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Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter unveils cyber strategy, calls for renewed partnership with Silicon Valley

News / April 23, 2015
Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter unveiled the Pentagon’s new cybersecurity strategy before a Stanford audience Thursday, saying the United States would defend the nation using cyber warfare and calling for a renewed partnership with Silicon Valley.
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Steven Chu: Climate change poses global security risks

News / April 16, 2015

 

A sustainable future is within reach, but it won’t prevent the world from experiencing the potentially catastrophic environmental and political consequences of climate change and environmental degradation, former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu told a Stanford audience.

Chu, who shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics and served as the energy secretary under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013, held a seminar at CISAC on Tuesday on climate change, sustainability and security.

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At Stanford, key diplomat describes changing face of NATO

Commentary / April 9, 2015

NATO is reassessing its fundamental relationship with Russia and focusing on new threats not imagined at its inception in the wake of World War II, a key U.S. diplomat told Stanford students and faculty.

Douglas Lute, America’s ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, said Washington and Moscow found a way to collaborate since the collapse of the Soviet Union. But that has changed under President Vladimir Putin, he said.

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FSI’s Hecker: Negotiators must convince Iran not to build nuclear bomb

News / April 3, 2015

Rigorous inspections, no cheating and continued talking can help generate a successful U.S.-Iranian nuclear deal, Stanford faculty experts say.

But the United States and the world community need to convince Iran it has more to lose than to gain from building a nuclear bomb, according to Siegfried Hecker, a research professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering and a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

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Udall: Privacy is fundamental American right

News / April 3, 2015
Former U.S. Mark Udall addresses a "Security Conundrum" talk about NSA surveillance programs and warns they violate the fundamental right to privacy in America.
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USSTRATCOM commander hosts CISAC for policy talks

News / April 2, 2015
U.S. Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney, the U.S. Strategic Command commander, hosted CISAC Co-Directors David Relman and Amy Zegart as well as CISAC faculty and fellows at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska on March 30-31, 2015, to promote military-to-university cooperation and innovation, and provide a better understanding of USSTRATCOM’s global missions.
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Pakistani General: Economics key to peace in South Asia

News / April 2, 2015

 

Retired Pakistani Lt. Gen. Khalid Kidwai told an audience of some 50 South Asia and nuclear experts at Stanford that India and Pakistan need a joint strategic vision to attain permanent peace and economic stability on the Subcontinent.

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Military fellows remain tied to CISAC after redeploying

News / March 31, 2015

 

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry stood before a team of soldiers preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. Their mission would be quite different from the ones he led in the South Asian country during the height of the war.

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CISAC Scholars Consider Threats by Islamic State

News / March 30, 2015
In this talk sponsored by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, three CISAC scholars discuss the Islamic State, Iran and the Taliban and the threats they impose to American security.
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Security Conundrum: A view from Congress & Courts

News / March 27, 2015
Former U.S. Senator Mark Udall – who served on the Senate's Intelligence and Armed Services committees – will be in conversation with Center for International Security and Cooperation Co-Director Amy ZegartThursday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in CEMEX Auditorium as part of Stanford's Security Conundrum lecture series.
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Signature security course goes online for global audience

News / March 16, 2015
International Security in a Changing World has been CISAC’s signature course since its inception in 1970. Thousands of Stanford students have taken the popular class, which includes a two-day simulation of an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council. Now, with support from the Vice Provost of Online Learning and the Flora Family Foundation, CISAC co-director and intelligence expert, Amy Zegart, and terrorism authority Martha Crenshaw have teamed up to bring the course online.
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The final frontier has become congested and contested

News / March 4, 2015


When we consider national security, we typically think of protecting our borders, securing data and preventing disease and conflict. Winning wars.

The U.S. military is increasingly thinking about the final frontier as the last stand for strategic defense.

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FSI’s McFaul on the death of Boris Nemtsov

Commentary / March 2, 2015

 

As the world reacts to the death of Boris Nemtsov, FSI Director Michael McFaul adds his thoughts and commentary on the slaying of the Russian opposition leader. McFaul, who served as Washington’s ambassador to Moscow, knew Nemtsov well and called him a “real patriot who believed in the possibility of Russia’s greatness.”

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Obama surprises CISAC Honors Students with in-depth talk on global issues

News / February 18, 2015
Stanford senior Sarah Kunis said she and other CISAC honors students were introducing themselves to some senior White House advisors when President Barack Obama walked in the room. “I couldn’t stop my jaw from dropping,” said Kunis.
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Obama at Stanford: Industry, government must cooperate on cybersecurity

News / February 13, 2015

Corporate leaders and government agencies must work more closely together to safeguard computer networks from cyber attacks, President Barack Obama said Friday during a speech at Stanford University.

“This has to be a shared mission,” Obama said. “Government cannot do this alone. But the private sector cannot do it alone, either.”

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Honors Student Geo Saba wins Cambridge Scholarship

News / February 12, 2015
Geo Saba, a senior majoring in political science and a CISAC Honors Student, has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
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Herb Lin: Stanford will be hub of cyber policy and security

News / February 11, 2015
Herb Lin has a long agenda crafted from big ideas. As CISAC’s inaugural senior research scholar for cyber policy and security, Lin intends to make Stanford the premier hub for academic research and public policy in an effort to protect the world’s computer networks against cyber attacks.
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President Obama to visit Stanford for White House Cyber Summit

News / February 9, 2015
Stanford will welcome President Barack Obama to the campus Friday, Feb. 13, where he will address the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection. The president will join top-level government officials, corporate CEOs and Stanford faculty members who will gather to discuss pressing issues at the all-day summit organized by the White House.
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Stuxnet: The world's first cyber weapon

News / February 3, 2015
The United States has thrust itself and the world into the era of cyber warfare, Kim Zetter, an award-winning cybersecurity journalist for WIRED magazine, told a Stanford audience. Zetter discussed her book “Countdown to Zero Day,” which details the discovery and unraveling of Stuxnet, the world’s first cyber weapon.
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Sagan honored with prestigious NAS award

News / January 23, 2015
Stanford political science professor Scott Sagan, a senior fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, has been honored with a prestigious award from the National Academy of Sciences for his pioneering work addressing the risks of nuclear weapons and the causes of nuclear proliferation.
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Stanford to host White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection

News / January 13, 2015

 

The White House announced it will host a Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford on Feb. 13, convening major stakeholders to help shape public and private sector efforts to protect consumers and companies from growing network threats.

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Eikenberry: Humanities are key to foreign policy

News / January 9, 2015
Karl Eikenberry, a William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at FSI, believes the humanities belong at the center of American foreign policy. The retired U.S. Army lieutenant general and former ambassador to Afghanistan put cultural ventures, such as the Turquoise Mountain project, at the heart of his diplomacy.
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