Archive for Faculty Accomplishment

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

MIIS Professors Release Study on Importance of Agriculture in Monterey County

MIIS professors Jeffrey Langholz and Fernando DePaolis conducted a study on the impact of agriculture on the economy of Monterey County. reported on the study on June 30.

The study shows that agriculture contributes $8.1 billion to the local economy and provides 76,000 jobs, making it the county’s largest employer.

According to the report, Professor Langholz says that while having one sector be responsible for employing so many people has risks, the fact that agriculture in Monterey County is so diverse does help lessen the risk. He adds that Monterey has one of the most diverse crop portfolios in the nation.

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Thursday, June 18th, 2015

MIIS Professor Writes on the Politics of Trade

The issue of trade has been a hot topic recently and is weighing heavily on the minds of President Obama and congressional leaders. MIIS GSIPM professor of trade and development, Robert Rogowsky, recently published an editorial in the Washington Examiner concerning trade and the role of the United States.

Professor Rogowsky’s editorial, “Trade politics and the decline of American leadership”, focuses on the historic role the U.S. has played over the last 70 years in liberalizing trade policies along with the importance of upcoming trade policies.

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

CNS Faculty in the news, broadcasting from the new On-campus Broadcast Studio

Less than a week after the installation and testing of the equipment was completed, the studio worked to support the appearance of Dr. Jeffrey Lewis on PBS Newshour, where he offered commentary on the Iran nuclear agreement. The video segment was recorded live during the East Coast broadcast, with anchor Judy Woodruff interviewing Dr. Lewis while he sat in our on-campus studio on the third floor of the McGowan Building.

Friday, November 8th, 2013

MIIS faculty in the news

News and cross-postings from the MIIS Blog:

Panel discussion on ocean preservation in the Monterey Herald

News from the MIIS Cyber Security Initiative

CNS mentioned in USA Today

YSrs0261Dean Shi quoted in Huffington Post





Op-ed by Avner Cohen in the New York Times





MPA Prof. Kardam speaks at Pacific Council conference





NPTS Prof. Bleek helps Turkish navy with maritime security doctrine



glenzerMPA professors Glenzer and Ortiz serve on Action Research Journal’s editorial board


Friday, October 18th, 2013

IPS Professor Arrocha publishes op-ed in Global Eye on Human Trafficking (IOM)

william_arrocha_final_2013IPS professor William Arrocha recently published an  op-ed entitled “The Increase in Xenophobia and Human Trafficking: Endemic Problems of Today’s Globalization,” in the International Organization for Migration (IOM) newsletter Global Eye on Human Trafficking which is one of the top international newsletters on this subject. Click here and scroll down to page 10.

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

MIIS Faculty and Alumn Accomplishments

Monthly update on MIIS faculty and alumni in the news:



MIIS alumn Arash Asady goes to Wall Street in Fox Business.



yerxa_ambassadorDeputy director-general of the World Trade Organization to join MIIS on MIIS Blog.



smithson_amyCNS fellow Amy Smithson on weapon inspection in Syria on NPR.




Glenzer publsihes article on social change in Sub-Saharan Africa on MIIS Blog.

Friday, October 4th, 2013

MIIS Prof. Avner Cohen Releases Materials Shedding New Light on Israel’s Nuclear Decision-Making During Yom Kippur War

avner_cohenDr. Avner Cohen, professor of nonproliferation studies at the Monterey Institute and Senior Fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies,  released several items from his personal research archive that offer new insights into Israel’s decision not to use nuclear weapons during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

The key item in this release is a video interview with the late Azarayahu ‘Sini’ Arnan, former senior advisor in the Israeli government, who provides a dramatic eyewitness description of a closed-door ministerial consultation in which Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir overruled Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, halting preparations to ready the country’s nuclear weapons for a possible demonstration during the 1973 War. This interview upends conventional assumptions that Israel was very close to using nuclear weapons in this conflict (or even threatened to use nuclear weapons) and provides unique insight into how the Israeli government came to this decision.

Release of these materials coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War on October 6. The New York Times published an op-ed piece authored by Dr. Cohen on this topic on October 3. This release is the first installment in the “Avner Cohen Collection,” one of the most expansive personal collections of primary source material on the Israeli nuclear program. The collection is being released by the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project at the Wilson Center in Washington D.C. More materials, with accompanying analysis, will be released and announced in the coming years. (Cross-referenced and edited from MIIS website, October 3rd, 2013)

Friday, September 20th, 2013

MIIS in the news and headlines

Every week, MIIS and its faculty is featured in news and articles. Here are the latest ones:

wehling_fredFred Wehling quoted in Crossing the red line: The taboo of chemical weapons

lewis_jeffreyJeffrey Lewis’s Op-ed in The New York Times: Even a Flawed Plan Will Be Useful

Phillip C. Bleek and Raymond Zilinskas mentioned in What chemical weapons does Syria have?
sunderPresident Ramaswamy’s letter in The Herald: Letters: MIIS helps vets transition
MIIS as part of an IIE initiative in Myanmar/Burma: International relations course for developing-world higher education

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Latest Articles Quoting MIIS Faculty and CNS Fellows

Jon Wolfsthal on “Syria: Even If They Hand Over Their Chemical Weapons Stockpile, Could They Still Make More As Assad Fights For His Life?” in International Business Times.

Raymond Zilinskas on “Disarming Syria of chemical weapons highly complex, experts say” in Los Angeles Times.

Raymond Zilinskas on “Unit Experienced in Chemical Weapon Destruction Stands Ready to Help” in The New York Times.

Raymond Zilinskas on “Chemical Weapons: What They Are And Why They’re Different” on

Amy E. Smithson on “Chemical Disarmament Hard Even in Peacetime” in New York Times.

Amy E. Smithson on “A US Attack On Syria Would Violate The UN Charter” in Mint Press News (MPN).

Phillipp Bleek on “The cat-and-mouse game with chemical weapons” from msnbc.

2012 MIIS study on “Shoreline erosion high, study says” in The Monterey Herald.

Syria’s chemical weapons: a mysterious arsenal” in The Global Post.

Gaurav Kampani on “Military Crises and Diplomatic Rapprochements” in The Greater Kashmir.


Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

GSIPM Professor Moyara Ruehsen Publishes Article on Terrorist Financing Activities

moyaraGSIPM professor Moyara Ruehsen co-authored an article in the current issue of Perspectives on Terrorism.  This is a special  on the financial activities of terrorists, with a particular emphasis on one of the world’s most powerful and well-financed groups-the Lebanese Shia militia Hezbollah. The first article, Terrorism Financing Methods: an Overview, by Michael Freeman and Moyara Ruehsen, looks at how terrorists move money.

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Adjunct Professor on Executive Education Peter Robertson’s Latest Article

peter_robertsonInterested in organizational transformation and growth strategies, then Peter Robertson‘s latest articles are a must! His 2013 contribution is titled “How People Contribute to Growth-curves“. In 2012, he wrote another article on growth curves and how the mind serves as an ecosytem: “Why Top Executives Derail; A Performative-Extended Mind and a Law of Optimal Emergence“.

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

NPTS Adjunct Professor and CNS Director of Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program Raymond Zilinskas cited in The New York Times


On 29 August 2013, NPTS Professor Raymond Zilinskas was cited in a New York Times article which featured the possibility of a military strike in Syria in light of the current use of chemical weapons allegations. To access the article, click here.

Monday, August 19th, 2013

CNS Researchers And NPTS Faculty In The News

499_van_buren_300x225Whether it concerns terrorism or nonproliferation issues, the faculty and staff of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and the M.A. Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS) program are constantly quoted and featured in the news. Their contribution to research worldwide and the immense international network and connections have given the program and CNS in particular quite some reputation. Below, you can access the most current articles:

“North Korea doubles uranium enrichment area”, citing Prof. Jeffrey Lewis.

“Operation Red Hat: Chemical Weapons and the Pentagon Smokescreen on Okinawa”, mentioning a report produced by NPTS faculty.

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

GSIPM Prof. Moyara Ruehsen Mentioned In ‘Marketplace’ (American Public Media)

moyaraProf. Moyara Ruehsen was featured today in a broadcast on Russia’s economic boom and the current icy bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Russia. The article talks about the influence of the political climate on conducting business in the country. In “U.S. trade feels little love from Russia,” Prof. Ruehsen states that Brazil and China are bigger markets for the U.S. than Russia because Russia’s bureaucratic obstacles are not exactly attractive to businesses in the first place.

Prof. Moyara Ruehsen teaches international economics at MIIS and also conducts research on money laundering and terrorism financing.

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

GSIPM Prof. Lyuba Zarsky’s Article on “Sustaining Development” in World Politics Review

lyuba_zarksy_2011In her latest article, Prof. Lyuba Zarsky discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the large-scale mining industry by calling these extractive projects a “double-edged sword.” She talks about the imbalance between the creation of jobs/improvement of infrastructure and the neglect of enforcing other industries.

Prof. Zarsky teaches MBA as well as IEP classes. She also works with the Center for the Blue Economy where research on economics is combined with the promotion of environmental friendly policies with regard to ocean and coastal sustainability.

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Adjunct Prof. and Director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at CNS Jeffrey Lewis quoted in Voice of Ameria


In an July 31, 2013 online article of Voice of America, Jeffrey Lewis commented on the announcement from North Korea that long-range rockets will be launched soon. He was quoted saying that he expects “regular launches for the foreseeable future” even though North Korean officials avoided to respond when he asked them directly in an earlier encounter.

Jeffrey Lewis joined the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in 2010 and became the Director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program.


Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

GSIPM Adjunct Professor Jeffrey Lewis quoted in Washington Post


In one of the recent issues of the Washington Post this week,  Prof. Jeffrey Lewis commented on the situation of the intercepted vessel in Panama which had loaded old weapons from Cuba to be repaired in North Korea. He stated that despite the incident, the ties between Cuba and North Korea will most likely stay intact. He also said that North Korea will probably find other means to keep the business of repairing old weapons alive.

Jeffrey Lewis is an Adjunct Professor for the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program at MIIS. He is also the Director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at CNS.


Monday, July 22nd, 2013

CNS Chair of the Middle East Project Nabil Fahmy New Foreign Minister of Egypt


In post-Morsi Egypt, academics take the lead in the new government. Among the new appointees is Nabil Fahmy, an American University Cairo graduate who received an honorary doctorate from MIIS in 2009. Nabil Fahmy chairs the Middle East Project at CNS and has visited MIIS in the past to discuss crucial topics on the Middle East.

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

NPTS Prof. Avner Cohen Mentioned on Israeli Nuclear Arsenal

cohen_avnerThe Canadian The Globe and Mail published an article on Israel’s secret nuclear program. Prof. Avner Cohen is mentioned as being one of the two scholars who uncovered documents of the program. Click here for the full article.

Prof. Avner Cohen is a regular faculty member of the MANPTS program at MIIS and a Senior Fellow at CNS.

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

NPTS Adjunct Prof. Jeffrey Lewis Comments on Cuban Arm Shipments


In the Wednesday edition of the McClatchy online forum, Jeffrey Lewis was quoted regarding the current incident in the Panama Canal which involves Cuban arms intended to be shipped to North Korea for repair.

Jeffrey Lewis is an adjunct professor for the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program at MIIS and the Director of East Asia Non-Proliferation Program at CNS.