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Buried nuclear waste risky, say Stanford experts

News / January 14, 2016
Radioactive material from the laboratories that design America's nuclear weapons will have to be buried and kept away from humans for at least 10,000 years. But three Stanford experts say the safety analysis of this project needs to be revised to reflect new strategies that aim to substantially increase the amounts of plutonium to be disposed of.
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U.S. Military Needs More “Cyber Warriors”

News / January 12, 2016
The U.S. military needs to train and recruit more “cyber warriors,” and improve its offensive and defensive capabilities in cyberspace, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said during a visit to Stanford University last week.
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The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century

Q&As / December 18, 2015
This book is a counter to the conventional wisdom that the United States can and should do more to reduce both the role of nuclear weapons in its security strategies and the number of nuclear weapons in its arsenal. That conventional wisdom, argues Brad Roberts in The Case for Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century, has not been informed by the experience of the United States since the Cold War in trying to adapt deterrence to a changed world or of the Obama administration to create the conditions that would allow further significant changes to U.S. nuclear policy and posture. A CISAC affiliate, Roberts served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy during the first Obama administration. He wrote the book, which draws heavily on his experience in government, during his time as a consulting professor and William J. Perry fellow at CISAC in 2014.
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U.S. Needs a New Approach for Governance of Risky Research

News / December 17, 2015
The United States needs better oversight of risky biological research to reduce the likelihood of a bioengineered super virus escaping from the lab or being deliberately unleashed, according three Stanford scholars.
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Stanford military fellow John Chu promoted to colonel in US Army

News / December 15, 2015

Senior Military Fellow John Chu was promoted to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army at Stanford last Friday, a position selectively afforded for distinguished service and leadership. Colleagues and Stanford affiliates attended the afternoon ceremony marking the occasion.

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U.S. Senate Report on CIA Torture Flawed on Several Fronts, CISAC Co-Director Says

News / December 8, 2015
CISAC co-director Amy Zegart says the U.S. Senate's 2014 summary report on alleged CIA torture and interrogation during the "war on terror" contains errors and weaknesses that only served to weaken its ultimate influence.
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FSI scholars offer insight on historic China-Taiwan talks

Q&As / December 3, 2015

In the wake of the recent historic meeting of the leaders of China and Taiwan, the Stanford News Service asked two of the university's Asia experts about the aftermath of that meeting and its possible effects on political relations between the two countries, the military situation and Taiwan's Jan. 16 presidential and parliamentary elections.

The first presidential meeting between the leaders of the communist mainland and the democratic island, split by civil war in 1949, was held in early November on neutral territory in Singapore.

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CISAC Cybersecurity Expert Analyzes Anonymous' Hacking Attacks on ISIS

News / November 20, 2015
By hacking ISIS, Anonymous could throw a wrench into the terror group's activities, and although this type of vigilante-style hacking is illegal in the United States, it's doubtful that anyone would be punished.
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Perry Warns Against the Dangers of a Nuclear ISIS

News / November 19, 2015
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry said he was concerned that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) could buy, steal or build a nuclear weapon capable of killing a hundred thousand or more people in a single strike.
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Lynn Eden Leaves CISAC with a Legacy of Mentoring Young Scholars

News / November 19, 2015
Lynn Eden has announced her retirement after a quarter of a century as an academic and administrator at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.
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Paris Attacks Reflect ISIS Strategy Change, Stanford Experts Say

News / November 18, 2015
Stanford terrorism experts say ISIS’ attacks in Paris signal that the terrorist group seeks to expand operations well beyond the borders of Iraq and Syria so it can bring about a global, apocalyptic war with the West.
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Is There a Sunni Solution to ISIS?

Commentary / November 3, 2015

David Ignatius is right to recognize the importance of historical legacy to the rise of ISIS.

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McFaul Explains the Myth of Putin's Strategic Genius

Commentary / October 23, 2015

In an opinion piece published on October 23, 2015 in the New York Time, FSI director and senior fellow Michael McFaul shares his latest comentary on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Read Professor McFaul's Op Ed in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/23/opinion/the-myth-of-putins-strategic-g....

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Senator McCain Gives CISAC Students a Master Class in Foreign Policy

News / October 15, 2015
U.S. Senator John McCain told a select group of Stanford undergraduate students that technological innovation had created both unparalleled opportunities for the United States as well as new national security risks, during a visit to Silicon Valley.
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