CNS: New Faces, New Publications, New Web Tools… and a Medal

Spring at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies—besides occurring in multiple time zones—brought new faces, new publications, new web tools, and a medal. Yes: a medal.

The new faces include two senior staff members. New Deputy Director Jon Wolfsthal served from 2009 to 2012 as special advisor to Vice President Joe Biden for nuclear security and nonproliferation and as a director for nonproliferation on the National Security Council. Jon was previously a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and deputy director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Assistant Director for Administration Chris Fitz (MAIPS ’87) returned to CNS this spring after serving as director of operations for UNITE HERE Local 483 for three years and executive director at LandWatch Monterey County for four years. Chris was previously with CNS from 1992 to 2001 during a period of rapid growth for the Center.

In the realm of publications, CNS Director Dr. William Potter and CNS Senior Research Associate Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova (MAIPS ’07) had their new book Nuclear Politics and the Non-Aligned Movement: Principles vs Pragmatism published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies as part of the respected Adelphi book series. The book “explores the structures and politics within the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), and stresses the potential for greater engagement between NAM members and the West in mitigating many of the most pressing nuclear disarmament, nonproliferation and terrorism challenges.”
Web tools came into play at the end of April when CNS launched an interactive website dedicated to delivering up-to-the-minute news and updates from the April 30-May 11 meeting of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference Preparatory Committee in Vienna, as well as in-depth analysis, facts and visuals. The site is a treasure trove of information for anyone interested in the topic and will be continue to be a resource that CNS staff and students in the Monterey Institute’s master’s degree program in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies can build on in the lead-up to the 2015 NPT Review Conference.

Dr. Potter’s spring activities included participating in a number of international seminars and workshops, but a highlight was surely his being awarded a commemorative medal by the government of Kazakhstan. The medal was awarded in recognition of his work in strengthening the strategic partnership between the United States and Kazakhstan, and announced on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence.

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