A Message from CNS Director Bill Potter

November 27, 2018

There is a particular joy that comes with the privilege of being the founding director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. When students complete their studies at the Middlebury Institute, or wrap up their projects as graduate research assistants at the Center, more often than not, I know that I will have the opportunity to work with them again. Whether it is as part of their country’s delegation to the Non-Proliferation Treaty conferences, or as international civil servants working in Vienna at the International Atomic Energy Agency or the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, or technical experts at a US national laboratory, the students and fellows who receive training here at CNS contribute directly to global efforts to stop the proliferation of the world’s deadliest weapons. I am enormously thankful for the privilege of playing a part in their training and subsequent career development.

At CNS, we are not simply training a new generation of nonproliferation specialists. We are cultivating a sustainable global community of dedicated, skilled, and internationally-minded experts committed to preventing the spread and use of the world’s deadliest weapons. Watching this global community grow and thrive, even as our security challenges worsen, is a source of pride and optimism for me, as I hope it is for all of our supporters.

This #GivingTuesday, please consider supporting this global community of committed nonproliferation and disarmament students and professionals by making a contribution to CNS. Your donation directly supports both the cutting-edge research you read about every day as well as the training and education that keeps the wheels of diplomacy turning even during its darkest days.

On behalf of all of the researchers, students, staff, and alumni, I thank you for your support.

With best wishes,



Dr. William C. Potter
Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and
Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Professor of Nonproliferation Studies
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
460 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940, USA
Tel: (831) 647-4154
Fax: (831) 647-3519
Email: [email protected]

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