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Nuclear weapon test Bravo (yield 15 Mt) on Bikini Atoll

A current security imperative: the US role in the Marshall Islands

Commentary / May 25, 2022
Rose Gottemoeller, former undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, remembers the painful history of Castle Bravo—the largest and most catastrophic US nuclear weapons test conducted in the Marshall Islands during the Cold War—and urges the United States to finish the compact extension with the three island nations to contain China’s growing influence in the Pacific.
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North Korea’s Evolving Nuclear Doctrine: An Interview with Siegfried Hecker

Q&As / May 24, 2022
North Korean officials, including Kim Jong Un, have made several statements in recent months that begin to bring clarity to the country’s evolving nuclear doctrine. Within those statements, there has been a notable emphasis on the role of tactical nuclear weapons (TNWs) in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (or, North Korea’s) larger nuclear strategy and the potential for early nuclear use should conflict break out on the Korean Peninsula.
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The Russia-Ukraine War: A Setback for Arms Control

Commentary / May 23, 2022
The Russia-Ukraine war is entering its fourth month, with no end in sight.  The Kremlin seems intent on achieving a victory on the battlefield, while relations between the West and Russia plummet to new lows.  One casualty:  U.S.-Russian arms control negotiations.
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CISAC names 2022-23 fellows

News / May 23, 2022
The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is pleased to welcome the fellows who will be joining us for the 2022-23 academic year. These scholars will spend the academic year generating new knowledge across a range of topics that can help all of us build a safer world.
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The Russia-Ukraine war at three months

Commentary / May 23, 2022
Three months after Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine began, the Russians have failed to achieve their objectives. U.S. officials now expect a war of attrition, with neither side capable of a decisive military breakthrough. How the war will conclude remains unclear.
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Should the Government Regulate Social Media?

Commentary / May 18, 2022
Government regulation to prevent the spread of misinformation and disinformation is neither desirable nor feasible.
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Russians allegedly storm Ukrainian ISP, blackmail it to switch to Russian networks

Commentary / May 16, 2022
Ukraine’s state communications agency said Friday that Russian forces had invaded a Kherson-based Internet company and disconnected all equipment, threatening to confiscate it if the company did not connect to Russian networks.
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Congratulations to CISAC Honors Students inducted to Phi Beta Kappa!

News / May 13, 2022
Five CISAC Honors students were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Phi Beta Kappa selects students with high academic achievement who have also successfully taken classes showing a breadth of engagement across the humanities and arts; the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics; and the social sciences.
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Everything Counts: Building a Control Regime for Nonstrategic Nuclear Warheads in Europe

News / May 11, 2022
Before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Biden administration insisted in arms control talks with Russia that a follow-on agreement to the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) should cover all nuclear weapons and that such an agreement should focus on the nuclear warheads themselves.
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Belarus has good reason for concern over Putin’s nuclear intimidation

Commentary / May 10, 2022
In a May 5 interview with the Associated Press, Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka expressed concern that the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian War could see the use of nuclear weapons. Lukashenka called such use “unacceptable because it’s right next to us.” He has good reason for concern.
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Ukraine And The Cloud Of Genocide

Commentary / May 10, 2022
When confronted with the murderous policies of the Third Reich on the eastern front in the late summer of 1941, Winston Churchill stated: “We are in the presence of a crime without a name.”
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Russia Victory Day and War in Ukraine

Q&As / May 9, 2022
Norman Naimark discusses the war crimes committed in Ukraine and Putin's comments on the war during the Russia Victory Day parade.
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Nuclear weapon-free zones and the issue of maritime transit in Latin America

News / May 9, 2022
Why did Latin American states exclude a prohibition on maritime nuclear transit from their regional nuclear weapon-free zone (NWFZ)?
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How the west became less anxious about Russia’s nuclear threat

Q&As / May 5, 2022
Despite sabre-rattling US and allies believe deploying such weapons would be too risky for Moscow
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How Has Vladimir Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine Upended the World Nuclear Order?

Commentary / April 29, 2022
Longtime Corporation grantee Siegfried Hecker, one of the world’s foremost nuclear security and policy experts, offers his perspective on how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is as momentous for nuclear affairs as the dissolution of the Soviet Union
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Explaining Latin America's Contradictory Reactions to the War in Ukraine

Commentary / April 27, 2022
Nearly every Latin American country opposed the U.S. war in Afghanistan in 2001. Most also opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. Why is the region more divided on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine today?
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Siegfried Hecker (second from right) visits the secret Russian nuclear city of Sarov in February 1992.

Siegfried Hecker: Putin has destroyed the world nuclear order. How should the democracies respond?

Q&As / April 21, 2022
One of the world’s foremost nuclear security and policy experts, Sig Hecker has spent much of an illustrious career working to enhance cooperation among US and Russian scientists and their governments in hopes of reducing nuclear risk.
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Poll: Russia’s nuclear saber-rattling is rattling neighbors’ nerves

Commentary / April 15, 2022
While Ukrainians fight or flee Russia’s bombardment of their cities, many Europeans feel a palpable, renewed nuclear fear.
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What is Ukraine’s best security guarantee?

Commentary / April 12, 2022
Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war on Ukraine has run nearly seven weeks.
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Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks Discusses Importance of Strategic Partnerships with Stanford Faculty and Students

News / April 12, 2022
A visit from the Department of Defense’s deputy secretary gave the Gordian Knot Center a prime opportunity to showcase how its faculty and students are working to build an innovative workforce that can help solve the nation’s most pressing national security challenges.
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Russo-Ukrainian War Highlights Cyber Threats to Satellite Communications

Commentary / April 12, 2022
Russia's ongoing war in Ukraine demonstrates that hypothetical scenarios of cyberattacks paralyzing satellite communications are already taking place.
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Through the Glass Darkly: Ukraine and the Question of Genocide

Commentary / April 11, 2022
What is genocide? Did the Soviet Holodomor (man-made famine) in 1930s Ukraine fit this definition? Do the recent atrocities in Bucha? Has the Russian military conducted itself in a similar manner in prior conflicts? Is there a pattern there? Find out as Sean Patrick Hazlett meets with Stanford Professor Dr. Norman Naimark.
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Are We Dumb about Intelligence?

Q&As / April 5, 2022
Amy Zegart on the Capabilities of American Intel Gathering
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What Happens If There’s A Nuclear Attack

Q&As / April 5, 2022
Nearly 70% of Americans surveyed by the American Psychological Association said they worry the invasion of Ukraine could potentially lead to nuclear war and they fear that we could be at the beginning stages of World War III.
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Russia-Ukraine: A Negotiated Settlement will be Difficult

Commentary / March 31, 2022
All wars come to an end. One side may be conquered, the attacker may give up and withdraw, or the warring parties can negotiate a settlement.
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