Fellows from Asia, Africa, and South America Undergo Nonproliferation Training at CNS

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September 29, 2017
Margarita Kalinina-Pohl

During the Fall 2007 semester, CNS is hosting four visiting fellows from Chile, China, Ethiopia, and Kazakhstan. They include three foreign ministry officials: Ms. Javiera Herrera, Deputy Director, International and Human Security Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile; Mr. Li Nan, Third Secretary, Strategic Security Division, Arms Control Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China; and Mr. Merkeb Yimesel, Senior Policy Researcher and Head of the Europe and America Division, Policy Research and Analysis Department, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.

Fall 2017 Visiting Fellows with CNS Deputy Director Elena Sokova and Margarita Kalinina-Pohl (left to right) Li Nan, Merkeb Yimesel, Javiera Herrera, and Alimzhan Akhmetov.

Fall 2017 Visiting Fellows with CNS Deputy Director Elena Sokova and Margarita Kalinina-Pohl (left to right) Li Nan, Merkeb Yimesel, Javiera Herrera, and Alimzhan Akhmetov.

Another participant, Mr. Alimzhan Akhmetov from Kazakhstan, is a director of a nongovernmental organization in Astana called “The Center for International Security and Policy.”

The Visiting Fellows Program at CNS is a semester-long training program focusing on WMD nonproliferation. It combines a lecture series on a wide range of topics, an independent research project, and auditing select graduate-level courses at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). This fall, all fellows take part in an arms-control simulation course led by CNS Director Dr. William Potter.

The fellows’ independent research projects cover a broad range of topics related to cybersecurity, UN Security Council Resolution 1540 implementation in Africa, Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and combatting nuclear terrorism.

In early December, Javiera, Li Nan, Merkeb, and Alimzhan will present their research findings to CNS/MIIS staff, professors, and students.

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