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.
Core Programs of the Center
Chemical & Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program (CBWNP)
The CBWNP program follows developments throughout the world related to the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons and the negotiation and implementation of related arms control treaties and non- or counter-proliferation measures. It also conducts preparedness planning and training for local, state, and federal officials on incidents of chemical and biological terrorism.
East Asia Nonproliferation Program (EANP)
The EANP program is building a community of nonproliferation specialists in East Asia by introducing new courses in universities on arms control and nonproliferation; training government officials, journalists, research analysts, and professors in nonproliferation issues through its visiting fellows program; and linking a new generation of East Asian professionals to the international community of nonproliferation specialists. EANP conducts extensive research studies on nonproliferation issues affecting East Asia and operates one of the most comprehensive open-source electronic databases on Chinese arms control and nonproliferation developments.
Eurasia Nonproliferation Program (ENP)
The ENP program has established a multi-disciplinary community of nonproliferation specialists throughout the former Soviet Union. It provides training and research opportunities to this community, supports the introduction of nonproliferation courses and material in the universities of Soviet successor states, facilitates the integration of NIS specialists into the broader group of international nonproliferation experts, and publishes timely material about post-Soviet proliferation developments. The program also maintains the most comprehensive, unclassified computer database on nuclear issues involving the former Soviet Union.
Export Control and Nonproliferation Program (XNP)
The Export Control and Nonproliferation Program performs export control-related research, training and industry engagement projects. Training programs are designed to build export control and nonproliferation awareness among practitioners in government, industry and academia.
The International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program (IONP)
The IONP conducts research and policy analysis on the new roles and activities of international organizations as they deal with emerging proliferation concerns. It currently focuses on the review processes of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention to prepare policymakers for future review conferences of these treaties.
Middle East Nonproliferation Program
CNS Middle East Nonproliferation activities are dedicated to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East and reducing the risk of their use by providing original, policy-focused research, promoting robust U.S. and international nonproliferation policies, teaching and training on regional nonproliferation issues, and enhancing regional security and dialogue.
Nonproliferation Education Program
The Education Program (EDU) supports the mission of the Center through 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.
CNS writes and distributes a number of ongoing publications, including: