Global Trade & Weapons of Mass Destruction

Course Information

Welcome and thank you for participating in the course “Global Trade and Weapons of Mass Destruction”!

This class will take place over 6-week period. You will be offered two case studies and two lectures each week. A weekly assignment will then help you to apply new knowledge and skills. Overall, it should take around 2-3 hours per week to work through the class.

We will be there with you every step of the way should you have any questions or feedback. We thank you in advance for taking the time to submit quizzes and participate in short surveys to provide your feedback on each element of this course.

Thank you again and good luck with your studies!

Introduction by Jon Wolsthal, CNS Deputy Director


About the Instructors

Ms. Stephanie Lieggi is a Senior Research Associate in the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at CNS, and a senior advisor the Export Control and Nonproliferation Program. Her research interests include strategic trade controls in Asia, nonproliferation development in East and Southeast Asia, and arms control and nonproliferation developments in the context of US-China bilateral relations. Prior to joining CNS in 2003, Ms. Lieggi worked for over four years with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and two years as a political researcher at the Australian Embassy in Beijing. Since 2004, Ms. Lieggi has worked on CNS export control-related publications, first as managing editor of the Asian Export Control Observer and later as Associate Editor-in-Chief of the International Export Control Observer. Ms. Lieggi has also authored articles on export control and nonproliferation developments in Asia in the Strategic Studies Quarterly, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Global Asia and World Export Control Review. Stephanie has developed a number of export control training programs for government officials, including the Asian Export Control Program, which was first held in 2004. She recently headed a team that developed an open on-line course entitled “Global Trade and WMD” looking at states and industry is impacted by the proliferation of WMD materials.

Mr. Robert Shaw is the Director of the Export Control and Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute. His research interests include strategic trade controls, the role of industry in efforts to counter illicit WMD-related trafficking and supply chain networks, and the fostering of nonproliferation awareness within organizations. Prior to joining CNS in 2010, Mr. Shaw worked for over a decade in the private-sector, specializing in export control and international supply chain management. This included tenure as a senior manager with Toshiba America, Inc.’s Procurement & Export Division, where he was responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of the division’s internal export compliance program. At CNS, Mr. Shaw has applied his industry experience to the research of illicit WMD-related supply chain networks in Northeast Asia, and his work has been published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Global Asia and on the NTI website. He also serves as an adjunct professor for the Monterey Institute, co-teaching a graduate-level course on strategic trade controls with Stephanie Lieggi.

Course Syllabus

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