US-China New Relationship Colloquium

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CBRN security workshops

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CITS In 60 Seconds

  • The CITS Mission

    CITS works to limit the spread of chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological weapons technology by informing and training policymakers, industry representatives, and enforcement officials around the world. The Center conducts training workshops, produces informative publications, and prepares students for careers in diplomacy and nonproliferation.

  • Training and Workshops

    CITS conducts nonproliferation training events several times a year. The core of the Center's training program is the two-week CITS Academy, which takes place twice a year in Athens, Georgia and hosts up to 60 officials at a time. Researchers also travel to other countries to provide tailored training that addresses concerns specific to the host country or region.

  • Publications

    Researchers at CITS promote nonproliferation through publications targeted to a variety of audiences. The 1540 Compass magazine educates stakeholders about the practical concerns of enforcement and legislation. Reports on specific topics cover the latest concerns and new ideas in the field. Books edited by our researchers address an academic audience, while articles and letters in mainstream magazines and newspapers educate the general public.

  • Student programs

    Through the Richard B. Russell Security Leadership Program and the Nonproliferation and International Security graduate focus, CITS is training the next generation of security officials and diplomats in the advancement of nonproliferation and disarmament. Our Norinco Student Ambassador program strengthens ties with our industry partners in China.

Faculty News

CITS Senior Research Associate speaks at the UN

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.


CITS engages industry in China

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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Up Close

  • Kutchesfahani, Sara Z.

    Senior Research Associate

    Sara Z. Kutchesfahani came to CITS from the Nuclear Engineering and Nonproliferation Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She has worked on nuclear non-proliferation policy issues for most of the past decade holding research positions at the International Institute for Strategic Studies...

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    Cruz, Karen

    Assistant Director for Finance and Administration

    Karen Cruz is an Assistant Director of the Center for International Trade and Security. She is responsible for the finance, administration and overall business management of the Center. Karen also coordinates and participates in the logistical management of Center functions in Athens, GA and...

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    Khripunov, Igor

    Adjunct Professor

    Igor Khripunov is a leading expert on nuclear security, security culture, and CBRN proliferation. He edits the 1540 Compass, and works closely with international organizations like the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs and the International Atomic Energy Agency on security assessment, training, and...

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  • Jones, Scott

    Adjunct Academic Professional

    Scott Jones is the Executive Director of the Center for International Trade and Security, specializing in the nonproliferation and international security issues. His current activities and interests include security and defense policy; foreign direct investment and national security; and the...

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    Thompson, Julia

    Senior Research Associate

    Julia Thompson is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for International Trade and Security (CITS). Prior to joining CITS in 2014, she spent 15 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory where she worked on nonproliferation projects. She earned her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at Northwestern...

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    Liu, Rongrong

    Research Associate

    Rongrong Liu has organized a series of nongovernmental exchange programs between the U.S. and China on nonproliferation and strategic trade control issues, and is leading an effort to create a U.S.-China New Relation Colloquium (NRC) at CITS. She works with international businesses to improve their...

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CITS Calendar
May 8

Spring 2015 Graduate Commencement

May 8

Spring 2015 SPIA Convocation

May 8

Spring 2015 Undergraduate Commencement

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Sanford Stadium

Dec 18

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Dec 18

Fall 2015 Graduate Commencement