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.
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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. 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.