Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Formerly the Monterey Institute of International Studies

Find past Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS) events and discussions about complex and controversial issues with expert guest speakers.

Fall 2014


Fall 2014 Visiting Fellows' Research Presentations (Group III)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
12:150 PM - 1:30 PM
CNS Building (Seminar Room)

Sponsored by MIIS and The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

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

Mr. Viacheslav Romanychev, Department of Economics and Management of High Technologies, Institute of International Relations, National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI,” Moscow, Russia

Fall 2014 Visiting Fellows' Research Presentations (Group II)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
12:015 PM - 2:00 PM
CNS Building (Seminar Room)

Sponsored by MIIS and The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

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

Research presentation topic: “Challenges to South Asian Strategic Stability”

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

Research presentation topic: "India's Naval Nuclearization: Implications for Stability"

Mr. Ashwin Pienaar, Foreign Service Officer, Sub-Directorate: Chemical, Biological, Missile and Arms Control, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa

Research presentation topic: Twenty Years On: South Africa’s Foreign Policy in Disarmament and Non-Proliferation”

An NPTS Honors Thesis Seminar: "Russian Nonproliferation in the Middle East: Motives, Rhetoric, and Action" with speaker Lily Vaccaro

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CNS Building (Videoconference Room)

Sponsored by MIIS and The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Lily is an M.A. student in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies at MIIS who will be discussing the results of her honors thesis research.

CNS Fall 2014 Visiting Fellows' Research Presentations (Group I)

Monday, December 8, 2014
12:15 AM - 2:00 PM
CNS Building (Seminar Room)

Sponsored by MIIS and The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Dr. Kseniia Ilchenko, Research associate of laboratory for computer modeling and intelligent data analysis, World Data Center for Geoinformatics and Sustainable development, National Technical University of Ukraine «Kyiv Polytechnic Institute»

Research presentation topic: "The Nonproliferation Index as a Method of Quantitative Assessment"

Ms. Eka Dian Pusfitasari, Research Center for Chemistry, LIPI Kompleks, Bandung Indonesia

Research presentation topic: “Fostering Security Culture at Chemical Laboratories in Indonesia” (TBC)

Mr. Xiaonan Yuan, Second Secretary, Department of Arms Control and Disarmament, MFA, PRC

Research presentation topic: “Cyber Security from the Perspective of Arms Control”

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 Russian 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 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 Middlebury 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?

Language 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 Relations 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 Middlebury 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 Middlebury 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 Concept 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 Russian 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 investigations. He will also discuss trends 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 Middlebury 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.

 

Winter 2014


NPTS Honors Thesis Symposium

May 16, 2014
10 AM - 1 PM
McGowan 102

Sponsored by The Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Program (NPTS)

By M.A. students in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS). Students who have written an honors thesis will be presenting the results of their research projects. Professors Mohammed Hafez and Christopher Twomey from the Naval Postgraduate School will serve as commentators on the thesis projects.

Identifying the Actors Behind Malware and Cyber Attacks

May 2, 2014
Time/Location:TBD

Sponsored by MCySec and CSWG

By Mr. Adam Meyers, Vice President of Intelligence, Crowdstike, Inc. Adam Meyers has over a decade of experience within the information security industry. Meyers has authored numerous papers that have appeared at peer reviewed industry venues and has received awards for his dedication to the field. At CrowdStrike, he serves as the VP of Intelligence. Within this role it is his responsibility to oversee all of CrowdStrike’s intelligence gathering and analytic activities. His Global Team supports both the Product and Services divisions at CrowdStrike and he manages these endeavors and expectations. Prior to joining CrowdStrike, he was the Director of Cyber Security Intelligence with the NPO Division of SRA International. He served as a senior subject matter expert for cyber threat and cyber security matters for a variety of SRA projects.

Hackback? Claptrap! An Active Defense Continuum for the Private Sector

May 1, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
V499 (Video Conference Room)

Sponsored by MCySec and CSWG

By Dr. Irving Lachow, Principal Cyber Security Engineer, The MITRE Corporation. Dr. Irving Lachow has spent over 20 years working at the intersection of technology and policy issues, with the last 15 years being primarily focused on cybersecurity. Dr. Lachow is currently a Principal Cyber Security Engineer at The MITRE Corporation where he works on a wide range of cyber security issues both internally for government sponsors. In addition to working at MITRE, Dr. Lachow is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Chair of the Board of Advisors of the National Cybersecurity Institute, and serves as an adviser to the State of Virginia's Mach37 Cyber Accelerator initiative. Dr. Lachow has authored or coauthored more than 30 publications, including books, articles, and reports. He has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Kennedy School of Government, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Notable media appearances include the PBS NewsHour, CNN, CSPAN, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and Time.com. Dr. Lachow received his Ph.D. in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He earned an A.B. in political science and a B.S. in physics from Stanford University.

The 1993 U.S.-Russia Highly Enriched Uranium Purchase Agreement: The Most Successful Nuclear Nonproliferation Program Ever

Friday, April 18, 2014
12:15 PM – 2:00 PM
CNS Videoconference Room

Sponsored by The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

By Greg Dwyer, U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA). He is also Director of NNSA’s U.S.-Russia HEU Transparency Program and a graduate of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, will give a briefing on the 1993 HEU Agreement and share his views on future nuclear transparency and verification activities with Russia, within the P5, and beyond.

The 1993 United States-Russian Federation Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) Purchase Agreement has been noted by many observers to be the most successful U.S.-Russia nonproliferation program ever undertaken. The Agreement’s major goals of downblending 500 metric tons (MT) of Russian weapons-origin HEU, enough material for 20,000 nuclear warheads, to low enriched uranium (LEU) and delivering the LEU to the United States were achieved in late 2013. Over the last fifteen years, this LEU has been responsible for producing 10% of the United States annual electricity output. At its core, the 1993 Agreement was precedent setting in its requirements for both countries to undertake on-site and technical transparency measures to ensure the provisions of the Agreement were being verifiably fulfilled and in the unique Government-Industry cooperation that was critical to the Agreement’s commercial and nonproliferation success.

Combating Cybercrime with Cyber Intelligence

April 17, 2014
Starting at: 2:00 PM
McGowan, Room MG 100 (Auditorium)

Sponsored By MCySec and CSWG

By Mr. Andrew Komarov, CEO of IntelCrawler Cyber Intelligence Firm. Mr. Andrew Komarov will be providing a guest lecture on how he has been taking down Russian/Eastern European hackers, cyber criminals and threat groups.

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Tristan James Mabry, founding Executive Director, Joint Foreign Area Officer Program

Thursday April 17, 2014
12 PM - 1:30 PM
Morse B105

Sponsored by MonTREP and the TSC

By Dr. Mabry, Assistant Research Professor, Department of National Security Affairs, School of International Graduate Studies, Naval Postgraduate School. Dr. Mabry is a specialist in the comparative politics of nationalism, ethnic conflict, and identity politics across Eurasia. His current research addressees the intersection of ethnicity and Islam, particularly in the cases of separatist movements found across the Muslim world, from the Middle East to Central, South, and Southeast Asia.

Dr. Mabry holds four degrees in political science from three different countries. He received his B.A. in Canada from McGill University; his M.Sc. (with Distinction) in the United Kingdom from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and his M.A. and Ph.D. in the United States from the University of Pennsylvania. His international experience includes more than seven years of study abroad - in Honduras, China, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Egypt - and travel to more than forty countries.

Honors Thesis presentation by Charlie Thorson, NPTS student. Charlie Thorson will be presenting his honors thesis for 15-20 minutes prior to Dr. Tristan Mabry. He will be presenting the work he as done so far on his thesis that explores the relationship between the Muslim Brotherhood and jihadist groups in the Sinai Peninsula. Using public statements and various open source materials, he will speak briefly about his examination of the relationship in the context of the Mohamed Morsi presidency and to an extent after the June 30th coup in Egypt.

A 10-Year Retrospective of North Korea's Nuclear Program

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
12:15 PM – 2:00 PM
CNS Building (Seminar Room)

Sponsored by The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

By Dr. Siegfried Hecker, research professor, Department of Management Science and Engineering. Dr. Hecker is also a senior fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. He previously served as Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Negotiating Nuclear Consensus - Lessons from the 2010 NPT-Review Conference

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
12:15 PM – 2:00 PM
CNS Building (Videoconference Room)

Sponsored by The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

By Ambassador Alexander Marschik, Austrian Permanent Representative, Political and Security Committee of the European Union. He formerly served as the Director for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation at the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs. Ambassador Marschik holds a Masters and Doctor Degree of Law from the University of Vienna, Austria.

Evolution of U.S. Nuclear Fuel Policy Concepts

Friday, April 11, 2014
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
CNS Building (Seminar Room)

Sponsored by The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

By Amy Seward, Senior Research Scientist, PNNL, specializing in international nuclear energy policy analysis. Her research is specifically related to the nonproliferation and energy security aspects of the global use of nuclear energy. She is particularly focused on technical research and analysis of the nuclear fuel cycle in support of the development of U.S. nonproliferation policy. Her work primarily supports the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Nonproliferation and International Security. This work applies knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle, the nuclear industry, country-level and global trends in nuclear energy.

Amy was a fellow Nonproliferation Graduate Program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), during which time she supported the Elimination of Weapons Grade Plutonium (EWGPP) program. She has worked as English teacher in St. Petersburg, Russia, and at the Moscow News in Moscow, Russia.

By Thomas Wood, program manager of PNNL programs, The NNSA office of Non-proliferation and International Security (NA-24). This DOE office conducts technical reviews for US export license applications, multilateral export control assessments, and classified interdiction cases. He has been with PNNL for 29 years and has conducted fuel cycle economics studies for many defense and civilian fuel cycle issues. He served as an energy fellow in the office of Senator Maria Cantwell in 2006.

Mr. Wood was responsible for USG estimates of Russian weapons plutonium production for several years, and is co-inventor of the isotopic ratio method for estimation of plutonium production in graphite reactors, developed under NA-22 funding for over decade at PNNL.

His recent technical work is focused on the economics of Iran's nuclear program, the Nuclear Archaeology Program, and the economics of civilian nuclear power in oil exporting countries.

A Seminar: “The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World” by Speaker T.V. Paul

Friday, April 11, 2014
12:15 PM – 2:00 PM
CNS Seminar Room

Sponsored by The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

By T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science, McGill University, Montreal. In 2013 Pakistan ranked 133rd out of 148 countries in global competitiveness. Currently, Taliban forces occupy nearly 30% of the country. In recent years, many countries across the developing world have experienced impressive economic growth and have evolved into at least partially democratic states with militaries under civilian control. Yet Pakistan, a heavily militarized nation, has been a conspicuous failure. What explains Pakistan's unique inability to progress? Drawing on his new book The Warrior State, in this talk Paul will argue that a “geostrategic curse”—akin to the “resource curse” that plagues oil rich autocracies—is the main cause. Since its founding in 1947, Pakistan has been at the center of major geopolitical struggles—the US-Soviet rivalry, the conflict with India, and most recently the post 9/11 wars. No matter how ineffective the regime is, massive foreign aid keeps pouring in from major powers and their allies with a stake in the region. The reliability of such aid defuses any pressure on political elites to launch far-reaching domestic reforms that would promote sustained growth, higher standards of living, and more stable democratic institutions. Paul will show that excessive war-making efforts have drained Pakistan’s limited economic resources without making the country safer or more stable.

Commentator: BRIG Feroz Khan, Brigadier General (retired). Feroz Khan has served with the Pakistani Army for 32 years. Since 2008, he has served as a lecturer in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey.

Cyber Threats and Information Sharing as a Force Multiplier

April 11, 2014
Time/Location: TBD

Sponsored by MCySec and CSWG

By Cyber Unit Representative, Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC).

The Policy Gap Between Scientists, Engineers and Analysts in Cyber

April 4, 2014
Stating at: 12:00 PM
CNS Building
Room V499 (Video Conference Room)

Sponsored by MCySec and CSWG

By Mr. Michael Atkinson, Systems Engineer, Radware and Private Penetration Tester. He will be discussing the need for cyber security policy professionals within the unique dynamic of private-sector cyber security firms. Mr. Atkinson will discuss a variety of key topics relevant to cyber and explain where the weaknesses lie in regards to policy. Most importantly, Mr. Atkinson will also be discussing career opportunities and ways to develop desirable cyber skills.

This event will be a virtual conference as Mr. Atkinson currently works in Radware's Chicago, IL office.

Thursday April 3, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Morse B105

Sponsored by MonTREP and the TSC

By Dr. Anna Simons, Professor of Defense Analysis, Naval Post Graduate School. She is the author of Networks of Dissolution: Somalia Undone and The Company They Keep: Life Inside the U.S. Army Special Forces. Most recently she is the co-author of The Sovereignty Solution: A Commonsense Approach to Global Security. Dr. Simons’ focus has been on conflict, intervention, and the military from an anthropological perspective. Her work examines ties that bind members of groups together as well as divides which drive groups apart. She is well versed in the anthropology of conflict, military advising, low intensity conflict in Africa, and political anthropology.

Terrorism Studies Club Meeting

March 27, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Morse B105

Sponsored by MonTREP and the TSC

By Navy Captain (Ret.) Paul Shemella has been working in the Center for Civil-Military Relations at NPS since 1998. His current program focuses on civil-military responses to terrorism of all types. Furthermore, he is the editor and principal author of Fighting Back: What Governments Can Do About Terrorism. Capt. Shemella retired from the Navy in 1996 after a career in Special Operations. During his military service, he planned and executed counterterrorism and counter narcotics operations in Latin America, Europe, and other regions.

Capt. Shemella will discuss his research at NPS and how governments can construct and execute the most effective strategies to combat terrorism - and how they can manage the consequences of those acts of terrorism they cannot prevent.

Estimating Missile Defense Footprints

March 26, 2014
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Sponsored by The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

By Mr. Iqtidar Khan, CNS Visiting Fellow from Pakistan. Mr. Khan would like to invite you to participate in a peer review of his research topic that forms the basis of what he is pursuing during his fellowship here at the CNS. He will present his preliminary research findings.

Abstract: The footprint for any ballistic missile defense system can be loosely defined as the area that a BMD system might be able to protect against an incoming target missile. Its a kinematic measure and varies with the target missile's range, initial thrust, re-entry angle and the radar range. My algorithm for estimating BMD footprints is implemented on MATLAB and requires the target missile as well as the interceptor missiles' trajectories as input. These trajectories are calculated using Geoffrey Forden's GUI Missile Flyout. The routine then implements a simple algorithm to check if the impact point of the incoming target missile, for a given interceptor type, lies within the footprint or not. This talk would very much focus on explaining my algorithm and how results from this algorithm can be used in policy analysis.

The Law of Hacking: A Legal Perspective for the World of Cyber

March 25, 2014
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
McGowan, Room MG 102 (Auditorium)

Sponsored by MCySec and CSWG

By Hanni Fakhoury, staff attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). He focuses on criminal law, privacy and free speech litigation and advocacy. His work includes representing Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer on appeal, arguing before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on the constitutionality of warrantless cell tracking, and serving as co-counsel in a First Amendment challenge to California's Proposition 35 in federal court. He's written numerous amicus briefs in state and federal courts and his writings have been published in the New York Times, Wired, Slate and JURIST. In addition, Hanni has testified before the California state legislature on proposed electronic privacy legislation and is a sought after speaker legal seminars and conferences on electronic privacy issues in criminal law. Before joining EFF, Hanni worked as a federal public defender in San Diego where he tried numerous jury and bench trials and argued and won multiple times before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Hanni graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in political science and an honors degree in history. He received his law degree with distinction from Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of Barristers for his excellence in written and oral advocacy.

Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site: Past and Present

March 11, 2014
12:15 PM -2:00 PM
CNS Seminar Room

Sponsored by The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

By Mr. Yessimbekov, CNS Visiting Fellow. He is a researcher at the Scientific Center of Radioecolological Research in Semey (former Semipalatinsk), Kazakhstan.

Unconventional Warfare, Counterinsurgency, Psychological Warfare, and Military Deception

March 4, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Location TBD

Sponsored by MonTREP and the TSC

By Dr. Hy Rothstein, Senior Lecturer, Department of Defense Analysis, member of the Center of Terrorism and Irregular War at NPS. He earned a degree in general engineering from the United States Military Academy, a Military Art and Science degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, a Master of Arts degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in International Relations from Tufts.

Dr. Rothstein will lead a discussion about his research on unconventional warfare,counterinsurgency, psychological warfare, and military deception.

Extended Deterrence and Strategic Stability in Northeast Asia

Friday, February 28, 2014
12:15 PM – 2:00 PM
CNS Video Conference

Sponsored by The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)

By Dr. Brad Roberts, consulting professor & William Perry Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. During the first Obama administration, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy, and in that capacity was responsible for helping to lead the administration's Nuclear Policy Review and Ballistic Missile Defense Review. Prior to 2009, he spent his career in the policy analytic community, with long tenures at the Institute for Defense Analyses and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The 1993 U.S.-Russia Highly Enriched Uranium Purchase Agreement: The Most Successful Nuclear Nonproliferation Program Ever

Friday, February 14, 2014
12:15 PM – 2:00 PM
CNS video conference

Sponsored by The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)

By Greg Dwyer of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA). He is Director of NNSA’s U.S.-Russia HEU Transparency Program and a graduate of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, will give a [lunch time] [brown bag] briefing on the 1993 HEU Agreement and share his views on future nuclear transparency and verification activities with Russia, within the P5, and beyond.

The 1993 United States-Russian Federation Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) Purchase Agreement has been noted by many observers to be the most successful U.S.-Russia nonproliferation program ever undertaken. The Agreement’s major goals of downblending 500 metric tons (MT) of Russian weapons-origin HEU, enough material for 20,000 nuclear warheads, to low enriched uranium (LEU) and delivering the LEU to the United States were achieved in late 2013. Over the last fifteen years, this LEU has been responsible for producing 10% of the United States annual electricity output. At its core, the 1993 Agreement was precedent setting in its requirements for both countries to undertake on-site and technical transparency measures to ensure the provisions of the Agreement were being verifiably fulfilled and in the unique Government-Industry cooperation that was critical to the Agreement’s commercial and nonproliferation success.

Where Does North Korea Build Its Missile Launchers? An Open Source Case-Study

Thursday, February 6, 2014
12:15 PM – 2:00 PM
CNS Videoconference Room

Sponsored by The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)

By Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, East Asia Nonproliferation Program Director, CNS. Dr. Lewis also founded and maintains the leading blog on arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation, ArmsControlWonk.com. He is the author of Minimum Means of Reprisal: China’s Search for Security in the Nuclear Age (MIT Press, 2007), as well as a forthcoming International Institute for Strategic Studies Adelphi book on China’s nuclear policies, forces and posture. Dr. Lewis is also a non-resident affiliate at the Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC).

FireEye's View of the World: Malware, Threats and Cyber Security

Monday, February 3, 2014
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Morse B106

Sponsored by MCySec and MIIS CSWG

By Atif Mushtaq, Senior Staff Scientist & Malware Researcher, for FireEye. Mr. Mushtaq developed FireEye's first post-infection malware detection engine, analyzed hundreds of different malware families and is considered an expert within his field. He also manages FireEye's malware lab, monitoring the activities of thousands of different malware and botnets on a daily basis. Prior to working with FireEye, Mr. Mushtaq worked as a System Architect for PalmChip and as a Software Design Engineer for VisionEast.

***Following the seminar, Mr. Mushtaq will hold a brief recruitment event for all interested students. This recruitment event will be lead by Ms. Fariha Naveed, one of FireEye's University Technical Recruiters. Attendees are encouraged to bring resumes and come prepared for informal interviews. As an incentive to attend this event, FireEye will also be providing free pizza for up to 30 people so be sure to come early!

The Many Faces of Resilience in The Context of Terrorism

Thursday January 30, 2014 
12:15 PM - 1:45 PM 
McGowan 100

Sponsored by The Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Program

By Dr. Mark Dechesne, Senior Researcher, Leiden University. The present contribution reflects on the nature of resilience in the context of terrorism. Here, resilience comes in many interrelated yet separate forms. The presentation will place these forms of resilience within a single conceptual frame, and will consider the most recent scientific insights regarding the separate forms of resilience. Terrorism is argued to be a dynamic process whereby government and violent opposition compete for support of their respective constituencies. Within this framework, five types of resilience are identified: psychological resilience, communal resilience, ideological resilience, political resilience, and international resilience. The latter two types of resilience have been particularly understudied. It is argued that a collective sense of identity may be the critical component for all the separate forms of resilience to jointly buffer against the adverse effects of terrorism.

Death of the Sri Lankan Tigers: Anatomy of a Blood-Soaked Victory

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 
12:15 PM – 1:4 PM 
Morse B104

Sponsored by The Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Program

By Dr. Doug Borer, Associate Professor, NPS Department of Defense Analysis. One of the most feared, lethal and enduringly capable insurgent organizations in the modern age was the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka. The Tigers, known formally as the “Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam” or LTTE, were thoroughly annihilated in the short period of 2007–2009 by the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka, a government force which had struggled to defeat them over the previous three decades. What changed? This talk will argue that the final blood-soaked victory over the Tigers was by and large a result of three interactive factors which combined to create the government’s advantage: 1) changes in the international environment which shifted the military, and diplomatic balance of power; 2) a loss of social and political legitimacy for the Tigers among the local Sri Lankan Tamils, and 3) A qualitative realignment in the operational military strategies of both sides.

Government and the Private-Sector in Cyberspace

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
1:50 PM – 3:50 PM
MG100

Sponsored by MCySec and MIIS CSWG

By David Aucsmith, Senior Director, Microsoft's Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments. He is responsible for technical relationships with United States and other government agencies, as well as on select special programs. He also oversees several advanced technology projects including research in quantum computing and digital imaging. Mr. Aucsmith previously served as a naval officer, has served on advisory councils for several intelligence agencies and holds 32 patents for digital security technology.

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