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International Luxembourg Forum - Steven Pifer

Commentary / August 5, 2021
Steven Pifer, an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation, answers questions on strategic stability and arms control for the International Luxembourg Forum.
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UN Climate Panel Releases Latest Report

Q&As / August 5, 2021
Stanford scholar Paul N. Edwards served as a lead author and answers questions about the report.
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya discusses the future of democracy in Belarus with a roundtable of Stanford scholars.

Belarusian Leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya Meets with Stanford Scholars for Roundtable on Democracy in Belarus

News / August 4, 2021
Democratic leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and her delegation joined an interdisciplinary panel of Stanford scholars and members of the Belarusian community to discuss the future of democracy in...
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The Future of Arms Control, With Rose Gottemoeller

Q&As / August 3, 2021
Rose Gottemoeller, former deputy secretary general of NATO and Payne distinguished lecturer at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and its Center for...
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‘It’s quite feasible to start a war’: just how dangerous are ransomware hackers?

Commentary / August 1, 2021
The Russian government has an arrangement w/cyber-mobs who are active outside Russia: if you hack a Russian system, you’re in trouble. “My guess is that Putin gets a cut,” Herb Lin says.
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Dean Winslow Leads National COVID-19 Testing and Diagnostics Working Group

News / July 28, 2021
A professor of medicine and former Air Force colonel, Winslow temporarily relocated to Washington to head an interagency group responding to this pandemic and preparing for the next one.
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Scott Sagan to Co-Lead Center for International Security and Cooperation

News / July 27, 2021
Sagan, an expert on nuclear strategy and the ethics of war, will direct the center along with FSI Senior Fellow Rodney Ewing.
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Venezuela’s Bolivarian Armed Force: Fear and Interest in the Face of Political Change

Commentary / July 22, 2021
In a new report for the Latin American Program, CISAC Interim Co-Director Harold Trinkunas explains the role of the armed forces in Venezuela’s current regime and why they have thus far resisted...
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Pandemic among the unvaccinated, CDC says

News / July 19, 2021
As the number of COVID infections increase, Dr. Dean Winslow advocates for vaccinations. "Being vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones," he tells KRON4.
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Can Biden Do Anything to Stop Ransomware Attacks?

Q&As / July 12, 2021
Christopher Painter explains why the emerging pattern of ransomware attacks needs to be addressed at a political level – both domestically and internationally – and not be treated solely as a...
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Germany’s upcoming election and the future of nuclear sharing

Commentary / July 9, 2021
Steven Pifer describes the views of the major German political parties regarding the presence of U.S. nuclear weapons and "nuclear sharing" ahead of September's federal elections, how...
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The U.S. says it can answer cyberattacks with nuclear weapons. That’s lunacy.

Commentary / July 9, 2021
Over the July 4 weekend, the Russian-based cybercriminal organization REvil claimed credit for hacking into as many as 1,500 companies. In May, another cybercriminal group, DarkSide shut down most of...
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Software as a Disservice? Security Shortcuts Are Exposing Computers to Hackers

Commentary / July 9, 2021
A problem for investors is that companies don’t have proper incentives for preventing attacks. Herb Lin, cyber policy and security scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, said companies...
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Spies Like Us: The Promise and Peril of Crowdsourced Intelligence

Commentary / June 23, 2021
In January, President Donald Trump’s supporters rampaged through the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to derail Congress’s certification of the 2020 presidential election results.
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Cyber Risk Across the U.S. Nuclear Enterprise

Commentary / June 21, 2021
As the United States embarks on an effort to modernize many elements of its nuclear enterprise, it needs to consider how dependencies on modern information technologies could lead to cyber-induced...
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Scientists battle over the ultimate origin story: Where did the coronavirus come from?

News / June 20, 2021
Stanford University microbiologist David A. Relman said the political climate last year made many scientists hesitant to express openness to the lab-leak idea. They did not want to align themselves...
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Did Biden succeed with Putin? Check back in six months

Commentary / June 17, 2021
U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a short summit yesterday in Switzerland that both sides described as substantive, efficient, and without rancor. Did the meeting...
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Biden Goes to Europe | Inside America with Ghida Fakhry

Commentary / June 16, 2021
As European leaders welcome Biden back into the club, can they count on the US to be a long-term ally? Former NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller discusses Western democracies and rising...
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Biden and Putin both place a ‘high priority’ on cybersecurity, says presidential adviser after Geneva summit

Commentary / June 16, 2021
Despite tensions in the summit lead-up, the two leaders were overly cordial in their remarks after the meeting. Rose Gottemoeller, lead US negotiator for the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New...
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Reimagining the Open Skies Treaty: cooperative aerial monitoring

Commentary / June 15, 2021
From the moment, President Biden and President Putin extended the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) in February, they created hope that although the US-Russian relationship is in dire...
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Stanford Experts Weigh In on What to Expect at the Biden-Putin Summit

News / June 14, 2021
Scholars at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies hope that President Joe Biden’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin will lay the groundwork for negotiations in the near...
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Setting the Biden-Putin summit bar low

Commentary / June 10, 2021
Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin will meet in Geneva on June 16, at a time when US-Russian relations have hit a post-Cold War nadir.
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Negotiating with Russia and the Art of the Nuclear Arms Deal

News / June 9, 2021
Rose Gottemoeller discusses “Negotiating the New START Treaty,” her new book detailing how she negotiated a 30 percent reduction in U.S.-Russia strategic nuclear warheads.
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The Art of Negotiating Non-Strategic Nuclear Weapons

Commentary / June 4, 2021
As Washington develops its negotiating approach, it should consult closely with allies, bearing in mind that the approach could have a major impact on their security perceptions.
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How the History of Biometrics Informs Its Future

News / June 3, 2021
Israel’s and the UK’s decisions regarding biometric ID reveal major differences in how countries and social movements view this technology.