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Dr. Khripunov publishes op-ed in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Center for International Trade and Security

Jun 2015

CITS Distinguished Fellow and SPIA adjunct professor Dr. Igor Khripunov published an op-ed in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists entitled "A culture of security: Focus for the next Nuclear Security Summit?" The article focuses on the evolving debate on nuclear security culture and the role of nuclear security culture in the discussions at the Nuclear Security Summits.

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Outreach

CITS hosts two workshops in Vietnam

Center for International Trade and Security

Jun 2015

CITS hosted a pair of workshops in Hanoi, Vietnam focused on training nuclear safety professionals and developing legal and regulatory frameworks for CBRN security, respectively. The workshops, hosted from June 8 - 11, brought together a wide array of Vietnamese stakeholders in the two issue areas and were generously supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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Outreach

CITS conducts nuclear security curriculum development

Center for International Trade and Security

May 2015

CITS hosted a training workshop for academics from Ukraine, Moldova, Azerbaijan, and Georgia on Nuclear Security Curriculum Development in Vienna, Austria between May 12-15, 2015. The workshop was funded by the United States Department of State’s Partnership for Nuclear Security (PNS), the Science & Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU), with logistical support provided by CRDF Global.

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Outreach

CITS conducts two outreach events in Indonesia

Center for International Trade and Security

May 2015

CITS/UGA organized two events designed to promote an effective nuclear security culture for Indonesia’s nuclear sector in April. On April 27-28, CITS held a two day workshop in partnership with Indonesia’s National Nuclear Administration (BATAN) to review lessons learned from a previous assessment of nuclear security culture at reactor facilities in Indonesia. On April 29-30, CITS organized a second “train the trainer” workshop that was aimed at building a cadre of experts who can train on nuclear security culture.

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Faculty News

CITS Senior Research Associate speaks at the UN

Center for International Trade and Security

Apr 2015

CITS Senior Research Associate Dr. Sara Kutchesfahani spoke at the UN at the Academic Symposium on the NPT. The academic symposium was convened at the sidelines of the 2015 NPT Review Conference. The symposium was sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the UN's Office of Disarmament as host, and Harvard¹s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey were the academic co sponsors.

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Outreach

CITS engages industry in China

Center for International Trade and Security

Apr 2015

CITS held an “Industry Outreach and Engagement” workshop in Beijing on March 10-11 2015. It is the second workshop in a series designed to share best practices in the area of strategic trade control. Participants included officials from Chinese Ministry of Commerce, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Commerce, Korea Strategic Trade Institute (Seoul, Korea) and Center for Information on Security Trade Control (Tokyo, Japan). They shared experiences in working with industries from both policy and compliance angles. This workshop was co-organized with China Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation (CAITEC).

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Outreach

CITS training for Ukrainian nuclear professionals

Center for International Trade and Security

Apr 2015

The Center for International Trade and Security, in partnership with Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant, Bulgaria, hosted a training workshop for a group of high-level Ukrainian nuclear professionals on "Addressing and Mitigating Insider Threat." in Sofia, Bulgaria between April 8-11. The workshop was funded by the United States Department of State’s Partnership for Nuclear Security (PNS) and the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), with logistical support provided by CRDF Global .

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Outreach

CITS formalizes relationship with Chulalongkorn University

Center for International Trade and Security

Jan 2015

On January 27, 2015, as part of a CBRN Stakeholders’ Conference, CITS faculty and researchers delivered a memorandum of understanding between the University of Georgia and the Faculty of Engineering at Chulalongkorn University. CITS delivered the comprehensive memorandum of understanding to the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

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In The News

CITS co-hosts CBRN Stakeholder Conference in Thailand

Center for International Trade and Security

Jan 2015

CITS co-hosted and co-organized a CBRN Security Stakeholder Conference with the Faculty of Engineering at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand from January 26-27, 2015. The conference, which invited CBRN experts and government officials from throughout the ASEAN region, brings together a number of perspectives on the development of CBRN Security in SE Asia.

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Honors and Awards

Former Professor Gary Bertsch to receive President’s Medal

School of Public and International Affairs

Center for International Trade and Security

Jan 2015

Retired University of Georgia professor Gary Bertsch will receive the 2015 UGA President’s Medal during Founders Day activities in January. The President’s Medal recognizes extraordinary contributions of former employees who have supported students and academic programs, advanced research and inspired community leaders to enhance Georgians’ quality of life. Bertsch served on the UGA faculty from 1969-2010. After serving as an undergraduate adviser in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and undergraduate director and graduate director in the political science department, he became the founding director in 1987 of the Center for International Trade and Security, a UGA-based program conducting international research, teaching and outreach to promote economic prosperity, international peace and security. CITS is recognized worldwide and has generated more than $30 million in external funding.

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