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FSI scholars approach their research on the environment from regulatory, economic and societal angles. The Center on Food Security and the Environment weighs the connection between climate change and agriculture; the impact of biofuel expansion on land and food supply; how to increase crop yields without expanding agricultural lands; and the trends in aquaculture. FSE’s research spans the globe – from the potential of smallholder irrigation to reduce hunger and improve development in sub-Saharan Africa to the devastation of drought on Iowa farms. David Lobell, a senior fellow at FSI and a recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant, has looked at the impacts of increasing wheat and corn crops in Africa, South Asia, Mexico and the United States; and has studied the effects of extreme heat on the world’s staple crops.

Recent Scholarly Publications

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Long-Term Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel

February 2015

In a commentary on the long-term storage of SNF in the March 2015 issue of Nature Materials, Professor Rod Ewing writes that, "to design reliable and safe geological repositories it is critical to...

Influence of temperature and precipitation variability on near-term snow trends

October 2014

Snow is a vital resource for a host of natural and human systems.

Geophysical limits to global wind power

September 2012

Abstract There is enough power in Earth’s winds to be a primary source of near-zero-emission electric power as the global economy continues to grow through the twenty-first century.

Organizational legacies of violence Conditions favoring insurgency onset in Colombia, 1964–1984

May 2012

Abstract Why do insurgencies erupt in some places and not in others?

Nuclear Fuel in a Reactor Accident

March 2012

Abstract Nuclear accidents that lead to melting of a reactor core create heterogeneous materials containing hundreds of radionuclides, many with short half-lives.

Global Implications of China's Challenges – Part I

January 2012

For the past two decades China has been a poster child of successful globalization, integrating with the world and in the process lifting millions of citizens out of poverty.

Nuclear non-proliferation

November 2011

Textbook Synopsis From Cambridge University Press online: How will we meet rising energy demands? What are our options? Are there viable long-term solutions for the future?

Eyes on Spies: Congress and the United States Intelligence Community

September 2011

Description from Hoover Institution Press: Ten years after 9/11, the least reformed part of America's intelligence system is not the CIA or FBI but the US Congress.

Indian Reactions to the US Nuclear Posture Review

March 2011

By deemphasizing the role of nuclear weapons in US security policy, the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) could lead India to slow or halt the growth of its nuclear weapons capabilities and to...

Russia and the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review

March 2011

Abstract The 2010 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) conducted by the United States has become an important element of the US-Russian relationship, for the policies set during the review process directly...

Organizations and Global Warming

December 2010

Introduction This essay examines the two biggest environmental polluters, the oil and coal industries, and the possibilities of renewable energy that could replace them.

The Growth of Nuclear Power: Drivers & Constraints

October 2009

Many countries around the world are taking a fresh look at nuclear power.

Power and Responsibility: Building International Order in an Era of Transnational Threats

March 2009

The post-World War II fabric of global security, designed and maintained by the United States, has dangerously frayed.

Reform, Don't Merge, the Homeland Security Council

January 2009

A growing number of scholars argue that the new administration should overturn a key decision by President George W.

Ten Years of Instability in a Nuclear South Asia

October 2008

The tenth anniversary of India’s and Pakistan’s 1998 nuclear tests enables scholars to revisit the issue of South Asian proliferation with a decade of hindsight.

Nuclear Terrorism: Prospects in Asia

August 2008

The Long Shadow is the first comprehensive, systematic examination of the roles and implications of nuclear weapons in the dramatically different post–Cold War security environment.

Nuclear Proliferation in South Asia: Crisis Behavior and the Bomb

August 2008

This edited volume explores competing perspectives on the impact of nuclear weapons proliferation on the South Asian security environment.

Making Nuclear Energy Work

March 2008

The search for solutions to two growing crises--human induced climate change and the loss of cheap oil--places nuclear energy front and center.

Security Issues Related to Pakistan's Future Nuclear Power Program

January 2008

This chapter deals with the prospects for the expansion of the current Pakistani nuclear power program, and the dangers to national safety and security such expansion entails due to rapid expansion...

Reforming Intelligence: Obstacles to Democratic Control and Effectiveness

December 2007

These days, it's rare to pick up a newspaper and not see a story related to intelligence.

How Globalization Went Bad

January 2007

The article asserts that globalization has made the world a more dangerous and less orderly place.

Nuclear Renaissance in the Age of Global Warming

December 2006

With oil prices and global temperatures rising, the nuclear option has once again entered discussions about the future of the world's energy supply.

Inside Rebellion: The Politics of Insurgent Violence

October 2006

Some rebel groups abuse noncombatant populations, while others exhibit restraint.

Primary Commodity Exports and Civil War

December 2005

Paul Collier and Anke Hoeffler at Oxford University have reported that countries with a higher percentage of national income from primary commodity exports have been more prone to civil war, an...

People

Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Barbara van Schewick Associate Professor, Law
Paul Edwards Paul N. Edwards William J. Perry Fellow
François Diaz-Maurin Visiting Scholar
Jack Blaisdell CISAC Honors Student
Robert Weiner Robert Weiner Affiliate
Philip Taubman Adjunct Professor
Charles Perrow Visiting Scholar (in residence December-April)
Paul Jackson Paul J. Jackson Affiliate
Paul Kapur Affiliate
David Clark David L. Clark Affiliate