CNS Visiting Fellows Program

The CNS Visiting Fellows program is designed to assist junior and mid-career policy and technical professionals obtain an in-depth understanding of legal, political, regional, and technical aspects of WMD nonproliferation, and to develop the skills necessary to have a positive impact on arms control and nonproliferation policy in their respective countries and in the international arena.

The program’s overall goal is to train a new generation of experts in the area of WMD nonproliferation, provide them with the knowledge and understanding of the nonproliferation regime and international policy-making process, and help build countries’ core competences to secure and curb the spread of dangerous materials and technologies.

The program provides visiting fellows with an interdisciplinary curriculum combining policy and technical aspects of nonproliferation and arms control issues, as well as nuclear security and WMD-related technologies. Program instructors include US and international experts with backgrounds in history, political science, international relations, nuclear physics, and life science. Throughout the program, fellows interact regularly with CNS/MIIS experts and professors and visiting experts, deepening their knowledge of current WMD policy, science, and technologies.

The Visiting Fellows Program is offered twice a year. The Spring session typically runs from early February to mid-July, while the Fall season is normally offered from the end of August until early December.

About the Program

The program is 3-4 months in duration and offered twice a year. The intensive nonproliferation training program is designed to assist junior and mid-career professionals in various foreign ministries, national export control bodies, journalists, research and academic institutions to obtain an in-depth understanding and to develop the skills necessary to have a positive impact on arms control and nonproliferation policy in their respective countries and at the international arena. Normally held on location at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) in Monterey, California, CNS Visiting Fellows are offered opportunities to conduct research, receive training and capacity building, and enhance their network among world renowned nonproliferation and disarmament experts.

The program consists of a series of focused lectures and seminars on international nonproliferation and disarmament topics taught in a small-group seminar format by CNS experts and visiting scholars. A key component of the program is participation in MIIS Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Master’s degree-level courses, including the Introduction Weapons of Mass Destruction Nonproliferation course, the Science and Technology for Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies and the popular Arms Control simulation course.

As an integral part of the program, Visiting Fellows are required to complete a research paper on a nonproliferation topic of their choice and to present the findings at a seminar near the conclusion of the program.

COVID-19 Restrictions

Due to COVID-19 pandemic travel and meeting restrictions, the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Visiting Fellows programs are offered in a synchronous online format. Provided that COVID related restriction are lifted, it is anticipated that the 2021 Fall Visiting Fellows program could be offered in its traditional in-person format on location in Monterey, CA.

Interested candidates are invited to contact the program manager of the Visiting Fellows program.

Contact Information

Jean du Preez
Senior Program Manager for Education and Training
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
Middlebury Institute of International Studies
[email protected]
Tel: +1(831) 9178757

2019 CNS Fall Visiting Fellows

The five Fall 2019 Visiting Fellows come from four different countries (China, Costa Rica, Serbia, and Ukraine) and have diverse backgrounds ranging from junior/mid-level diplomats to university professors and junior researchers pursuing their PhD’s.

Marina Filipović - Visiting Fellows 2019

Ms. Marina Filipović is a Junior Researcher at Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade. She is a member of the Institute’s project on “Testing and verification of methods for multidisciplinary forensic analysis in the function of Non-Proliferation of WMD”. Marina has a Master’s Degree in Security Studies, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in the same subject at the University of Belgrade. She received a reward as the highest academically ranked student in her graduating class (2008). Before joining the Visiting Fellows program, she worked as a teaching associate at Faculty of Security Studies at the University of Belgrade from 2016 to 2019, and has published one monograph, many scientific articles and participated in a number of international conferences. She completed a number of courses related to nonproliferation and nuclear energy, including the ESARDA Course on Nuclear Safeguards and Non-Proliferation, the Regional Training Course on Nuclear Security in Practice, held Obninsk, Russia, and a NNSA workshop on Identification and Reduction of Insider Threats to Nuclear Facilities. Her research focus includes nuclear security issues, terrorism, nonproliferation, and disaster risk management.

Valeriia Gergiieva - Visiting Fellows 2019

Mrs. Valeriia Gergiieva is a Junior Research Fellow at Odessa Center for Nonproliferation at the Odessa Mechnikov National University (ONU) in Ukraine. In 2017, she participated in the Eurasian Peace Exchange student program at the Center for Peace Studies at the University of Tromso in Norway, and in 2018 she spent time as an exchange student at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg in Germany. Valeriia has a Master degree in international relations from the Mechnikov Odessa National University, and is currently working on her PhD thesis about “Policy around energy resources: perceptions and motivations”. Her research interests include energy security, nuclear nonproliferation and contemporary nuclear security related challenges.

Pablo J. Innecken Z. - Visiting Fellows 2019

Mr. Pablo J. Innecken Z. has been a career diplomat in Costa Rican Foreign Service since 2014, and currently serves as a Diplomatic Counselor in the Embassy of Costa Rica to the Holy See and as Alternate Representative in the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to FAO in Rome. Pablo has a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy from the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and Manuel María de Peralta Foreign Service Institute of Costa Rica (2017). From 2010 to 2014, he was the Deputy Executive Director of REDLAD (NGOs platform about democracy and promotion of human rights), member of the Drafting Committee of the digital magazine Nueva Politica and member of the Degree Tests Court of the School of International Relations of the Autonomous University of Central America (UACA). Is the author of two books: “Islamic Fundamentalism and the Iran Nuclear Program” published by the National University of Costa Rica, and “Costa Rica and the nuclear disarmament” published by the Manuel María de Peralta Foreign Service Institute of Costa Rica. Since 2018, he is studying for a Master Degree in “Historia Ecclesiae in America” at the Pontificio Ateneo Regina Apostolorum of Rome.

Iryna Maksymenko - Visiting Fellows 2019

Ms. Iryna Maksymenko is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations, Odessa Mechnikov National University (ONU) in Ukraine. Prior to this position Iryna was a Senior Research Fellow at Odessa Regional Branch of National Institute for Strategic Studies, Department of Regional Studies from 2004-2015. Iryna has a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Odessa Mechnikov National University. As a Senior Fellow at Odessa Center for Nonproliferation, ONU, Iryna is involved in organizing and realization of different events and projects on nonproliferation, arms control and nuclear security. Her research and teaching interests are in Ukraine’s foreign policy, its role in the system of International Security, the EU Foreign and Security policy, and the European Strategy towards the Black Sea region.

Yue Xiao - Visiting Fellows 2019

Ms. Yue Xiao has been a diplomat in the Chinese Foreign Service since 2010, and currently works in the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of Arms Control as a Second Secretary. Yue has a Master’s Degree in International Political Economy from Renmin University of China in Beijing. From 2010 to 2013 she served worked in the Department of Arms Control where her worked focused on disarmament, arms control and nonproliferation related issues. After serving at the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations in New York from 2014-2016 where she also dealt with disarmament, arms control and nonproliferation issues, she returned to the Department of Arms Control in the Foreign Ministry.

CNS Fall 2014 Visiting Fellows from China,Indonesia, Ukraine, Yemen, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Pakistan with Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Dr. Potter and Mr. Jean du Preez , CTBTO Chief of External Relations, Protocol and International Cooperation.

CNS Fall 2014 Visiting Fellows from China, Indonesia, Ukraine, Yemen, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Pakistan with Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Dr. Potter and Mr. Jean du Preez , Former CTBTO Chief of External Relations, Protocol and International Cooperation and CNS Senior Program Manager for Education and Training.

History

Established in 1991, the Visiting Fellows program is one of the world’s first professional training programs devoted to WMD nonproliferation, arms control, and disarmament issues, based at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). With its original focus on practitioners and researchers from the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union, the program expanded in the late 1990s to include candidates from East Asia, and then again in the mid-2000s to other regions of the world, to include, in particular, countries representing the Non-Aligned Movement. Since the program’s inception, nearly 300 experts from over thirty countries, including Argentina, Azerbaijan, The Bahamas, Belarus, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Haiti, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Yemen as well as regional organizations such as the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL) and United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC).

Visiting Fellows alumni continue to play important roles in their countries, representing their governments at high-profile international nonproliferation meetings and conferences, and even serving as ambassadors or national representatives at international organizations. Others contribute to their nations’ nonproliferation and nuclear security capacity-building efforts by developing and teaching academic and training courses on relevant topics. Training at CNS inspired some experts from Russia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine to establish their own think tanks and research centers focusing on WMD nonproliferation.

Program Participants

  • Diplomats, experts, and officials from national governments
  • Non-governmental experts from think tanks, academia, and industry
  • Researchers/scientists/engineers
  • University instructors
  • Other professionals

Program Structure

  • Lecture series (over thirty lectures by CNS senior experts from Monterey, Washington, DC, and Vienna, as well as guest speakers, covering a wide range of topics related to WMD nonproliferation)
  • Select MIIS graduate level nonproliferation courses (audit only)
  • Independent research project and project presentation
  • Additional professional and networking activities (brown-bag seminar series, field trips)

Program Details

  • Offered twice a year (spring and fall) in Monterey, California
  • One semester long (about three-and-a-half months)
    • Spring session: late January – early May
    • Fall session: late August – early December
  • A limited number of qualified candidates will receive a full stipend to cover their tuition fee, housing, and daily expenses. Additional candidates can be admitted for a fee, which will be determined on an individual basis
  • Program is offered in small-group settings (4-6 participants/session)
  • Upon successful completion of their training and their research presentations, fellows receive program certificates
Fall 2015 fellows from Egypt, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Mali proudly display their program completion certificates.

Fall 2015 fellows from Egypt, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Mali proudly display their program completion certificates.

Eligibility

Qualified candidates must:

  • Be a full-time professional;
  • Demonstrate his/her professional engagement and interest in the field related to WMD nonproliferation and nuclear, biological, and chemical security and public safety, or other related field;
  • Demonstrate written and verbal English fluency

Application Procedure

  • Current resume/CV
  • Letter(s) of recommendation from current/past supervisors/mentors
  • A brief statement of purpose (about 500 words) explaining current experience in the field of nonproliferation or related fields and the relevance of this fellowship to professional goals

Contact Information

For more information about the Visiting Fellows Program, please contact Jean Du Preez, CNS Senior Program Manager for Education and Training: [email protected]