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CITS holds NATO-sponsored Institute on CBRN Security Culture in Yerevan, Armenia

Center for International Trade and Security

Jul 2014

The Center for International Trade and Security, in partnership with the Non-Proliferation Center of Armenia, organized a NATO Advanced Study Institute on CBRN Security Culture held June 9-13 in Yerevan, Armenia. The event was one of a series organized by CITS under its multi-year Strategic Plan for the Promotion of CBRN Security Culture.

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Outreach

CITS hosts training for Chinese nuclear industry delegation

Department of International Affairs

Center for International Trade and Security

Jun 2014

The Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) hosted a delegation from the Chinese State Nuclear Security Technology Center (SNSTC) from June 16-20, 2014 in Athens, Georgia. CITS experts provided training to the delegation on subjects including nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear security, and nuclear security culture. This event demonstrates CITS's (1) continuous efforts within its active programs in China and (2) great expertise in nuclear security and nuclear security culture issue areas.

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Outreach

CITS meets New Relationship Colloquium stakeholders in Beijing

Center for International Trade and Security

May 2014

On May 12-13, CITS held a stakeholder meeting of the U.S.-China New Relationship Colloquium in Beijing. The Colloquium is an outcome of 18 months of continuous preparation, negotiation, and deliberation with support from the Ford Foundation’s Beijing Office. It will meet twice yearly to develop solutions and policy guidance on issues in U.S.-China relations. The Colloquium is a partnership among CITS, the Central University of Finance and Economics, and the China Reform Forum. A small group of experts, representing expertise in economics, trade, and security from both countries, spent two days discussing and conceptualizing the structure, activity, and future sustainability of the Colloquium. The overall objective is to build mutually beneficial relations between the peoples and business enterprises of the United States and China at the local and regional levels. The group produced a white paper on "The Way Forward in U.S.-China Relations" that will be released in the near future.

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Outreach

South African professors visit CITS

Center for International Trade and Security

May 2014

On 19-20 May, 2014, CITS hosted a nuclear security study workshop for two professors from South Africa (one from the School of Physics at the University of Johannesburg, one from the Center for Applied Radiation Science and Technology at North West University). The workshop offered an in-depth look at nuclear security from a policy perspective and provided guidance on finalizing their curricula on graduate nuclear security courses. The CITS team comprised Sara Kutchesfahani, Chris Tucker, Arthur Eyzaguirre, Julie Thompson, and MIP student Shea Cotton.

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In print

Igor Khripunov writes on UN Resolution 1540 in Arms Control Today

School of Public and International Affairs

Center for International Trade and Security

May 2014

Dr. Igor Khripunov, a researcher at CITS, has published a 10th anniversary overview of UN Security Council Resolution 1540, which requires all UN member states to enact and enforce laws to curb the illegal spread of WMD technology. In his article, Khripunov compares expectations for UNSCR 1540 to the reality of its implementation around the world, and maps out a way forward for this process. As the editor in chief of the 1540 Compass, a magazine providing a global perspective on the resolution's impact, Khripunov provides an expert viewpoint few can match.

Arms Control Today

International

CBRN security workshops in Indonesia

Center for International Trade and Security

Apr 2014

A CITS team headed by Dr. Igor Khripunov visited Indonesia on 7-11 April, 2014 to hold four workshops on nuclear and CBRN security and security culture in cooperation with Indonesia's National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN). The events took place in Jakarta, Yogyakarta, and at Gadjah Mada University, and were held in cooperation with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and funded by the U.S. State Department's Partnership for Nuclear Security and the Carnegie Cooperation of New York.

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Student news

Oak Ridge National Laboratory student trip

Center for International Trade and Security

Mar 2014

In March 2014, fifteen students from the Masters of International Policy and Doctorate in International Affairs programs, accompanied by the director and staff of the Center for International Trade and Security, traveled to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee for two days of classes on nuclear security and hands-on exercises with radiation detectors. The students met with officials from the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management and ORNL, toured a graphite reactor that was built as part of the Manhattan Project, and visited the Y-12 National Security Complex.

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Research News

CITS releases report on radiological source security

Center for International Trade and Security

Globis

Mar 2014

CITS and Indonesia’s National Nuclear Energy Agency have released a report for the third Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague. The report provides practical advice for users of radioactive sources that can dramatically improve healthcare standards, contribute to economic development, and help stabilize food supplies, but are vulnerable to being diverted for malicious purposes.

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International events

CITS director calls for Chemical Leadership Forum

Center for International Trade and Security

Globis

Feb 2014

In an address to the G8 Global Partnership against the Spread of Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction on 25 February 2014, CITS director William W. Keller described the global spread of dangerous chemical technologies and facilities to critical countries. He argued for the creation of a chemical security summit to stop highly toxic chemicals and new chemical weapons from falling into the hands of substate actors and groups with malicious intentions. His speech is available online.

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Research News

CITS staff to discuss Cold War threats at exhibit

Center for International Trade and Security

Feb 2014

On March 6th, CITS researchers will join colleagues from UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs for a panel discussion of the Cold War mentality toward nuclear culture, linking it to the state of current nuclear threats.

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