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CNS 30th anniversary
CNS Turns 30!
Thirty years ago, we set out to address the need for a dedicated research and training center focused on enhancing education on the causes and consequences of the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Today, we are the largest nongovernmental organization in the United States devoted to research and training on these issues, with offices at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP), and Washington, DC.

On October 28, we celebrated this milestone anniversary with our International Advisory Council and other friends, alumni, and supporters in Washington, DC (more to come in November's News & Views).

The thirty-year success of CNS has been made possible through the support and dedication of individuals and organizations who tenaciously believe in the power of innovative education to transform the world. Help us prepare for the next thirty years of success by supporting our work today.
VCDNP event on JCPOA Nephew Klement Sokova and Mukhatzhanova
The JCPOA and the Future of Iran's Nuclear Program
Since the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, a.k.a. "the Iran deal") in July 2015, many among the US and Iranian political elite have expressed open hostility and skepticism toward the agreement. With the US withdrawal from it in 2018 and Iran's subsequent steps to surpass limitations on enrichment, the future of the JCPOA is in doubt.

Three speakers presented their views on the challenges and opportunities facing the deal at an October 3 event at the VCDNP: Ambassador Stephan Klement (EU Delegation in Vienna); Richard Nephew (Columbia University); and Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova (VCDNP). The event was moderated by VCDNP Executive Director Elena Sokova.

The ultimate question now is this: Can Iran and the United States find their way back to the JCPOA or create the conditions conducive for negotiating a new or amended agreement?

Nonproliferation Education on National, International, and Global Issues
CNS experts regularly deliver presentations at various major conferences, workshops, and seminars addressing a host of pertinent nonproliferation issues. October highlights include:

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Judge Juche: Part IV
Supply-chain management isn’t exactly the hottest of topics. But it is crucial to ensuring compliance with national and international sanctions regimes on North Korea.

To avoid potential penalties for prohibited transactions with North Korea, companies must know where they source components of their products from as well as where those products may end up.

In the fourth installment of the "Judge Juche" series written for NKnews.org, focusing on the legal (mis)adventures of North Korean entities and individuals overseas, Cameron Trainer examines the difficulties in tracking sources of commodities like planes, false eyelashes, and telecommunications products—as well as digital wares—and the challenges that poses to sanctions compliance.

For more, read  part one part two , and  part three .

The What, Why, and Future of US Nukes in Turkey
Recent events in Syria have given rise to renewed concerns over the fifty US nuclear weapons stationed at Turkey's Incirlik Air Base.

Writing in The Conversation, Senior Fellow Miles Pomper discusses why these weapons are there, how secure they really are, and the prospects and challenges for removing them. East Asia Program Director Jeffrey Lewis spoke to this issue, too, on CBC radio, noting that there is no precedent for the current situation.

As for the fears raised in a recent New York Times article that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan might pursue an indigenous nuclear capability, Deputy Director and noted Turkey expert Jessica C. Varnum calls such a step "highly unlikely," noting "there would be huge economic and reputational costs... which would hurt the pocketbooks of Erdogan's voters."

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