Nonproliferation & Terrorism Studies

CNS Expert Cited by NY Times, Others on Israel-Iran Nuclear Rivalry

Avner Cohen, author of two books on Israeli nuclear policy and a senior fellow at the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, was quoted in a January 15 New York Times piece that explored Israel’s possible role in delaying Iran’s progress toward developing a nuclear weapon.

Marcos Medina: MIIS through the Eyes of a Veteran

Iraq War veteran, Marcos Medina (MANPTS '12), originally from Salinas, California, just needed something different after high school. He joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Texas and Georgia before his deployment to Iraq.

After returning to the U.S., he enrolled in the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies where he helped found the Veterans Organization.


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U.S. Senate Ratification of “New START" Treaty Spurs Flurry of National Media Quotes from CNS Experts

The United States Senate voted to ratify the “New START Treaty,”  a nuclear arms reduction agreement between Russia and the U.S. on December 22.  On that day, Miles Pomper, senior research associate at the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) was interviewed on the popular afternoon NPR show All Things Considered.

Arms Control Negotiation Class Meets with “New START” Chief US Negotiator


The arms control negotiation simulation class taught by Dr. William Potter, director of the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, has always been one of the most highly regarded and talked about classes offered at the school, and an overview of this semester’s activities in “IPOL 8586: US-Russian START Follow-on

Arms Control Simulation” should serve as a reminder of why.

CNS & MIIS Awarded $475,000 Grant to Support Nonproliferation Education and Training

On December 8, 2010, the Monterey Institute of International Studies and its James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) announced that the MacArthur Foundation has awarded a $475,000 grant in support of CNS’s education and training programs in the areas of nuclear nonproliferation and terrorism. The two-year grant will run through October 31, 2012.

Washington Post, NY Times Cite Center for Nonproliferation Studies on Belarus Uranium

On December 1, Belarus announced its commitment to eliminate large stockpiles of highly-enriched Uranium at a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Kazakhstan. The international news agency Associated Press and national U.S.

CNS Experts Quoted on NPR and in the Boston Globe

On November 16, NPR sought out Leonard Spector, deputy director of the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) to help explain the tricky issue of securing the largest stockpile of weapons grade material outside of a nuclear weapons state. Spector, a former US Energy Department official, first became aware of the nuclear plant in the Kazakh city of Aktau in the 1990s.

Monterey Institute’s CNS Chosen to Manage and Operate Austrian Government’s New Vienna Center for Disarmament and Nonproliferation

The Austrian Foreign Ministry for European and International Affairs today announced the selection of the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) as its partner institution in the establishment of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Nonproliferation. The new center will serve as an international hub for discussions among representatives of civil society, national governments, and international organizations regarding nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament issues.

MIIS Offers New Avenue to Admission with Modified Language Requirement for Prospective Students

Throughout its history, the Monterey Institute of International Studies has sought to attract the highest caliber of well-qualified, internationally-oriented students. As the Institute’s programs in areas such as international business and international environmental policy have expanded in recent years, a significant number of students who are highly qualified in every other respect to attend MIIS have been rejected because they are unable to meet the language proficiency requirement.

NY Times Praises CNS Researcher’s New Book on Israel’s Nuclear Policy

In a New York Times review published Wednesday, October 13, reviewer Ethan Bronner offered strong praise for “The Worst-Kept Secret: Israel’s Bargain with the Bomb,” the new book from Avner Cohen of the Monterey Institute of International Studies’ James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.  Dr. Cohen is a senior research associate affiliated with the Center’s Washington, D.C. office.  Bronner described “The Worst-Kept Secret” as “thoughtful, measured and deep, and very much worthy of wide consideration.”