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. James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies Devoted to curbing the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and dedicated exclusively to graduate education and research. 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 analysis to facilitate active engagement with current and future leaders of Russian policy and intellectual communities Cyber Initiative The Cyber Initiative seeks to provide an interdisciplinary, networked platform to assess the policy impact of the information age on security, peace, and communications in international affairs. Related Stories Institute Hosts High School Students from Japan, Russia, U.S. for Conference on Nonproliferation and Disarmament by Masako Toki and Jason Warburg April 18, 2018 The annual Critical Issues Forum conference hosted by the Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies attracted high school students from across the globe. Panel to Tackle Economic Dimensions of Climate Policy by Jason Warburg April 12, 2018 Leaders in the green energy, labor, and fossil fuel sectors will come together April 17 at the Middlebury Institute to discuss strategies for addressing the economic impacts of climate policies. Institute Students Excel in Cyber Competition by Eva Gudbergsdottir April 5, 2018 A team of four Middlebury Institute students was awarded “Best Written Brief” in the Atlantic Council’s Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge.