Past Events Fall 2013


December 5, 2013, 12:15-2:00PM, CNS Video Conference room

A Seminar: “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (Virtually)” by 

Dr. Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress and Cervando Banuelos

Sponsored by CNS.

Dr. Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress is Scientist-in-Residence (or Science-Interpreter-in-Residence) at CNS and holds an MSc and PhD in high energy physics from Carleton University, Canada, specializing in ultra-low radioactivity background detectors and has professional experience in the field of astroparticle physics, primarily neutrino physics. He has been involved in several major discoveries in the field of neutrino physics and has worked on several large international collaborations and has contributed to more than 40 referred and non-refereed publications. During his time in the 'neutrino business' he spent a lot of time in laboratories deep underground. He later joined Princeton University physics department, then their Program on Science and Global Security and now he is fully above ground working at MIIS/CNS. He is one of many who are interested in taking nuclear weapons apart since he first learned about their existence.

Cervando Antonio Bañuelos II holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Health Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2013. His experiences include interning as a health physicist at a radiological clinic in Spain, modeling reactor core cooling systems in boiling water reactors in Fukushima type conditions, and is currently a first year graduate research assistant at CNS/MIIS. He has extensive experience in using SCALE/ORIGIN-ARP, RELAP5 for modelling nuclear reactors, and other computer, modelling programs.

                                                                                                                            

December 4, 2013, 12:15 PM – 1:45 PM, Morse B104

A Seminar: “Assessing the Interim Nuclear Agreement with Iran: What Does it Mean for the United States, Iran and the Middle East?” By Jon Wolfsthal, Avner Cohen, and Philipp Bleek.

Sponsored by CNS.

You are invited to attend an informal seminar featuring several senior Center for Nonproliferation Studies staff and MIIS faculty members on the subject of the recent interim agreement involving Iran, the United States, and other major powers. The six-month interim agreement restrains parts of Iran’s nuclear programs in exchange for easing of financial sanctions, and sets the stage for a possible comprehensive agreement among the parties. The reaction to the Joint Plan of Action has been mixed in the United States, widely acclaimed in Iran, and denounced by Israel’s leadership. The success or failure of the interim agreement could have serious implications for the security of the region and the future of the global nonproliferation regime, including efforts to negotiate a Middle East Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

The seminar will be moderated by CNS Director William Potter and will feature commentary by:

Jon Wolfsthal: CNS Deputy Director, former nuclear policy advisor to Vice President Joseph R. Biden

Avner Cohen: Director of the Nonproliferation Education Program, Professor, Graduate School of International Policy and Management

Philipp Bleek: CNS Fellow, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of International Policy and Management former senior advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense


December 2, 2013, 12:00PM, Casa Fuente 442

Speaker: Dr. Rohan Gunaratna, head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research

Sponsored by MonTREP.

Dr. Rohan Gunaratna, the head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research and an international terrorism expert, will be a guest speaker for the next MonTREP Terrorism Studies Club meeting.

November 18, 2013, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, McCone Irvine Auditorium

A Screening of Robert Stone’s Documentary “Pandora's Promise”

Sponsored by The MIIS Student Chapter of The Institute of Nuclear Materials Management

Follow-up Panel Featuring Dr. Philipp Bleek, Dr. Ferenc Daloki-Veress and Dr. Jason Scorse.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM, CNS Video Conference

A Seminar: “Strategic Stability and Escalation Control in South Asia” By Michael Krepon

Sponsored By CNS

Michael Krepon is the co-founder of the Stimson Center.  Before co-founding the Stimson Center in 1989, he worked at the Carnegie Endowment, the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency at the State Department, and on Capitol Hill.  He is the author or editor of sixteen books, including Nuclear Risk Reduction in South Asia; Escalation Control and the Nuclear Option in South Asia; and Rummaging in Shoeboxes for Stories about the Bomb, the Nuclear Age, and Arms Control.

November 15, 2013, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Morse Building B104

A Seminar: “Cybercrime and Incident Response” By FBI Special Agent John Chesson

Sponsored by MySec and CSSWG.

Special Agent John Chesson, a member of the FBI’s San Jose Regional Office, is an experienced cyber security professional with practical solutions for incident response planning. Special Agent Chesson has more than five years of experience leading teams of information security professionals within the FBI to provide solutions to emerging network security challenges.

Special Agent Chesson’s professional certifications include:

Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP)

GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP)

GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC)

GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)

GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA)

GIAC Certified Firewall Analyst (GCFW)

November 14, 2013, 12:15-2:00PM, in the CNS video conference room

A Seminar: “Nuclear and Non-Nuclear Weapons State Perspectives on the Future of the NPT” By Chilean Ambassador Alfredo Labbé Villa and Ambassador Susan Burk

Sponsored by CNS

Ambassador Alfredo Labbé Villa is the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Chile to the International Organizations in Vienna. He has previously served as President of the Preparatory Commission of the CTBTO (2012) and as Governor for Chile at the Board of Governors of the IAEA (2011-2012). In his 39-year diplomatic career, he has also served in numerous other positions related to disarmament, international security, and multilateral diplomacy, including as Chile’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New York (2005-2008) and as DPR to the UN Office and the Conference on Disarmament, Geneva (2000-2002).

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 the first Deputy Coordinator for Homeland Security in the State Department’s Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation Controls, and Director of the Office of Regional Affairs. During her time with the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency as Chief of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Extension Division, she led U.S. preparations for the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference.

November 8, 2013, 1:00-2:00PM in Morse B104

Speaker Dr. Dorothy Denning,  "Active Cyber Defense" 

Sponsored by MySec and CSSWG.

Dr. Denning has over 40 years of professional experience in universities and industry research labs, working mainly in the areas of cyber crime and conflict, and information warfare and security. Author of Information Warfare and Security (1999) and Cryptography and Data Security (1982), and over 140 published articles; co-editor of Internet Besieged (1998). Leadership positions held include Director of the Georgetown Institute for Information Assurance, Chair of the Computer Science Department, and Chair of the Computing and Network Task Force at Georgetown University; President of the International Association for Cryptologic Research; Chair of the International Cryptography Institute; and Chair of the National Research Council Forum on Rights and Responsibilities of Participants in Networked Communities.

November 7, 2013, CNS Seminar Room, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

A Seminar: “The Challenge of Cyber-Security: Prospects for Global Governance of the Internet?” By Mikhail Yakushev

Sponsored by the CNS and MCySec.

Mikhail Yakushev is Chairman of the Executive Board of the Center for Political Studies (PIR Center) in Moscow. He is an attorney and specialist in the field of information security, and he has contributed to the drafting of many Russian laws in the sphere of information technology. He currently serves as PayPal IRM Director and previously was a member of the Working Group on Internet Governance established by the UN Secretary-General.

November 7, 2013, Irvine Auditorium, 12:15PM - 1:50PM

"Islamic Terrorism in Russia" By Dr. Alexey Malashenko 

Sponsored By NPTS.

Dr. Alexey Malashenko is the co-chair of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Religion, Society, and Security Program. Malashenko also taught at the Higher School of Economics from 2007 to 2008 and was a professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations from 2000 to 2006. From 1976 to 1982 and again from 1986 to 2001, Malashenko worked at the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences as a research fellow, head of the Islamic Department, and finally as senior associate. In 1990, he was also a visiting professor at Colgate University in New York. From 1982 to 1986, he was editor of the journal Problems of Peace and Socialism.Malashenko is a professor of political science as well as a member of the RIA Novosti advisory council. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Central Asia and the Caucasus and Acta Eurasica and the newsletter Russia and the Muslim World and is a board member of the International Federation for Peace and Conciliation. 

October 31, 2013, CNS Building, 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM

A Seminar:“Collaboration by Russian, Kazakh, and American Scientists at Semipalatinsk: One of the Greatest Nonproliferation Stories Never Told” By Dr. Siegfried Hecker

Sponsored By CNS.

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

October 24, 2013, Casa Fuente 434, 12PM-2PM.

Special Guest Speaker: Jonathan Reiber, Chief Strategy Officer in the Office of Cyber Policy

Sponsored by the MIIS Cyber Security Club.

Jonathan Reiber serves as the Chief Strategy Officer in the Office of Cyber Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense. He will be doing a presentation for the MIIS Cyber Security Club followed by a cyber security club round table session.

October 18, 2013, CNS Teleconference Room, 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM

A Seminar: “North Korea's WMD Programs Through Satellite Imagery” By Nick Hansen and Jeffrey Lewis

Sponsored By CNS.

Nick Hansen is a CISAC Affiliate. He graduated with a BA in Geography from Syracuse University in 1964. His career in national intelligence spans 43 years first as an Army imagery analyst, and then in industry with GTE-EDL, ESL/TRW, Tera Research as a cofounder Vice Pres. and then again at ESL (now TRW/Northrop-Grumman) as a Director. He has also served in an SES position at the Navy's NIOC-Suitland, MD, as an image technology expert associated with Pennsylvania State University. He has been twice nominated for the NRO's Pioneer award for innovative imagery uses and techniques development and is an expert in foreign weapons systems and test ranges.

Jeffrey Lewis is Director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Dr. Lewis also founded and maintains the leading blog on nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, ArmsControlWonk.com. Dr. Lewis is the author of Minimum Means of Reprisal: China’s Search for Security in the Nuclear Age (MIT Press, 2007).   Dr. Lewis is also an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University and a research scholar at the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy (CSSIM). He  serves on the Board of Directors of the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship.

October 14, 2013, CNS Building Seminar Room 12:15PM-2:00PM

A Briefing: “New Media Solutions in Nonproliferation and Arms Control: Opportunities and Challenges” By Bryan Lee and Margarita Zolotova

Sponsored by CNS.

Bryan Lee is Director of the Eurasia Nonproliferation Program at CNS. Prior to coming to CNS, he was the Director of the International Counterproliferation Program at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, a $12 million program created by Congress to train foreign nations how to address the threat of smuggling of weapons of mass destruction.

Margarita Zolotova is a CNS Research Associate for Social Design and Digital Strategy. Prior to coming to CNS, she worked as a television journalist and producer, media, and political strategist in Russia.