The Center for International Trade and Security, in partnership with the Non-Proliferation Center of Armenia, organized a NATO Advanced Study Institute on CBRN Security Culture held June 9-13 in Yerevan, Armenia.  The event was one of a series organized by CITS under its multi-year Strategic Plan for the Promotion of CBRN Security Culture.

Over 40 experts from Europe, North Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East and the United States convened to ascertain the state of security culture in the chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) domains and to determine if a comprehensive approach to CBRN Security Culture is feasible and desirable.  A major goal of the event was to promote the CBRN security culture concept as well as to introduce assessment and enhancement methodologies which would enable countries to optimize the role of the human factor in dealing with their international obligations and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540.

In addition to NATO as the main sponsor, partner organizations for the Advanced Study Institute included the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Dow Chemical Company, and the Swedish Radiation Authority.