Jim Wurst is the Program Director of the Middle Powers Initiative program. As the former President of the United Nations Correspondents’ Association, Jim is a veteran journalist of international security issues, having been a reporter for the UN Wire, Global Security Newswire, and the Inter Press Service, as well as a contributor to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists,former Editor of Disarmament Times and Disarmament Campaigns, a newsmagazine based in The Hague. An experienced advocate, Jim also worked within the non-governmental community, including the Council on Economic Priorities, the Arias Foundation for Peace and Progress and was also Program Director of the Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy, the US affiliate of International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms.
Jim has a long-standing relationship with MPI, serving as its United Nations representative for several years after its founding, and playing a major role in several of MPI’s strategy consultations at The Carter Center.
Rhianna Tyson Kreger is a Senior Officer for the Global Security Institute. Before coming to GSI, Rhianna was the Project Manager of the Reaching Critical Will project of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, United Nations Office, where she coordinated civil society efforts at disarmament fora of the United Nations. Her writings have been published in Disarmament Forum, the quarterly publication of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), The IAEA Bulletin, the flagship publication of the International Atomic Energy Agency and others.
Previously, Rhianna was an intern with the Arms Control Association in Washington, D.C., and with the Society for International Development in Rome. Rhianna holds an MSc with distinction in Global Politics from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Gender and International Relations from Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts.
Adam Nester holds an M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and a B.S. in Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University. Adam has previously worked as a Program Officer for the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy and a researcher for the 2006 George Mason University Stakeholder Survey of the International Criminal Court. Adam has given presentations at American University and George Mason University on international justice mechanisms, victims, reconciliation and trauma healing issues in connection with his prior work.
Sarah is the Office Manager and Program Associate for Global Security Institute. She received her B.A. from Rowan University, magna cum laude. After graduation, Sarah spent four years as a physical science teacher. She came to GSI from interState Net Bank where she served as Board and Corporate Secretary as well as Assistant to the President for three years.