CMC Seminar Series

    Past Speaker Events

    • Advancing Norms of Nuclear Responsibility Amidst a Shifting Nuclear Landscape
      Nov. 17, 2022, Toby Dalton Toby Dalton discussed the shifting landscape of the global nuclear order as it pertains to regional security dynamics and states’ policies concerning the governance of advanced nuclear technologies and nuclear weapons. He is Co-Director and a Senior Fellow of the Nuclear Policy Program at the […]
    • China’s Global Role, Bureaucracy, and Perspectives on the United States
      Oct. 26, 2022, Charlie Bergman Charlie Bergman discussed China’s global role, its bureaucracy, and its perspectives on the United States. Bergman currently works on special projects at St. John’s College, following a five-year directorship of its Office of Personal and Professional Development. Bergman’s extensive experience with Chinese bureaucracy and culture […]
    • Arctic Security Overview
      Sep. 14, 2022 Jen Evans provided an overview of the Arctic’s existing security environment including governance structures, state and nonstate stakeholders, ongoing international disputes, and climate change impacts on the strategic value of Arctic resources and territories. Evans is a PhD candidate at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School […]
    • Biosafety and Biosecurity Initiatives in the MENA Region
      Sep. 1, 2022 Dr. Nisreen AL-Hmoud, Director of the Biosafety and Biosecurity Centre at the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan, discussed the impact of initiatives to build biosafety and biosecurity capacity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Dr. AL-Hmoud detailed the impacts, over the last decade, on […]
    • A Discussion on US-China Collaboration and Competition in Science and Technology Policy
      February 17, 2022 | 1pm-2pm MT Dr. Peter Cowhey – Dr. Peter Cowhey chairs the Working Group on U.S.-China Science and Technology Relations, organized by the UC San Diego 21st Century China Center, and served as a lead author for the “Meeting the China Challenge: A New American Strategy for […]
    • The Future of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) in Turkey
      Dec. 16, 2021 | A US/Turkey Dialogue Moderated by Sandia National Laboratories Sandia National Laboratories hosts a roundtable discussion between Turkish and American experts about the Future of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) in Turkey. They discuss SMRs’ implications for Turkey’s energy independence, climate change mitigation, and safety, security, and nonproliferation. […]
    • A discussion of China’s perspective on arms control verification (12/7)
      Dec. 7, 2021 | 8-9 am MT, Mr. Tong Zhao CMC Visiting Research Scholar Tong Zhao discusses China’s perspective on arms control verification as part of a CMC Speaker Series event.
    • Cybersecurity Culture at Nuclear Facilities
      Nov. 16, 2021, Ms. Maheen Shafeeq CMC Visiting Research Scholar Maheen Shafeeq presents her research on Cybersecurity Culture at Nuclear Facilities and discusses cybersecurity risk at nuclear facilities, the relationship between international, state, facility, and individual cybersecurity culture, and the relationship between humans, physical security, and cyber networks. A recording […]
    • An Update on India’s Nuclear Security and Governance
      Oct. 20, 2021 at 8pm IST; 8:30am MT, Dr. Sitakanta Mishra and Happymon Jacob Dr. Sitakanta Mishra, former CMC Visiting Research Scholar and Associate Professor of International Relations in the School of Liberal Studies of Pandit Deendayal Energy University, and Happymon Jacob, Associate Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, both […]
    • CMC Global Climate Security Symposium
      Oct. 6, 2021 Average global temperatures have increased 1.2 degrees Celsius since 1880, resulting in a climate crisis that has caused widespread impact to global ecosystems, human health and wellbeing, and national and international security. U.S. President Joe Biden has repeatedly emphasized combatting climate change as a top priority for […]
    • Best Practices for Nuclear Security of Spent Nuclear Fuel and Spent Nuclear Fuel Management
      Sep. 30, 2021, Fadime Özge Özkan CMC Visiting Research Scholar Fadime Özge Özkan currently serves as a research assistant in the Nuclear Research Division of the Energy Institute at Istanbul Technical University, where she is also pursuing her Ph.D. Ms. Özkan did her undergraduate work in nuclear engineering at Hacettepe […]
    • Science at the OPCW – There’s Always Room for More
      Apr. 28, 2021, Dr. Peter Hotchkiss Peter Hotchkiss, Senior Science Policy Officer at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), discusses current scientific themes and the role that science plays at the Organisation as part of the CMC Seminar Series’ in-depth look at chemical and biological security issues […]
    • Biodefense and the return to greatpower competition
      Apr. 13, 2021, Dr. Gerald Epstein As part of the CMC Seminar Series’ in-depth look at biological and chemical security issues affecting the U.S. and our global partners in a post- COVID-19 world, the CMC hosts Dr. Gerald Epstein, a Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Defense University (NDU) Center […]
    • Cooperative Border Security in South Asia
      Mar. 31, 2021 A densely populous region with porous borders, recurring interstate crises, three growing nuclear weapon programs, and expansive regional connectivity projects, South Asia is critical to global considerations of border security. Panelists will discuss the regional threat landscape: major threat actors; key official stakeholders for interdiction; land/maritime/air pathways […]
    • Emerging Technologies & Strategic Stability in Southern Asia
      Mar. 24, 2021 This Sandia CMC panel discussion covers the evolving crisis onset and escalation risks enabled by emerging technologies and military capabilities to assess their implications for strategic stability in the region. Technologies and capabilities under consideration include globally new developments, such as capabilities enabled by artificial intelligence, as […]
    • India in the Evolving Space Security Domain (with panel discussion)
      Mar. 11, 2021, Dr. Rajeswari Rajagopalan The first of a three-seminar series focused on strategic stability and cooperative security in South Asia. Dr. Rajagopalan, a leading Indian expert on space security, will discuss India’s evolving approach to space and its strategy to address the domain’s changing security dynamics. Ankit Panda from […]
    • IAEA Nuclear Security Programme
      Mar. 4, 2021, Mr. Kristóf Horváth Kristóf Horváth, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Nuclear Material Security Unit, previously served as the IAEA Senior Nuclear Security Officer responsible for International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) missions, regulation development, threat assessment, design basis threat, and nuclear security culture related […]
    • A Day in the Life of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards Analyst
      Feb. 25, 2021, Ms. Zoe Gastelum Zoe Gastelum is Acting Manager of the International Safeguards & Engagements Department at Sandia National Laboratories, where she leads research and development efforts on advanced data analytics and human-algorithm performance in support of international safeguards verification. Prior to joining Sandia in 2015, Zoe worked […]
    • Recruiter, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
      Feb. 17, 2021, Mr. Steve Amundsen What is it like to work at the world’s foremost intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical co-operation in the nuclear field? The Cooperative Monitoring Center (CMC) Seminar Series welcomes Steve Amundsen, recruiter for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who will discuss careers and […]
    • Leader of Strategic Planning for the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Department of Safeguards
      Feb. 9, 2021, Ms. Jenni Rissanen The CMC welcomes Jenni Rissanen, leader of strategic planning for the IAEA Department of Safeguards, the group responsible for nuclear verification activities for more than 180 Member States. Since 2007, Ms. Rissanen has been closely involved in conceptual work, including the development and implementation […]
    • Disarmament of Nuclear States: Applicability to Future Denuclearization of DPRK
      Feb. 2, 2021, Mr. Robert Kelley Mr. Robert Kelley discusses his experience as an international disarmament inspector in South Africa, Iraq, and Libya. With more than 35 years of experience in the U.S. Department of Energy nuclear weapons complex, Robert Kelley started his career in research and engineering before turning […]
    • Discussion of Current and Future Arctic Security Mission Requirements
      Jan. 21, 2021, Major General Randy "Church" Kee, USAF (ret.) General Kee currently serves as Executive Director of the Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) at the University of Alaska and as US Arctic Research Commissioner. In his current position, General Kee leads a distributed team of Arctic-focused science and technology, […]
    • Pacific Forum: Finding a Better Way
      Dec. 3, 2020, Dr David Santoro Dr. Santoro is Vice President and Director for Nuclear Policy at the Honolulu-based Pacific Forum, a foreign policy think tank. He specializes in strategic and deterrence issues as well as nonproliferation and nuclear security, focusing mostly on Asia. He is involved in many of […]
    • Interdependency of the Water-Oil-Nuclear Industries in the Persian/Arabian Gulf: Understanding Risk and Improving Prevention and Preparation of Disasters
      Nov. 4, 2020, Dr Ghena Alhanaee Dr. Alhanaee highlights her work to develop a data-driven framework to help the Persian/Arabian Gulf region better mitigate the risks of an oil spill or nuclear accident. Dr. Alhanaee received her PhD from the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the […]
    • The Middle East Scientific Institute for Security’s Activities and Approach to Regional Capacity Building in the Mideast
      Sep. 30, 2020, Al-Sharif Nasser Bin Nasser Managing Director of the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security (MESIS), Al-Sharif Nasser Bin Nasser will speak on building sustainable capacity in the Middle East. This discussion will be a general overview of MESIS activities and their approach to capacity building in the […]