CMC Seminar Series

    Past Speaker Events

    • Human Performance Considerations for Nuclear Operations and Inspections
      August 3, 2023  | CMC Visiting Research Scholar Stephanie Pavão discussed the importance of human performance analysis to nuclear operations and inspections—particularly cross-cutting issues in nuclear safety and international safeguards. Pavão is a graduate student at the University of Sao Paolo’s Energy and Nuclear Research Institute and current recipient of […]
    • Negotiating Uncertainty into the Making of the Global Nuclear Order
      May 22, 2023 | Dr. J. Luis Rodriguez, a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), discussed the politics of imprecision in security-related international treaties. Dr. Rodriguez addressed why states choose to obfuscate the definitions of the object they set out to limit through international […]
    • Advancing U.S.-India R&D and Technology Cooperation
      May 16, 2023 | Dr. Sameer Lalwani, a senior expert on South Asia at the U.S. Institute of Peace, discussed what he terms a "natural" U.S.-India partnership with regard to technology research and development. While India has expertise in critical and emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, autonomy, and biotechnology, the […]
    • The Nuclear Security Landscape and the NNSA Mission Space
      April 17, 2023 | Monte Mallin, the Deputy Director of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA’s) Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, discussed the NNSA mission space with regard to the nuclear security landscape. In his current role, Mallin helps to oversee the implementation of enterprise-wide strategic planning, governance, and […]
    • A Framework for Strategic Stability
      April 6, 2023 | Dr. Jasen Castillo, Associate Professor of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University and Co-Director of the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy, discussed a framework for strategic stability.
    • Advancing Norms of Nuclear Responsibility Amidst a Shifting Nuclear Landscape
      Nov. 17, 2022 |  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 Carnegie Endowment […]
    • China’s Global Role, Bureaucracy, and Perspectives on the United States
      Oct. 26, 2022 |  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 began during […]
    • 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 | 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 Technology Competition” report, published in November […]
    • 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 | 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 |  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 of this seminar […]
    • An Update on India’s Nuclear Security and Governance
      Oct. 20, 2021 |  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 noted regional scholars and authors, will discuss India’s current nuclear security […]
    • 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 |  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 University and received […]
    • Science at the OPCW – There’s Always Room for More
      Apr. 28, 2021 | 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 affecting the […]
    • Biodefense and the Return to Great Power Competition
      Apr. 13, 2021 | 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 for the […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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, […]
    • India in the Evolving Space Security Domain (with panel discussion)
      Mar. 11, 2021 | Dr. Rajeswari 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 the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Aaron Bateman from Johns Hopkins University, and Dr. Nancy Hayden […]
    • IAEA Nuclear Security Programme
      Mar. 4, 2021 | 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 issues, and […]
    • A Day in the Life of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards Analyst
      Feb. 25, 2021 | 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 as a […]
    • Recruiter, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
      Feb. 17, 2021 | 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 job opportunities […]
    • Leader of Strategic Planning for the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Department of Safeguards
      Feb. 9, 2021 | 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 of the […]
    • Disarmament of Nuclear States: Applicability to Future Denuclearization of DPRK
      Feb. 2, 2021 | 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 to information […]
    • Discussion of Current and Future Arctic Security Mission Requirements
      Jan. 21, 2021 | Major General Randy "Church" Kee, USAF (ret.), 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, education […]
    • Pacific Forum: Finding a Better Way
      Dec. 3, 2020 | Dr. David 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 Pacific […]
    • 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 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 University […]
    • The Middle East Scientific Institute for Security’s Activities and Approach to Regional Capacity Building in the Mideast
      Sep. 30, 2020 | 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 region. Mr. Bin […]