James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)
CNS News & Views:
August 2016
Panelists and participants in the Summer School in Mexico Discuss the Nonprospects for nuclear disarmament
Summer School in Mexico
CNS and the Mexican Foreign Ministry partnered to hold the third annual Summer School on Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation in Mexico City from July 4-8, 2016. 

Summer school participants were predominantly young diplomats from twenty-five Latin American and Caribbean countries and representatives from the Organization for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL). The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Matías Romero Institute, and OPANAL provided support to the program.
MIIS students with visiting expert Pavel Gudev
Carnegie Spotlight on MIIS, CNS, & GIRS
A recent story published on the website of the   Carnegie Corporation of New York highlights its support for CNS as well as the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies (GIRS), both housed at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), as prime examples of how training the next generation of US and Russian nonproliferation experts could revamp the relationship between the two countries and build crucial bridges in order to "create valuable pathways for meaningful progress." 

The story also highlights the upcoming Dual Degree in Nonproliferation Studies, a joint program of MIIS and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, launching this fall.

Network graph of the CNS-produced database
Using New Media Tools to Track Radiological Sources in Moldova
CNS partnered with the Moldovan National Agency for Regulation of Nuclear and Radiological Activities (NARNRA) for a unique, first-of-its-kind project to locate and track radiological sources abandoned during the collapse of the Soviet Union. 

Using new tools such as social media, internet searches, database software, and network analysis tools, CNS researches identified  twenty-five people with the most connections with former co-workers with access to sensitive radiological materials. 
Analyzing Trade Data and Open-Source Information
The Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation and Project Alpha at King's College London held a workshop on June 27-28 focusing on the analysis of trade data and related open-source information to understand critical supply chains and improve nonproliferation trade-control efforts. 

The workshop brought together practitioners working on the development and application of relevant analytical techniques and tools to promote non-proliferation objectives and effectively share information. 

Read the workshop report.

Chen Kane at BWC workshop
Dr. Chen Kane makes an intervention during the BWC workshop
New analysis from Trump to Turkey
From biological weapons in the Soviet Union to putting Donald Trump's latest comments in (fact-based) context, CNS experts regularly comment and publish analysis in various publications online and in print:
CNS experts are also regularly cited and quoted by the media, on matters ranging from North Korea's latest weapon test to US nuclear modernization. 

We are also proud to collaborate with our friends at the Nuclear Threat Initiative to produce a trove of tutorials, analysis, and other resources to help explain current WMD events and developments.  Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg appoints Rose Gottemoeller as the next Deputy Secretary General, as of October 1, 2016
WMD Elimination: Save the Date! 
The Nonproliferation Review, CNS's refereed journal, will be hosting an event in our Washington, DC, office,  Monday, September 12, to launch the newest issue: a special, double issue focusing on efforts to eliminate weapons of mass destruction, such as those that took place in Syria, Iraq, South Africa, Libya, and elsewhere, with a view to imparting lessons for future WMD elimination contingencies, such as what may be required in North Korea.

Amb. Rose Gottemoeller, the next NATO deputy secretary general, is the confirmed keynote speaker. Stay tuned for further speaker updates and RSVP information.