Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Nonproliferation & Terrorism Studies

Stephanie Lieggi

First Name
Stephanie
Last Name
Lieggi
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Job Title
Senior Research Associate
Location
CNS Building, 499 Van Buren St.
City, State, ZIP
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone
831.647.6697

Since 2004, Ms. Stephanie Lieggi has worked on CNS export control-related publications, first as managing editor of the Asian Export Control Observer and later as Associate Editor-in-Chief of the International Export Control Observer. As part of her export control-related work, she has researched various illicit smuggling and export control violation cases, including the AQ Khan network.

Before coming to Monterey, she worked for four years at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and two years as a researcher at the Australian Embassy in Beijing.

Expertise
  • US-China bilateral relations
  • China’s nonproliferation and export control policies
  • Illicit trafficking in Asia
  • Strategic Trade Management and 1540 Implementation in Asia
  • Nuclear energy development and nuclear security in Asia
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Education

  • M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • B.A. in Political Science from the University of California in San Diego
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Melissa Hanham

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Melissa
Last Name
Hanham
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Job Title
Senior Research Associate
Location
CNS Building, 499 Van Buren St.
City, State, ZIP
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone
831.647.6507
Language(s)
Français

Melissa Hanham is a Senior Research Associate in the East Asia Nonproliferation Program (EANP) at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). Her regional interests include the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, North Korean WMD procurement and proliferation networks, China’s nuclear posture, and East Asian security.

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Education

  • MA in International Security Policy and East Asia from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs
  • BA in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University
  • Certificate of Nonproliferation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies

Background

Previously, Melissa worked for International Crisis Group in Beijing, China and Seoul, South Korea.

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Adjunct Faculty
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John Vanek

First Name
John
Last Name
Vanek
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Job Title
Adjunct Professor in International Policy and Development
Location
GSIPM
City, State, ZIP
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone
831.647.4155

What is it that you are most passionate about?

I am passionate about enhancing leadership and collaboration to make our communities, and our world, a better place.

What do you enjoy most about being a professor at MIIS?

I love the passion and thoughtful engagement MIIS students bring to the classroom and the world.

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Expertise

Anti-trafficking programs and responses to human trafficking on a local (tactical) level, and at the national (strategy) level.

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John Vanek retired from the San Jose Police Department after 25 years, in the rank of Lieutenant. From 2006-2011, as part of a U.S. Department of Justice-funded anti-trafficking program, Vanek managed the Human Trafficking Task Force, collaborating with a variety of governmental agencies and NGOs to create a multidisciplinary response to human trafficking in the South Bay Area. As one of the first law enforcement officers involved in the anti-trafficking task force program, John was fortunate to take part in a variety of new efforts as our nation and state have developed responses to modern-day slavery. His expertise was developed on the ground, confronting issues as they were encountered, both at the local (tactical) level, and at the national (strategy) level. Vanek now consults on anti-trafficking activities, leadership, and collaboration for the State of California, the U.S. Department of Justice, NGOs, and sit on a variety of advisory boards.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Since retiring in October 2011, John Vanek has been busy presenting programs related to anti-trafficking efforts and collaboration across the country.
  • John Vanek enjoys working on his own MA in Leadership Studies from Saint Mary’s College of California.

Education

MA, Leadership Studies (Candidate), Saint Mary’s College of California (August 2013)

BA, International Relations, San Francisco State University

Recent Publications

PDF IconToward Constructive Engagement between Local Law Enforcement and Mobilization and Advocacy Nongovernmental Organizations about Human Trafficking: Recommendations for Law Enforcement Executives

Kirsten Foot, Associate Professor of Communication, University of Washington
John Vanek, Anti-Human Trafficking Consultant

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George Moore, Ph. D.

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George
Last Name
Moore
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Job Title
Scientist in Residence at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
Location
CNS Building, 499 Van Buren St.
City, State, ZIP
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone
831.647.4613
Language(s)
Français
Deutsch
日本語

From 2007-2012, Dr. Moore was a Senior Analyst in the Office of Nuclear Security at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. At IAEA, he worked with the Illicit Trafficking Database (ITDB) and served as Scientific Secretary for the Director General's Advisory Group on Nuclear Security (AdSec). He also served as Scientific Secretary for the development of the Agency's Fundamentals of Nuclear Security document, the top-level document in the Agency's Nuclear Security Series that will be published in fall 2012.

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Expertise

Nuclear weapons, Illicit trafficking, Nuclear Security, Binding and Non-Binding Legal Instruments for Nuclear Security, Aviation Security Issues

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B.A. United States Naval Academy

M.S., Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

J.D. University of California, Boalt Hall (Berkeley) School of Law

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Jeffrey Knopf

First Name
Jeffrey
Last Name
Knopf
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Job Title
Professor and Program Chair, Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies
Location
McGowan 200 C
City, State, ZIP
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone
831.647.7174

I am passionate about: Making whatever small contribution I can to reducing the dangers posed by nuclear weapons.

What excites me about being a professor at MIIS: Teaching at MIIS offers an opportunity to work with professional Master’s students who will go on to apply what they learn in real-world settings. I also appreciate getting to work in such a beautiful location. 

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Expertise

Nuclear Arms Control and Nonproliferation
Utility of Deterrence, Assurance, and other Strategies for Dealing with WMD and Terrorism
International Cooperation
Public Opinion and Foreign Policy

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Recent Accomplishments

  • Received a grant from the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to lead a collaborative research project, initiated in early 2012, to examine “Multilateral Cooperation on Nonproliferation: Lessons Learned.”
  • Was a member of a team commissioned in 2011 by the U.S. Defense Department Strategic Multilayer Assessment program to examine “Influencing Violent Extremist Organizations.”
  • Received the Bernard Brodie Prize for the best article in 2010 in the journal Contemporary Security Policy for “The Fourth Wave in Deterrence Research,” published in the April 2010 issue.

Previous Work

I have published research on U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms control, the consequences of nuclear proliferation, the denuclearization process in Argentina and Brazil, and strategies for countering WMD proliferation such as deterrence and assurance. I have also done work on strategies for combating terrorism. In addition to my academic experience, I have worked at several NGOs concerned with U.S. defense and nuclear weapons policies. This includes a previous stint at MIIS at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, during which time I served as Editor of The Nonproliferation Review.

Education

I received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University. At Stanford, I worked with the late Alexander L. George and Scott Sagan, two internationally renowned experts in international security and nuclear weapons issues. I have a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University.

Bibliography

“Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation: Are They Linked?” International Security (forthcoming, winter 2012). PDF/link not available yet.

Editor, Security Assurances and Nuclear Nonproliferation (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012).

NGOs, Social Movements, and Arms Control,” in Arms Control: History, Theory, and Policy, ed. Robert E. Williams, Jr. and Paul R. Viotti (ABC-CLIO/Praeger, 2012). 

The Concept of Nuclear Learning,” Nonproliferation Review 19, no. 1 (March 2012): 79-93.  

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Jessica Varnum

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Jessica
Last Name
Varnum
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Job Title
Senior Research Associate & Project Manager, Adjunct Professor
Location
CNS Building, 499 Van Buren St.
City, State, ZIP
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone
831.647.4610
Language(s)
Français

Jessica C. Varnum is Senior Research Associate, Project Manager, and Adjunct Professor at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). Varnum manages all of CNS's work for the Nuclear Threat Initiative website, including extensive research databases on nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their delivery systems, educational resources, country profiles, and issue briefs.

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Expertise

Nuclear nonproliferation; Turkey (including Turkish national security and nuclear policies, Turkish foreign policies, and Turkish domestic politics); NATO and extended deterrence; peaceful nuclear trade and cooperation; the responsible expansion of nuclear power; and the science and technology of nuclear policymaking (including the role of science advisors in the policy process and the scientific and technical underpinnings of nuclear policy challenges).

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Education

Varnum earned an M.A. in International Policy Studies with a certificate in Nonproliferation Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and graduated summa cum laude from Colby College with a B.A. in government and international studies. She is proficient in French.

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Leonard Spector

First Name
Leonard
Last Name
Spector
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Job Title
Adjunct Professor and Deputy Director of CNS, Washington D.C. Office
Location
1400 K Street, NW, Suite 450
City, State, ZIP
Washington, D.C., 20005
Phone
202.842.3100

Leonard S. Spector is deputy director of the Institute of International Studies' James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, and leads the Center's Washington D.C. office. Mr. Spector joined CNS from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where he served as an assistant deputy administrator for arms control and nonproliferation at the National Nuclear Security Administration.

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Expertise

Arms control and nonproliferation, international treaties, U.S. domestic and multilateral export controls

Mr. Spector interviewed on MSNBC.

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Education

Mr. Spector holds a J.D. degree from Yale Law School and an undergraduate degree from Williams College.

Publications

His many publications include: Tracking Nuclear Proliferation 1995: A Guide in Maps and Charts (with Mark McDonough and Evan Medeiros, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1995); Nuclear Ambitions: The Spread of Nuclear Weapons, 1989-1990 (Westview Press, 1990); The Undeclared Bomb: The Spread of Nuclear Weapons, 1987-1988 (Harper Business 1990).

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Nikolai Sokov

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Nikolai
Last Name
Sokov
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Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Associate at CNS
Location
CNS Vienna Office
City, State, ZIP
Vienna, Austria
Phone
011.431236948208
Language(s)
Русский

He graduated from Moscow State University in 1981 and subsequently worked at the Institute of US and Canadian Studies and the Institute of World Economy and International Relations in Moscow. From 1987-92 he worked at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union and later Russia, and participated in START I and START II negotiations as well as in a number of summit and ministerial meetings.

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Expertise

Russian and US Missile systems, Nuclear Command, Control, Communications & Intelligence (C3I), Nuclear Arms Control, Strategic Arms Control, Kosovo Crisis, Emerging Reorientation of Russia's Foreign Policy, Russia's Perception of NATO, Newly Independent States, Arms Control Agreements:Devolution, Major Treaties and International Regimes: Chances for Demise, NATO, Verification/Compliance

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Education

Nikolai has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (1996) and (the Soviet equivalent of a Ph.D.) Candidate of Historical Sciences degree from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (1986).

Publications

He has published extensively on international security and arms control. Nikolai is the author of Russian Strategic Modernization: Past and Future (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000), co-author and co-editor of the first Russian-language college-level textbook on nuclear nonproliferation (Yadernoe Nerasprostranenie, Vol.I-II, PIR Center, 1st edition 2000, 2nd edition 2002), and several monographs.

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Dr. Jeffrey Lewis

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Jeffrey
Last Name
Lewis
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Job Title
Adjunct Professor and Director of East Asia Non-Proliferation Program at CNS
Location
CNS Building, 499 Van Buren St.
City, State, ZIP
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone
202.842.3100

Before coming to CNS, he was the Director of the Nuclear Strategy and Nonproliferation Initiative at the New America Foundation.

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Expertise

Nuclear nonproliferation, international security, disarmament, arms control

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Education

Dr. Lewis received his Ph.D. in Policy Studies (International Security and Economic Policy) from the University of Maryland and his B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.

Publications

Dr. Lewis is the author of Minimum Means of Reprisal: China's Search for Security in the Nuclear Age (MIT Press, 2007) and publishes ArmsControlWonk.com, the leading blog on disarmament, arms control and nonproliferation.

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Dr. Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress

First Name
Ferenc
Last Name
Dalnoki-Veress
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Job Title
Scientist in Residence and Adjunct Professor
Location
CNS Building, 499 Van Buren St.
City, State, ZIP
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone
831.647.4638

Dr. Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress is Scientist-in-Residence at CNS and holds an MSc and PhD in high energy physics from Carleton University, Canada, specializing in ultra-low radioactivity background detectors and has professional experience in the field of astroparticle physics, primarily neutrino physics.

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Expertise

Nuclear Reactors, Spent Fuel, Neutrino Physics

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Current Courses

Dr. Dalnoki-Veress recognizes that knowledge of science is crucial for understanding weapons of mass destruction and the security threats they pose. In this sense, he has focused on courses where science and policy meet. He coordinates the course Science for NPTS (NPTG 8559) which is a required course and is taught every semester.  He also teaches a novel course titled Nuclear Treaty Verification in a Virtual World (NPTG 8612) which uses avatar based virtual reality to simulate the protocol for the verification of nuclear weapons.

Selected Publications

  • Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress, “Primarily Positive Perceptions: A Survey of Research Reactor Operators on the Benefits and Pitfalls of Converting From HEU to LEU” (paper presented at the European Research Reactor Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, April 1, 2014).

 

  • Dalnoki-Veress, Ferenc; Miles Pomper,. "Dealing with South Korea's Spent Fuel Challenges without Pyroprocessing." Arms Control Today. Arms Control Association. July/August 2013.

 

  • Direct Measurement of the Be-7 Solar Neutrino Flux with 192 Days of Borexino Data, C. Arpesella et al. (Borexino Collaboration). 2008. 6pp. Phys.Rev.Lett.,101:091302,2008.

 

  • A Germanium Spectrometer for Routine Characterization of Samples with the Sensitivity of Double Beta Decay Spectrometers, G. Rugel et al. Nuclear Physics B – Neutrino 2004 Proceedings Supplements, Volume 143, June 2005, Page 564, 2005.

 

  • Direct Evidence for Neutrino Flavor Transformation from Neutral-Current Interactions in the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, Q.R. Ahmad et al. (The SNO Collaboration), Phys.Rev.Lett., 89, 011301, 2002.

 

  • Measurement of Day and Night Neutrino Energy Spectra at SNO and Constraints on Neutrino Mixing Parameters, Q.R. Ahmad et al. (The SNO Collaboration), Phys.Rev.Lett., 89, 011302, 2002.

 

  • Measurement of the Rate of νe + d → p + p + e − Interactions Produced by 8 B Solar Neutrinos at the Sudbury Neutrino Observator, Q.R. Ahmad et al. (The SNO Collaboration) Phys.Rev.Lett., 87, 071301, 2001.  
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