Energy

Energy

This image is having trouble loading!FSI researchers examine the role of energy sources from regulatory, economic and societal angles. The Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) investigates how the production and consumption of energy affect human welfare and environmental quality. Professors assess natural gas and coal markets, as well as the smart energy grid and how to create effective climate policy in an imperfect world. This includes how state-owned enterprises – like oil companies – affect energy markets around the world. Regulatory barriers are examined for understanding obstacles to lowering carbon in energy services. Realistic cap and trade policies in California are studied, as is the creation of a giant coal market in China.

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Good Grids Make Good Neighbors: Peace and Sustainability in the Post Paris World

December 5, 2017

Abstract: Clean energy provides a number of benefits at scales from household to village to city and region.

How low-carbon technologies will improve our climate, health, and national security and stabilize the world's economies

April 20, 2017

Abstract: In 2015 nations agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals, including ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all.

Thorium reactors: silver bullet or proliferation hazard?

January 26, 2017

Abstract: Since their conception in the 1950s, thorium reactors have been promoted as a promising technology for nuclear energy generation, though they have not yet been successfully commercialized...

Oil-Gotten Gains: Petrodollars, Abscam, and Arab American Activism, 1973-1981

September 22, 2016

Abstract: In the 1970s, soaring oil prices provided huge revenues to oil producing Arab countries, which, together with private Arab companies and individuals, invested billions of dollars in the U...

Assessing freshwater vulnerability: characteristics and policy evaluation models

April 25, 2016

Abstract: Various regions of the world struggle to properly manage their freshwater resources in a sustainable manner.

Revisiting Hiroshima in Iran: Real American Attitudes about Dropping the Bomb

March 3, 2016

Abstract: Numerous polls show that U.S. public approval of Truman’s decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki has declined significantly since 1945.

Irreversible nuclear disarmament through geological disposal of plutonium

February 29, 2016

Abstract: The large U.S. and Russian stockpiles of weapons plutonium present a sustained risk to global nuclear security.

Climate Change, Sustainability and International Security

April 14, 2015

Abstract:  The industrial and agricultural revolutions have profoundly transformed the world.

Reset of U.S. Nuclear Waste Management Strategy and Policy

February 17, 2015

The United States’ strategy for the storage and disposal of highly radioactive nuclear waste is at a stalemate: spent nuclear fuel accumulates at nuclear power plants, yet there is no long-term,...

Interschool Honors Program in International Security Studies Information Session

January 20, 2015

CISAC Interschool Honors Program in International Security StudiesINFORMATION SESSION for Stanford undergraduates interested in applying for the 2015-2016 academic year   Meet program faculty,...

Why Nuclear Weapons Became Unsustainable: Modernization Theory, International Norms, and the Environmental Roots of the Nuclear Taboo, 1958-1968

February 13, 2014

ABOUT THE TOPIC: Why was nuclear war deemed unwinnable in the United States? Pace conventional wisdom, the truth was not self-evident.

China's Nuclear Energy Program - Development and Prospects

January 13, 2014

About the Topic: This presentation includes a review of significant trends in the development of nuclear energy in China, from the mid1980's until the present, and related future prospects.

The Development of U.S. Missile Defense Policy, 1961-1972

November 21, 2013

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: James Cameron, Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at CISAC for 2013-14, completed his PhD in July 2013 at the University of Cambridge. James is very interested in the...

The Impact of Asymmetry and Risk on the Path to Nuclear Arms Reductions

November 18, 2013

About the Topic: As the U.S.

A comparative look at Iran's nuclear program

October 28, 2013

Speaker bio: Siegfried S. Hecker is a professor (research) in the Department of Management Science and Engineering and a senior fellow at CISAC and FSI.

Responding to the Aftermath of Nuclear Terrorism

June 3, 2013

Despite hundreds of aboveground nuclear tests, the effects of a ground-level, low-yield nuclear detonation in a modern urban environment remain the subject of scientific debate.

A Look at South Korea’s Spent Nuclear Fuel Options

May 29, 2013

South Korea’s impressive nuclear power industry has quickly reached world class status on par with leaders like France, Japan and the United States.

Radiological Terrorism: A Risk Based Perspective

May 6, 2013

Dr. Connell will give an overview of radiological terrorism, focused on high activity radiation sources in the US and the risk they pose for malevolent use.

Peaceful Fusion? - The Use of Fusion Power and the Nuclear Order in the 21st Century

April 1, 2013

Fusion reactors have the potential to be used for military purposes.

The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Roundtable Discussion

March 14, 2013

The Islamic Republic of Iran continues to defy UN Security Council resolutions calling for an end to its uranium enrichment program.

A response to Oliver Stone's "The Bomb"

March 2, 2013

Emeritus History professor Barton J. Bernstein will present a lecture on the U.S. decision to use the atomic bomb on Japan in August 1945.

Can Nuclear Power Evolve Beyond Light Water? An Examination of the US and China

February 25, 2013

The United States commercial nuclear industry started just a few years following the conclusion of the second world war with the start of operation of the Shippingport reactor.

People

Rod Ewing Rodney C. Ewing Senior Fellow Professor of Geological Sciences
Michael May Michael M. May Senior Fellow Professor, Management Science and Engineering
Xue Litai Social Science Research Scholar
Chris Dunlap Christopher Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellow
Francois Diaz-Maurin François Diaz-Maurin Visiting Scholar
Minjia Zhong Minjia Zhong CISAC Honors Student
Leonard Weiss Leonard Weiss Visiting Scholar
Thomas Isaacs Affiliate
Warren F. Miller Affiliate
Cameron Tracy Cameron Tracy Affiliate
Lynn Eden Lynn Eden Affiliate
Robert Weiner Robert Weiner Affiliate