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The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), part of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), is a multidisciplinary community dedicated to research and training in issues of international security. The Center brings together scholars, policymakers, area specialists, business people, and other experts to focus on a wide range of security questions of current importance.

CISAC grew out of Stanford University's pioneering commitment to explore concerns about the escalating arms competition that marked the decades following World War II. With the founding of the Arms Control and Disarmament Program in 1970, Stanford University became one of the first academic institutions in the nation to commit faculty and resources to the study of the critical issues surrounding the Cold War. Today it has expanded its mission to also focus on nuclear risk reduction, biosecurity and global health, cybersecurity, terrorism and homeland security, governnance, migration and transnational flows. 


Current Openings at CISAC


Faculty Positions

There are no open faculty positions at this time.

Staff Positions

Research Assistant to Professor Scott D. Sagan

Professor Scott Sagan is seeking a tenacious research assistant with first-rate analytical capabilities and outstanding academic credentials to conduct social science research, draft reports, support teaching and lecture activities, and assist with a range of administrative needs. The candidate will research, write about and otherwise work on international security issues such as nuclear weapons policy and nonproliferation, and the ethics of war in the contemporary world. For more information and to apply, go to and search for position number 74243.  All candidates must apply online to be considered for this position.

Postdoctoral Scholars

There are no open positions for postdoctoral scholars at this time. To learn about applying for a postdoctoral fellowship, please visit


Stanford Student Positions (positions open only to Stanford students)

Undergraduate Research Assistant to Dr. David Holloway

Mentor: Dr. David Holloway, Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History, Professor of History and of Political Science, Senior Fellow, FSI
The undergraduate research assistant will work with Professor Holloway on a book project about the international history of nuclear weapons. The main responsibility will be the collection and materials, making notes on the materials, and checking footnotes.  Research in Stanford archives may be required.  Good reading knowledge of Mandarin would be a major advantage.  The URA will gain experience in research methods and in the challenges of writing a complex work of history and political science.

Language Requirement: Mandarin Chinese - Fluent in Reading 
Assistantship dates: February 2017-June 2017
Assistant hours: up to 10 hours/week
Pay Rate: $16/ per hour
Please apply for this position through Handshake.


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