US-China New Relationship Colloquium

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Jakarta and Yogyakarta


CBRN security workshops

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Mon, July 28, 2014

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.

In the news

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

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.


CITS hosts training for Chinese nuclear industry delegation

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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  • 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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    Keller, William W.

    Professor of International Affairs

    The director of the Center for International Trade and Security, William Keller focuses on internal security, terrorism, WMD proliferation, and the arms trade; East Asia economic and security issues; and the political economy of multinational corporations....

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    Kutchesfahani, Sara Z.

    CITS 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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  • 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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    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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