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      Spytainment: Fake spies influence perception of real intelligence

      News / November 4, 2013
      Amy Zegart, CISAC co-director and associate director of academic affairs at Hoover, talks about the impact of "spytainment" on the American psyche.
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      North Korea reactor restart sets back denuclearization

      Commentary / October 17, 2013

      Siegfried Hecker, a senior fellow at CISAC, writes in this commentary for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists that North Korea's decision to restart its 5-megawatt nuclear reactor is a big step back for denuclearization.

      "The most likely technical scenario is that the North Koreans will operate the restarted 5-megawatt reactor for two years with a full load of 8,000 fuel rods, cool this spent fuel and extract roughly 10 to 12 kilograms of plutnoium within three years," he writes.

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      Why nuclear realism is unrealistic

      Commentary / October 9, 2013

      First paragraph of the article:

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      Relman is awarded NIH innovation grant for microbial research

      News / October 3, 2013
      CISAC co-director David Relman, professor of microbiology and immunology at the Stanford School of Medicine, has been awarded a $6.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to to examine the effects of perturbations in the microbial ecology of humans.
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      Zegart joins scholars at NSA for rare briefing on spy agency's woes

      Q&A / September 26, 2013
      CISAC Co-Director Amy Zegart joins other intelligence scholars for a rare briefing with high-ranking NSA officials to discuss the spy agency's policies and plummeting public trust.
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      North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear facility appears ready for restart

      News / September 12, 2013
      CISAC's Nick Hansen and Jeffrey Lewis reveal new satellite imagery that indicates North Korea is likely restarting is nuclear reactor at Yongbyon, despite Pyongyang's commitment in 2007 to shut down the nuclear site.
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      Perry Fellows take on the policy of bioengineering, military doctrine and nuclear deterrence

      News / September 4, 2013
      The incoming William J. Perry Fellows will focus on key security topics: governance and best practices in bioengineering; nuclear deterrence policy in the 21st century; and foreign military interventions and counterinsurgency doctrine.
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      Ambassador to UN taps FSI's Weinstein as top adviser

      News / September 4, 2013
      As Ambassador Samantha Power's chief of staff, Jeremy M. Weinstein will serve as her principal policy adviser and play a central role in advancing her strategic priorities and U.S. foreign policy objectives at the U.N.
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      The borderless view of Tino Cuéllar

      News / August 30, 2013
      In a Stanford Magazine profile, FSI Director Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar talks about his background, his scholarship and why there's a point to "taking on problems that are so difficult to solve that nobody can really expect that they're likely to be completely solved—ever."
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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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