Our Purpose

The Critical Issues Forum (CIF) is a unique program of project-based education facilitated by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California. The CIF program is designed to promote awareness of nonproliferation and disarmament issues as well as develop critical thinking skills among high school students from around the world, including the United States, Japan and Russia, through educational outreach activities. CIF develops appreciation and understanding of different national and cultural perspectives on complex but vital international security issues.

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New! We are pleased to announce the 2018 Critical Issues Forum Conference will be held in Monterey, California on March 30-31st

New! Introducing the 2017-2018 Teachers Workshop in preparation for the spring conference!

New! CIF students as Youth Communicators for a World without Nuclear Weapons

New! Three CIF Students were invited to the 2017 CTBTO SnT Conference in Vienna

 2017 CIF Public Symposium with Dr. Lassina Zerbo in Nagasaski!

New! Check out the newest CIF Highlight Video!

Check out this CIF Promotional Video!





This year’s Critical Issues Forum Program is sponsored by the US-Japan Foundation, and the Tom and Sarah Pattison Fund.