International Policy Studies

12/5: Reykjavik Reading to Highlight CNS 20th Anniversary Celebration

At a Reykjavik, Iceland summit meeting in 1986, American and Soviet leaders Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev came within hours of concluding an agreement aimed at eliminating the threat of nuclear weapons for all time.

Three years later, a research center with similar objectives – the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies – was founded at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Sam Marrero: Mastering Arabic on the Streets of Cairo

Sam Marrero (MAIPS '10) received a Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic at the American Research Center in Egypt last summer. He spent hours in the classroom learning formal Arabic and Egyptian dialect. He practiced his language skills every chance he could, even when buying pencils and erasers:

I haven’t told this story yet because I don’t think you would believe me.


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Joel Wiseman: A Trade Student Goes to Washington

Joel Wiseman (IPS '09) interned at the Trade Information Center of the Department of Commerce in Washington DC last summer. Donning a suit and tie, Joel educated individuals about the rules and regulations - how to export and import products - of trade agreements.

A current member of the US Navy Reserves, Joel graduated from Chaminade University with a degree in political science and history. He has also studied the Spanish, Russian, and Arabic languages.


1401 Constitution Avenue Northwest
Washington D.C.
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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.