Netflix’s ‘The Serpent’ is an eight-part true-crime drama series that profiles the life and actions of French serial killer Charles Sobhraj, who targeted tourists throughout the Hippie Trail between 1975 and 1976. Angela Knippenberg, now Kane, played a crucial role in translating all of Marie-Andrée Leclerc’s diary entries for evidence against Sobhraj. In fact, as seen on ‘The Serpent,’ she was the one who cataloged everything. Angela has an honorary doctorate from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
According to Jeffrey Lewis, an arms control specialist and professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in the MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies, “If things stay on the path that they’re on at the moment, North Korea is going to test a bunch of new stuff.”
As the number of migrant children in the U.S. surges, the Biden Administration is asking for federal workers to help care for and place unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the southern border. “Today we have a crisis in which the treatment they are receiving is not the treatment they deserve,” said Professor William Arrocha of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
The Suez Canal is what experts, like Professor Wei Liang of the Middlebury Institute, refer to as a choke point, and the world witnessed what happens when a choke point suddenly closes completely. Another global choke point on Liang’s radar is the Malacca Strait, off the coast of Malaysia. Popular Science spoke to Professor Liang who teaches in the MA in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy program about these choke points.
We believe there are a variety of demographics, beliefs, intentions, levels of organization, and propensity to commit acts of violence represented in the Capitol arrests. And, while President Donald Trump’s rhetoric brought these individuals together, it would be a mistake to label them with a broad-brush stroke and conclude that they are all extremists who see violence as a tool for political change. Instead, the Biden administration should treat the Jan. 6 cases going forward with more nuance. Not all Capitol rioters were violent, not all Capitol rioters were extremist, and not all Capitol rioters were part of a mass movement. - Nate Rosenblatt, and Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Professor Jason Blazakis, director of the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism argue in op-ed published by War on the Rocks.
“The IRGC in general places a lot of emphasis on using missiles to project power,” said Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia nonproliferation program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. The missile city is “indicative of how much importance the IRGC Navy places on conventional missiles in projecting its power into the Gulf.” - from CNBC
If the Biden administration is serious about reviving arms control agreements with Russia and bringing China into the fold, it will need to compromise on the missile defenses it has built up over the past two decades, Middlebury Institute Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Professor Jeffrey Lewis argues in Foreign Affairs.
“The most radical QAnon believers exhibit traits that have manifested among dangerous cults and doomsday groups — a willingness to dismiss their own individuality for a perceived greater good.” Middlebury Institute Professor Jason Blazakis, director of the Center on Terrorism, Extremism and Counterterrorism writes about the cult of Qanon and similarities to cults of the past in The Los Angeles Times.
“He’s a security guard. I work in nuclear security. The pandemic swept away my sense that we can really protect the ones we love from anything.” Middlebury Institute Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies alumna Lovely Umayam MANPTS ‘13 writes in the New York Times.