Highlights of recent activities by the faculty and staff of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies include the folliowing:
Institute alumna Mary Graham (MAIPS ’04) was recently interviewed by Voice of America regarding the development work she is doing with Practical Small Projects, the small NGO she founded "in hopes of facilitating micro-enterprise/finance projects that motivate locals to view themselves as capable entrepreneurs who can develop their own countries." Voice of America reporter Jackson Mvunganyi was specifically interested in the work Mary and PSP are doing in Mali, where they are helping villages become more self-sufficient through well const
"Opportunities & Strategies in Emerging Economies" will be the focus of the Monterey Institute’s annual student-organized international trade and investment conference, scheduled for 10:15 a.m. ( with check-in starting at 9:15 a.m.) to 5:30 p.m. (followed with a cocktail reception for paid conference attendees, panelists and reception speakers) on March 12 in the McCone Building, 499 Pierce Street in Monterey.
Monterey Institute faculty members Kenneth Coleman and Raymond Zilinskas of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies were recently referenced in an article about Botox as a bio-weapon.
Jonathan Tucker, a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C. location of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, was quoted in an Associated Press article about the execution of “Chemical Ali,” or Ali Hassan al-Majid, a cousin and close cohort of Saddam Hussein who used chemical weapons to kill thousands of civilians during the dictator’s regime.
Professor Jinhuei Dai is a pioneer of innovative teaching and learning strategies. She advocates a "sustainable model" for teaching the Chinese language to policy students from a wide range of language levels and academic interests. By emphasizing individualization, the personal experience of learning, Professor Dai's students cultivate their language abilities.
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.