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.
We currently have no full-time job openings at CISAC.
CISAC is hiring an undergraduate events and administrative assistant to help with departmental tasks. Specifically related to events, the assistant would be responsible for event setup and breakdown on Mondays from 11:30AM to 2:00 PM. Other duties include research, event support, and copying/scanning. Schedule is flexible (except for the Monday event support). This is a great opportunity to be a part of a busy international security institute, and will enable the candidate to contribute to events as well as support members of the communications, student services, and administrative teams. Candidates should submit a cover letter indicating why this position at CISAC is of interest.
CISAC Undergraduate Research Assistant for Professor David Holloway
The undergraduate research assistant will work with Professor Holloway on a book project about the history of nuclear weapons. Duties will include, but are not limited to, working on a book bibliography, creating charts/graphs, and researching and analyzing source evidence in Stanford archives. Undergraduates with proficiency or fluency in Mandarin Chinese are encouraged to apply.
CISAC Undergraduate Research Assistant for Dr. Amy Zegart
The undergraduate research assistant will work with on Dr. Amy Zegart to study escalation dynamics with autonomous systems (i.e. drones). Dr. Zegart plans to examine how the proliferation of technology game changers will affect the battlefield and what they mean for future state-to-state conflict.
CISAC Undergraduate Research Assistant for Professor David Relman
The undergraduate research assistant will work with Professor Relman on issues pertaining to biosecurity, emerging infectious diseases, and the linkages between public health, the life sciences and associated technologies, and international security. Tasks will include source research, and subsequent preparation of written summaries, as well as preparation of background material for workshops. This position will provide an opportunity for exploring the interface between the life sciences and international security.
CISAC Undergraduate Research Assistant for Dr. Herb Lin
The undergraduate research assistant will assist Dr. Lin with a project aimed at understanding Chinese cybersecurity policy as it is expressed to residents of China. What are the laws of China that relate to cybersecurity (or as it is known in English translation, “information security”)? What concerns about cybersecurity does the Chinese government express to Chinese citizens? What does the Chinese government want its citizens (and commercial enterprises and government agencies) to do about cybersecurity? Tasks will include doing web-based research on Chinese web sites to identify public documents (speeches, editorials, reports) related to cybersecurity and writing summaries of these documents. When English versions are available, a comparison between Chinese and English versions will also be requested.
CISAC Undergraduate Research Assistant for Dr. Scott Sagan
The undergraduate research assistant will assist Professor Scott Sagan with an ongoing research project on Civil War officers and the lives of their mixed race children. The research assistant will be responsible for conducting research on wills and land inheritance in Washington Territory, researching changes in inheritance laws and racial politics in Washington state following the Civil War, and acquiring and analyzing correspondence.
CISAC Undergraduate Research Assistant for Dr. Matthew Connelly
The undergraduate research assistant will assist Professor Connelly with "The Declassification Engine," a project to data-mine declassified documents using natural language processing and machine learning. Research tasks include: developing innovative methodologies and research models in fields where NLP and machine-learning have never been tried before; and working with intrinsically interesting data on diplomacy, covert operations, international financial regulation, etc. The research assistant will have the opportunity to present his/her work to leading data scientists and/or co-author publications in top journals.
CISAC Undergraduate Research Assistant for Dr. Lynn Eden
The undergraduate research assistant will help Dr. Lynn Eden complete a scholarly article “No Room for Make-Believe”: U.S. Nuclear War Plans, Scenarios, and Stories during the Cold War.” The article lays the foundation for a book on how, from the 1960s-1980s, under civilian direction, military officers developed U.S. war plans to fight and “prevail” in a large-scale nuclear war. The question is: How do military officers make plans that, if implemented, would almost certainly kill well over 100 million people and destroy society as we know it in the country or countries targeted? And, at the same time, would also result in the virtually certain destruction of U.S. society? What is it like to be part of an organization with such a mission and such expected outcomes? The undergraduate research assistant will: (1) read several key articles so that he or she is well-oriented; (2) highlight key ideas in important articles and documents and put the articles and documents into Zotero—some of this is already done, but it is not completed; (3) research and analyze arguments in additional primary documents and some books; (4) track down citations; (5) prepare materials so they are user-friendly, and (6) help Dr. Eden work through conceptual issues as they arise.