Activities and Events

Recent and upcoming nonproliferation activities, events, and announcements involving the CNS center, staff, and programs.
Updated: Aug 23, 2012

CNS 20th Anniversary Celebration:
The Power and Promise of Nonproliferation Education and Training

Monterey Institute of International Studies
Monterey, California

3-5 December 2009

See Also: July 8, 2010 Washington, DC Reception

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) concluded the celebration of its 20th anniversary with a gala reception at the Washington, DC, Embassy of Kazakhstan, on the evening of June 8, 2010. More...

"There can be no security without arms control and disarmament. And there can be no arms control and disarmament without ideas, no ideas without experts and no experts without CNS."
—Tibor Tóth
Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies celebrated its 20th Anniversary 3-5 December 2009, with an international conference on "The Power of Nonproliferation Education and Training". The conference consisted of panels covering the importance of nonproliferation education and training, educational methodologies, regional nonproliferation efforts, and the role of foundations, NGOs, and the media in educating the public. Ambassador Linton Brooks (Former Under-Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Security, USA), Ambassador Susan Burk (Special Representative of the President of the United States for Nuclear Nonproliferation, Washington, DC) , Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala (Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, Colombo, Sri Lanka), The Honorable Andrew Weber (Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense), and other experts participated in the anniversary events.

The celebration culminated in a reading of Reykjavik, a new play by Pulitzer-prize winning author Richard Rhodes, a premier of a film on the impact CNS has had over its 20 years, and a gala awards ceremony at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Participants included alumni, friends, colleagues and stakeholders of the Center.

For more information, see "Center for Nonproliferation Studies Celebrates 20 Years" or contact CNS at cns@miis.edu or 831.647.4154.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Session 1: Opening

Speakers:
  • Monterey Institute President Sunder Ramaswamy
  • Professor William C. Potter
  • Ambassador Linton Brooks

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Opening Welcome
Monterey Institute President Sunder Ramaswamy

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Monterey Institute President Sunder Ramaswamy

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Welcome and Brief CNS History
Professor William C. Potter

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Watch the Opening Remarks [Image: Professor William Potter]

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Keynote Address on subject of the Importance of Nonproliferation Education and Training
Ambassador Linton Brooks

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Session 2:
Panel Discussion on the Objectives and Practice of Nonproliferation Education and Training

Panelists:

L to R: Dr. Vladimir Orlov, Cristina Hansell, Lars van Dassen, Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala, William C. Potter
L to R: Dr. Vladimir Orlov, Cristina Hansell, Lars van Dassen,
Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala, William C. Potter

Session 3:
Panel Discussion on Educational Methodologies

Simulations, OJT, Internships at IO, CIF, Intro Course, On-line education.

Panelists:

Session 4:
Impact of Education and Training by CNS

MIIS alumni and recipients of CNS nonproliferation certificate talk about how much training at CNS has helped their careers.

Panelists:
  • Ms. Christine Buzzard
    Executive Director of the Moscow Office of the U.S. Department of Energy.
    → Read Presentation Paper
  • Mr. Michiru Nishida
    Special Assistant for Disarmament and Nonproliferation at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
    → Read Presentation Paper
  • Dr. Ole Reistad
    Research scientist at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Session 5:
Panel on Regional Nonproliferation Efforts

Panelists:
  • Dr. Christiane Agboton Johnson (Africa)
    Deputy Director of UNIDIR
    → Read Presentation Paper
  • Ambassador Nabil Fahmy (Middle East)
    Chair of the Middle East Nonproliferation Project at CNS
    → Read Presentation Paper
  • The Honorable Andrew Weber (Post-Soviet States)
    Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Programs

Session 6:
CNS and International Organizations

Panelists:
  • Dr. Michael Barletta
    → Read Presentation Paper
  • Mr. Jean DuPreez
    Chief of External Relations and International Cooperation at the CTBTO
  • Dr. Patricia Lewis
    CNS Deputy Director
  • Dr. Randy Rydell
    Senior Political Affairs Officer at the Office of Sergio Duarte, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, UN
    → Read Presentation Paper

Luncheon discussion:
"What we have learned from engagement with North Korea"

Speaker:
  • Dr. Siegfried Hecker

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Watch video of 'What we have learned from engagement with North Korea'

Session 7:
Ways Forward in Nonproliferation Education and Training

Panelists:

Session 8:
Educating the Public: The Role of Foundations, NGOS, and the Media

Panelists:
  • Dr. Jeffrey Lewis
    Director of the Nuclear Strategy and Nonproliferation Initiative
    → Read Presentation Paper
  • The Honorable Charles Curtis
    President and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI)
  • Mr. Leonard Spector
    Director of the CNS Washington, D.C. office

Reception for MIIS/CNS Alumni


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Over 100 alumni, professional staff, and friends of CNS gathered Friday evening, 4 December, in the Monterey Institute's Samson Student Center to renew friendships and to usher in the Center's third decade. The Center's house band, the U-23Jive, provided live entertainment for the event.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

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Reading of Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Rhodes' new play "Reykjavik"

    Reykjavik play Monterey Peninsula actors presented a passionate reading of Reykjavik, a new play by Pulitzer-prize winning author Richard Rhodes. Reykjavik is a two-act play by Richard Rhodes based on the historic summit meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev held at Reykjavik, Iceland, in October 1986. The two leaders came as close at that meeting as any world leaders have yet done to agreeing to pursue the elimination of nuclear weapons. Reykjavik explores their arguments for doing so, and the reasons they were unable ultimately to agree. It's a history play in the tradition of A Walk in the Woods, Copenhagen and the recent Frost-Nixon, with a limited set of characters and maximum fidelity to the facts. The dialogue and action are based on the original transcripts, both Soviet and U.S., of the proceedings. The characters include Reagan, Gorbachev, George Shultz, Eduard Shevardnadze, Raisa Gorbacheva, Richard Perle and the ghost of Robert Oppenheimer.

    Reykjavik cast, crew, and author.

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Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony
Monterey Bay Aquarium

Awardees

The CNS award for "Most Distinguished Alumnus" was given to Ambassador Yukiya Amano, recently elected Director-General of the IAEA.

Other awards for outstanding contributions to the nonproliferation field were given to:

Naila Bolus
Executive Director, Ploughshares Fund, Washington, DC
Ploughshares.org article on her award
Ambassador Linton Brooks
Former Under-Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Security, USA
George Bunn
Consulting Professor, Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University, and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford, CA
The Honorable Charles Curtis
President and Chief Operating Officer, Nuclear Threat Initiative, Washington, DC
Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala
Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Mohamed Elbaradei
Outgoing Director-General, International Atomic Energy Agency
Dr. Robert Gard
Chairman, Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, Washington, DC, and former President, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA
Rose Gottemoeller
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Verification, Compliance, and Implementation, United States
Tariq Rauf
Head of Verification and Security Policy Coordination, International Atomic Energy Agency
Dr. Randy Rydell
Senior Political Affairs Officer, Office of the High Representative, UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations, New York
Dr. Scott Sagan
Co-Director, Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Leonard Spector
Deputy Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA
Ambassador Roland Timerbaev
Russia

    Master of Ceremonies:
    Mr. Frank Sesno

    Keynote Speakers:
    State Assemblyman Bill Monning
    Ambassador Susan Burk
    Mr. Vasileios Savvidis

    CNS and MIIS alumni and special guests gathered for a gala dinner at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The dinner featured CNN's Frank Sesno (Middlebury '77) as master of ceremonies and included presentation of a congratulatory resolution from the California State Legislature by Assemblyman (and former MIIS professor) Bill Monning, and a keynote speech by Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation Susan Burk. The dinner program reprinted congratulatory letters sent to CNS by President Barack Obama and outgoing International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Mohamed El-Baradei.

    Frank Sesno
    Frank Sesno, Former CNN correspondent (Middlebury '77)
    Bill Monning
    Bill Monning, California State Legislature Assemblyman (and former MIIS professor)
    Susan Burk
    Susan Burk, Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation
    Guests at the gala dinner.

 

This conference was made possible by the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
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