A graduate of Middlebury College's Chinese language degree program, Valkyrie Anderson (IPS '09) came to Monterey two years ago with dreams of becoming a translator or interpreter. Inspired by a commitment to social justice, however, she questioned this path. She chose the policy program instead, applying her language abilities in the development and human trafficking fields.
Senior research Associate Miles Pomper of the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies was quoted by two publications this week commenting on the prospects for a successful near-term conclusion of the much-delayed START treaty renewal talks between the United States and Russia.
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.
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.
Leloba Pahl (IPS '10) interned for the Aspen Institute’s program on philanthropy and innovation last summer. Located in Washington D.C., the Aspen Institute is a non-profit organization that promotes dialogue and solutions for a wide range of issues such as climate change, gender empowerment, and social development. Leloba wrote grant applications and policy memos and organized two seminars:
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.
Last summer, David Reichbaum (MPA '09) interned for ProWorld in the Cusco region of Peru. ProWorld provides health, education, and environmental services to developing communities.
Former U.S. Deputy Trade Representative Alan Wolff to Lead Institute’s International Trade Policy Initiative
The Monterey Institute today announced the appointment of former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Alan Wolff as Distinguished Research Professor in the Institute’s Graduate School of International Policy and Management. Ambassador Wolff will also serve as director of the Institute’s International Trade and Development Policy Initiative (ITDPI). We expect ITDPI to be the first phase of our effort to consolidate and enhance the Institute’s research and academic programs addressing the policy challenges of international trade and development.
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.
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.