About CNS

CNS at the Monterey Institute of International Studies is the largest nongovernmental organization in the United States devoted exclusively to research & training to stop the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
Updated: May 16, 2013


The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) strives to combat the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by training the next generation of nonproliferation specialists and disseminating timely information and analysis. CNS at the Monterey Institute of International Studies is the largest nongovernmental organization in the United States devoted exclusively to research and training on nonproliferation issues.

Staff, Specialists, and Students

Dr. William Potter established the Center in 1989 with a handful of Institute students. Today, CNS has a full-time staff of more than 40 specialists and over 25 graduate student research assistants located in offices in Monterey, Washington, DC, and Vienna, Austria.

Many members of the Center's staff serve as expert advisers to policymakers on nonproliferation issues, and CNS seminars featuring decisionmakers and analysts in the field provide a rich learning experience for students and staff alike.

Research Programs

CNS is organized into five research programs:

Each program supports the Center's mission by training graduate students, building a worldwide community of nonproliferation experts, publishing both on-line and print resources on all aspects of WMD, providing background material to the media, and creating seminars and on-line tutorials to be used by high school and college instructors and the general public.

Nonproliferation Publications

CNS publishes the peer-reviewed journal The Nonproliferation Review (NPR), whose international roster of authors discuss a wide range of issues related to the consequences and control of WMD. The NPR is published four times a year (quarterly).

CNS maintains the Inventory of International Nonproliferation Organizations & Regimes, a regularly-updated public reference covering all international organizations, treaties, and agreements relevant to WMD disarmament and nonproliferation.

CNS has also produced an Occasional Paper series, timely Feature Stories, as well as other publications, and maintains comprehensive databases on WMD developments and nonproliferation regimes.

Nonproliferation Education

The MIIS Graduate School of International Policy and Management offers an MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies, the first degree of its kind in the world, as well as the Certificate in Nonproliferation Studies, with courses, seminars, and workshops taught by CNS researchers. CNS also offers internship opportunities in international organizations that expand the career possibilities and interests of Monterey Institute students.

The IAB and MNSG

CNS has established an International Advisory Board that meets twice a year to review CNS programs and activities. Its distinguished members include U.S. and Russian legislators, former ambassadors, renowned nonproliferation experts, and corporate executives. In addition to the Board, the Center has convened the Monterey Nonproliferation Strategy Group, an international panel of experts who meet periodically to develop policy recommendations.

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