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Unattainable Conditions for New START Extension?

Commentary / June 30, 2020
President Donald Trump’s chief arms control envoy last week acknowledged the possibility that the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) could be extended, but he added, “only under...

The Geopolitical Ramifications of Starlink Internet Service?

Commentary / June 30, 2020
Starlink is a space-based internet service provider that seeks to provide high-speed (40 mbps upload, 100 mbps download ), near-global coverage of the populated world by 2021—bringing this service to...

What does COVID-19 mean for Ukraine’s frontlines?

Commentary / June 17, 2020
President Volodymyr Zelensky and his government in Ukraine face two fundamental challenges: ending the conflict with Russia and implementing domestic reform. Overcoming these challenges appeared hard...

Statement of Solidarity from CISAC

Commentary / June 9, 2020

Cybersecurity Lessons From the Pandemic, or Pandemic Lessons From Cybersecurity

Commentary / June 2, 2020
Important pandemic lessons from cybersecurity would have saved the U.S. economic and medical heartbreak had those lessons been heeded earlier.

Stanford course on human extinction and cognitive biases strikes a chord with students in time of COVID-19

Commentary / June 2, 2020
CISAC senior fellows Stephen Luby, professor of medicine, and Paul N. Edwards, director of the Program in Science, Technology and Society, teach plausible scenarios that could result in human...

Need To Know: Brett McGurk on America’s strategy to defeat ISIS

Commentary / June 1, 2020
US presidents tend to set maximalist objectives without necessarily providing the resourcing or laying the necessary diplomatic foundations to achieve such goals.

Don’t Resume Nuclear Testing

Commentary / May 26, 2020

On Arms Control, Little Reason for Optimism

Commentary / May 19, 2020
Officials in Moscow and Beijing will read Mr. Billingslea’s interview and see nothing to give them reason to negotiate.

US nukes in Poland are a truly bad idea

Commentary / May 18, 2020
On May 15, the U.S. Ambassador in Warsaw, Georgette Mosbacher, suggested relocating U.S. nuclear weapons based in Germany to Poland. One hopes this was just a mistake by a political appointee...

Zelenskyy’s first year: New beginning or false dawn?

Commentary / May 18, 2020
There were high hopes for Ukraine’s prospects to develop into a successful, democratic and economically prosperous state when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Unfortunately, the country has...

Our Future Depends on Achieving Immunity to COVID-19 Together

News / May 11, 2020
On the World Class podcast with Michael McFaul, guests David Relman and Michelle Mello say progress will likely be uneven with states each pursuing varying degrees of social distancing and shelter-in...

Going Nuclear on Climate Change?

Commentary / May 11, 2020
Three inter-related reasons why nuclear power cannot address our planetary crisis: time, money, and risk.

U.S.-Russian Nuclear Arms Control Negotiations—A Short History

Commentary / May 4, 2020
An accomplished negotiator puts nuclear arms control in perspective—what it has achieved, where it has failed and what it can do for our future security.

Keeping Peace in the Nuclear Age

Commentary / April 29, 2020
Why Washington and Moscow Must Extend the New START Treaty

Putin’s Not-so-Excellent Spring

Commentary / April 21, 2020

Trump's fake news on arms control?

Commentary / April 14, 2020

Embrace experimentation in biosecurity governance

Commentary / April 10, 2020

As biological research and its applications rapidly evolve, new attempts at the governance of biology are emerging, challenging traditional assumptions about how science works and who is responsible for governing. However, these governance approaches often are not evaluated, analyzed, or compared. This hinders the building of a cumulative base of experience and opportunities for learning. Consider “biosecurity governance,” a term with no internationally agreed definition, here defined as the processes that influence behavior to prevent or deter misuse of biological science and technology.

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Aftershocks: The Coronavirus Pandemic and the New World Disorder

Commentary / April 10, 2020
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a global public health disaster of almost biblical proportions. It is a once-in-a-century occurrence that threatens to destroy countless lives, ruin economies, and...

Opinion: The Coronavirus Crisis Presents An Opportunity To End War In Ukraine

Commentary / April 6, 2020

In the midst of the damage to public health and the global economy, the COVID-19 crisis could present an unexpected opportunity both to resolve the only hot war in Europe and to address Russian President Vladimir Putin's assault on international norms of behavior.

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March: A Roller Coaster Month for Ukraine

Commentary / April 3, 2020

Ukrainians rode a wild roller coaster in March.  President Volodymyr Zelensky began the month by firing the prime minister and reshuffling the cabinet, prompting concern that oligarchs were reasserting their influence.  COVID-19 and its dire economic implications, however, refocused attention.  At the end of the month, the Rada (Ukraine’s parliament) passed on first reading legislation key to securing low-interest credits from the International Monetary Fund.


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NATO in the Fight with COVID-19

Blog / April 1, 2020

NATO Foreign Ministers are meeting this week at a time when global institutions are struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic. Some institutions are even fighting for their lives, uncertain whether their missions and functions can emerge intact from this crisis. NATO does not have that problem—its focus as a military alliance is squarely on deterrence and defense against external threats, whether they flow from terrorists or state actors.  Its job is to defend its member states, and it will stay ready to do so. 

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Doctrinal Confusion and Cultural Dysfunction in the Pentagon Over Information and Cyber Operations

Commentary / March 27, 2020

In a Lawfare post earlier this year, I questioned the wisdom of referring to cyber operations as psychological operations. These campaigns are the bread and butter of U.S. Cyber Command’s operational activities.

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