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North Korea Map

Critical metal resources in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

News / December 1, 2022
While China has most of the world’s REE processing capacity, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) reportedly possesses significant untapped CM resources.
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Ukraine citizen

80 countries just signed a declaration on protecting civilians in war

Commentary / November 30, 2022
If it’s not a binding treaty, how can it influence military action? Here’s what research tells us.
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American Intervention - Iraq

Reluctant to Protect? The Role of Moral Reputation in Joining Military Coalitions

Commentary / November 28, 2022
How states join coalitions affects the extent to which they are perceived as blameworthy – or praiseworthy – for the outcome of that coalition.
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The Kremlin Tones Down the Nuclear Rhetoric

Commentary / November 28, 2022
As Russia’s military faltered and lost ground in its conventional war against Ukraine, concern grew in the West that Vladimir Putin might resort to nuclear weapons.
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Ukrainian forces test drive a repaired Russian tank in the Kharkiv region on September 26 2022.

The War in Ukraine Will Continue to Evolve. Here's How.

Commentary / November 28, 2022
Steven Pifer and Francis Fukuyama join Michael McFaul on the World Class podcast to discuss Ukraine’s progress in the war, Crimea’s strategic importance, and the ongoing need for Western support in the conflict.
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russia ukraine

US national interests are best served by stopping Vladimir Putin in Ukraine

Commentary / November 10, 2022
Ukraine is the victim of an unprovoked and unjustified war launched by Vladimir Putin’s Russia more than eight years ago.
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The flag of Taiwan flies over a military monunment in Kinmen, Taiwan.

Understanding the Stakes in Taiwan

Commentary / November 4, 2022
Larry Diamond and Oriana Skylar Mastro join Michael McFaul on the World Class podcast to discuss China’s ambitions against Taiwan, and how the U.S. and its allies can deter Beijing.
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Scott D. Sagan Awarded the Thérèse Delpech Memorial Award

News / October 31, 2022
The Thérèse Delpech Memorial Award from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is presented to an individual who has rendered exceptional service to the nongovernmental nuclear policy community.
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Cybersecurity Research

For cyber experts, disinformation overshadows cyberthreats in midterms

Commentary / October 31, 2022
There are two main ways bad actors can try to influence U.S. elections: by manipulating voters or by breaching election equipment or software.
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America and Ukraine Flags

We can’t afford US Congress wavering in its support for Ukraine

Commentary / October 27, 2022
Kevin McCarthy’s warning of no ‘blank check’ and progressive Democrats’ premature call for negotiations were unfortunate
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Nuclear Mushroom

Nowhere to Hide: How a nuclear war would kill you — and almost everyone else.

Commentary / October 26, 2022
Direct radiation lasts less than a second, but its lethal level can extend over a mile in all directions from the detonation point of a modern-day nuclear weapon with an explosive yield equal to the effect of several hundred kilotons of TNT.
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Laborers work in field harvesting produce.

New Research Examines Benefits of Temporary Worker Visas for Seasonal Migrants to U.S.

News / October 24, 2022
A research team led by Beatriz Magaloni and Melanie Morten is gathering new data on how H-2A visas impact the economic and social outcomes of families in Mexico and small farm owners in the United States.
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Would Putin Roll the Nuclear Dice?

Commentary / October 18, 2022
"The hope is that rationality would prevail, and that senior political and military leaders in Moscow, who may not be so obsessed with Ukraine, would come down on the side of caution."
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Nuclear Russia

How to Keep the Ukraine Conflict From Going Nuclear

Commentary / October 14, 2022
Putin’s menacing rhetoric has alarmed the West, but lessons learned 60 years ago in the Cuban Missile Crisis provide some reassurance
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Drew Endy

Drew Endy Newly Appointed as a Bass University Fellow

News / October 12, 2022
Stanford’s Bass University Fellows in Undergraduate Education Program recognizes faculty for extraordinary contributions to undergraduate education.
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Pushing back against Putin’s threat of nuclear use in Ukraine

Commentary / October 10, 2022
Seven and a half months after it began, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine has not gone as the Kremlin had hoped. The Ukrainian military has resisted with skill and tenacity, in recent weeks clawing back territory in the country’s south and east. As the Russian invasion falters, concern has arisen that Putin might turn to nuclear weapons.
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Zelenskyy NATO

Ukraine’s top NATO priority should be weapons, not fast-track membership

Commentary / October 6, 2022
Following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bogus September 30 annexation of four partially-occupied Ukrainian regions, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy officially applied for fast-track NATO membership.
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The White House in Washington D.C.

At White House Summit on Bioeconomy, Work of Stanford Scholars Takes Major Leap Forward

Q&As / October 5, 2022
With more funding and resources being allocated to America's biotech sector, CISAC affiliate Megan Palmer and core faculty member Drew Endy describe the opportunities and challenges of developing a more robust, ethical, and equitable bioeconomy.
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How to respond to Putin's land grab and nuclear gambit

Commentary / October 4, 2022
On September 30, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed agreements illegally incorporating the Ukrainian oblasts of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson into Russia. He said Moscow would “defend our land with all the forces and resources we have.” He previously hinted this could include nuclear arms. Nuclear threats are no trivial matter, but Ukraine and the world should not be intimidated. The West should respond with political and military signals of its own.
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A delegation from the NATO Parliamentary Assembly visits the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

NATO Parliamentary Delegation Joins FSI Scholars for Discussion on Ukraine and Russia

News / October 3, 2022
FSI Director Michael McFaul, Kathryn Stoner, Francis Fukuyama, Scott Sagan, Anna Grzymala-Busse, and Marshall Burke answered questions from the parliamentarians on the conflict and its implications for the future of Ukraine, Russia, and the global community.
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Rose Gottemoeller

Rose Gottemoeller testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee

News / September 20, 2022
Rose Gottemoeller's main takeaways from her opening statement while testifying before the SASC
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Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Ukraine made recent battlefield gains. How will Putin retaliate?

Commentary / September 19, 2022
Ukraine's battlefield victories are a reason for celebration. But could it could also usher in another dangerous phase — with Russia's President Vladimir Putin lashing out in other ways.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin

Putin's Disaster in Ukraine

Commentary / September 15, 2022
On Vladimir Putin’s order, the Russian army launched a new invasion of Ukraine in February. That has inflicted tragedy on Ukrainians but, seven months later, has also proved a catastrophe for Russia.
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President Ronald Reagan shakes hands with Mikhail Gorbachev.

Reflections on Mikhail Gorbachev's Life from FSI Scholars

News / September 2, 2022
Rose Gottemoeller, Steven Pifer, Francis Fukuyama, and Michael McFaul discuss the complex life and legacy of the last leader of the Soviet Union.
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Gorbachev & Reagan

Memories of Mikhail Gorbachev - and a unique time in Russian history

Commentary / September 1, 2022
So many wonderful things have been said of Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev in recent days that I am loath simply to repeat them. Instead, I have reached back for my own memories, those that brought home to me his unique place in Russian history.
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