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. 

Institute Students Simulate U.S.-Russian Arms Control Negotiations

Students in James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies Director William Potter’s Monterey classroom aren’t just studying current events; they’re experiencing them with an unmatched level of realism. Even as Obama Administration officials work to negotiate a renewal of the START treaty with their Russian counterparts, students at the Monterey Institute are working through a semester-long simulation of the same negotiations, guided by Dr. Potter and Dr.

11/11: Professor Rich Wolfson Presents “Nuclear Power: One Environmentalist’s Perspective”

On November 11, the ongoing Monterey/Middlebury Speaker Series will bring Middlebury College Professor Rich Wolfson to Monterey to present “Nuclear Power: One Environmentalist’s Perspective.” Professor Wolfson is Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of Physics at Middlebury and also teaches in Middlebury’s Environmental Studies Program. His lecture will center on the argument that for an environmentalist, nuclear power is too complex for a simple “pro” or “anti” stance.

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Our interdisciplinary curriculum integrates policy analysis, international security, science and technology, and history to prepare students for professional careers dealing with the threats posed by violent extremism and nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

Monterey Herald Spotlights CNS Director William Potter’s Talk on Arms Control and Nonproliferation

On Friday, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies Director Dr. William Potter was a featured speaker at the American Political Science Association’s conference on international security issues in Monterey.  Dr. Potter’s remarks on nuclear nonproliferation, arms control, and international diplomacy were extensively quoted in a page two article in Saturday’s Monterey County Herald.

New Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Degree Approved For Fall 2010

Further expanding the scope of two unique and highly regarded programs, the Monterey Institute of International Studies today announced the approval of a new master’s degree program in nonproliferation and terrorism studies for the fall 2010 semester.

Bloomberg News Quotes CNS Chief on U.S.-Russian Nuclear Pact Prospects

A Bloomberg News article assessing the timing and prospects for the proposed successor agreement to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between the United States and Russia quotes William Potter, director of the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Potter comments on the importance of verification and transparency provisions in the article, which was authored by Middlebury alumna Janine Zacharia.