The Monterey Institute and its James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) today announced they have received grant awards totaling approximately $1.2 million from Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The grants will support efforts to educate the next generation of nonproliferation specialists, both through the Institute’s Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies degree program, and through CNS’s ongoing education and training activities.
In a speech delivered at Stanford University on October 27, Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Rose Gottemoeller cited the geospatial analysis research of Monterey Institute of International Studies student Tamara Patton (NPTS ’12) as an example of innovative work being done in the area of arms control verification.
The opportunity to learn from a true master is a “priceless experience” – and precisely the words used by students lucky enough to participate in the recent weekend workshop on the Nuclear Weapons Free Zone in the Middle East taught by the world-renowned expert Ambassador Nabil Fahmy.
It’s hard to think of a more inspiring setting for a day of structured intercultural activities than the natural beauty of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park in the fall. Every year Professor Peter Grothe invites students in his popular course in intercultural communication—as well as students from all degree programs at MIIS—for an all-day retreat in Big Sur.
It was another banner—or rather, headline—week for experts at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), as they were quoted in multiple different national media outlets while offering their insights on a wide variety of security issues.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies has launched the MIIS International Friendship Program, matching incoming international students from various degree programs with enthusiastic local families. The program provides a unique opportunity for students and local families to share their cultures and backgrounds with one another and learn something new. The local families are not expected to provide students with a place to stay, but rather to invite students to explore life outside of the campus.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies will host a public panel titled “Ten Years After 9/11: Reflections on the Global Jihad” on Friday, September 9 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the Irvine Auditorium inside the McCone Building at 499 Pierce Street in downtown Monterey.
“According to researchers at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), open sources indicate that there are at least four, and potentially five, chemical weapons production facilities in Syria,” says CNS Deputy Director Leonard Spector in his recent article “Assad’s Chemical Romance” published on the Foreign Policy Web site.
Local businesses and student service providers offering everything from food and transport to banking and recreational opportunities introduced themselves to new and returning students at the Monterey Institute’s second annual Student Information Fair on Wednesday, August 24. The event drew a steady crowd of new and returning students and was a great success, connecting students, many of them new to the Monterey Peninsula, to service providers in the local community.
The fall is always an exciting time at the Monterey Institute where faculty, staff and returning students welcome a diverse group of new students from all over the world. This year the incoming class includes citizens of 33 countries and speakers of 22 native languages. What they discover during the first week of orientation is that now they all have one important thing in common—they are all citizens of the Monterey Institute community.