Monterey Institute Experts, Including a Student, in the Spotlight After Boston Bombings, Ricin Letters
When the world woke up Friday morning to the news that the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings were from Chechnya, reporters were sent scrambling for experts on both terrorism and the Caucasus region. And that search quickly led them to the experts—and students—associated with Monterey Institute’s unique Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS) program.
Our faculty include world-renowned literary translators, T&I scholars, pedagogical leaders and conference interpreters who have many years of professional and academic experience and continue to be active in their respective fields.
Lovely Umayam (MANPTS '13 and Gard 'n' Wall Scholar) won first prize and was awarded $5,000 in the Innovation in Arms Control Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance. Members of the public were invited to submit innovative approaches to using commonly available technologies to support arms control policy efforts, and the competition drew more than 500 submissions.
In a major policy address delivered at the Monterey Institute of International Studies on January 18, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke passionately about his vision of a more peaceful future and lauded the role played by the Institute in promoting disarmament and nonproliferation education. He gave special recognition to the innovative and effective teaching methods of Dr.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will deliver a major address on disarmament and nonproliferation at the Monterey Institute of International Studies on Friday, January 18. The event is being co-hosted by the Institute and its James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), the world’s leading research center focused on preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
The Monterey Institute community celebrates 2012 as a year of great achievements and is looking forward to a new year filled with possibilities and promise.
Picking the top five news stories of the year was especially difficult this time around, but we have chosen five important stories, listed by date:
The world-class experts at the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) are in high demand in national and international media whenever there is breaking news related to matters of security and weapons of mass destruction. On December 14, 2012, Reuters, the Washington Post, National Public Radio (NPR) and the Inter Press Agency each published stories featuring a CNS expert:
Alumni of the International Professional Service Semester (IPSS) program shared their experience and reflected on the deep effect it has had on their careers and lives, at the 10-year anniversary celebration of the program on November 29. The program was the brainchild of Professor Ed Laurance, who ten years ago recognized the value of combining real-life work experience with rigorous academic training to prepare graduate
Veterans bring a wide range of experiences to their studies at the Monterey Institute where they are encouraged to build on their skills and expertise to prepare for a new stage in their careers. The Monterey Institute’s diverse degree programs from international policy studies, management and nonproliferation and terrorism studies to various language programs are perfectly suited for veterans dedicated to continue to make a difference.
For many Monterey Institute students, the short winter term in January is a great opportunity to gain real-world experience and a deeper understanding of a particular subject, and/or to enhance their language skills. The courses and immersive learning opportunities offered for the 2013 winter (or “J-term”) are a wonderful reflection of the vibrant academic environment created by the unique Monterey Institute community.