Stanford students working on a CISAC-UNHCR collaboration discover their classroom work for a project to improve conditions at refugee camps takes on new meaning as they meet the first refugees in the camps along Ethiopia's western border with Sudan.
Four Stanford students traveled to Ethiopia, making their way to remote refugee camps along the Sudanese border to research ways in which technology and design innovation can improve conditions for refugees and their surrounding communities. The trip evolved out of a UN-CISAC project and Stanford Law School class, "Rethinking Refugee Communities."
Siegfried Hecker, CISAC's co-director for five years, is stepping down from his leadership role to take a sabbatical and work on his book. He'll return this summer as a senior fellow at CISAC and FSI and to co-teach the popular "Technology and National Security" class.
Since its inception, the European Union has come under criticism that it has consistently shied away from taking full-fledged global political and security responsibilities despite its role as an economic powerhouse on the world stage. Francesca Giovannini, TEC and CISAC Post-Doctoral Fellow, discusses how this is now changing, with the EU clearly taking the lead in global nuclear governance and how this assumption of a global leadership role presents both opportunities and challenges within the EU.
When Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar takes the helm of FSI in July, he'll oversee the institute's 11 research centers and programs along with a variety of undergraduate and graduate education initiatives on international affairs. His leadership will be marked by a commitment to build on FSI’s interdisciplinary approach to solving some of the world’s biggest problems.
In an interview for the Stanford Report, Co-Director Tino Cuéllar discusses the complex link between border security and immigration policy, and says that bad legislation could impede the full regularization of millions of prospective immigrants.
David Relman, a Stanford microbiologist and professor of infectious diseases, has taken up the mantle as CISAC co-director alongside Stanford law professor Tino Cuéllar, both of whom intend to broaden the center’s research in biosecurity and the life sciences.
Carnegie Corporation of New York, the foundation that promotes "real and permanent good," has awarded a $1 million grant to CISAC to fund research and training on international peace and security issues.