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Nuclear Disarmament:

Challenges, Opportunities, and Next Steps

Clockwise from top left: Obama in Prague calling for a world without nuclear weapons, April 2009; Nagasaki 1945; Hiroshima Peace Memorial; Nuclear Disarmament Rally, New York City, 1982; Gorbachev and Reagan sign the INF Treaty, 1987; Trident missile launch; 2005 NPT Review Conference

April 23-24, 2009

Hyatt Regency Monterey, Monterey, CA

April 23, 2009

Dear Participants in the Critical Issues Forum,

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 2009 Critical Issues Forum Student-Teacher Conference. The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and the Monterey Institute of International Studies are very excited to meet the next generation of leaders in nonproliferation and disarmament.

This year’s CIF topic, “Nuclear Disarmament: Challenges, Opportunities and Next Steps,” could not be more appropriate. The initiative taken by four distinguished former high-ranking U.S. officials—George Shultz, William Perry, Henry Kissinger and Sam Nunn—renewed momentum for placing nuclear disarmament on the mainstream policy agenda and has generated support from government, leaders and civil society in many countries. President Barack Obama, in his remarkable speech on April 5th in Prague, called for a world without nuclear weapons. Four days earlier, the U.S. President and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev jointly expressed their commitment to “achieving a nuclear free world.”

The year 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of CNS. For two decades, CNS has been the leader in training the next generation of nonproliferation specialists at home and abroad and has helped to raise global public awareness of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) threats. The Critical Issues Forum, which is in its twelfth year, is an integral part of this educational effort and serves as an important outreach program of the Center.

I hope each of you, who are studying disarmament and nonproliferation for the CIF program, continue to be interested in these topics and have an opportunity to study them further in high school and college. I also hope you will continue to value your participation in the CIF program as much as we value your involvement. We trust that the experience will serve you well in your future careers.

It is our desire that you will make use of this unique forum and its setting to interact with students and teachers from other parts of the United States and from Russia, and to build friendships that will contribute to better understanding across cultures. My CNS colleagues and I extend our sincere congratulations to all of you on your success implementing innovative CIF projects. We are very proud of you.

We eagerly look forward to your presentations over the next two days. My best wishes to you for a successful conference and future study in the vital fields of nonproliferation and disarmament.


William C. Potter


James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and

Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Professor of Nonproliferation Studies

Monterey Institute of International Studies

History of the CIF

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) began its high school educational outreach effort in 1997 in order to meet the needs of nonproliferation education among the high school students, which was practically non-existent. CNS initiated the CIF in 1998 in partnership with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Science and Technology Education Program, and became the project leader of the CIF in 1999. CIF aims to empower students to develop informed opinions and think critically about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and other crucial international issues of the 21st century.

1997-1998: Terrorism in the Nuclear World

1998-1999: Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons

1999-2000: The Disposition of Nuclear Materials

2000-2001: Chemical and Biological Weapons

2002-2001: Missile and Missile Defense

2002-2003: Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East and South Asia

2003-2004: Nuclear Issues in Northeast Asia

2004-2005: Peaceful and Terrorist Use of Radioactive Materials

2005-2006: Nuclear Weapons and Nonproliferation

2006-2007: Outer Space: The Next Frontier for Proliferation or Forum for Cooperation?

2007-2008: Nuclear Renaissance: Benefits versus Risks

2008-2009: Nuclear Disarmament: Challenges, Opportunities, and Next Steps


The 2008-09 Critical Issues Forum program was made possible by the generous support of:

The Ford Foundation

U.S. Department of Energy


Critical Issues Forum

Spring 2009 Student – Teacher Conference

Nuclear Disarmament: Challenges, Opportunities,

and Next Steps”

Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort

Regency Room I ~ III

1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey, CA 93940

April 23-25, 2009

Thursday, April 23

8:00 - 9:00 AM Breakfast

9:00 - 9:05 AM Opening remarks, CNS Assistant Director, Elena Sokova

9:05 - 9:20 AM Welcoming and introductory remarks

CNS Director, Dr. William Potter

9:20 - 10:35 AM Student presentations

  1. 9:20-9:45 Orinda Academy, Orinda, CA

  2. 9:45-10:10 Linguistic Gymnasia # 164, Zelenogorsk, Russia

  3. 10:10-10:35 Charles M. Weber Institute, Stockton, CA

10:35 - 10:50 AM Break

10:50 AM - 12:05 PM Student presentations

4. 10:50-11:15 School for Cosmonautics, Zheleznogorsk, Russia

5. 11:15-11:40 Franklin High School, Elk Grove, CA

6. 11:40-12:05 School # 2, Zarechny, Russia

12:05 - 12:20 PM Hibakusha testimony (video)

12:20 – 12:30PM Group Photo

12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch

1:30 - 2:30 PM Keynote Presentation

“Passing the Nuclear Baton: Nuclear Disarmament and the Next Generation”

Speaker: Dr. Patricia Lewis, Deputy Director and Scientist-in-Residence at CNS, Former UNIDIR Director

2:30 - 3:20 PM Student presentations

7. 2:30-2:55 Gymnasia # 41, Novouralsk, Russia

8. 2:55-3:20 University of Hawaii, Laboratory High School, Honolulu, HI

3:20 - 3:35 PM Break

3:35 - 5:15 PM Student presentations

9. 3:35-4:00 Gymnasia # 2, Sarov, Russia

10. 4:00-4:25 Ontario High School, Ontario, CA

11. 4:25- 4:50 Lyceum, Lesnoy, Russia

5:45 PM Depart for dinner

6:00 - 8:00 PM Dinner/offsite activities at Gianni’s Pizza

Friday, April 24

8:00 - 8:50 AM Breakfast

8:50 - 9:00 AM Announcements

9:00 - 9:50 AM Student presentations

  1. 9:00-9:25 Janesville Academy for International Studies, Janesville, WI

2. 9:25-9:50 Gimnasia “Severskaya”, Seversk, Russia

9:50-10:05 AM Short Activity: Jeopardy quiz

10:05-10:20 AM Break

10:20- 11:10 AM Student presentations

3. 10:20-10:45 Cathedral City High School, Cathedral City, CA

4. 10:45-11:10 Ganesha High School, Pomona, CA

11:10 AM - 12:30 PM “Reflections on the Monterey Experience: Providing Students with the Tools to Build a Better World”

CNS Students & Recent Graduates Panel

12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch

1:30 - 2:45 PM Student presentations

5. 1:30 - 1:55 School # 109, Trekhgorny, Russia

6. 1:55 - 2:20 Rochelle High School, Rochelle, TX

7. 2:20 - 2:45 Lyceum # 39, Ozersk, Russia

2:45-3:00 PM Break

3:00-3:50 PM Student presentations

8. 3:00-3:25 Redwood Christian High School, San Lorenzo, CA

9. 3:25-3:50 School # 125, Snezhinsk, Russia

3:50 - 4:15 PM Awards ceremony

6:30 - 8:00 PM Picnic, Lake El Estero Park

Saturday, April 25

8:00 - 9:00 AM Breakfast

10:30 AM Monterey Bay Aquarium Tour

Afternoon: Northern California participants depart

Sunday, April 26

10:00 AM Russian Participants depart for

San Francisco Tour

Rest of US participants depart



(in order of presentation)

Orinda Academy

Orinda, CA



Bob Shayler


Janelle Liu


Crystal Cardona


Elizabeth Agramont


Beverly Lyons

"Do nuclear nonproliferation treaties work?"

Our presentation will examine the similarities and differences among the treaties, agreements and understandings among various nations concerning nuclear nonproliferation focusing particularly on recent events in the world. We will give an oral presentation using PowerPoint and then involve everyone in the "Nuclear Treaties" game with prizes awarded to the winners.

We want to acknowledge Yanqi Luo and Greg Rudy, who helped us create our presentation.


(в порядке презентаций)

Академия “Оринда”

Orinda, CA



Боб Шейлер


Джанель Лиу


Кристал Кардона


Элизабет Аграмонт


Беверлий Лионс

"Работают ли договора о нераспространении ядерного оружия?"

В нашей презентации мы рассмотрим сходства и различия договоров, соглашений и заявлений между различными странами в области нераспространения ядерного оружия, уделяя особое внимание последним мировым событиям. Мы начнем с устного выступления с использованием PowerPoint, а затем проведем со зрителями игру "Ядерные договора", победитель которой получит приз.

Мы бы хотели выразить признательность Янки Луо и Грегу Руди за оказанную помощь в процессе подготовки нашей презентации.

Linguistic Gymnasia # 164

Zelenogorsk, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia


Nelli Porseva


Boris Samoylenko


Alina Chelysheva

The Nonproliferation Treaty is the cornerstone of the nonproliferation regime. Its revision and observation should be among the key issues of the world community.

Our presentation is centered on the dynamics of international relations development concerning the problems of nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament at the NPT Review Conferences held every 5 years. This is especially timely as the last NPT Review Conference of 2005 failed to lead to important decisions, which in its turn led to doubt about the efficiency of the nonproliferation regime.

The speakers will make an attempt to predict the results of the next NPT Review Conference of 2010, the Conference which is to become an important landmark in the process of disarmament and nonproliferation.

Лингвистическая Гимназия № 164

Россия, Красноярский край, Зеленогорск


Нелли Порсева


Борис Самойленко


Алина Челышева

Договор о нераспространении ядерного оружия (ДНЯО)- важнейший из международных договоров, обеспечивающих сохранность режима нераспространения. Его поддержание и соблюдение должно быть одной из ключевых задач мирового сообщества.

В нашем проекте рассматривается динамика развития межнациональных отношений по вопросам ядерного нераспространения и разоружения в результатах Конференций по рассмотрению ДНЯО, проходящих каждые 5 лет, начиная с 1970 года. Сейчас этот вопрос очень актуален, особенно после неоднозначного завершения  Конференции 2005 года, когда не было принято ни одного действительно важного соглашения, что повлекло за собой сомнения в стабильности всего режима ядерного нераспространения.

В презентации будет сделан собственный прогноз и пожелания по грядущей Конференции 2010 года, которая должна выполнить роль ещё одной определяющей вехи в судьбе режима нераспространения и разоружения.

Charles M. Weber Institute for Applied Science

Stockton, CA



Joel Blomenkamp


Maria Soriano


Abel Avalos


Anabella Juache


Ariana Juache


Daniel Villa Beltran


Ger Chang


Malinda Rangel


Eloisa Salto Magana


Juhie Singh


Steven King


Itzel Navarro
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