Austrian Foreign Ministry Selects CNS to Establish Vienna Center

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It was quite a fall semester for the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS).

In October, the Austrian Foreign Ministry for European and International Affairs announced the selection of CNS as its partner institution in the establishment of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Nonproliferation. The new center will serve as an international hub for discussions among representatives of civil society, national governments, and international organizations regarding nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament issues.

The Austrian Foreign Ministry selected CNS from a large number of candidates to manage and operate the new center “because of its distinguished record of leadership in the field and its shared vision” for the new center. A key point of emphasis for the new center will be opportunities to educate the public—and especially young people—regarding the many aspects of nonproliferation and disarmament.

“The opening of the Vienna Center—along with the introduction of the Institute’s master’s degree in nonproliferation and terrorism studies—reflects our deep and longstanding commitment to playing a leadership role in training the next generation of nonproliferation specialists,” said Monterey Institute President Sunder Ramaswamy.

CNS Director William Potter welcomed the opportunity to partner with the Austrian Foreign Ministry, expressing his confidence that the new center “will soon be regarded as the place to turn to in Europe for cutting edge research and training on nuclear arms control issues.” The center will begin operation in early 2011.

Then on December 8, MIIS and CNS announced that the MacArthur Foundation had awarded a $475,000 grant in support of CNS’s education and training programs in the areas of nuclear nonproliferation and terrorism. The two-year grant, which runs through October 31, 2012, will support various initiatives designed to expand and enhance current offerings, including developing intensive “short courses” and online courses; introducing curriculum and train-the-trainer programs for high schools in China, Russia, and the U.S.; and expanding course offerings for the Institute’s new master’s degree program in nonproliferation and terrorism studies.

Finally, during the semester CNS experts were repeatedly quoted in New York Times and Washington Post articles—and featured on National Public Radio—discussing high-profile issues such as Iran’s nuclear ambitions, North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, the new START Treaty between Russia and the United States, nuclear terrorism, and the security and disposition of nuclear materials in former Soviet states. It was a remarkable run of achievements and attention for the world-renowned center!

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