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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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FSI scholars on Paris terror attack

Q&As / January 8, 2015

The terrorist shootings in Paris have brought a new round of attention to issues of immigration, political polarization, religious discrimination and threats to global security. Scholars at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies are following the developments and talking about the attacks.

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Hecker: Don't forget North Korea nukes amid movie flap

News / January 7, 2015
Senior Fellow Siegfried Hecker writes that amid the flap over the Hollywood satire "The Interview," people often forget that North Korea may possess a nuclear arsenal of 12 nuclear weapons.
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Can systems analysis counter nuclear terrorism in China?

News / December 19, 2014
China is building more nuclear power plants than any other country today, with 21 plants up and running, 28 under construction and another 58 planned for development. The world’s most populous country is anxious to reduce its reliance on air-polluting fossil fuels and focus on alternative energy sources for its rapidly growing middle class.
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The Great Draft Dodge: The All-Volunteer Army

News / December 16, 2014
Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry earlier commanded the U.S.-led coalition forces there, as a three-star U.S. Army general. In this in-depth story by the National Journal, the consulting professor at FSI and a William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at CISAC, tells that writer that as he lectures college students today, he recognizes that few of them will ever serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.
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FSI's Ashton Carter nominated as secretary of defense

News / December 5, 2014
President Barack Obama nominates former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, a visiting scholar at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, as his next secretary of defense.
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At Stanford, US military commander underscores dialogue with China

News / November 24, 2014

The rise of China as a global and regional power has created areas where the interests of China and the United States overlap in competition, the senior U.S. military commander in the Pacific told a Stanford audience. But Admiral Samuel Locklear III, the commander of U.S.

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FSI's McFaul & Eikenberry bring foreign policy to campus

News / November 24, 2014
Michael McFaul, the next director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies who recently returned from his position as U.S. Ambassador to Russia, and Karl Eikenberry, the former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and the William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at CISAC, discuss the current state of foreign policy in this video.
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Afghanistan is not Iraq

Commentary / November 18, 2014
The recently manifested massive failure of America's intervention in Iraq has led outside observers to speculate that the ongoing rapid drawdown of international military forces in Afghanistan will lead to similar chaos in that country, Karl Eikenberry writes in this Foreign Policy commentary about the new Asia Foundation survey of the Afghan People.
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Cyber Initiative tackles Internet technology concerns

News / November 18, 2014

Stanford University today launched the Stanford Cyber Initiative to apply broad campus expertise to the diverse challenges and opportunities that cybersecurity, cyberspace and networked information pose to humanity.                                                      

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Gellman talks about Snowden revelations

News / November 17, 2014
The second lecture in the “Security Conundrum” series featured Barton Gellman, a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who talked about his dealings with former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
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Stanford scholars talk APEC 2014

Commentary / November 13, 2014

Asia-Pacific leaders recently met in Beijing at the annual APEC summit, and after two days of discussion, concluded with some significant pledges and remarkable moments. President Xi Jinping of China and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan held a landmark meeting, and the United States and China discussed two agreements that are both symbolic, and lay groundwork for regional progress, say Stanford scholars.

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Undermining Nuclear Security

News / November 11, 2014
CISAC's Siegfried Hecker has is working on a book about his 20-year collaboration with Russian nuclear scientists. In a New York Times commentary and NPR interview, the former head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory says there has been extraordinary cooperation between American and Russian scientists in securing loose nuclear materials and upgrading former Soviet nuclear test sites. But that is changing.
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Relman: Tilt toward virological safey

News / November 7, 2014
CISAC Co-Director David Relman speaks to NPR about U.S. virologists who are being impacted by a government moratorium on certain kinds of experiments.
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Former ambassador, political scientist McFaul to lead FSI

News / November 5, 2014

Michael McFaul, a Stanford political scientist and former U.S. ambassador to Russia, has been selected as the next director of the university’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

The announcement was made Wednesday by Stanford Provost John Etchemendy and Ann Arvin, the university’s vice provost and dean of research. McFaul will succeed Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, who was nominated in July as an associate justice of the California Supreme Court and elected Tuesday.

McFaul takes the helm of FSI in January.

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NSA director calls for partnership with Silicon Valley to combat cyber attacks

News / November 4, 2014
National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers told a Stanford University audience during a rare visit to Silicon Valley that his greatest concern today is that the nation is not yet prepared to defend against a major cyber terrorist attack.
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SCPKU holds International Diplomacy Lecture Series

News / November 3, 2014
SCPKU hosted the International Diplomacy Lecture Series this fall which focused on driving discussions to better understand U.S. and cross-cultural diplomacy between the U.S., Asia, and China. Speakers included Karl Eikenberry and Thomas Fingar from Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Terry Lautz from Syracuse University.
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Blackwater Convictions

News / October 27, 2014
In war zones, private contractors can outnumber U.S. troops. But who controls them? NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with CISAC senior research scholar and Ret. U.S. Army Col. Joseph Felter, and journalist Pratap Chatterjee about current safeguards.
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CISAC at Forefront of a Nuclear Renaissance

News / October 27, 2014
Among the technologies that transformed the 20th-century, none has cast a longer and darker shadow than the atomic bomb. Even since Sidney Drell and John Lewis founded the Center for International Security and Arms Control in 1983, scholars at CISAC have grappled with how these tools of war have altered global diplomacy and defense.
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Fingar challenges geopolitical myths about East Asia, calls for greater cooperation

News / October 17, 2014
Perception can often trump facts in politics, and the topic of security in East Asia isn’t exempt from this reality, exemplified by the dominance of China’s “rise” and Japan’s “ramped up” defense posture in current policy debates. Yet, those dynamics create a need as well as an opportunity for increased multilateral engagement, says Thomas Fingar, the Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
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Watch live stream of Intelligence Conference

News / October 16, 2014
Watch the live-streaming of the conference: "Intelligence Reform and Counterterrorism After a Decade: Are We Smarter and Safer?" FSI's Tom Fingar will be a panelist and the keynote address will be given by James Clapper, director of national intelligence.
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