cyber Security Initiative

CloudFlare created Project Galileo to protect politically and artistically important organizations and journalists against attacks that would otherwise censor their work. As part of the project, CloudFlare provides its state-of-the-art DDoS mitigation technology—for free—to any qualified vulnerable public interest website. If a website participating in Project Galileo comes under attack, CloudFlare will extend full protection to ensure the site stays online—no matter its location, no matter its content.

A Seminar“An International Safeguards Perspective on Small Modular Reactors” with Speaker Travis Gitau

Thursday, November 20, 2014
12:10 PM - 1:40 PM
McGowan MG100

Sponsored by MIIS and The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Travis Gitau received his B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2009. He received his M.S. in Nuclear Engineering with an emphasis in Nonproliferation from Texas A&M University in 2011. While at A&M his research focused on the development and evaluation of a safeguards system concept for pebble bed modular reactors. Travis joined PNNL full time as a nuclear engineer in 2011. 

With the growing global nuclear renaissance, an interest from smaller countries with limited capital or grid capabilities has pushed new research and development into small modular reactors (SMRs). These SMRs are expected to offer better safety, security, and proliferation resistance.  However, with many designs under development there are few tools available to designers to identify the constraints that international safeguards obligations of potential customers may place on their design. This presentation will provide an overview of some of the challenges SMRs present to implementation of international safeguards and discuss efforts currently underway to directly engage designers to address such challenges.

Terrorism Studies Club Meeting: BG Russell D. Howard, “ISIS/ISIL/IS --- Creating Opportunities from Chaos.”

Thursday, November 20, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:40 PM
Morse B104

Sponsored by The Terrorism Studies Club

Please join us for a special speaker event. BG (ret.) Russell D. Howard will be briefing us on the current counterterrorism considerations regarding the Islamic State. This will be a dry run of his upcoming TEDx presentation. Everyone is welcome!

A Seminar: “Nuclear Arms Control needs Open Source” by Speaker Moritz Kütt

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
CNS Building 
V499 Videoconference Room

Sponsored by MIIS and The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Moritz Kütt is a PhD candidate in the Physics Department at the Technische Universität Darmstadt and a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Group Science, Technology and Security (IANUS). For his PhD, he will develop Open Source simulation tools for verification tasks in nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation (http://www.nuclearfreesoftware.org). Besides developing software, he is researching how Open Source software can increase participation in software development, how "hacker culture" can help nuclear disarmament and influence of software on trust among states. Other areas of interest are uranium mining and proliferation aspects of different reactor technologies, as well as quantitative content analysis to understand the development of the prohibition of nuclear weapons as an international norm. 

A Seminar: “Is the NPT Failing? Could it?” with Speaker Ambassador Susan Burk

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
CNS Building 
V499 Videoconference Room

Sponsored by MIIS and The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Ambassador Susan Burk served as the Special Representative of the U.S. President for Nuclear Nonproliferation from 2009 to 2012. In this capacity, she was responsible for working with other States to strengthen the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the international nonproliferation regime and played a lead role in preparing for the 2010 NPT Review Conference. During her lengthy career in government, she also served as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation.

A Seminar: “Nuclear Nonproliferation in Russian Security Policy Priorities” with Speaker, Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov

Thursday, November 6, 2014
12:15 PM - 1:50 PM
Irvine Auditorium McCone Building

Sponsored by MIIS and The Rusian Studies Program

Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov is an expert in international security and Russia’s foreign policy. His research areas include major threats and challenges to international security, primarily, nuclear nonproliferation. Dr. Orlov founded PIR Center in 1994 and has been the organization’s leader since then. Since 2006 he also heads the Center's European branch based in Geneva, Centre russe d'etudes politiques. Since 1994, he is Editor-in-Chief of the Security Index journal (until 2007 published under the title Yaderny Kontrol).

MCySec Speaker Series: NIST Senior Information Technology Policy Advisor Adam Sedgewick

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:40 PM
CNS Building V499 Videoconference Room

Sponsored by MIIS and The Cyber Security Initiative 

Adam Sedgewick serves as Senior Information Technology Policy Advisor at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In this role, Adam represents NIST on the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force and advises NIST leadership on cybersecurity issues. Previously, Adam was Senior Advisor to the Federal Chief Information Officer Council, coordinating cross-agency initiatives and assisting in the implementation of OMB policy and directives.

Adam served as Professional Staff Member for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs for nine years, handling cyber security and federal information technology policy. In 2008 and 2013, Sedgewick received the Fed 100 award for his contributions to the federal information technology community and both BankInfoSecurity and GovInfoSecurity named Sedgewick a “Top Ten Influencer” for 2014.

A Seminar: “Do Russia and Ukraine Need Each Other?”

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
12:15 PM - 1:50 PM
499 Pierce Street
McCone Building (Irvine Auditorium)

Sponsored by MIIS and The Russian Studies Program

By Dr. Oxana Gaman-Golutvina, Chair of the Department of Comparative Politics, MGIMO-University, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, and Chairman of the Scientific Council. Professor Gaman-Golutvina specializes in comparative studies of political elites and teaches courses in comparative politics, Russian politics, the political transformations in post-communist countries, as well as political and administrative governance. In 2010, Professor Gaman-Golutvina was elected President of the Russian Political Science Association. In 2009, at the Congress of International Political Science Association (IPSA), she was elected to member of the Executive Board of Research Committee 2 “Political Elites.”

Center for the Study of Terrorism and the Responses to Terrorism (START) at UMD Information Session

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
12:10 PM - 1:50 PM
McGowan MG99

Sponsored by The Center for Advising and Career Services

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism—better known as START—is a university-based research and education center comprised of an international network of scholars committed to the scientific study of the causes and human consequences of terrorism in the United States and around the world. MIIS has long ties to START, and several students and alumni have worked with the organization. Join Eva Seville Coll for a remote information session about opportunities at START, particularly their robust internship program.

This is a Careers in International Security Series Event.

MCySec Speaker Series: John Crain, CSO, ICANN

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:50 PM
McGowan MG102

Sponsored by The Cyber Security Initiative 

The Monterey Institute Cyber Security Initiative (MCySec)'s presents John Crain, CSO of ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).

To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn't have one global Internet. ICANN’s role is to oversee the huge and complex interconnected network of unique identifiers that allow computers on the Internet to find one another.

Careers in Intergovernmental Organizations with Jean du Preez, CTBTO 

Friday, October 24, 2014
9:00 PM - 9:50 PM
V499 Videoconference Room

Sponsored by The Center for Advising and Career Services

Jean du Preez, Chief, External Relations and International Cooperation at the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) and members of the MIIS Mafia (aka MIIS alumni) in Vienna, Austria, will be on hand to discuss careers in intergovernmental organizations, including typical career paths, application and interview tips and tricks, navigating the bureaucracy, etc.

CIA Employer Information Session

Thursday, October 23, 2014
12:15 PM - 1:50 PM
McGowan MG 102

Sponsored by The Center for Advising and Career Services

CIA hiring managers will be visiting from the Clandestine Service (and likely others). Come find out more about internship and career opportunities available to you!

MCySec Speaker Series: Hitachi Systems CTO Hubert Yoshida on Social Innovation, Security and Safety

Thursday, October 23, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
McCone Board Room

Sponsored by The Cyber Security Initiative

Hubert Yoshida is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Hitachi Data System, responsible for defining the technical direction of Hitachi Data Systems. Currently, he leads the company's effort to help customers address data life cycle requirements and resolve compliance, governance and operational risk issues. Prior to joining Hitachi Data Systems in 1997, Yoshida spent 25 years with the IBM storage division, where he held management roles in hardware performance, software development and product management.

Yoshida is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, with a degree in Mathematics. He was a U.S. Marine Corps platoon commander during the Vietnam War and was discharged with the rank of Captain. He has served on the advisory boards of several technology companies and currently chairs the Scientific Advisory Board for the Data Storage Institute of the Government of Singapore and sits on the IEEE Technical Field Awards committee. In 2013 Information Week, online magazine, named him one of the “Ten Most Impactful Tech Leaders”.

Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) Information Session

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
12:10 PM - 1:50 PM
CACS Conference Room M312

Sponsored by The Center for Advising and Career Services

APCSS is a Department of Defense academic institute based in Honolulu, HI that addresses regional and global security issues using a multilateral and multidimensional approach to defining and addressing regional security issues and concerns. The organization's internship program is a fantastic opportunity to meet a broad range of thought leaders in their fields, contribute to the development of summer courses, and engage in substantive issues. International students are encouraged to apply! Join us for this remote information session to learn more!

This is a Careers in International Security Series Event.

Boren Fellowship Information Session

Thursday, October 16, 2014
12:15 PM - 1:50 PM
McGowan MG210

Sponsored by The Center for Advising and Career Services

Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. Come learn more about this amazing opportunity for our students from Katie Davis from the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Bryan O'Bryne Lecture

Thursday, October 9, 2014
4:00 PM – 5:50 PM
Morse B105

Sponsored by The monterey Institute of International Studies

Bryan O'Bryne from the Dept. of Commerce & WTO Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade talks about the concept of "Wenming" and the WTO Agreements.

The Strategy of Strategic Trade Controls: Balancing Economics, Security, and Politics

Thursday, October 9, 2014
12:15 PM – 2:00 PM
499 Van Buren Street
CNS Building (Seminar Room)

Sponsored by The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

By Crystal Pryor, Political Science Ph.D. Candidate, University of Washington, She focuses on International Relations/Security Studies. Her dissertation is on multilateral nonproliferation regimes and the practice of export controls on sensitive goods and dual-use technologies in countries like Japan and the United States.

CNS Visiting Fellows’ Presentations on Their Home Institutes 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
12:15 PM - 1:50 PM
499 Van Buren Street
CNS Building (Seminar Room)

Sponsored by The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Speakers:

Ms. Eka Dian Pusfitasari
Research Center for Chemistry, LIPI Kompleks, Bandung Indonesia
“The Overview of Research Center for Chemistry – LIPI”

Ms. Farhat Konain Shujahi
PhD Candidate, School of Politics and International Relations, Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan
“Quaid-I-Azam University”

Dr. Mohamed A. Hashim
Assistant Professor for Environmental Pollution And Pesticides Analysis, Sana'a University, Faculty of Agriculture, Member of Pesticides Registration Committee, Scientific Consultant of Yemen National Authority
"Sana'a University: A Journey from the 70s"

Mr. Sufian Ullah
Research Fellow, South Asian Strategic Stability Institute, Islamabad, Pakistan

"The Real Price of Intelligence" Symposium

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Morse B104

In the last several years, the extent of the United States’ intelligence gathering apparatus, both foreign and domestic, has been laid bare before the world. As future policy professionals dealing with both conventional and non-conventional security issues; we seek to examine our roles and responsibilities in maintaining our society’s balance between security and liberty.The Symposium will focus on the ethical considerations that intelligence gathering entities and policymakers alike face on a daily basis. Symposiums are designed to engage both panelists and the audience in straightforward, candid conversation that draws upon central questions: Can a safe society be a free society? Can consent of the governed be reconciled with often necessary secrecy?

Laungage Applications in Cyber by Lingua Brava

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
McGowan MG102

This is a MCySec Speaker Series event.

Please join MCySec for a presentation on Language Applications in Cyber presented by Mr. Shawn Kumagai and Mr. Raul Mejorado of Lingua Brava. Lingua Brava has been involved in language training and education for over 25 years, providing services for various stakeholders, including: U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. National Security Agency, U.S. Cyber Command, Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Education and nonprofit organizations. Lingua Brava addresses the unique needs of Active Duty and Reserve program managers and language learners in the cryptologic and cyber operational settings.

National Security Agency Information Session

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
12:10 PM - 1:50 PM
Morse B104

This is a Careers in International Security Series Event.

Are you interested in a career with the NSA? Join John Burkhardt for an informational session regarding Linguist and Analyst positions with the National Security Agency.

The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) is home to America's codemakers and codebreakers, and provides information to the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, government agencies, industry partners, and select allies and coalition partners. In addition, they deliver critical strategic and tactical information to war planners and war fighters. If you are interested in learning more about an internship and/or career with the NSA, please join us for this information session!

A Vision of the Inter-Korea Relatons and the U.S. Korea Alliance

Thursday, October 2, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Irvine Auditorium

Sponsored by The Center for East Asian Studies, The Monterey Institute of International Studies, and The Gentrain Society of Monterey Peninsula College

By Mr. Han Dong-man, Consul General, Republic of Korea in San Francisco. He has been there since May 2013. Consul General Han received his Bachelor's at Yonsei University in Korea and his Master's in International Organization Law at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris, France. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1985 and has held Secretary posts in Algeria, the United Kingdom, and Australia as well as in the Office of the Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and as Consul at the Korean Consulate General in New York. He also served as the Ministry Counsellor at the Korean Embassy in Washington, D.C. Prior to his post in San Francisco, he served as the Director-General of the International Economic Affairs Bureau of the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2011-2013). Consul General Han received the Order of the Service Medal in 2012 and he has written four books, including The Next Ten Years of Korea, an insightful look at the future of Korea on the international stage for the next decade to come. He is married and has two sons.

MIIS Students' Experience as Summer Interns at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
499 Van Buren Street
CNS Building (Seminar Room)

Sponsored by The Monterey Institute of International Studies and The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Come hear MIIS students describe their project work at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) this summer. After attending the one week International Safeguards Policy Course the students spent ten weeks working at LLNL.

Cervando Banuelos "Nuclear Archeology: Applications and Policy Implications of Minor Uranium Isotopes in Enrichment Trails"

Joseph Brazda "Implementation of Integrated Safeguards at the State Level: How the IAEA Could Demonstrate its Claim of Increased Efficiency and Effectiveness"

Grecia Cosio Flores "Resolving Outstanding Questions Possible Military Dimensions (PMD) of Iran's Nuclear Program: An Analysis of Views on what would Constitute Adequate Disclosure"

CNS Visiting Fellows from Eurasia (Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Russia) Present Their Home Institutes

Thursday, September 25, 2014
12:15 PM - 1:50 PM
499 Van Buren Street
CNS Building (Seminar Room)

Sponsored by The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Ksneniia Ilchenko "ICSU World Data Center for Geoinformatics and Sustainable Development Strengths and Opportunities"

Research Associate of Laboratory for Computed Modeling and INtelligent Data Analysis. World Date Center for Geoinformatics and Sustainable Development, National Technical University of Ukraine (Kyiv Polytechnic Institute)

Kanat Dukenbayev "Nazarbayev University: A New Academic and Research Leadership in Kazakhstan"

Academic Secretary, Nazarbayev University, Research and Innovation System

Viacheslav Romanychev "National Research Nuclear University 'MEPhI' in Moscow: The Aspect of Nuclear University from the International Perspective"

Department of Economics and Management of High Technologies Institute of International Relations National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI)

Russia's Cocept of Honor and Relations with the West

Tuesday, September 18, 2014
12:15 PM - 1:50 PM
499 Van Buren Street
CNS Building (Videoconference Room)

Sponsored by The Russion Studies Program

By Dr. Andrei P. Tsygankov, Professor at the departments of Political Science and International Relations, San Francisco State University. A Russian native, Dr. Tsygankov is a graduate of Moscow State University (Candidate of Sciences 1991) and University of Southern California (Ph.D., 2000). He published several books in English and Russian including Anti-Russian Lobby and American Foreign Policy (2009), Russia and the West from Alexander to Putin (2012), and The Strong State in Russia (2014), as well as many journal articles.

Mass Murderers: Mental Status of Suicide Bombers and Rampage Shooters

Thursday, September 11, 2014
12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
McGowan 100

Sponsored by MonTREP

By Thomas Reidy, PhD, ABPP, clinical & forensic psychologist in Monterey, California. He is Board Certified in Forensic Psychology by the American Board of Forensic Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. Dr. Reidy conducts forensic evaluations nationwide for federal and state courts, attorneys, military services, and law enforcement agencies. His numerous professional publications are related to criminal behavior and violence in prison. He was a recipient of the Nelson Butters Award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology for clinical research contributions to the field.

Careers in International Security Speaker Series

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Casa Fuente 452

Sponsored by the Center for Career and Advising Services

By Craig C. Healy, Director, US Department of Homeland Security's Federal Export Enforcement Coordination Center (E2C2). He will be joining us to talk about careers with the Center and with law enforcement generally. Mr. Healy will provide an overview of the Center's work, including case studies of several criminal invesigations. He will also discuss trens within this programmatic enforcement area.

The Export Enforcement Coordination Center and Its Role in Countering WMD Proliferation

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
12:15 PM -2:00 PM
499 Van Buren Street
CNS Building (Videoconference Room)

Sponsored by The Monterey Institute of International Studies and The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Craig C. Healy, is Director of the Federal Export Enforcement Coordination Center (E2C2), established in 2010 under the President’s Export Control Reform Initiative. Mr. Healy also serves as the Deputy Assistant Director, Homeland Security Investigations, Counter Proliferation Investigations program.

Dr. Timothy Gildea is a researcher with Northeastern University’s Institute for Security and Public Policy. Prior to joining Northeastern University, Dr. Gildea served as a Supervisory Special Agent with Homeland Security Investigations, Counter Proliferation Investigations program.

Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States: Relationships in 2014 and Beyond

Monday, September 8, 2014
12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
V499 Seminar Room

Sponsored by MonTREP and Global Majority

By Mr. Faiysal AliKhan is co-founder and CEO of FIDA, a non-profit organisation working in rural and tribal areas of Pakistan with an emphasis on southern KPK. Mr. AliKhan is currently serving on the board of the Rural Support Programmes Network, which is largest development network of Pakistan, with an outreach to over 35 million rural Pakistanis.

He is an active member of a number of their steering committees. Faiysal AliKhan is a Director of the PESCO Group & Ariba Celcom, which are involved in trading, critical communications, security, transportation and contract logistics. Currently he is consulting for business houses on strategies to restructure distribution networks & optimize resources to respond to the evolving political & economic trends in the Middle East and North Africa region.

He is a member of the Pakistan International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and has chaired their Customs and Trade Regulation Commission and continues to remain involved in trade facilitation in the region. He has served on the Boards of SHV Energy and DHL Pakistan.

He has spoken on issues of national security, development, governance & trade at a number of think tanks, organisations and government offices. He has also facilitated workshops at the Center for Reconstruction and Stabilization Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School and was part of an Indo-Pak dialogue arranged by the New America Foundation.

He is currently undertaking a year-long fellowship at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC, researching, writing and lecturing on the current state of Afghanistan and Pakistan and their relations with the United States.