WorldViews Fall 2020

Middlebury Institute Center directors discuss today’s vexing world problems of race relations, domestic/global terrorism, climate change, and nonproliferation.

General Information

Due to COVID-19, our fall 2020 speaker series will take place online via Zoom.

Save the dates for our fall WorldViews Speaker Series! Free to attend. Includes Q&A session. Sponsored by the Gerry Taylor Seminars Endowment Fund. Zoom webinar details will be provided after you register. All times are Pacific (PDT/PST). 


Fall Schedule


Pushpa Iyer
Pushpa Iyer, Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution; Director of the Center for Conflict Studies; Chief Diversity Officer

Center for Conflict Studies (CCS)
September 9, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. PDT

Pandemic, Protests, and Politics: Prospects for Peace
Professor Pushpa Iyer focuses on how individuals, communities, and institutions can use a peacebuilding framework to counter the social unrest caused by the current pandemic and calls for justice.

Jason Blazakis
Jason Blazakis, Professor of Practice; Director of the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism

Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism (CTEC)
October 14, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. PDT

Delving Into the Extremism of White Supremacy: Who are They, What Do They Want?
By nearly any objective measurement there has been a rise in extremism associated with the white supremacist movement. Join Professor Jason Blazakis to learn why, and how the COVID pandemic is contributing to this evolving transnational challenge.

Jason Scorse, Director of the Center for the Blue Economy, young yet bald white dude wearing blue t-shirt
Jason Scorse, Associate Professor; Program Chair, International Environmental Policy; Director, Center for the Blue Economy

Center for the Blue Economy (CBE)
October 28, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PDT

The Ocean Climate Action Plan: Turning Ideas Into Advocacy
Professor Jason Scorse details the Ocean Climate Action Plan’s path from development into law.

William Potter
William Potter, Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Professor of Nonproliferation Studies; Founding Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)
November 11, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. PST

The US-Russian Nuclear Predicament: Are We Doomed to Cooperate or Simply Doomed?
For more than a half century, Washington and Moscow have worked to manage their nuclear competition and to cooperate in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.  But what’s the future of this often rocky relationship? Professor Bill Potter offers his insights into US-Russian nuclear dynamics and their implications for world stability.

Aubrey Means, MA Candidate 2020, Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies
Aubrey Means, MA Candidate ‘20, Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies

Aubrey Means will join Dr. Potter in this discussion. Aubrey works as a research assistant at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). She spent most of 2019 interning with Czech Technical University’s Nuclear Research Reactor Department in Prague, Czech Republic. She worked as a summer associate for the Sanctions Compliance unit at BNP Paribas in New York. Aubrey will receive her MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies this December.


Recordings of previous webinars and podcasts are available below:


Sarah Bidgood Profile Photo
Sarah Bidgood, Director, Eurasia Nonproliferation Program (Credit: Randy Tunnell )

Promoting Peace: Viewing Peace Through a Gender Lens

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Sarah Bidgood

Sarah Bidgood directs the Eurasia Nonproliferation Program for the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Middlebury Institute, with a research focus on U.S.-Soviet and U.S.-Russia nonproliferation cooperation and the international nonproliferation regime more broadly. She also leads the CNS Young Women in Nonproliferation Initiative. She earned her M.A. in Nonproliferation Studies and Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute in 2016.

In this podcast, Brad Copeland interviews Sarah about the role of gender in preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction. They discuss how bringing more women experts into the nonproliferation space can improve outcomes in this critical area of international security. 

Our interviewer, Brad Copeland, is master mechanic for Scott SRAM MTB Racing. Brad currently works with professional mountain biker rider, Kate Courtney, an elite national and world champion in the sport, thanks in part to Brad’s meticulous support. Brad studied journalism in college and often interfaces with the media working with Kate. Brad could interview Sarah on site during the pandemic because…they’re married, and thus sheltering in place together. Follow Brad’s bike adventures on Instagram (@bbcopeland)

Professor Wei Liang
Wei Liang, Gordon Paul Smith Chair in International Studies (Credit: Randy Tunnell )

Will Coronavirus Reshape Global Order?

Click  here to watch the video and also view other Faculty at Home talks.

The pandemic has and will continue to profoundly impact world politics and the economy. Ideas and policies developed over decades and the competence of national governments and international institutions have been shaken and tested. Join Professor Wei Liang as she discusses what may be permanent shifts in how people (and nations) view sovereignty, freedom, democracy, market, and globalization.