When word surfaced in the national news of President-elect Barack Obama's intention to select Leon Panetta, former White House chief of staff and longtime Peninsula resident, to lead the CIA, several media outlets called on Monterey Institute faculty to weigh in. Located in former Congressman Panetta's home district, the Monterey Institute is a leading voice on global security issues and is home to the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies as well as a master's program in international policy studies.
Ed Laurance, dean of the Graduate School of International Policy Studies, served as a consultant to the United Nations Department of Disarmament Affairs from 1992-2002. He is a member of the advisory board of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch and Small Arms Survey in Geneva and was one of the co-founders of the International Action Network on Small Arms, the largest transnational NGO dealing with this issue. He has published articles in many leading international policy and security journals and is the author of four books on conventional weapons proliferation.
William Potter, director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and the Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Professor of Nonproliferation Studies, also directs the Institute's Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. He has served as a consultant to the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the RAND Corporation, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His present research focuses on nuclear terrorism and on proliferation issues involving the post-Soviet states. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and served for five years on the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters and the Board of Trustees of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research.