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Representative Steve Russell speaks to Stanford students on the role of Congress in national security

News / May 30, 2018

On May 30, Congressional Representative Steve Russell spoke to Stanford students enrolled in Technology and Security (MS&E 193/293) about the role of Congress in national security. 

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Three takeaways from the CISAC Visit to USSTRATCOM

Blog / May 21, 2018

On May 14 and 15, 2018, many of the CISAC fellows were lucky enough to visit the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Nebraska. USSTRATCOM oversees strategic deterrence on multiple fronts, including nuclear weapons, missile defense, and, until recently, cyber-attacks. This trip was only the latest iteration of a longstanding relationship between CISAC and USSTRATCOM to foster research and debate on deterrence, assurance, and nuclear security

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Herb Lin and Max Smeets: What is absent from the U.S. Cyber Command 'vision'

Commentary / May 15, 2018

United States Cyber Command recently released a new “command vision” entitled “Achieve and Maintain Cyberspace Superiority.” The document seeks to provide: “a roadmap for USCYBERCOM to achieve and maintain superiority in cyberspace as we direct, synchronize, and coordinate cyberspace planning and operations to defend and advance national interests in collaboration with domestic and foreign partners.”

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Next generation of Russian, U.S. nuclear professionals work together at Stanford

News / May 15, 2018

How can a new generation of scholars from around the world work together to prevent the use of nuclear weapons, from nuclear terrorism to developments in North Korea? A summit hosted at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation sought answers to that question—and more.

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Stanford scholars weigh in on withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal

News / May 8, 2018

Following the announcement of the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran deal, three Stanford scholars consider what it means for American foreign policy and diplomacy.

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Stanford Professor Scott D. Sagan named Carnegie Fellow

News / April 25, 2018

Scott D. Sagan, the Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science, has been named a 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Sagan is also a senior fellow in the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford.

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FSI launches Middle East Initiative led by Colin Kahl

News / April 18, 2018

As a senior policy advisor on the Middle East at the Pentagon and the White House, Colin Kahl has witnessed struggles in the region first-hand. From working to shape the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State and the long-term partnership with Iraq to limiting Iran’s nuclear activities to helping craft the U.S. response to the Arab Spring, Kahl knows better than most how important it is to understand this rapidly changing region.

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Photos: Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies visit to the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California

News / March 20, 2018
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Meet me in Pyongyang: an interview with Siegfried Hecker

Q&A / March 12, 2018

It was an extraordinary week in North Korean nuclear affairs. First, high-level South Korean envoys met with the North’s leader Kim Jong-un, returning to Seoul with promises of an inter-Korean summit and other seemingly conciliatory statements. That news was quickly eclipsed, though, when later in the week, one of the South Korean envoys turned up in Washington with a personal invitation from Kim Jong-un to US President Donald Trump to meet him in Pyongyang.

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Statement by William J. Perry on a Potential Meeting Between President Trump and Kim Jong Un

Commentary / March 9, 2018

I was very encouraged to hear that a summit meeting is being planned for May to deal with the dangerous North Korea nuclear program. This is a major improvement over diplomacy that consisted of shouting insults at each other.

But there are two key questions about this meeting:

First: what will we talk about? That is, what does the U.S. expect to get, and what is the U.S. willing to give?

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The Friendship of Sidney Drell and Andrei Sakharov

Commentary / March 8, 2018

I want to thank the organizers for inviting me to speak at this conference. It’s a particular pleasure for me as a historian and political scientist to be a speaker at a symposium on Fundamental Physics. More seriously it is an honor for me to speak at a symposium in memory of Sid Drell, with whom I had the privilege to work for over thirty years. Sid agreed with Einstein that politics was much harder to study than physics. “The laws of physics stay the same,” he said. “The laws of politics change. And besides, you are supping with the Devil.”

Sakharov

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David Holloway: Remarks at the John Lewis Legacy Conference, 13 January 2018

Commentary / March 8, 2018

John was a founder – CISAC, APARC, and Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford, to name but a few of his creations. And we honor founders. There is a passage somewhere in Montesquieu where he explains why we do so. It goes something like this: When institutions are first founded, it is the men who make the institutions; once the institutions have been created, it is they that make the men. In other words the founder’s ideas and values, embodied in the institution, shape those who come later.

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Thomas Fingar: Remarks at the John Lewis Legacy Conference, 13 January 2018

Commentary / March 8, 2018

We've heard many characterizations and word picture descriptions of John.  My own image is that of John as the Energizer Bunny wearing a Nike tee shirt that says, “Just Do It.”  The bunny is also wearing a huge grin.  My memory of  John Lewis includes all of the scholarly and other attributes described by previous speakers, but at the core there is a wonderful human being who touched many lives in many ways.  Things that others have said today prompt me to use my time to relate a series of little vignettes that I think help capture who and what John was.

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Andrew Grotto Testifies on "Cybersecurity and California Elections"

News / March 8, 2018

On March 7, 2018, CISAC scholar and Hoover Institution Research Fellow Andrew Grotto testified before a bicameral hearing of the California Legislature on “Cybersecurity and California Elections.” Grotto emphasized the importance of upholding the public's confidence in our electoral infrastructure, and highlighted the need for California's state and county election professionals to implement cybersecurity best practices. Andy Grotto

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Armed drones changing conflict faster than anticipated, Stanford scholar finds

News / March 5, 2018

Could the mere threat of using an armed drone ever coerce an enemy to change their behavior – without attacking them?

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CISAC’s Rodney Ewing Wins 2018 Robert Cahn Award for Research, Impact

News / February 13, 2018

Rodney C. Ewing, Frank Stanton professor in nuclear security and co-director at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) was named winner of the 2018 Robert Cahn Award by the Journal of Nuclear Materials and the committee of NuMat 2018, the Nuclear Materials Conference.

The annual award recognizes a scientist with a high scientific profile in the field of nuclear materials who has both the ability to communicate science to a broad audience and demonstrated interest in breaking down barriers between different scientific disciplines.

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FSI congratulates our 2018 Rhodes and Schwarzman Scholars

News / December 18, 2017

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies is proud to congratulate Stanford’s 2018 Rhodes and Schwarzman Scholars.

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“Jihadists” and Religionist Rebels: Responding to the Evolving Profile of Armed

Q&A / December 1, 2017

On November 17, 2017, FSI and CISAC senior fellow Martha Crenshaw spoke to the United Nations about how civil wars affect terrorism. In response to her discussion, Politically Speaking published the following Q&A.

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New Trinkunas book examines the role of armed nonstate actors in local governance

News / November 28, 2017

The sovereign state is frequently held up as the legitimate source of domestic order and an important provider of public goods in any society, regardless of regime type.

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Why nuclear deterrence can work on North Korea

News / November 14, 2017

The same logic that kept a nuclear war from breaking out between the United States and former Soviet Union is the best strategy to now pursue with North Korea, several scholars said Tuesday at Stanford.

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