Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey


CTBTO Youth Group MIIS Chapter

The CTBTO Youth Group (“the MIIS Chapter”) will serve as the MIIS chapter for the parent organization based in Vienna, which was established in 2016 to promote the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). Having opened for signature more than 20 years ago, this landmark treaty has since lingered in a state of limbo due to its unique legal structure that requires the ratification of a handful of states to trigger its entry into force. The CTBTO Youth Group, whose international membership of students and young professionals has rapidly expanded since its inception, seeks to promote the CTBT and its verification regime by conveying the significance of the treaty’s entry into force as a key step towards nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation.

In conjunction with its parent organization, the MIIS Chapter will foster discussion on the CTBT and CTBT-related issues, build a basis of knowledge surrounding the CTBT through academic papers, screenings, and discussions, and raise awareness of issues surrounding the treaty’s entry into force. Additionally, the MIIS Chapter will utilize new technologies, including social media, digital visualization, and other interactive modes of disseminating information, to advance the Club’s agenda. Through its association to the CTBTO, members will have access to CTBT material, professional networks and fora for discourse on the political, technological, and scientific dimensions of the CTBT. 

President: Sylvia Mishra

Treasurer: Tiara Shaya

Cyber Security Student Working Group

The Cyber Security Student Working Group (CSWG) is a MIIS student-led organization striving to build cyber capability among the next generation of international policy professionals. To this end we are working with experts in the community and the region to educate, empower and entertain the student body, faculty and staff at MIIS.

President: Joe Shepard
Treasurer: Elizabeth Pesek


M-Force is comprised of dedicated student leaders with a strong interest in introducing Social Entrepreneurship professional and academic activities to the MIIS campus (e.g. Microfinance, B-Corporation Consulting, Impact Investing, and Lecture Series). Student leaders partner with the MIIS chapter of Net Impact in order to mobilize a new generation to use their careers to drive transformational change on campus, in the workplace and the world.

President: Austen Stranahan

Treasurer: Tyler Higginson

MIIS International Trade Association

Through conferences, speakers, and informal forums, the MIIS International Trade Association provides opportunities for students and faculty to discuss issues not covered in the classroom in order to increase the knowledge and understanding of current trade-related affairs in the community and worldwide. 

President: Joaquin Vazquez

Chair (located in DC): Alexandra Calloway-Nation

Terrorism Studies Club

The Terrorism Studies Club (TSC) is a student organization at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies that seeks to enrich its members through a series of educational, professional, and social events. By providing a positive and multifaceted support environment, the Terrorism Studies Club aims to assist students in fulfilling their highest academic potential and embarking on successful careers as security and counter terrorism professionals.

Club President: Christopher Fagioli

Club Treasurer: Angelie Montesa