WMD Practitioners’ Short Course, October 3-7, 2016

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) announces the fourth course in its 2016 series designed for practitioners in the field of nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, “Nuclear Weapons Policy and Arms Control.” The course is open to US government personnel, including fellows working at US government agencies. Officials from a number of foreign embassies will also be invited. The course is offered free of charge to eligible applicants.

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 previous courses in this series. This course will be offered October 3 to October 7, 2016, at the Washington, DC, office of CNS.

The course topics will include:

  • An overview of existing nuclear weapons arsenals and doctrines;
  • The evolution of nuclear strategy in the United States, Soviet Union/Russia, and other countries possessing nuclear weapons;
  • The history, status, and next steps in US-Russian strategic arms control;
  • The modernization of nuclear arsenals, including delivery vehicles, and associated challenges, as well as the security of nuclear weapons and materials;
  • The future of nuclear arms control and prospects for a multilateral process;
  • Extended deterrence and reassurance;
  • Issues in arms control and disarmament verification;
  • International perspectives on arms control and disarmament and recent initiatives.

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

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