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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2016 Students Conference Report!

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New! Check out the report of US and Russian CIF students at the Youth Forum







This year’s Critical Issues Forum Program was sponsored by the US-Japan Foundation.