MIIS and Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sign MOU

On April 28, 2015, the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen cooperation, particularly in areas relating to nonproliferation and disarmament.

MIIS and Chile's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sign MOU William Potter and Ambassador Labbé, High Representative Angela Kane and Austrian Ambassadors Martin Sajdik and Alexander Kmentt

From right to left, Ambassador Alfredo Labbé, Dr. William Potter, Austrian Ambassadors Alexander Kmentt and Martin Sajdik, and High Representative Angela Kane.

MIIS Academic Vice President Dr. Jeffrey Dayton-Johnson and Chilean Deputy Foreign Minister Edgardo Riveros Marin had signed the MOU, which was exchanged between Dr. William Potter, director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation, and Ambassador Alfredo Labbé, director general for foreign policy in the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The official exchange of documents was held at the Chilean Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, on the margins of the 2015 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

The MOU identifies a number of areas of cooperation including the participation by MIIS students as interns on Chilean delegations to international meetings, including but not limited to those related to nonproliferation and disarmament. It also promotes participation by Chilean officials and scholars in training and research activities at MIIS. Illustrative of the cooperation was the participation at the 2015 NPT Review Conference of two MIIS students—Ms. Federica Dall’Arch and Ruby Allen Russell–as interns on the Chilean delegation.

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