The Institute is home to a number of innovative and forward-thinking centers and initiatives whose faculty, staff, and graduate students research and develop original approaches to pressing international issues. Center for the Blue Economy Leadership in research, education, and analysis to promote a sustainable ocean and coastal economy (the Blue Economy) Center for Conflict Studies Developing programs and publications that contribute to the field of conflict studies. Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies Incorporating data and analyses to facilitate active engagement with current and future leaders of Russian policy and intellectual communities James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies Devoted to curbing the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and dedicated exclusively to graduate education and research. Related Stories Students Win Fellowships in Honduras with Mesoamerican Reef Project by Jason Warburg February 7, 2018 Karl Larsen MBA/MAIEP ’18 and two colleagues have been awarded paid summer fellowships working with Think Beyond Plastic on the Bay Islands off northern Honduras. Four Institute Graduates Awarded Fellowships with Nuclear Agency by Jason Warburg January 16, 2018 Four recent Middlebury Institute graduates were offered a full-time, salaried one-year fellowship with the National Nuclear Security Administration. Alumna Elayne Whyte Goméz Reflects on Experiences Negotiating Landmark Treaty by Jason Warburg December 6, 2017 Goméz led efforts to negotiate the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as ambassador of Costa Rica to the UN in Geneva.