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      How to End the War in Ukraine

      Commentary / November 21, 2019

      For more than five years, Russian forces and their proxies have waged a bloody war against Ukrainian forces in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. The conflict has claimed more than 13,000 lives, driven almost two million people from their homes, and caused immense material damage. France and Germany have together sought to broker peace but failed to produce a durable cease-fire—let alone a political settlement....

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      Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter Reflects on Government and Tech and Discusses Why Young People Should Pursue a Career in Public Service

      News / November 19, 2019

      Two former Department of Defense (DoD) officials shared the stage at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), where they discussed the decision to remove U.S. troops from northern Syria, women in the military, and the importance of public service.

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      5G and Security: There is More to Worry about than Huawei

      Commentary / November 12, 2019

      Given much of the recent coverage surrounding security and the fifth generation (5G) of cellular networks, you would be forgiven for assuming that security concerns are largely limited to China in general and Huawei in particular.

      This is not the case.

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      Congress, Nord Stream II, and Ukraine

      News / November 12, 2019

      Congress has long weighed sanctions as a tool to block the Nord Stream II gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany. Unfortunately, it has mulled the question too long, and time has run out. With some 85% of the pipeline already laid, new congressional sanctions aimed at companies participating in the pipeline’s construction will not stop it. Instead, they will become a new bone of contention between the United States and Europe.

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      Order from Chaos: Five months into Ukrainian President Zelenskiy’s term, there are reasons for optimism and caution

      News / November 8, 2019
      Editor's Note:  The observations in this article are based on the author’s conversations with Ukrainians, both inside and outside of government, and others in Kyiv during an October 31-November 2, 2019 visit.
       

      How do Ukrainians assess the performance and prospects of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, now five months in office, as he tackles the country’s two largest challenges: resolving the war with Russia and implementing economic and anti-corruption reforms? In two words: cautious optimism.

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      An Indian Nuclear Power Plant Suffered a Cyberattack. Here’s What You Need to Know.

      Commentary / November 4, 2019

      Authorities don’t seem to understand the real threat from cyber-operations.

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      Brett McGurk Recounts the Fight Against ISIS and Considers the Future Of Northern Syria

      News / November 1, 2019

      Following the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the decision by President Donald Trump to remove U.S. troops from northern Syria, there are many questions surrounding the future of the region, which is controlled in part by Al-Qaeda-affiliated extremists, former Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Brett McGurk told Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Director Michael McFaul on the World Class podcast.

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      It's Time To Get U.S. Nukes Out Of Turkey

      Commentary / October 30, 2019

      U.S.-Turkish relations have plunged to a new nadir. In the past month, a senior Republican senator has suggested suspending Turkey’s membership in the NATO alliance, while the secretary of state implied a readiness to use military force against America’s wayward ally.

      In these circumstances, U.S. nuclear weapons have no business in Turkey. It is time to bring them home.

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      Quid Pro Quos, Bureaucrats and Duty

      Commentary / October 28, 2019

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      Hal Sonnenfeldt, Hard-nosed Realism, and U.S.-Russian Arms Control

      Commentary / October 17, 2019

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      Former NATO Deputy Secretary General Named Payne Distinguished Lecturer

      News / October 16, 2019

      The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University is pleased to announce that Rose Gottemoeller has been appointed the next Frank E. and Arthur W. Payne Distinguished Lecturer. She will spend the next three years at Stanford working with FSI’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and will simultaneously be a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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      Joe Biden’s Former National Security Advisor Explains What Actually Happened Between the Former Vice President and Ukraine

      News / October 15, 2019

      When Colin Kahl came on board as Vice President Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor in 2014, the situation in Ukraine was one of a few “crisis issues” that Biden and his staff were tasked with ameliorating by former President Barack Obama, Kahl told Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) Director Michael McFaul on the World Class podcast.

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      The Whistle-Blower Really Knows How to Write

      Commentary / October 9, 2019

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      President Trump, Quid Pro Quos and U.S.-Ukraine Relations: Five Observations

      News / October 7, 2019

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      CISAC's Rod Ewing to Receive Mineralogical Society of America's Distinguished Public Service Award

      News / October 3, 2019

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      Dueling U.S. Approaches to Ukraine Pose Risk

      News / October 3, 2019

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      Former Ukrainian Ambassador Steven Pifer Breaks Down the Trump-Zelensky Phone Call

      News / October 2, 2019

      Although the first in-person meeting between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on September 25 at the United Nations General Assembly looked like a “normal first meeting,” the question of whether Trump was pushing Zelensky during a July 25 phone call to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden remains, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer told Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) Director Michael McFaul on the World Class podcast.

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      In the Deepfake Era, Counterterrorism Is Harder

      Commentary / October 1, 2019

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      Policy Roundtable: The Future of South Asia

      Commentary / October 1, 2019

      Debak Das, CISAC’s MacArthur Nuclear Security Pre-doctoral Fellow, and his roundtable contributors examine the rising tensions between Pakistan and India and look at what the future might hold for the region. “Political relations in South Asia have hit rough weather,” writes Das. “So where does the nuclear relationship between India and Pakistan stand? Where do the key threats to peace in the region come from?” 

       

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      CISAC Team Releases Satellite Imaging-Based Study of North Korean Uranium Mines

      Q&A / September 20, 2019

      North Korea currently has only one publicly known uranium mine—the Pyongsăn uranium mining and milling complex—that serves as a first step in the country’s pathway towards nuclear weapons.

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      The Death of the INF Treaty Has Given Birth to New Missile Possibilities

      Commentary / September 18, 2019

      The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty came to an end in August. The United States and Russia no longer are barred from developing and deploying land-based, intermediate-range missiles, and the Pentagon apparently aims to deploy such missiles in Europe and Asia.

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      Heading for (Another) Ukraine-Russia Gas Fight?

      Commentary / September 3, 2019

      Twice in the past 14 years, a dispute between Ukraine and Russia has led Russia to cut off natural gas flows to Ukraine and Europe. The stage is being set for another cut-off in January. The European Union wants to ensure that gas continues to flow, so EU officials will attempt at a mid-September meeting to broker an agreement. But they face a difficult slog.

      THE LOOMING CONFLICT

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      Advice for President Zelenskyy as he Prepares to Meet President Trump

      Commentary / August 29, 2019

      President Volodymyr Zelenskyy may meet President Donald Trump this weekend in Warsaw and is expected to travel to the United States later in the fall.  This gives Mr. Zelenskyy the opportunity to reinforce Kyiv’s relationship with the United States.  It also offers the opportunity to try to establish a connection to Mr. Trump, something that has proven elusive for most foreign leaders.  Here are a few suggestions for Mr. Zelenskyy on dealing with the American president.

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      Fukushima Cesium-Enriched Microparticle (CSMP) Update (Interview with Rod Ewing)

      Q&A / August 21, 2019

      An interesting paper  was recently published by a team headed by Dr. Satoshi Utsunomiya of Kyushu University on the subject of Fukushima-derived cesium-enriched microparticles (CsMPs).

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      What it Takes for U.S. Foreign Policy to Succeed in the Middle East

      Q&A / July 17, 2019

      Brett McGurk, the former Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, has had a busy summer. Between working on a new book contract, travelling to international security conferences on two continents and prepping for his upcoming class — “Presidential Decision-Making in Wartime” — which will be taught this fall at Stanford, the Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Center for International Security and Cooperation sat down with the Freeman Spogli Institute to reflect on what he’s learned about Middle Eastern politics this summer.

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