US-China New Relationship Colloquium

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Jakarta and Yogyakarta


CBRN security workshops

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Fri, October 9, 2015

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.


CITS engages nuclear agencies in Indonesia

Sep 2015 CITS hosted a roundtable on the Development of National Regulatory Guidance for Nuclear Security Culture in Serpong, Indonesia on September 29-30, 2015. The roundtable brought together the key nuclear agencies of Indonesia (BAPETEN AND BATAN) to outline regulatory guidelines on nuclear security culture self-assessment and enhancement.

School News

Dr. Scott Jones Appointed as Director of CITS

Aug 2015 SPIA is very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Scott Jones as Director of the Center for International Trade and Security beginning July 1, 2015. Dr. Scott Jones has been at the Center for International Trade and Security since 1995, most recently serving as Executive Director. His interests include nonproliferation and international security, security and defense policy, foreign direct investment and national security, and the security implications of evolving global supply chain logistics. Dr. Jones received his BA and Ph.D. in political science and philosophy at the University of Georgia and a MA at Lancaster University in the UK. He has worked at the Delegation of the Commission for the EU in Washington, as well as Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he worked on a Department of Energy/Los Alamos program that assisted the former Soviet Republics in export control development. He has received research and travel grants from the United States Institute of Peace, the National Research Council, the W. Alton Jones Foundation, among other foundations.

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Up Close

  • Beck, Michael

    Senior Research Associate

    Michael Beck has over 20 years of experience working on nonproliferation and export control issues. He helped develop a methodology for assessing export controls and border security systems for the U.S. Department of State and has directed several projects assessing and responding to WMD...

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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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    Gahlaut, Seema

    Assistant Director, CITS

    Seema Gahlaut is the Assistant Director of the Center for International Trade and Security, specializing in nonproliferation and international security issues. Her current activities and interests include UN and multilateral initiatives regarding terrorism and proliferation; national implementation...

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  • 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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    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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    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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CITS Calendar
Oct 28


3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Candler Hall

Oct 30

Research Presentation by Krista E. Wiegand, University of Tennessee

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Candler Hall, Room 214

Dec 18

Fall 2015 Undergraduate Commencement

Dec 18

Fall 2015 Graduate Commencement

Apr 29

SPIA Networking Night