Monterey Institute of International Studies

Center for Nonproliferation Studies

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) is the largest nongovernmental organization in the world devoted to curbing the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and is the only organization dedicated exclusively to graduate education and research on nonproliferation issues.

Five Core Programs of the Center

The Chemical and Biological Weapons (CBW) Nonproliferation Program

Develops strategies for halting and reversing the spread of CBW, offers training and courses on CBW issues, and conducts research on such topics as: the security implications of synthetic biology, obstacles to chemical and biological disarmament in Russia, motivations for CBW acquisition by states and terrorist groups.

The East Asia Nonproliferation Program (EANP)

Conducts extensive research on nonproliferation issues affecting East Asia and operates one of the most comprehensive open-source electronic databases on Chinese arms control and nonproliferation developments, issues related to North Korean weapons of mass destruction, and other emerging topics. EANP also provides training to visiting fellows from various gavernement and non-governemental organizations from China and other Asian countries.

The Education Program (EDU)

Supports the mission of the Center through the management of its visiting fellows program, high school education and outreach activities, recruitment of prospective students, placement of graduate research assistants and summer interns, and training officials and academics nonproliferation terminology. Program staff and project managers also engage in research on disarmament and nonproliferation education, combating the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and regional security issues.

The International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program (IONP)

Conducts research on the roles and activities of international bodies responsible for dealing with emerging proliferation concerns (including means of strengthening the nuclear nonproliferation regime), assists policymakers in preparing for international nonproliferation negotiations, and provides training and internships for graduate students interested in the work of international nonproliferation organizations.

The Newly Independent States Nonproliferation Program (NISNP)

Provides training opportunities to experts and officials from the NIS, supports the introduction of nonproliferation courses and material in the universities of Soviet successor states, and conducts timely research on NIS proliferation and nonproliferation developments.

CNS writes and distributes a number of ongoing publications, including: