On June 29, Monterey Institute Professor Anna Vassilieva was interviewed on PBS Newshour where she was asked about possible effects of the recent Russian spy charges on the relationship between the US and Russia. Professor Vassilieva, the head of the Russian Studies Program at the Monterey Institute, said that while news of espionage is always disconcerting, the news comes in the wake of a very successful official visit by President Medvedev to the United States.
The Asia Times Online recently published an essay co-authored by Ahmad Waheed (MAIPS ’09) and Matthew C. DuPree addressing the socio-economic ramifications of the recent poppy blight in Afghanistan. DuPree and Waheed, who are both currently research associates with the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, note the effects of the recent poppy blight on the national economy, and the efforts of the Taliban to blame to blight on international forces active in the country.
This summer three Monterey Institute students will be working as Peace Fellows on three continents for the Advocacy Project, a non-governmental organization based in Washington D.C. The diverse projects undertaken by this trio will find them seeking justice for family members of the disappeared in Peru, building networks for women in Ghana and promoting women’s reproductive rights in Nepal. The fellowship program is based on the idea that change is best achieved by those who are directly affected.
Dr. William Potter, founding director of the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), yesterday met with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to discuss disarmament and nonproliferation education, a significant point of focus for both the recent Nuclear Security Summit and ongoing Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference. CNS Deputy Director Dr. Patricia Lewis and U.N.
In an April 18 article, the New York Times cites Assemblymember Bill Monning´s experience as teacher of international negotiation and conflict resolution at the Monterey Institute of International Studies as one of the assets he will bring to the task of implementing federal health care reform at the state level.
This January, two teams of Monterey Institute students are putting the skills they are learning in Monterey to use in the far corners of the globe, working on faculty-sponsored projects in El Salvador and Sierra Leone. These projects are part of the Institute’s curriculum offerings for “J-term,” the January interim period between fall and spring semesters.
Dave Moorer interned at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) in Germany last semester. The Center is a non-profit organization providing research, training, and consultancy services for peacebuilding and development issues worldwide.
Dave collaborated to design a new program addressing sexual violence in war and post-conflict environments. This program seeks to identify the various motivations and typologies of sexual violence in order to shape future public policy.
The sheer volume of information in circulation today can make the delivery of a clear message difficult. Under those circumstances, how do dynamic communicators connect with the right people? How are critical messages being shaped to cut through the clutter? Who is defining these messages of change? And where can people turn to feel more connected to the issues they care about?
Small arms and light weapons, readily available at low cost, concealable, and low maintenance, are often referred to as “weapons of mass destruction, in slow motion.” The international community is now fully engaged in trying to reduce and prevent the violence perpetrated worldwide using these deadly tools.