Fall 2018 Visiting Fellows Complete Nonproliferation Training at CNS

December 17, 2018

CNS bid goodbye to another group of visiting fellows who underwent an intensive nonproliferation training at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at Monterey during the Fall 2018 semester. For the first time, CNS welcomed representatives from Jamaica and Malaysia to its program. Other participants included young diplomats from Chile and China, as well as a chemist from Egypt (the latter thanks to The Robin Copeland Memorial Fellowship).

Fall 2018 Fellows with CNS Director Dr. Bill Potter.

Fall 2018 Fellows with CNS Director Dr. Bill Potter.

The fellows took part in a semester-long program combining MIIS nonproliferation courses, a lecture series by CNS experts from Monterey, Washington, DC, and Vienna, and an independent research project. An important component of fellows’ training included their active participation in Dr. Bill Potter’s simulation class of the 2019 Preparatory Committee of states parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

The fellows also had an opportunity to meet with prominent US and international nonproliferation and disarmament experts who visited CNS this fall, including US Ambassador (retired) Susan Burk, Costa Rica Ambassador Elayne Gomez Whyte, and Ms. Shorna-Kay Richards from the Foreign Ministry of Jamaica.

Fall 2018 CNS Fellows with Amb. Elayne Whyte (second on left).

Fall 2018 CNS Fellows with Amb. Elayne Whyte (second on left).

In addition to formal training, the fellows worked on their individual research projects under the mentorship of CNS senior experts. At the end of the program, the fellows presented their research findings to CNS/MIIS staff, faculty, and students and received certificates of completion.

Fall 2018 Visiting Fellows Research Presentations

  • Major Carl Clarke, Engineer Regiment, Jamaica Defense Force, Kingston, JamaicaPresentation: “Criminalizing Illicit Trafficking of Radioactive Material (Commonwealth of Bahamas and The Republic of Panama)”
  • Dr. Amira Elabd, Lecturer, Nuclear Safeguards and Physical Protection Department, Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority, Cairo, EgyptPresentation: “Tangible and Intangible Aspects of Nuclear Security Culture
  • Ms. Carla Molina, Third Secretary, International and Human Security Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Santiago, ChilePresentation: “From the Treaty of Tlatelolco to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons: The Role of Latin America and the Caribbean in Achieving the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons”
  • Mr. Nizhan Rizal, Assistant Secretary at the Multilateral Security Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of MalaysiaPresentation: “The United States – A Wild Card to Look Out for at the 2019 NPT PrepCom.”
  • Mr. Zhou Zihan, Attaché, Department of Arms Control, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of P.R.C., Beijing, ChinaPresentation: “China’s Endeavor on Nonproliferation and the Missile Technology Control Regime”

Copies of the presentations may be available upon request.


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