April 11, 2016
The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) hosted a high-level US-Russian Dialogue on Nuclear Issues in Monterey on April 8-9, 2016. Featured participants included California Governor Jerry Brown, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov, US Under Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller, and former US Secretary of Defense Bill Perry.
The workshop was co-organized by CNS and its Russian partner, the Center for Energy and Security Studies. The meeting focused specifically on “Security and Nuclear Challenges on the Korean Peninsula.”
At a dinner for workshop participants, State Senate Majority Leader and former MIIS faculty member Bill Monning presented State of California Senate Certificates of Recognition to Dr. Zerbo and Professor William Potter, CNS Director.
Dr. Potter, who has long analyzed US-Soviet/Russian cooperation for nonproliferation, observed that the workshop, which involved both government officials and academic experts, contributed to a better understanding of the nuclear and security challenges on the Korean Peninsula. It also demonstrated that nonproliferation was an area in which the United States and Russia shared significant common interests.
What to do about North Korea: U.S., Russian officials talk in Monterey, Monterey Herald, 04/12/16.