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 and 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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Izumi Nakamitsu, United Nations Under-Secretary General and High Representative of Disarmament Affairs, sent the following video message to the 2020 CIF participants. Although the in-person conference has been cancelled, her message to the future nonproliferation and disarmament leaders remains relevant to the work of our teachers and students, especially amidst this challenging global situation. 

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This year’s Critical Issues Forum is supported by the SAGA Foundation, and the Tom and Sarah Pattison Fund. The Project was also supported by the United States – Japan Foundation between 2012 and 2018.

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