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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: Dec 4, 2013

Supporting CNS

December 2013

For 24 years, the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) has focused on one overarching mission—combating the spread of weapons of mass destruction by training the next generation of experts. During that period CNS has launched the careers of hundreds of young men and women who work tirelessly worldwide to halt proliferation and create the conditions for a safer world.

Our work is far from finished, however. New and continuing threats require nimbleness as well as perseverance on our part. As we begin a quarter of a century of work, we are delighted to announce a number of exciting developments that promise to enhance significantly the effectiveness and visibility of CNS as it addresses the most pressing peace and security issues of our time.

Major New Activities in Vienna, Washington DC, and Monterey

Since its selection in 2010 by the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be its sole partner in the creation and management of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, the new Vienna-based CNS office has served as an international hub of research and training in Vienna, and a venue at which governments, international organizations, and civil society engage in the pursuit of nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation. In recognition of its outstanding work, in 2013 CNS and the Vienna Center received a four-year $2,000,000 matching challenge grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.

2013 also marked the move by CNS to new offices in Washington, DC and Monterey. An expanded DC office provides conference space for a new series of nonproliferation short courses for U.S. government personnel and international diplomats. In Monterey, the move to a large, renovated building enables the consolidation of CNS experts in a lovely facility with advanced teleconferencing capabilities, linking the Monterey campus to the DC office and Middlebury College.

CNS in the News

CNS chemical weapons experts Amy Smithson and Ray Zilinskas dominated the media during summer and fall 2013 with commentary on chemical weapons use and disposition in Syria. Jeffrey Lewis was similarly visible with respect to the DPRK's nuclear activities, while Avner Cohen, Chen Kane, and William Potter were "go to" sources on media accounts of late-breaking developments related to the Middle East and efforts to negotiate a Weapons of Mass Destruction-Free Zone in the region. Most recently, Jeffrey Lewis and Jon Wolfsthal have figured prominently in national and international media commentary on the Iran nuclear deal.

CNS students also featured prominently in the news during 2013, including the selection of Ms. Lovely Umayam as the winner of the U.S. Department of State's first Innovation in Arms Control Challenge — a competition that attracted over 500 entities. Her wining submission was an online education platform that examines the intersection of popular culture and nuclear issues, in order to assist the general public's understanding of nuclear arms control challenges.

A highlight of 2013 was the visit to Monterey of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. On January 18, 2013, the Secretary-General delivered a major address on disarmament and nonproliferation, and paid tribute to the work of CNS and the Monterey Institute's work in promoting disarmament and nonproliferation education.

CNS Needs Your Help

Please take this moment as the end of the year approaches to show your support for CNS and its mission of combatting WMD proliferation by making a generous gift to the Center's General Fund or to specific activities such as the Center's research and training programs in Monterey, Washington DC, and Vienna. Among major new initiatives planned for 2014 are the development of new on-line nonproliferation courses, convening of high-level diplomatic workshops with a focus on U.S.-Russian nuclear negotiations and Sino-U.S. arms control and regional security. Gifts from alumni and friends like you make possible our success stories such as the negotiation and entry into force of a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Treaty in Central Asia.

To show your support, please visit:

https://secure.www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/MDR/ onlinegiving/showGivingForm.jsp?form_id=160806

We will continue our very rich and extensive noon-time nonproliferation seminar series in Monterey, which this past fall featured such speakers as the former President of Kyrgyzstan, ambassadors from Austria, Chile, and the United States, and leading experts on cyber security, chemical and biological weapons, and nuclear terrorism. Please let me know if you would like to be added to our Monterey and/or DC event mailing lists.

My best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous New Year.


Dr. William C. Potter
Founding Director
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and
Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Professor of Nonproliferation Studies
Monterey Institute of International Studies

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Monterey Institute students
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Monterey Institute students

Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova, Yukiya Amano, William Potter
Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova, International Atomic Energy Agency Director and Ambassador Yukiya Amano and Dr. William Potter

Roza Otunbaeva, William Potter, students
Dr. Roza Otunbaeva, former President of Kyrgyzstan, Dr. William Potter, and Monterey Institute students

Yukiya Amano, William Potter, Michael Spindelegger,Sunder Ramaswamy, Tibor Toth
Left to Right: IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, CNS Director William Potter,
Minister for European and International Affairs of Austria Michael Spindelegger,
MIIS President Sunder Ramaswamy, Executive Secretary of the CTBTO Tibor Tóth
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