On December 8, 2010, the Monterey Institute of International Studies and its James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) announced that the MacArthur Foundation has awarded a $475,000 grant in support of CNS’s education and training programs in the areas of nuclear nonproliferation and terrorism. The two-year grant will run through October 31, 2012.
Major components of the new CNS initiative include: expanded on-the-job training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students; provision of intensive “short courses” on nonproliferation for diplomats and mid-career professionals at different venues in the United States and abroad; development of online courses and instructional material to be used in conjunction with more traditional in-classroom courses; introduction of nonproliferation curricula and train-the-trainer programs to high schools in the United States, Russia, and China; and expansion of course offerings for the new master’s degree program in nonproliferation and terrorism studies at the Monterey Institute.
“The continuing support of the MacArthur Foundation will ensure the Institute’s nonproliferation and terrorism studies program continues to attract the best and the brightest to this vital program,” commented Institute President Sunder Ramaswamy. “The Institute’s master’s degree program in nonproliferation and terrorism studies is the only one of its kind in the world.”
“The MacArthur Foundation has a long history of supporting innovative efforts to raise awareness of and counteract the dangers of nuclear proliferation,” added CNS Director William Potter. “This two-year grant helps to ensure that CNS will continue to lead the way in offering unique training and educational opportunities to the next generation of nonproliferation specialists worldwide.”
The Master of Arts in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program debuted at the Monterey Institute in fall 2010 and attracted over 80 students during its first semester—more than 10 percent of the Institute’s student body.
The MacArthur Foundation is one of the nation’s largest independent foundations, and “supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world.” For more information, visit www.macfound.org.