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Overcoming Foreign Influence in Social Media

Q&As / March 1, 2022
American adversaries such as Russia and China are using cyber-enabled deception operations to spread divisive messages.
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The Kremlin Paints Itself into a Corner

Commentary / February 14, 2022
As the crisis between Russia and NATO and Ukraine has developed over the past three months, the Kremlin increasingly has painted itself into a corner.
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History offers a cautionary tale for biometric covid tracking systems

Commentary / February 3, 2022
Biometrics have great appeal to those concerned with public health — but they can also be used for far darker purposes.
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Can reactor fuel debris be safely removed from Fukushima Daiichi?

News / February 2, 2022
More than a decade after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) disaster, an international team of researchers uncovered critical new information related to the retrieval and management of fuel debris, the solidified mixture of melted nuclear fuel and other materials that lie at the base of the damaged reactors.
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Inside the secret world of U.S. intelligence with Stanford scholar Amy Zegart

News / February 1, 2022
In her new book, Stanford scholar Amy Zegart examines the evolution of the U.S. intelligence community and how technology is changing how it operates.
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Nine named AAAS Fellows from Stanford and SLAC

News / January 26, 2022
Paul Edwards and eight other faculty from Stanford and SLAC are among the 564 new Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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The U.S. is giving Ukraine weapons and political support, but not troops

Q&As / January 20, 2022
The U.S. and its partners have sent weapons to Ukraine. They've provided political and moral support. But if Russia invades, Ukraine's army looks to be largely on its own against a stronger force.
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The Biden Nuclear Posture Review: Defense, Offense, and Avoiding Arms Races

Commentary / January 19, 2022
President Joe Biden’s administration is conducting a missile defense review in parallel with its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). Those reviews will determine whether to adjust the nuclear and missile defense programs that the administration inherited from its predecessor.
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Meet the Nuclear Sleuths Shaking Up U.S. Spycraft

Commentary / January 19, 2022
Armed with Internet connections rather than security clearances, scholars, hobbyists and conspiracy peddlers are forcing intelligence agencies to rethink how they do business.
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Analysis: N.Korea’s 'hypersonic missile' tests raise military stakes in Asia

Commentary / January 14, 2022
"These sorts of offense-defence races have been taking place globally for many decades now, and what we consistently see is that offence has the advantage," said Cameron Tracy, a researcher at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation.
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After U.S.-Russia, NATO-Russia and OSCE Meetings, What Next?

Commentary / January 13, 2022
During the last two months of 2021, Russia created a crisis by deploying large military forces near Ukraine and demanding security guarantees from the United States and NATO.
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Key nuclear treaty review plagued by COVID delays as distrust grows

Commentary / January 10, 2022
Today’s security environment calls for a renewed commitment to nonproliferation. No country alone can reverse adverse developments in Iran and dissuade others from seeking nuclear arsenals. Effective nonproliferation efforts must be global. But distrust among NPT members may prevent the necessary coordination.
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How Fake Spies Ruin Real Intelligence

Commentary / January 9, 2022
Spy-themed entertainment is standing in for adult education on the subject, and although the idea might seem far-fetched, fictional spies are actually shaping public opinion and real intelligence policy.
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Kremlin’s unwillingness to recognize Ukraine as a sovereign state has resulted in major strategic failure for Russia, Stanford scholar says

Q&As / January 6, 2022
As Russia increases its military presence along the Ukrainian border, Stanford scholar Steven Pifer discusses what Russia hopes to achieve and why its policies toward Ukraine are backfiring.
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Herbert Lin On Cyber Threats And Nuclear Weapons

Q&As / January 5, 2022
In this Q&A, Lin discusses his recently released book Cyber Threats and Nuclear Weapons. He explains that until this publication, the literature about cyber technology’s impact on the nuclear enterprise has been relatively sparse.
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Europe's Defense against Russia is, and should Remain, NATO's Core Mission

Commentary / December 28, 2021
In 1991, some 50 years after NATO’s establishment for the defense of Western Europe against a Soviet military threat, the Warsaw Pact disbanded and the Soviet Union collapsed.
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Russia’s draft agreements with NATO and the United States: Intended for rejection?

Commentary / December 21, 2021
Russia maintains the world’s largest nuclear arsenal and the most powerful conventional military forces in Europe. Russian military units currently are deployed — uninvited and unwanted — in Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova.
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Does the Kremlin Understand Ukraine? Apparently Not

Commentary / December 21, 2021
The abject failure of Russian policy toward Ukraine over the past seven years suggests Vladimir Putin has a flawed understanding of the country.
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Will Russia launch a full military invasion of Ukraine?

Commentary / December 16, 2021
As Russian troops gather on Ukraine’s borders, the outstanding question is whether Russian President Putin is prepared to bear the domestic and international costs of a full-scale invasion or if he’ll stop at pressuring NATO and the West for political concessions.
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China’s Fake Twitter Accounts Are Tweeting Into the Void

News / December 15, 2021
China’s state-linked influence operations get very little engagement on Twitter.
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Responding to Fischerkeller on Initiative Persistence

Commentary / December 14, 2021
I have struggled to find something with which I disagree in Michael Fischerkeller’s response to my thought experiment adopting the 2018 U.S. Cyber Command (USCC) Command Vision. A couple of such points are addressed below, but for the most part I agree with him. He does make one claim that I find surprising.
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China Wants to Join Southeast Asia’s Nuclear-Free Zone. Why Now?

Commentary / December 9, 2021
President Xi Jinping recently announced that China wants to adhere to Southeast Asia’s nuclear-free zone “as early as possible" to become the first nuclear state to join the pact. Musto finds that Xi wants to act now in order to distract from China’s nuclear build-up and, more importantly, counter the AUKUS security partnership.
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Is Russia preparing for war?

Commentary / December 9, 2021
As Russia builds up forces near Ukraine, it continues to insist its troops are there simply to conduct military exercises. While exercises are routine, they have also historically been used by Russia and others to prepare for war and to cover up plans for surprise attacks.
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Russia-Ukraine: Biden did the Needed with Putin

Commentary / December 8, 2021
US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin spoke via video link for around two hours on December 7 in a hastily arranged virtual summit to address international concerns over a major Russian military build-up along the country’s border with Ukraine.
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Will Russia Invade Ukraine?

Commentary / December 7, 2021
All eyes are on Ukraine (including ours). Steven Pifer, a William J. Perry Research Fellow at CISAC and former ambassador to Ukraine, joins co-host Tom Collina to discuss Putin’s motivations for Ukraine and more.
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