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Nuclear deal with Iran: Stanford scholars examine what’s at stake

News / June 10, 2015
Weeks away from a final international accord on Iran’s nuclear program, Stanford scholars are focusing on the technical, political and practical aspects of the pending deal intended to loosen sanctions while restricting Tehran’s ability to build a nuclear weapon.
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2016 Honors Students prepare for upcoming challenge

News / June 10, 2015
As the fifteenth class of CISAC Honors students prepares to receive their hard-earned honors conferrals, members of the sixteenth class are excited to embark on their honors journey.
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CISAC Celebrates Honors Students' Prize-Winning Research

News / June 4, 2015
As is the tradition, CISAC's Honors Program in International Studies recently awarded three prizes to some of its students. Taylor Grossman, Patrick Cirenza, and Teo Lamiot were awarded the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, the William J. Perry Prize, and the John Holland Slusser World Peace Prize, respectively.
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US-Asia Security Initiative to address geopolitical challenges

News / June 1, 2015

Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) is launching a U.S.-Asia Security Initiative spearheaded by a former top American diplomat to deepen dialogue on contemporary Asia-Pacific security issues and to further bridge American and Asian academics, government officials and industry leaders.

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Feinstein at Stanford: U.S. needs to track possible terrorists

News / May 29, 2015
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says that the government's mass collection of communications data is misunderstood and that the data are used selectively and only for monitoring possible terrorist suspects.
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CISAC considers implications of bioengineered yeast and ongoing biotechnology revolution

News / May 27, 2015
Bioengineering researchers have recently constructed the final steps required to engineer yeast to manufacture opiates, including morphine and other medical drugs, from glucose, drawing significant interest, and concern, from the media and academics in the science and policy fields, including at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC).
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Crenshaw presents new book project on terrorism

News / May 26, 2015
What is it about terrorism that makes it so difficult to study and counteract through U.S. government policy? That’s the central question CISAC Senior Fellow Martha Crenshaw hopes to answer in an upcoming book she is co-authoring with Gary LaFree, Director of the National Center for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).
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Feinstein at Stanford to discuss NSA, mass surveillance

News / May 26, 2015
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein will appear at Stanford on May 28 to discuss the impact of the National Security Agency's mass surveillance efforts on America's national security and individual liberty and privacy.
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29th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster marked by CISAC fellows’ work

News / May 11, 2015

It’s been 29 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, but two nuclear security experts affiliated with the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) say there are still lessons to be learned from the worst nuclear accident of the 20th century.

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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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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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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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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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