This summer course is designed to give students a sound understanding of the framework created by the international community to address the threats of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism. The focus is on the central element of this regime, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and its verification mechanism, the IAEA safeguards system.
The course presents students with critical assessments of current nonproliferation issues, confronts them with the hard choices needed to address them, and provides in-depth analysis of the technical and legal framework needed to assess policy options. Exercises and demonstrations introduce students to the techniques and technologies of international safeguards and the challenges faced by international inspectors in the field. Above all, the course aims to give participants the knowledge, analytic tools, and the motivation to contribute to the improvement of the nonproliferation regime.
Course Topical Areas
- Nuclear Fuel Cycle
- Nuclear Weapons
- Nuclear Safety
- Nuclear Security
- Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT)
- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
- Nuclear Nonproliferation Successes and Failures
- IAEA Safeguards: Concepts and Implementation Examples
- IAEA Safeguards Complementary Access Exercise
- IAEA Safeguards Inventory Demonstration
- Authorities of the IAEA
- Strengthened IAEA Safeguards: Concepts and Implementation Examples
- Demonstration and Exercise on Detecting Radioactive Materials
- Other WMD Issues
Detailed course schedule for 2019 will be available soon. To be eligible to participate, applicants must be 18 years or older as of June 16, 2019, have a valid medical insurance for the duration of the course, and must be in or entering graduate school, or have recently completed graduate school.
- Course instructors to be announced.
- Housing during the course will be provided to all accepted participants.
- A stipend of $1000 is available based on a demonstration of need.
The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), in conjunction with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), will be conducting a tuition-free, one-week International Safeguards Policy and Information Analysis-Intensive Summer Course.
The course will be held June 3-7, 2019 at MIIS. All nationalities may attend. Limited stipend support may be available (see “Applications” below). Attendees receive a certificate of completion.
This course will be facilitated by senior Monterey Institute staff and other nonproliferation policy analysts from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies with presentations by experts from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and other leading nonproliferation and safeguards specialists.
- The role of the IAEA and international safeguards in the nuclear nonproliferation regime
- Concepts, objectives, evolution and history of international nuclear safeguards
- State-level safeguards analysis
- Case-study analyses of safeguards challenges
- Introduction to safeguards inspection, material accounting, containment, and surveillance
Application Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019