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The American Calculus of Military Intervention

Commentary / May 28, 2014

Military interventions have traditionally been a source of controversy in the United States. But America’s appetite for the dispatch of armed forces has been diminished greatly by factors that have primarily emerged in the 21st century. These include, most painfully, the protracted campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq that have made US political and military leaders more cautious about waging wars to end tyranny or internal disorder in foreign lands.

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The American Calculus of Military Intervention

Commentary / May 28, 2014
Debates on military intervention are complicated by a network of political, security and economic interests that must be balanced when contemplating this option. In this IISS commentary, CISAC's Karl Eikenberry talks about how four factors heavily influence the current calculus.
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Microsoft VP Scott Charney discusses privacy and security

Commentary / May 19, 2014
Scott Charney, corporate vice president for Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group, addresses a CISAC seminar about the evolving pursuit of security and privacy. You can watch the entire talk here.
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DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar: We are catalyst for innovation

News / May 14, 2014
DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar says the responsibility of the Defense Department agency is to raise issues, engage in dialogue and be a catalyst for innovation. Listen to her talk and learn more in this social media piece.
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George W. Bush shares presidential insights with Stanford students

News / May 6, 2014
In remarks that were often blunt and sometimes funny, George W. Bush spoke with Stanford students about some of the defining moments of his presidency. The conversation ranged from congressional power to his take on world leaders and the impact his policies had on curbing the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa.
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Hecker promotes nuclear cooperation in Moscow, despite Ukraine crisis

Q&As / May 1, 2014
CISAC Senior Fellow Siegfried Hecker and a delegation of American scientists traveled to Moscow last week to revitalize nuclear cooperation with Russia, despite diplomatic tensions between the United States and Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.
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FSI receives $5 million from Stanton Foundation for nuclear security professor at CISAC

News / April 30, 2014
The endowed chair, named “The Stanton Foundation Professorship in Nuclear Security,” will allow Stanford to recruit an internationally recognized scholar for an appointment at FSI and one of the university’s seven schools.
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Insiders pose highest risk to nuclear security

News / April 24, 2014

Insider threats are the most serious challenge confronting nuclear facilities in today's world, a Stanford political scientist says.

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May recognized for work on nuclear weapons and energy policy

News / April 8, 2014
CISAC's Michael May is awarded the Joseph A. Burton Forum Award by the American Physical Society for his lifetime of work educating the public about nuclear weapons and energy.
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Dr. Strangedeal Redux

Commentary / March 22, 2014

Anja Manuel and Lauryn Williams assess the impact of the India-U.S. nuclear deal, which is now in it's 8th year. They argue that it has been hugely successful for the environment and India-U.S. relations, but mixed on the issue of nonproliferation. 

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Zegart: Feinstein-CIA fracas is a blow for the intelligence agency

Q&As / March 13, 2014
CISAC Co-Director Amy Zegart calls accusations by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein that the CIA may have violated the U.S. Constitution "an extraordinary moment" for relations between Congress and the intelligence agency.
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NSA phone records yield private medical, financial and legal data

News / March 13, 2014
Two computer science graduate students, including CISAC cybersecurity fellow Jonathan Mayer, have found that the NSA's mass collection of phone records can yield much more information about people's private lives than the U.S. government claims. New research shows how "metadata" surveillance can be used to identify information about callers including medical conditions, financial and legal connections, and even whether they own a gun.
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Listen to FSI's Karl Eikenberry's take on U.S. foreign policy today

News / March 13, 2014
FSI fellow and former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry talks to WUNC North Carolina Public Radio about the current state of American foreign policy. He believes the humanities can provide an innovative approach to modern diplomacy.
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FSI Implementation Lab puts focus on international policy in practice

News / March 10, 2014
FSI's new International Policy Implementation Lab will support a project led by CISAC political scientist Scott Sagan that uses online polling to better gauge the public’s tolerance for the use of nuclear weapons under certain scenarios.
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Stanford experts weigh in on the Ukrainian crisis

News / March 4, 2014
From the November 2013 public protests in Kiev to Crimea's breakaway from Ukraine, FSI scholars have been monitoring developments throughout the region. Since stepping down last month as Washington’s ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul has returned to Stanford where he continues to analyze the unfolding crisis. Follow McFaul, Kathryn Stoner, Stephen Krasner, Norman Naimark and Gail Lapidus as the FSI senior fellows share their expertise and insights into the situation.
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Task force hopes to curb misuse of digital tools to exploit children

News / March 4, 2014
CISAC affiliate John Villasenor goes before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs to present a report by the Digital Economy Task Force on efforts to combat the misuse of digital technology to exploit children. The task force was convened by the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children and Thomson Reuters to spur a global policy debate about the issue.
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Stanford scholar discusses Putin’s search for greatness

News / March 3, 2014
In a piece for Foreign Affairs, FSI Senior Fellow Kathryn Stoner discusses Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a show of force by Russian President Vladimir Putin to re-establish the country as a superpower for a domestic and international audience. Stoner argues that there is little the West can do about the annex of Crimea without risking a third World War.
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Zegart argues grand strategy is misguided in post-9/11 world

News / March 3, 2014
Political scientist and CISAC Co-director Amy Zegart argues that the notion of an American foreign policy grand strategy in the post-9/11 world is a relic of Cold War thinking. Today's threats are much more complex and shifting than ever before.
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Q&A: FSI scholar discusses uncertainty in crisis-ridden Ukraine

News / February 27, 2014
Norman Naimark argues that the Ukrainian crisis reflects a deep desire among many people in that country for a more democratic, pro-Western government and economy. But the future is unclear.
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Security class gets extra help from technology created by Stanford grads

News / February 26, 2014
When some 140 Stanford students and faculty recently gathered to simulate an emergency session of the UN Security Council, they had some real-world data that had never been used before: satellite images of Iran’s Arak nuclear facility. They came from Skybox Imaging, a Silicon Valley start-up launched by Stanford grads working at the intersection of technology and security.
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At Stanford, IMF chief discusses promise, risk of global economy

News / February 25, 2014
Christine Lagarde says she is optimistic that the world’s economic leaders are committed to taking the steps that will guard against another large-scale financial collapse. But she’s worried that unless more sustainable jobs are created, economic disparities will increase.
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South Korea's model nuclear energy program

Commentary / February 21, 2014

CISAC Senior Fellow Siegfried Hecker and his research assistant, Peter E. Davis, write in this Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists article that South Korea's nuclear energy program has become model that countries aspiring to obtain nuclear energy should emulate.

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Hecker receives AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy

News / February 14, 2014
CISAC Senior Fellow Siegfried Hecker is awarded AAAS's annual Science Diplomacy Award for his "lifetime commitment to using the tools of science to address the challenges of nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear terrorism and his dedication to build bridges through science."
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A nuclear energy program that benefits the Iranian people

News / February 11, 2014
Siegfried Hecker and Abbas Milani argue that only a truly peaceful nuclear energy program can bring Iran the prosperity and innovation it deserves. The new Iranian leadership might be listening – their journal article was translated into Farsi and republished on an official government website, perhaps a sign of an open debate on the issue.
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Philippines military recognizes Felter for counterterrorism work

News / February 11, 2014
CISAC's Joe Felter is awarded a badge of honor by the Philippines Army in recognition of his support in forming the country’s first counterterrorism unit. The Light Reaction Battalion has been battling terrorists and rebels in the Southeast Asian nation for a decade.
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