Foreign Policy Publishes CNS Associate’s Examination of Middle East Nuclear Aspirations

Leading international affairs journal Foreign Policy recently published a piece written by Senior Research Associate Chen Kane of the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Reviewing the nuclear capabilities and ambitions of various Middle Eastern states, Kane notes that “the global economic crisis has disrupted the calculus of nuclear power.

Institute Expert Cited in Voice of America Article on North Caucasus Militants

Monterey Institute Professor Gordon M. Hahn was interviewed for by Voice of America's Russian-language service reporter Michael Gutkin for an article published today titled "Experts Note Activization of the North Caucasus Militants." Professor Hahn, a senior research fellow in the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program (MonTREP), particularly notes the declaration by area jihadists of the “Caucasus Emirate” as a factor in the recent increase in attacks on Russian authorities in the region.

NY Times Quotes CNS/MIIS Nuclear Arms Expert On Prospects For New Agreement

Dr. Nikolai Sokov, senior research associate at the Monterey Institute's James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, was quoted in one of the lead articles in yesterday's New York Times.  Headlined "Nearing New Arms Pact, U.S.

New CNS Report Recommends Strategies for Rekindling U.S.-Russian Negotiation on Tactical Nuclear Weapons


A new report prepared by leading experts at the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center or Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) recommends that the United States and Russia “agree to exchange data about their respective tactical nuclear arsenals in Europe as a step toward hastening the process of removing the weapons.” The report, "Reducing and Regulating Tactical (Nonstrategic) Nuclear Weapons in Europe," was authored by CNS Director William Potter and CNS colleagues Miles Pomper and Nikolai Sokov at the request of Finland’s Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Visiting Middlebury Prof. Rich Wolfson Touts Balanced Approach to Nuclear Energy

Nuclear power has been used commercially for forty years. Given this, visiting Middlebury Prof. Richard Wolfson challenged a room full of Monterey Institute students, faculty, and members of the general public to come up with a list of nuclear power plant accidents. The room was able to find three. After informing the crowd that the emissions from coal power plants kill 24,000 people a year, Prof. Wolfson presented an idea that seems to have been lost in the debate over nuclear power: that the safety systems are impeccable.

NY Times Quotes CNS Bio-Weapons Expert on Obama Policy

Tuesday’s New York Times featured an article on the Obama Administration’s emerging strategy for curbing the spread of biological weapons quoting Dr. Jonathan Tucker of the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.  Dr. Tucker, a senior fellow in the Center’s Washington, D.C.

Center for Nonproliferation Studies Celebrates 20 Years

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), the world's largest nongovernmental organization focused on combating the spread of weapons of mass destruction, celebrated its 20th anniversary December 3-5 with a series of events including a conference and gala dinner for alumni and special guests. Launched in 1989 by Monterey Institute of International Studies Professor William Potter, the Center's unique approach combines original research and global information-sharing with unparalleled educational opportunities for its students.

12/5: Reykjavik Reading to Highlight CNS 20th Anniversary Celebration

At a Reykjavik, Iceland summit meeting in 1986, American and Soviet leaders Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev came within hours of concluding an agreement aimed at eliminating the threat of nuclear weapons for all time.

Three years later, a research center with similar objectives – the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies – was founded at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Daria Ushakova (IPS '10), UN Intern and Future Nonproliferation Expert

Daria Ushakova

1) Ok, first question: You interned for the United Nations, which means you want to save the world, right? So who is your favorite superhero or heroine?

I don’t know. (Laughing.) I usually like the bad guys. I know of Superman and Spiderman, but they’re not my favorites.

MIIS Professor Assesses President Obama’s Asia Trip

Dr. Jing-dong Yuan, director of the East Asia Non-proliferation Program at the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Non-proliferation Studies, offered an assessment of prospects for President Barack Obama’s current eight-day, four-country trip through Asia in an article published Friday by Asia Times Online.