James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)
CNS News & Views:
June 2016
"Women of CTBT" photo includes VCDNP's Laura Rockwood and Angela Kane along with EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and CNS student Sarah Bidgood
CTBT 20th Anniversary Events in Vienna
On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), CNS Director Dr. William Potter chaired an interactive panel on the future of the CTBT and concrete actions to be taken to obtain the treaty's long delayed entry-into-force.

In addition, the  CTBT Youth Group  held their own session, which Dr. Potter moderated. Along with Arms Control Association Executive Director Daryl Kimball, Dr. Potter also co-chaired a joint meeting of the Group of Eminent Persons (GEM) and the Youth Group. Sarah Bidgood, a CNS student and one of the original Youth Group members, circulated a  well-received concept paper  co-authored with Anastasia Shavrova, a Russian student from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).

Watch a video of the event

2016 CNS-LLNL Safeguards Course Participants at the MIIS campus
43 Young Professionals Complete CNS-LLNL International Nuclear Safeguards Policy Course
Forty-three graduate students and junior professionals successfully completed an intensive five-day course on international nuclear safeguards policy jointly conducted by CNS and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. This is the eighth consecutive year that CNS and LLNL have offered this course, which is sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) of the US Department of Energy as part of the Next Generation Safeguards Initiative.

The course gives participants practical lessons in applying IAEA safeguards to nuclear facilities to ensure no nuclear material is being diverted from peaceful purposes to use in nuclear weapons. The course provides important information and skills for those who may be considering a career in safeguards.

Crowdsourcing Imagery Analysis
This month, CNS has embarked on a grand new experiment.

Led by CNS satellite imagery analysis experts, we launched the Geo4nonpro.org website, a crowd-sourced imagery analysis project designed to connect experts of all stripes and backgrounds in a united goal to interpret, annotate, and debate the mysteries of satellite imagery in the service of WMD nonproliferation and disarmament. 

The Diplomat Tackles US-China Relations with NPR's Joshua Pollack
The Diplomat, an international current-affairs magazine for the Asia-Pacific region, is conducting a series of joint interviews of distinguished US and Chinese scholars, in collaboration with the Chinese-language  Consensus Net

In the first of the series, the Diplomat interviewed Joshua Pollack, editor  of t he Nonproliferation Review  and a  leading expert on nuclear and missile proliferation, about North Korea's nuclear program, the international response, and where to go from here.
Paul Ingram of BASIC discusses UK Trident debate
Paul Ingram of BASIC discusses UK Trident debate
New Video Lectures 
This semester, CNS students and staff had had the pleasure and honor of hosting a number of visiting experts who provide insightful, groundbreaking, or inspiring lectures on a wide range of WMD nonproliferation issues. 

Many of these lectures have been recorded and are now part of our ever-growing Nonproliferation Video Library, including recent lectures on the UK Trident debate, emerging disruptive technologies, strategic stability in South Asia, and US-Russia relations.

View the Video Library

Reminder! McElvany Nonproliferation Essay Challenge Deadline
The 2016 Doreen & Jim McElvany Nonproliferation Challenge contest is now underway! 

Submit your best ideas and proposals for combating the spread of weapons of mass destruction and you could be eligible to win $10,000. 

Deadline for submissions is September 9, 2016.