CNS Online Course: “Global Trade and Weapons of Mass Destruction”

Global Trade and WMD Course

Stephanie LieggiDEADLINE: Sign up for the course by May 30th.

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) will run its first free and openly available online course, “Global Trade and Weapons of Mass Destruction,” from June 2nd– July 20th, 2014.

The course is taught by two CNS experts, Senior Research Associate Ms. Stephanie Lieggi and the Director of the Export Control Nonproliferation Program at CNS, Mr. Robert Shaw. It consists of six sessions with lectures and video case studies supported by online quizzes, weekly exercises, and interactive discussion rooms.


The subject matter will enable participants to better understand the process by which sensitive WMD-related materials are transferred among states and the various means that states and companies can use to ensure that dual-use technologies and materials are not used in the production of weapons of mass destruction.

Subjects covered in the course include:

  • Role of Dual-Use Materials
  • International Control Regimes and Supplier Groups
  • Case Studies of Illicit Procurement Networks
  • Domestic Controls of Sensitive Materials
  • New Approaches to Combating Trafficking
  • Private Sector Internal Compliance Programs and Industry Awareness
  • Impact of Emerging Technologies on Existing Export Control Regimes

The first six-weeks of this course will include two video case studies, two video lectures, four quizzes, and one assignment tailored to help students apply knowledge learned in the course to assess practical issues in strategic trade controls and nonproliferation. On average, it takes 4-5 hours to work through each week’s materials. Participants will be given two weeks to finish the final assignment.

This course is one of the many ways CNS is working to share its expertise with a wider audience and to train and educate the next generation of nonproliferation practitioners.

Application Deadline

Anyone interested in taking the Global Trade and WMD Online Course should sign up for the course by May 30th.

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