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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.


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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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      Martin Hellman Urges More Ethical Behavior at Meeting of Nobel Laureates

      News / July 17, 2019

      Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering MARTIN HELLMAN recently served as the Heidelberg Lecturer at the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (#LINO19).

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      CISAC Congratulates 2019 Honors Graduates

      News / July 11, 2019

      Congratulations to CISAC honors program Class of 2019! On June 14, students in the CISAC Interschool Honors Program in International Studies graduated in a conferral of honors ceremony on the front lawn of Encina Hall.

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      FSI Scholars Among Signatories Urging Effective U.S. Policy Toward China

      Commentary / July 3, 2019

      A group of more than 100 leading American Asia specialists, former U.S. officials and military officers, and foreign policy experts has signed an open letter calling on President Trump and Congress to develop a U.S. approach to China that is focused on creating enduring coalitions with other countries in support of economic and security objectives rather than on efforts to contain China’s engagement with the world.

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      Debate Moderators Don’t Know Much About National Security

      Commentary / July 3, 2019

      Viewers of the Democratic presidential debates learned quite a bit this week—from Joe Biden’s views of school busing to Marianne Williamson’s plan to defeat President Donald Trump with love. But I’d bet the next president will be consumed by an issue not a single person mentioned: cyber threats.

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      2019 CISAC Fellows Set Off on New Paths

      News / July 1, 2019

      Where are CISAC's fellows headed this year? After a fun and challenging year together at Stanford, we wish them well as they begin new positions and explore new areas of interests. Read their updates below:

      Kristin Ven Bruusgaard will begin a tenure-track postdoctoral position at the University of Oslo, Norway.

      Hyun-Binn Cho will join the Belfer Center at Harvard University as a postdocoral fellow.

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      Observations from a Defense Study Trip to Lithuania

      Commentary / June 27, 2019

      Significant progress has been made in improving the defense situation in the Baltic states since 2014, but NATO can take some relatively modest steps to further enhance its deterrence and defense posture in the region, according to a report by Michael O’Hanlon and Christopher Skaluba, which was based on an Atlantic Council study visit to Lithuania.

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      The Future of Global Nuclear Power Through the Eyes of Young Russian and American Professionals

      News / June 24, 2019

      As we witness the increasingly detrimental effects of global climate change, the role that nuclear power could play globally to mitigate its effects continues to be debated. The series of articles featured in the Bulletin in December 2016 aired a broad spectrum of opinions, ranging in assessment of the role of nuclear power from insignificant to mandatory.

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      At Stanford, US and Russian Young Professionals Meet on Nuclear Topics in 5th Meeting

      News / June 20, 2019

      In early May, CISAC convened the fifth Young Professional Nuclear Forum (YPNF), a program sponsored by the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and the Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute (MEPhI). The program brought together a lively group of young Russians and Americans working on nuclear issues over three days.

      Since 2016, the forum has alternated between Moscow and Stanford.  

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