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Security Matters offers access to teachings from leading Stanford professors, former government officials and other scholars from around the world.

Security Matters Online Lecture Series

This lecture series surveys the most pressing security issues facing the world today. Topics include cybersecurity, nuclear proliferation, insurgency and intervention, terrorism, biosecurity, lessons learned from the Cold War and Cuban Missile Crisis – as well as the future of U.S. leadership in the world.

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International Security in a Changing World

The series follows the theme of International Security in a Changing World, CISAC's signature course for over 40 years. CISAC co-director and intelligence expert Amy Zegart and CISAC Senior Fellow and terrorism expert Martha Crenshaw teamed up to bring the course online with support from the Vice Provost of Online Learning and the Flora Family Foundation.

In a series of short clips, the series surveys the most pressing security issues facing the world today. The videos are packaged as playlists organized along five themes: 

  • Into the Future: Emerging Insecurities
  • Insurgency, Asymmetrical Conflict, and Military Intervention
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • The Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
  • International Security and State Power

Topics include cybersecurity, nuclear proliferation, insurgency and intervention, terrorism, biosecurity, lessons learned from the Cold War and Cuban Missile Crisis – as well as the future of U.S. leadership in the world.

Now, anyone can join the class and experience what it’s like to attend Stanford lectures by some of the most knowledgeable experts in the field of global security. This series of 30 classroom and office lectures is broken down into 157 shorter clips – at no cost and for curious minds of all ages and professions.

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Into the Future: Emerging Insecurities

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Insurgency, Asymmetrical Conflict, and Military Intervention

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Terrorism and Counterterrorism

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The Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

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International Security and State Power