In a public lecture held on November 12, newly-appointed Gordon Paul Smith Chair in International Policy Studies Edward J. Laurance traced the growth of small arms violence and discuss the approaches being taken by governments, the United Nations, and non-governmental organizations to end it.
The sheer volume of information in circulation today can make the delivery of a clear message difficult. Under those circumstances, how do dynamic communicators connect with the right people? How are critical messages being shaped to cut through the clutter? Who is defining these messages of change? And where can people turn to feel more connected to the issues they care about?
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.
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.
Small arms and light weapons, readily available at low cost, concealable, and low maintenance, are often referred to as “weapons of mass destruction, in slow motion.” The international community is now fully engaged in trying to reduce and prevent the violence perpetrated worldwide using these deadly tools.
The ineffectiveness and sometimes counterproductive consequences of Western efforts to curb opium production are outlined clearly in a Los Angeles Times op-ed piece authored by Monterey Institute Professor Moyara Ruehsen.
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.
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.
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.