Short Course for Practitioners in Washington, DC

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) announces its next course in its series 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.  The course is free of charge to qualified applicants.

“Issues in Nuclear Nonproliferation” 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 July 6-10, 2015,*  at the Washington, DC, office of CNS.

The course will cover urgent current issues, including next steps in managing Iran’s nuclear capabilities, meeting the growing North Korean nuclear challenge, and assessing the outcome of the 2015 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference.  Long-standing nonproliferation questions will also be explored, such as: At what point does a state acquire a nuclear deterrent? Does the spread of nuclear power contribute to the proliferation of nuclear weapons? And, how effective are treaties, inspections, technology controls, and sanctions, as nonproliferation tools?

The course will include a mix of lectures, panel discussions, debates, 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]:

(1) A short bio/resume/CV; (2) a letter of nomination from their organization; and (3) one paragraph describing their past experience in the field and explaining how the course  would support their professional duties and development.

Application deadline

Monday, June 29, 2015. Successful applicants will be notified shortly thereafter.

Additional Information 

The series of courses will include two additional specialized courses in coming months: “Issues in Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation,” tentatively scheduled for early September 2015, and “Nuclear Weapons Policy and Arms Control,” tentatively scheduled for mid-October 2015.

*For the convenience of participants, the course may be divided into two segments over the weeks of July 6 and July 13, with July 13 left open so that participants will not need to be away from their offices for five consecutive days. Applicants should advise CNS if they have a strong preference for this option. 


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