About this Database

The Non-Aligned Movement Disarmament Database archives the political positions and statements made by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in multilateral fora related to international disarmament issues since the Movement’s inception in 1961. All information is taken directly from primary sources, such as documents from NAM meetings, official communications, working papers, and United Nations records. The Database allows users to search for statements based on the fora and year in which they were presented, and categorizes statements based on topics most frequently examined or deliberated by NAM in these fora.

The NAM Database is developed and managed by the International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program (IONP) within the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). The Database concept, scope and content were the initiative of Ambassador Aruni Wijewardane, who served as the Director of IONP and as Diplomat-in-Residence at CNS from 2011 to 2013, with full encouragement and support from Dr. William Potter, Director of CNS.

The Database was founded in November 2011 and was launched in April 2012. The first fora to be archived was the NAM Heads of State Summits, and the Database continues to grow as more fora and documents are added. It is a work-in-progress, with the goal to chronicle all NAM statements on disarmament.

The NAM Database team is greatly indebted to Eduardo Fujii, Senior Programmer and Analyst at CNS, and to David Steiger, Senior Web and Desktop Publishing Specialist at CNS, for their web design and technical expertise provided throughout the development of the Database. Many thanks to others who were instrumental in cultivating the idea of the Database, including Karim Kamel, Adam Weber, Jerry Davydov, Luejit Tinpanga, and Ryan Vigneux.

The NAM Database has been maintained by the following CNS staff as well as Graduate Research Assistants through the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS) Master’s program at MIIS:

  • Amanda Moodie, Research Associate, CNS, 2011-2014
  • Himayu Shiotani, Research Associate, CNS, 2012
  • Jessica Bufford, Master’s Candidate, NPTS, December 2012
  • Shannon Brooks, Master’s Candidate, NPTS, December 2012
  • Joe Brazda, Master’s Candidate, NPTS, 2012-2013
  • Lovely Umayam, Master’s Candidate, NPTS, May 2013
  • Jonathan Fox, Master’s Candidate, NPTS, May 2013
  • Sophie Manoukian, Master’s Candidate, NPTS, May 2013
  • Francisco Parada, Master’s Candidate, NPTS, 2015-2016
  • Christian Ciobanu, Master’s Candidate, NPTS, 2015-2016
  • Kyle Swinnerton, Master’s Candidate, NPTS, 2016
  • Tracy Lyon, Master’s Candidate, NPTS, 2016-present