Our Purpose

The Critical Issues Forum (CIF) is a unique program of project-based education facilitated by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International 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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NEW!  2023 Critical Issues Forum Summer Conference

2023 Critical Issues Forum Spring Conference



Teachers Retreat – Discussing Disarmament and Nonproliferation Education report


Enjoy the 7th Speaker Series report and video!




Video Message from Izumi Nakamitsu, United Nations Under-Secretary General and High Representative of Disarmament Affairs




View the 2019 CIF Student Conference Report!

Highlights from Recent Years  













This year’s Critical Issues Forum is supported by the Tom and Sarah Pattison Fund, the SAGA Foundation, the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Collaborative in Conflict Transformation Fund, Mr. Gregg Wolpert, and other private donors. The Project was also supported by the United States – Japan Foundation between 2012 and 2018.

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