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Rethinking the Kargil conflict: What did Pakistan learn from a nuclear crisis?

March 8, 2018

Abstract: In November 1998, ‘mujahideen’ warriors climbed the heights above Kargil in Indian held Kashmir, crossed the Line of Control, and occupied Indian military posts.

"Our theoreticians were armed with McNamara's arguments." Reflections on Soviet military strategy in the 1960s and 1970s.

March 3, 2018

Abstract: The quotation in the title is taken from the memoirs of Boris Chertok, a leading Soviet missile designer.  In my talk I will examine significant shifts in Soviet thinking about nuclear...

Bargaining in Baghdad: Iraqi signaling between the wars (1991-2003)

December 19, 2017

Abstract: This paper explores Iraqi signaling after the 1991 Gulf War.

Regional Powers and Nuclear Force Development: Explaining India’s Nuclear Submarine Program

December 19, 2017

Abstract: This research investigates why and how regional nuclear powers come to develop specific kind of nuclear delivery systems, especially a submarine-based ballistic missile (SSBN) force.

Cyber-Enabled Information Warfare and the End of the Enlightenment

December 18, 2017

Abstract: The West has no peer competitors in conventional military power.  But its adversaries are increasingly turning to asymmetric methods for engaging in conflict.  Cyber-enabled information...

America’s Drone War: Evidence from US Counterterrorism in Pakistan

December 5, 2017

Abstract: In this talk, I present three findings from an in-depth investigation of the US Drone War in Pakistan from 2004 to 2014.

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

December 5, 2017

Please note that this event is canceled. We regret the inconvenience.Abstract: Clean energy provides a number of benefits at scales from household to village to city and region.

Machine intelligence and national security

September 19, 2017

This event is restricted to current Stanford students, faculty, staff and visiting scholars. The event is at capacity and RSVPs are now closed. Thank you for your understanding. Abstract: Machines...

A strategic utility analysis of cyber weapons

September 18, 2017

Abstract: What is the strategic value of cyber weapons?

The moderates’ dilemma: obstacles to mobilization against Islamist extremism

August 29, 2017

Abstract: Why do moderate majorities often fail to coordinate opposition to extremist minorities?

The North Korea Crisis

May 10, 2017

- This event is jointly sponsored by the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Walter H.

The Cold War: A World History

April 19, 2017

Abstract: The Cold War was about the rise and the solidification of US power. But it was also about more than that.

Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?

April 19, 2017

This event is a joint sponsorship between The Center for International Security and Cooperation and The Hoover Institution Video of Graham Allison "Destined for War" Book Event...

Conventional Conflicts with Nuclear-Armed Powers: Prospects for Escalation Control

March 22, 2017

Abstract: Under what conditions could the United States control escalation in a conventional conflict with a nuclear-armed adversary? The possibility that a dispute between the U.S.

Space debris: Solutions and Dilemmas

February 1, 2017

Abstract: Space debris are leftovers from human activities in space.

Russia’s Evolving Military Strategy

January 27, 2017

Abstract: Russia’s adaptation to the changing character of war has been an object of an ongoing discussion among security experts.

Networks and Nukes: A Multiplex Model of Nuclear Proliferation

January 26, 2017

Abstract: While impressive strides have been made in detecting physical evidence of nuclear weapons production, there is no consensus on how international relationships combine to motivate or deter...

Can changes in climate cause conflict?

January 24, 2017

Abstract: A growing body of empirical evidence indicates that changes in climate are associated with increases in human violence.  I review new and recent evidence on this topic, using data ranging...

Resolve in International Politics

November 28, 2016

Abstract: Why do some actors in international politics display remarkable persistence in wartime, while others “cut and run” at the first sign of trouble?

Alliance Credibility and Nuclear Proliferation

November 22, 2016

Abstract: In international politics, the division between allies and adversaries appears quite clear.

Valuing Peace: The Effects of Financial Market Exposure on Votes and Political Attitudes

November 3, 2016

- This talk is co-sponsored by the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED) -Abstract: Financial markets expose individuals to the broader economy.

New Weapons and Norms of War: Submarines and Poison Gas in World War I

October 18, 2016

Abstract: New defense technologies raise complex questions about states’ abilities to project force, consequences for civilian casualties, and reactions by foreign leaders and publics.

Negotiation in War

September 8, 2016

Abstract: What role do negotiations play in the midst of interstate wars?

Meet Your Army: Now, What Do You Want Us to Do?

August 30, 2016

Abstract: The Army is in a period of Transition and Transformation, where the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan are supposed to be over or winding down, in theory enabling the force to rebalance and...


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Asfandyar Mir Asfandyar Mir Predoctoral fellow
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Kerry Persen Kerry Ann Carter Persen Predoctoral Fellow
Max Smeets Max Smeets Postdoctoral Fellow
Sebastian Alarcon Sebastian T. Alarcon CISAC Honors Student