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Updated: Jan 21, 2014

International Safeguards Policy and Information Analysis

An intensive summer course for careers in international nuclear safeguards.

The Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), in support of the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration's Next Generation Safeguards Initiative, are pleased to announce an intensive one-week, tuition-free, intensive course on international nuclear safeguards policy in June 2014. The course will provide the background knowledge and introduce tools needed for careers in nuclear safeguards with an emphasis on policy and information analysis.

This course will be facilitated by senior Monterey Institute staff and other nonproliferation policy analysts from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies with presentations by experts from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and other leading nonproliferation and safeguards specialists.

Topics Covered

  • The role of the IAEA and international safeguards in the nuclear nonproliferation regime
  • Concepts, objectives, evolution and history of international nuclear safeguards
  • State-level safeguards analysis
  • Case-study analyses of safeguards challenges
  • Introduction to safeguards inspection, material accounting, containment, and surveillance

Course Expectations

Students will be expected to complete an online training module in advance of the course. Students are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop computer to the course to complete course projects and assignments.

Date and Location

Date of course: June 2-6, 2014

Location: Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California


Applicants must be a currently enrolled graduate student or a young professional in the nuclear nonproliferation field. We are especially interested in applicants who demonstrate how a deeper understanding of international safeguards policy will aid their professional pursuits.


The course is tuition free for selected participants and a few small stipends may be available to non-local students to partially offset transportation and housing costs. Students should demonstrate need in stipend support.

Enrollment and the number of stipends are limited!


Selection for the course will be on a competitive basis and based on the merit of the candidate. All applicants will be evaluated by a selection committee (MIIS/CNS faculty and representatives from LLNL and/or DOE).

Application Procedure

Application forms for the one-week intensive course on international nuclear safeguards are available on the CNS website [in Word format or PDF format] and should be accompanied by:

  • an academic transcript
  • a current resumé
  • one letter of recommendation
  • a 500-word statement of purpose.
    The statement should explain past experience in nonproliferation and the relevance of the internship and/or course to professional goals.
  • if stipend support is requested, prospective students should submit a statement of needs.

Interested students are encouraged to submit their applications to Edith Bursac by 5:00 p.m. on March 7, 2014. Successful applicants for the course and/or internships will be notified in early April 2014.

For further information please contact:

Edith Bursac | Bio
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
460 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940, USA

Tel. +1 (831) 647-6531
Fax +1 (831) 647-3519


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