Nonproliferation Course to be Convened for US Officials in Washington DC

Leonard Spector
May 6, 2014

The Pentagon, US Department of Defense, WikiMedia Commons

The Pentagon, US Department of Defense, WikiMedia Commons

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) will hold the third in a series of intensive courses designed for practitioners in the field of nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The courses are being offered to US Government personnel, including fellows working at US government agencies. Officials from a number of foreign embassies will also be invited to participate.

This course is intended for professionals with previous experience in the field of nuclear weapons issues and is also open to applicants who have completed the introductory course in this series. This course will be offered from May 19 to 23, 2014, at the Washington, DC, office of CNS.

Nonproliferation Course

  • State motivations for nuclear proliferation and restraint, and the influence of nuclear-weapon states on proliferation by regional powers;
  • Technical briefings on uranium enrichment and plutonium separation and on ballistic and cruise missile capabilities in proliferant states;
  • Different aspects of nuclear verification, including trends in International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards implementation and future challenges;
  • Evolving nuclear black markets and counter-measures;
  • Specialized briefings on proliferation financing and the operation of financial sanctions;
  • Nuclear tensions in the Middle East, South Asia, and Northeast Asia;
  • Recent developments in the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty review process, their implications, and international perspectives;
  • Assessing the anti-proliferation toolkit.

The course will include a mix of lectures, panel discussions, and brief exercises, with ample opportunity for interaction with the instructors. It will be taught by senior CNS staff members and expert guest speakers. Classes will run from 9 AM to 5 PM daily, with a one-hour break for lunch. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the course.

Application Procedure

To apply, interested individuals should send the following materials to [email protected]:

  • A short bio/resume/CV;
  • a letter of nomination from their organization; and
  • one paragraph describing their past experience in the field and explaining how the course would support their professional duties and development.

Application deadline: Friday, May 9, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified shortly thereafter.

Additional Information

The series of courses will include one additional specialized course: “Nuclear Strategy and Arms Control,” tentatively scheduled for mid-July 2014.

The courses are being offered free of charge to qualified applicants.

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