International Policy Studies

Lecture Celebrating Ed Laurance’s Appointment as Gordon Paul Smith Chair Available Online

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.

11/20: Free Conference Explores Digital Communication as Vehicle for Change

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?

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.

11/12: Public Lecture on Strategies For Reducing Small Arms Violence

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. 

MIIS Professor’s LA Times Op-Ed Criticizes West’s Approach to Discouraging Afghan Opium Trade

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.

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.

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.

Toyi Sogoyou: Inside the UN Department of Political Affairs

Toyi Sogoyou at the United Nations


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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.