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Senate Committee Releases Report on Russian Interference in 2016 U.S. Election

News / August 18, 2020
The findings show the Trump Campaign's interactions with Russian intelligence agencies posed what they're calling a "grave" threat to U.S. counterintelligence. For more, KCBS...
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Which countries will get COVID-19 vaccine first? It could come down to money

News / August 13, 2020
CISAC Senior Fellow David Relman worries that developing countries may be left behind and hundreds of thousands of lives are on the line.
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A statement on the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Commentary / August 6, 2020
The Science and Security Board calls on all countries to reject the fantasy that nuclear weapons can provide a permanent basis for global security and to refrain from pursuing new nuclear weapons...
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Why the atomic bombing of Hiroshima would be illegal today Global Webinar

News / August 5, 2020
The Bulletin hosted a global webinar featuring Scott Sagan, Bulletin SASB member and Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science at Stanford University; Allen Weiner, director of the Stanford...
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Moment Caught On Film Becomes Historic Photo

News / August 4, 2020
Inside the Russian Federal Nuclear Center for Technical Physics, Russian scientist Vladimir Shmakov saw a familiar photo on the cover of Doomed to Cooperate, Siegfried Hecker’s 2016 book on the...
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How Might the Sleeper Agents From “The Americans” Interfere in the Election?

Commentary / August 4, 2020
As the November 2020 presidential election approaches, it is worth imagining how a foreign adversary might attempt to intervene in the domestic political process.
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Where is Russia Heading in 2020?

News / July 30, 2020
Russia seemed a country on the rise globally, with President Vladimir Putin well on his way to lengthening his time in power. But he faces serious headwinds with COVID 19, the virus’s economic impact...
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Delaying Doomsday

News / July 30, 2020
Debak Das, Scott Sagan and Rupal Mehta discuss Mehta's new book, Delaying Doomsday: The Politics of Nuclear Rerversal, with James Goldgeier, Co-Director of Bridging the Gap.
[left: image] Oriana Skylar Mastro, [right: text] Congratulations, Oriana Skylar Mastro, Recipient of the 2020 America in the World Consortium Prize for 'Best Policy Article' from Duke University, Johns Hopkins SAIS, and Texas University at Austin

Oriana Skylar Mastro Awarded America in the World Consortium Prize for Best Policy Article

News / July 27, 2020
Mastro, who begins her role as FSI Center Fellow on August 1, has won the AWC Best Policy Article on U.S. Foreign Policy and Grand Strategy award for her insights on how China leverages ambiguity to...
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Developments On The Coronavirus

News / July 27, 2020
Dr. David Relman, infectious diseases expert and microbiologist at Stanford Medicine, discusses the Oxford vaccine candidate and just how deadly COVID-19 can be.
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FSI’s Incoming Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro Discusses Chinese Ambitions, Deteriorating U.S.-China Relations

Q&A / July 23, 2020
Mastro, whose appointment as a Center Fellow at Shorenstein APARC begins on August 1, considers the worsening relations between the world’s two largest economies, analyzes Chinese maritime ambitions...
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Preparing for Infectious Diseases, Natural Disasters and Terrorist Attacks

News / July 23, 2020
The CDC called on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to develop a set of national, evidence-based guidelines for public health emergency preparedness and response. The...
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Why the atomic bombing of Hiroshima would be illegal today

Commentary / July 20, 2020
The archival record makes clear that killing large numbers of civilians was the primary purpose of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The attack would be illegal today for violating three major...
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Testing the limits of China and Brazil’s partnership

News / July 20, 2020
During the periods when it sought international autonomy, Brazil has found in China an attractive partner in criticizing the liberal international order fostered by the United States in the wake of...
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We've seen this movie before [on Ukraine]

Commentary / July 19, 2020
Volodymyr Zelensky swept to victory in Ukraine’s spring 2019 presidential election because he promised renewed reform and a real fight against corruption. Today, the reality looks quite different.
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Bringing technical expertise to policy debates

Commentary / July 17, 2020
Profile of a CISAC Fellow: Jason Reinhardt, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories
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The Science of Trinity

Commentary / July 16, 2020
Siegfried Hecker, former director of both Los Alamos National Laboratories and the Center for International Cooperation and Security, reflects on the meaning of the Trinity nuclear weapons test and...
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Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns released particulates with plutonium

Commentary / July 15, 2020
A new study reveals particles that were released from nuclear plants damaged in the devastating 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami contained small amounts of radioactive plutonium.
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Being Clear-Eyed About Citizen Science in the Age of COVID-19

Commentary / July 15, 2020
An anthropologist explores the network of citizen monitoring capabilities that developed after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011 for what they might teach all of us about such...
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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...
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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...
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Statement of Solidarity from CISAC

Commentary / June 9, 2020
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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...
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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.