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Former fellow wins award for best dissertation in international relations, law, and politics

News / August 27, 2013
Former CISAC Fellow Aila Matanock was awarded the Helen Dwight Reid Award for her dissertation, titled "International Insurance: Why Militant Groups and Governments Compete with Ballots Instead of Bullets." The award is given by the American Political Science Association for the best dissertation international relations, law, and politics.
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Eikenberry: Counterinsurgency fails in Afghanistan

News / August 20, 2013
The counterinsurgency plan in Afghanistan hinged on the assumption that the U.S. military could protect the population, that foreign aid could make the Afghan government more accountable, and that the Karzai administration shared U.S. goals. In an article published by Foreign Affairs, Karl Eikenberry – the William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at CISAC – explains why all three assumptions were "spectacularly incorrect."
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One of the greatest nuclear nonproliferation stories never told

Q&A / August 19, 2013
CISAC's Siegfried Hecker has spent nearly two decades working with Russian and Kazakh scientists and engineers to secure the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site where fissile material was vulnerable to a rogue state or potential terrorists looking to build a bomb.
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A story of hope: CISAC and UN visit refugee camps in Rwanda

News / August 14, 2013
In May 2013, CISAC traveled with UNHCR to refugee camps in Rwanda as part of the Stanford-UNHCR Project on Rethinking Refugee Communities. Learn more about their trip through this online journal.
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Hiroshima Pledge: From Ground Zero to Global Zero

News / August 8, 2013
A survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, 68 years ago, recalls the horror of that day before a Stanford delegation led by Scott Sagan, who is helping the city reinvent itself as a beacon for Global Zero - the movement for a world without nuclear weapons.
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Hecker: India's first-class nuclear program can still learn from Fukushima

News / July 30, 2013
CISAC's Sig Hecker talks to one of India's top newspapers about why he admires that country's nuclear energy program. India's world-class nuclear researchers can still learn many lessons from the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
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CISAC and Stanford students work with UN to rethink refugee communities

News / July 11, 2013
In a trip facilitated by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Rescue Committee, a group of Stanford students recently visited UNHCR refugee camps and surrounding communities in Ethiopia. The students came away with a better understanding of the complex issues facing refugees as well as new ideas for possible solutions.
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Women’s equality in China focus of research by CISAC honors student

News / July 11, 2013
CISAC 2013 Honors Student Flora Wang heads to China on a Fulbright scholarship to study gender equality and reforms to China's outdated Marriage Law. She will be mentored by the dean of the law school in the fabled central city of Xi'an.
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Poorly Governed Resource-Dependent States: Policy Options for the New Administration

Commentary / July 10, 2013

Many resource dependent states have to varying degrees, failed to provide for the welfare of their own populations, could threaten global energy markets, and could pose security risks for the United States and other countries.  Many are in Africa, but also Central Asia (Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan), Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Burma, East Timor), and South America (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador) Some have only recently become – or are about to become – significant resource exporters.  Many have histories of conflict and poor governance.  The recent boom and decline in commodity prices –

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Violent Corruption and Violent Lobbying: Logics of Cartel-State Conflict in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia

Commentary / July 9, 2013

Why have militarized crackdowns on drug cartels had wildly divergent outcomes, sometimes exacerbating cartel-state conflict, as in Mexico and, for decades, in Brazil, but sometimes reducing violence, as with Rio de Janeiro's new 'Pacification' (UPP) strategy?  CDDRL-CISAC Post Doctoral Fellow Benjamin Lessing will distinguish key logics of violence, focusing on violent corruption--cartels' use of coercive force in the negotiation of bribes.

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War film highlights military action of one CISAC fellow

News / July 8, 2013
"The Hornet's Nest," a new documentary about a particularly deadly battle in Afghanistan, gives us a rare look at the front-line work of CISAC military fellow, U.S. Army Col. J.B. Vowell, and the father-and-son team embedded with his battalion.
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Rod Ewing named Frank Stanton Professor in Nuclear Security

News / June 28, 2013
The mineralogist and materials scientist is an expert on nuclear waste management and policy and is the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. He becomes the inaugural chair established with a $5 million gift from the Stanton Foundation.
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Stanford's Drew Endy honored as White House Champion of Change

News / June 19, 2013
CISAC's Drew Endy has been honored at the White House as a "Champion of Change." The award is given to experts and researchers who promote the use of open scientific data and publications for the benefit of humanity. Endy was recognized for his trailblazing work as an advocate of public domain biotechnology.
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CISAC Honors students: The next generation of global thinkers

News / June 18, 2013

Join the 2013 Honors Program students on graduation day and learn more about the students and where they're headed in this interactive social media story.

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Stanton bestows $5 million gift on CISAC for professor in nuclear studies

News / May 20, 2013
The Stanton Foundation has given CISAC a $5 million gift to establish an endowed professorship in nuclear security and reinforce our mission to build a safer world.
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Earth scientist and nuclear waste expert Rod Ewing joins Stanford

News / May 20, 2013
Rod Ewing, a mineralogist and materials scientist who is an expert on nuclear waste management, will join Stanford University to focus on sustainable energy, security and environmental research at the intersection of physical science and public policy.
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Firewood becomes central to student research in Ethiopia

News / May 17, 2013
A Stanford student working on a project to bring together refugees and their host communities learns that firewood is often at the heart of rifts between the Ethiopians and the thousands of Sudanese seeking refuge in their back yards.
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Tracking North Korean nuclear sites with cloud computing

News / May 3, 2013
Analysts at CISAC, together with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, are playing a leading role in deriving new and timely information of global security relevance from a variety of open-source geospatial tools.
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Stanford scholars: Lessons learned from the Afghanistan War

News / May 1, 2013
With the Taliban now open to peace talks, a political end to the war in Afghanistan appears in sight. A number of Stanford scholars have been closely involved with the war - as diplomats, soldiers, analysts and educators. In this video they discuss lessons learned from America's second-longest war and talk about what's next for Afghanistan.
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CISAC Administrative Manager Homidi’s long road to Stanford

News / April 29, 2013
Ahmad Homidi's unassuming manner belies the turmoil he lived through as a child. He and his family fled the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, forcing his parents to start from scratch as refugees in the United States. His story is a study in fresh starts.
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Political Scientists and Historians in Search of the Bomb

Commentary / April 15, 2013

Stanford's Scott Sagan and Columbia's Kenneth Waltz respond to a critique of nuclear proliferation theories presented in their book The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: An Enduring Debate. This paper demonstrates the enduring, and lively, debate about nuclear theory and policymaking. 

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Sagan honored by ISA as Distinguished Security Scholar

News / April 12, 2013
Colleagues and former students join the International Studies Association to praise Scott Sagan as he wins the annual Distinguished Scholar in International Security Studies award.
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