Amy
Sands

Former Executive Director for Research Centers and Initiatives, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Amy retired in 2016 from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (formerly the Monterey Institute of International Studies) after working there for 20 years. Her last position at the Institute (MIIS) was as executive director for research centers and initiatives. Before assuming that position, Amy was provost of MIIS for eight years and dean of the Graduate School of International Policy Studies at MIIS for three years. Previous to this appointment, she was deputy director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies for seven years. From August 1994 to June 1996, Amy held the Senate confirmed position of assistant director of the Intelligence, Verification, and Information Management Bureau at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) in the Clinton Administration. Upon leaving the government, she received ACDA’s Distinguished Honor Award and the On-Site Inspection Agency’s Exceptional Civilian Service Medal. Before joining ACDA, she led the Proliferation Assessments Section of Z Division (Intelligence) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

I am most excited to work on projects that… will help develop a new generation of nonproliferation and disarmament advocates and strategies to create public engagement on these issues.

I am looking for partners that can help me… find ways to promote the elimination of weapons of mass destruction through better political and public discourse and efforts.

A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… when Obama Administration and key former national security leaders recognized the ethical and security need to pursue nuclear disarmament as a reachable albeit long-term goal.

Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… include public relations campaigns and communications strategies to make WMD elimination a focus of the general public rather than just the focus of a limited band of committed experts.

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