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.
Dr. Jeffrey Bale, Monterey Institute professor and director of the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program, has been in high demand by media outlets in Europe and the United States recently.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies will showcase the local and international achievements of its graduating students at the Graduate School of International Policy and Management’s second annual research and consulting projects expo (“GSIPM Expo”) on Friday, August 19.
A June 29, 2011 Associated Press story “White House unveils retooled plan to hunt Al-Qaeda” by Kimberly Dozier about the new U.S. national counter-terrorism strategy quotes Retired Brigadier General Russ Howard, alumnus and adjunct professor at the Monterey Insitute. The story was widely published in the national media, for example by CBS News, NPR and USA Today.
Experts from the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) were featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and also in the National Journal within the last few days.
Morning Edition interviewed CNS Deputy Director Leonard Spector regarding the unfolding story of international efforts to condemn activities at Syria’s nuclear reactor. The piece speculates that heightened interest in the nuclear reactor may reflect an international strategy to pressure Syria into halting its current violent crackdown on internal dissent.
The May 27 feature “Attack on Pakistani Base Renews Nuclear Qualms” on the popular National Public Radio (NPR) afternoon program All Things Considered focused on the security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons after the death of Osama bin Laden. NPR Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jackie Northam turned to Professor Sharad Joshi, an expert on terrorism and nucl