September 15, 2009 CSTP/ISI Joint Seminar with Shari Villarosa "The Obama Administration’s View of Counterterrorism"

In this informal seminar Ms. Shari Villarosa will discuss the Obama administration’s approach to counterterrorism. Shari Villarosa is a career senior State Department Foreign Service Officer who has served in her present position since September 2008. She was U.S. Chief of Mission, Rangoon, from August 2005-8. Prior to that she served as Director of Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore Affairs; Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and Charge d’Affaires of the new Embassy in Dili, East Timor among other Foreign Service assignments. She has been the Diplomat in Residence at the East-West Center in Hawaii, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in international studies and holds a law degree from William and Mary.

May 6, 2009 UNM CNNST and CSTP Joint Seminar with Dr. Chaim Braun "Nuclear Power Programs in Arabian Peninsula – Possible Proliferation Concerns?"

The UNM Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation Science and Technology and the UNM Center for Science, Technology and Policy will present a joint seminar on “Nuclear Power Programs in Arabian Peninsula – Possible Proliferation Concerns?” with Dr. Chaim Braun on Wednesday, 06 May 2009, 1:30 pm, UNM Farris Engineering Building, Room 145.

Dr. Braun will discuss the prospects for nuclear power growth in the Arabian Peninsula, focusing on the countries of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), particularly Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Yemen. The presentation will trace their increased, recent interest in nuclear power and discuss the different evolution paths of their individual nuclear programs. Dr. Braun will comment on the prospects of success or failure of the various national nuclear energy programs, on the related fuel cycle programs, and on the external technology suppliers.

Dr. Braun will also review the various pathways nuclear energy programs might pose proliferation risks in general, and particularly as related to the Arabian Peninsula countries. The long-term nature of the proliferating process from a network of nuclear power plants will be stressed, along with the importance of the existence, or avoidance, of related fuel cycle facilities. Dr. Braun will briefly discuss the importance of controlling against the emerging parallel clandestine fuel cycle facilities, constructed as secret offshoots of the commercial power program; the various regional fuel cycle cooperation proposals and their nonproliferation advantages or disadvantages; the possibility of nuclear breakout among the regional countries, especially if their nuclear power programs eventually include fuel cycle facilities; and the unique regional prospect for a joint latent weapons development program involving more than one country, and the longer-term possibility of a joint breakout from the NPT regime.

February 11, 2009 CSTP / NM Nuclear Study Group Seminar with Stephen M. Younger, "The Bomb: A New History"

In this informal seminar, Dr. Stephen Younger will provide a comprehensive look at the history, current status, and future of nuclear weapons. How did these unique weapons come about and how did policies such as Mutually Assured Destruction arise? What are the effects of nuclear weapons? Most important, do we need them in the future and, if so, how many and what types?

Dr. Younger is the president of National Security Technologies, LLC, the manager and operator of the Nevada Test Site and satellite research facilities in California, New Mexico, Nevada and Washington, D.C.

Feburary 2009 CSTP co-sponspored UNM Africana Studies Black History Month 2009

December 16, 2008 Seminar on "Foreign Policy Challenges in the Transatlantic Relationship under the New Adminstration”

The University of New Mexico Center for Science, Technology, and Policy and the International Studies Institute present a seminar on “Foreign Policy Challenges in the Transatlantic Relationship under the New Administration” with Thomas C. Eckert on Tuesday, 16 December 2008, Noon-1:00 pm, Social Sciences 2069. Dr. Eckert will address a wide range of transatlantic foreign policy issues.

Dr. Thomas C. Eckert has served as a Political Counselor at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, DC, since 2005. He previously served as Head of the Western Balkans Section at the European Bureau at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Special Adviser to EU High Representative Javier Solana in Belgrade, where he assisted with drafting the constitution of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro; Head of Press and Information of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Western European Union (WEU) in Paris; First Secretary in the Political Section of the German Delegation to NATO / WEU in Brussels; and Adviser to the Senior Management Review Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Eckert earned a doctorate and masters at Munich University and a masters from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

November 14, 2008 UNM Consortium for Collaborative Public Policy Symposium, “Exploring Collaborative Governance in New Mexico”

The symposium, co-sponsored by the CSTP, will explore how UNM can emulate and build upon constructive roles that universities nationwide are already moving to develop informed public policy. The feature keynote speaker is Roger Moe, Board Member of the Policy Consensus Initiative and former Majority Leader of the Minnesota State Senate. Also included in the symposium are panelists from university-base collaborative governance centers in Oregon and Colorado.

September 11-12, 2008 Workshop on “What Role, If Any, For Nuclear Weapons?”

The Center for Science, Technology, and Policy and the New Mexico Nuclear Study Group will host a workshop, “What Role, If Any, For Nuclear Weapons?” on September 11 & 12, 2008. This workshop will consider four questions central to nuclear weapon policy: (1) What role have nuclear weapons played in the past? (2) What role do nuclear weapons now play? (3) What role can nuclear weapons play? and (4) What role, if any, should nuclear weapons play in the future? Thomas C. Schelling, PhD Harvard Economics and 2005 Nobel Prize recipient, will present the workshop’s keynote address. Over 50 scientists, engineers, social scientists, and practitioners are expected to attend from institutions countrywide that include UNM, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Department of Defense, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

This workshop is sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories, the Institute for Advanced Studies, and the Center for Science, Technology, and Policy. For additional information, contact Andrew L. Ross, Director, Center for Science, Technology, and Policy, at aross@unm.edu or (505) 277-7391.

February 5, 2008 Lecture on “Who Owns the Moon?”

Dr. Henry R. Hertzfeld, George Washington University, will discuss “Who Owns the Moon?” on Tuesday, February 5, 2008, from noon-1:30pm at the Student Union Building, Luminaria Room.

Dr. Henry R. Hertzfeld is a Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. He is an economist and an attorney who has specialized in research and teaching on legal and economic issues of space and high technology industries. Dr. Hertzfeld is co-author of the book Space Economics and has written numerous articles and monographs on topics such as the economics of launch vehicles, privatization and commercialization of the space shuttle, property rights and sovereignty on the Moon, commercial space and spacepower, and the issues and use of economic indicators for the space industrial sector.

This event is cosponsored by the Center for Science, Technology, and Policy (CSTP); a curriculum grant (through CSTP) for “The Human Settlement of Space” taught by Professors Mohamed El-Genk (Chemical and Nuclear Engineering) and Christopher Butler (Political Science); and the UNM World Affairs Delegation. For additional information, contact Professor Christopher Butler at ckbutler@unm.edu or Andrew L. Ross, Director, Center for Science, Technology, and Policy, at aross@unm.edu or (505) 277-7391.

Fall 2007 International Lecture Series on "Safety in a Nuclear World: Fears, Hopes, and Realities"

The University of New Mexico’s Center for Science, Technology, and Policy is pleased to be a cosponsor of the Santa Fe Council on International Relations’ Fall 2007 International Lecture Series on “Safety in a Nuclear World: Fears, Hopes, and Realities.” Our first speaker, on Saturday, October 6, 2007, at 3:00 pm, will be Richard Rhodes on “Where Have All the Secrets Gone? A Layman’s Guide to Nukes.” This event will take place at The Forum, College of Santa Fe. Richard Rhodes is the author of twenty books, including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award, and Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb. He is an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and is currently working on a third volume of nuclear history, Endgame.

January 29, 2007 NATO TODAY An OPST Discussion with Lieutenant L. Price, Lieutenant Commander Tania L. Price, Royal Navy NATO Briefing Team Officer

This presentation by Lieutenant Commander Tania Price, Royal Navy, will focus on NATO’s evolving role.  Our speaker will discuss NATO’s roots and its evolution since the demise of the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact.  A variety of current themes and issues will be addressed, including NATO strategy for managing peace and dealing with crises, the introduction of the NATO Response Force, and current NATO operations in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Darfur, and the Mediterranean.  Lt Cdr Price will also address the costs and benefits of NATO enlargement, and the challenges it faces.

January 26, 2007 The November Elections, The New Congress, and Iraq: A Panel Discussion

Did the November 2006 midterm elections represent a political realignment? What are the consequences of a return to a divided government in Washington? Is the United States changing course in Iraq? Should it? How might the 2008 presidential elections shape up?

Join us for a broad-ranging incisive discussion of these and other questions about the implications of the November 2006 elections, the shift in control of Congress, and the debate on the way in Iraq.

31 October 2006 The Politics of Making Peace: A Practitioner's Account

This event, a collaborative effort with International Studies Institute and Peace Studies, features a lecture by Charles Snyder, Former Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and U.S. Negotiator for Darfur Agreement.

Over the past three decades Charles Snyder has labored both in front of the cameras and behind the scenes to find solutions to seemingly intractable conflicts.  He has served as a U.S. military attaché, the CIA National Intelligence Officer for Africa and, more recently, as the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.  He brings to his topic his unique experiences with the Executive Branch of the US Government, Congress, the UN and an array of African and European leaders.  Mr. Snyder played a pivotal role in the international campaign that brought peace to southern Sudan and he played an equally important role in efforts to end the conflict in Darfur.  Drawing on a wealth of personal experiences, he will provide an insider's view of what really happens in a peace process.

October 17, 2006 "U.S. Diplomacy for a Crowded Planet"

Brady Kiesling, former U.S. Diplomat and author of Diplomacy Lessons ( 2006) presents "U.S. Diplomacy for a Crowded Planet" Co-sponsored with International Studies Institute and Political Science Department.

September 29, 2006 "The Reliable Replacement Warhead Program and
The Future of the U. S. Nuclear Weapons Complex"

This event, a collaborative effort with Women in International Security (WIIS) and Sandia National Laboratories, will provide the opportunity for a distinguished group of speakers to assess DOE's Reliable Replacement Warhead Program.

September 18, 2006 "Game Theory, Bargaining, and War"

Prof. Christopher Butler from the Department of Political Science at UNM gave the joint Consortium-Office for Policy, Security, and Technology (cstp) seminar Monday. Prof. Butler's major research interest is in international relations. He studies in particular questions regarding conflicts, war initiations and terminations, bargaining and wars.

September 11, 2006 "September 11: Five Years Later"

Dr. Emile A. Nakhleh retired from the Central Intelligence Agency on June 30, 2006 after fifteen years of service.  He was a Senior Intelligence Service Officer and Director of the Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program in the Directorate of Intelligence at the CIA.  Before that he was Chief of the Regional Analysis Unit in the Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis where he also served as Senior Analyst and Scholar in Residence since September 1993.  Dr. Nakhleh was a founding member of the Senior Analytic Service and chaired the first SAS Council. He was awarded several senior intelligence commendation medals, including the Intelligence Commendation Medal (1997), the William Langer Award (2004), the Director’s Medal (2004), and the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal (2006).  His research has focused on political Islam in the Middle East and the rest of the Muslim world as well as on political and educational reform, regime stability, and governance in the greater Middle East.  Dr. Nakhleh holds a Ph.D. from the American University, an M.A. from Georgetown University, and a B.A. from Saint John’s University.

September 11, 2006 "What Would a Microeconomist Bring"

Prof. Kate Krause from the department of Economics at UNM will give the joint Consortium-Office for Policy, Security, and Technology (cstp) seminar this coming Monday. Prof. Krause's research interest is in the study of public finance, economic behavior in children, experiments in natural resources and economics of families.

August 28, 2006 "Sociology for Non-Sociologists"

Prof. Andrew Shrank from the Department of Sociology gave the joint Consortium-Office for Policy, Security, and Technology (cstp) seminar Monday.

August 18, 2006 "Social Science for Physicists"

The cstp and Consortium of Americas for Interdisciplinary Science at UNM collaborated to organize a very small meeting of a dozen scientists from both areas to discuss Interdisciplinary Science collaborative investigations.

March 29, 2006 " A Forum on Opportunities and Challenges for Women in Science and Engineering"

March 16-18, 2005 "Response to Bioterrorism: Review of Current Status, Capabilities, and Sustainability"

5th Annual Conference BTR: 2005 Unified Science and Technology for Reducing Biological Threats & Countering Terrorism.

April 24, 2004 Regime Change: U.S. Strategy Through the Prism of 9/11

The 9/11 terrorist attacks starkly recast the U.S. debate on “rogue states.” In this new era of vulnerability, should the United States counter the dangers of weapons proliferation and state-sponsored terrorism by toppling regimes or by promoting changes in the threatening behavior of their leaders? In his new book, Regime Change, Robert Litwak examines the contrasting precedents set with Iraq and Libya and provides incisive analysis of the pressing crises with North Korea and Iran.

April 21-22, 2004 " A Conference Series Featuring Intersections of Technology and Water Management North and Middle Rio Grande Corridor"

March 16-18, 2004 "Homeland Security: Toward Converging Partnerships"

4th Annual Conference BTR: 2004 Unified Science and Technology for Reducing Biological Threats & CounteringTerrorism.

October 24, 2003 "Atoms for Peace for the Next 50 Years U.S. and Soviet Union Perspective"

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