Tyler Velte, an incoming graduate student to the Monterey Institute, had never taken Arabic before attending the Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP). On the first day when he had to take his placement test, all he was able to do was write his name on the paper (in English!) and hand it in to the instructor.
But after 8 weeks of intensive language training, myriad activities focused around the language, and hours of homework and studying every night, he is now able to write in Arabic and even hold his own in a conversation.
For generations of Monterey Institute students, the semester-long NPT simulation course has been a life-changing experience. Led by Dr.
Thomas Gray is a former submarine Navy officer who is now pursuing a degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies at MIIS.
Charles Thorson is a graduate student at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, pursuing a degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies.
In this 60 second snapshot of his experience at MIIS, he talks about his intensive Arabic training and the honor's thesis he's working on, looking at the Muslim Brotherhood and its relationship with jihadist groups in Egypt. He says that he is now looking to continue his studies in a Ph.D. program and explore career opportunities at a research institute of think tank.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer, currently director of the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institute, will give a public lecture on "Russian Power Diplomacy and Eurasian Intergration" in the Monterey Institute’s Irvine Auditorium at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 24.
The Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program at the Monterey Institute hosted its second annual student-driven conference on March 6-7. This year the focus was on terrorism and counter-terrorism in Africa with several panel discussions with noted experts in the field as well as students, and a keynote address by former Congressman Jim Kolbe.
Dr. William Potter, director of the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), has pioneered the use of simulations as a tool for teaching students the intricacies of international arms control negotiations.
MIIS Professor Releases Materials Shedding New Light on Israel’s Nuclear Decision-Making During Yom Kippur War
Dr. Avner Cohen, professor of nonproliferation studies at the Monterey Institute and a noted scholar of Israel’s nuclear program, today released several items from his personal research archive that offer fresh new insights into Israel’s decision not to use nuclear weapons during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
Students of Dr. William Potter’s popular Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty simulation course were treated to a unique opportunity this week to have an intimate discussion with Dr. Rosa Otunbayeva, the former president of the Kyrgyz Republic who led the first peaceful transition from an authoritarian to a parliamentary democracy in Central Asia.
The current, rapidly evolving Syria crisis has led U.S. and international news outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio, CNN, Al Jazeera and Reuters to seek comments from the world’s foremost experts in chemical weapons, threat reduction mechanisms and nonproliferation—many of them found at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) and its James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). Below are some highlights of the many media appearances by MIIS and CNS experts over the last three days: