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Deadly Truck Attack on French Riviera a New Twist on an Old Terror Tactic

July 2016

Horrific assault with rental vehicle likely to inspire copycat attacks, strengthen the hand of France’s far-right political parties

A Real War Story, in Drawings

June 2016

Scott Sagan decodes the haunting drawings of a Lakota chief who defeated George Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Donald Trump’s Claims About Radical Jihadists Are Very Wrong

June 2016

CISAC senior fellow Martha Crenshaw fact checks Donald Drumpf on terrorism.

Brussels Suicide Attacks “Shocking but Not Surprising,” Say Stanford Experts

March 2016

Inner-city neighborhood with links to suspects was known as a base for terrorists to launch attacks across Europe and beyond.

William Perry Warns of Nuclear Dangers in Drell Lecture

February 2016

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J.

Anti-Poverty Program Reduces Violence in Civil Conflicts

February 2016

An anti-poverty aid program in the Philippines is not only helping the poor, but also decreasing political violence and insurgency.

U.S. Senate Report on CIA Torture Flawed on Several Fronts, CISAC Co-Director Says

December 2015

CISAC co-director Amy Zegart says the U.S.

CISAC Cybersecurity Expert Analyzes Anonymous' Hacking Attacks on ISIS

November 2015

By hacking ISIS, Anonymous could throw a wrench into the terror group's activities, and although this type of vigilante-style hacking is illegal in the United States, it's doubtful that anyone...

Perry Warns Against the Dangers of a Nuclear ISIS

November 2015

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J.

Paris Attacks Reflect ISIS Strategy Change, Stanford Experts Say

November 2015

Stanford terrorism experts say ISIS’ attacks in Paris signal that the terrorist group seeks to expand operations well beyond the borders of Iraq and Syria so it can bring about a global,...

U.S. National Security Faces Challenges from Insider Threats and Organizational Rigidity

September 2015

Insider threats and surprise attacks on American national security are increasing and rooted in organizational inflexibility.

CISAC Cybersecurity Expert Gives Senate Testimony on Encryption Risks

July 2015

It’s a technique that’s been used to calculate the odds of everything from the likelihood of a nuclear meltdown to the chances of getting sick from eating bad seafood, but CISAC senior research...

Martha Crenshaw Is First Woman to Receive ISSS Distinguished Scholar Award

June 2015

The International Studies Association is proud to announce that Martha Crenshaw, Senior Fellow at CISAC and FSI and Professor of Political Science (by courtesy) at Stanford University has been...

CISAC Celebrates Honors Students' Prize-Winning Research

June 2015

As is the tradition, CISAC's Honors Program in International Studies recently awarded three prizes to some of its students.

Crenshaw presents new book project on terrorism

May 2015

What is it about terrorism that makes it so difficult to study and counteract through U.S. government policy?

CISAC Scholars Consider Threats by Islamic State

March 2015

In this talk sponsored by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, three CISAC scholars discuss the Islamic State, Iran and the Taliban and the threats they impose to American security.

Can systems analysis counter nuclear terrorism in China?

December 2014

China is building more nuclear power plants than any other country today, with 21 plants up and running, 28 under construction and another 58 planned for development.

Hegghammer explores the motivations behind ISIS demand for Islamic state

July 2014

CISAC Consulting Professor Thomas Hegghammer writes in this Lawfare foreign policy essay that the move by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to declare itself an Islamic State with a...

Philippines military recognizes Felter for counterterrorism work

February 2014

CISAC's Joe Felter is awarded a badge of honor by the Philippines Army in recognition of his support in forming the country’s first counterterrorism unit.

Former FBI director targets cybercrimes

November 2013

Robert Mueller said terrorism is still the FBI's top priority. But the agency needs to find new ways of fighting cybercrimes, which he calls "the threat of the future."

Former FBI director to bolster security research at Stanford

November 2013

Robert Mueller, the FBI's chief for the past 12 years, will spend the current academic year as a consulting professor and the Arthur and Frank Payne Distinguished Lecturer.

Carnegie awards CISAC $1 million grant for research and training

January 2013

Carnegie Corporation of New York, the foundation that promotes "real and permanent good," has awarded a $1 million grant to CISAC to fund research and training on international peace and security...

Empirical Studies of Conflict Project launches data archive

January 2013

CISAC Senior Research Scholar Joe Felter and colleagues at Princeton and UC San Diego launch an exhaustive research and data archive for the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project.

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Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Amy Zegart Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Gail W. Lapidus Senior Fellow, Emerita Professor, Political Science, Emerita
Michael May Michael M. May Senior Fellow Professor, Management Science and Engineering
Joseph Felter Senior Research Scholar (on leave)
Kerry Persen Kerry Ann Carter Persen Predoctoral Fellow
Sarah Shirazian Sarah Shirazyan Postdoctoral Fellow
Kaileen Pritchard Kaileen Pritchard CISAC Honors Student
Kendra Ritterhern Kendra Ritterhern CISAC Honors Student
Rachel Roberts Rachel Roberts CISAC Honors Student
Christie Huchro Christina Huchro CISAC Honors Student