Middlebury Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins in recognition of his work in the field of disarmament and nonproliferation education. The award, authorized by the president of Chile, is the highest honor conferred on non-Chileans and is of the rank of Grand Officer. The ceremony was conducted at the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in conjunction with an international conference on “Roads to Nuclear Disarmament.”
“The award was totally unexpected,” says Dr. Potter. “It was a tremendous honor, and is indicative of the reputation CNS has internationally in the field of disarmament and nonproliferation education. I hope I can do justice to the honor bestowed upon me.”
Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program who had previously participated in Dr. Potter’s NPT simulation class have had a chance to serve on Chilean delegations. Recent alumni Benjamin Pack (MANPTS ’14) and Thomas Gray (MANPTS ’14) both served on the Chilean delegation at the 2014 NPT Review meeting in New York.