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Sig Hecker named by Carnegie Corporation of New York  on its annual list of Great Immigrants today, honoring 34 naturalized citizens whose influence and actions have strengthened our society and our democracy.

Dr. Siegfried Hecker named by the Carnegie Corporation of New York on its annual list of Great Immigrants

News / June 30, 2022
Carnegie Corporation of New York announced its annual list of Great Immigrants today, honoring 34 naturalized citizens whose influence and actions have strengthened our society and our democracy.
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Has the Russia-Ukraine war blown up the global nuclear order?

Commentary / June 29, 2022
The Russian nuclear saber-rattling that has accompanied the invasion of Ukraine represents a level of nuclear risk unprecedented since the end of the Cold War.
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Or Rabinowitz, Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

FSI’s Visiting Fellowship in Israel Studies Brings Or Rabinowitz to the Center for International Security and Cooperation

News / June 28, 2022
Dr. Or Rabinowitz of Hebrew University, Jerusalem, whose research explores how nuclear technology interacts with decision-making, strategy, and diplomacy, will come to Stanford in the 2022-2023 academic year as a Visiting Associate Professor.
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Rare Earth Elements in Materials Science

News / June 24, 2022
A vast array of critical new technologies rely on rare earth metals, a group of elements that are difficult to mine because they are so well dispersed in the earth and often contain radioactive elements such as thorium and uranium.
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Research and Perspective: Small Modular Reactors

Q&As / June 23, 2022
A recent study has found small modular reactors (SMRs) may actually produce more radioactive waste than larger conventional nuclear power reactors has drawn reaction from vendors and supporters of SMRs. In a recent interview, Lindsay Krall, Allison Macfarlane and Rod Ewing elaborated on the fuller context of and industry reaction to their study.
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Stanford University gives Salinas students rare opportunity to learn about global issues

News / June 20, 2022
To help give young people a better understanding of the world around them, Stanford University is educating high school students on national security and world issues.
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Russia and Nuclear Weapons

What if Russia Uses Nuclear Weapon in Ukraine?

Commentary / June 20, 2022
A look at the grim scenarios—and the U.S. playbook for each
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U.S.-Russia relations, one year after Geneva

Commentary / June 16, 2022
The June 16, 2021 meeting in Geneva between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a positive impulse to a bilateral U.S.-Russia relationship that was plumbing post-Cold War depths. Both sides made modest progress in the following months, only to be wholly derailed by Putin’s war of choice against Ukraine. It will be a long time before the U.S.-Russia relationship can approach anything that resembles “normal.”
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Congratulations to Our CISAC Honors Graduates

News / June 13, 2022
On Friday, June 10th, 2022, we celebrated the accomplishments of the students in the Honors Program in International Security Studies.
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NATO-Russia: It’s time to suspend the Founding Act

Commentary / June 7, 2022
During a period of greater hope for Russia tempered by uncertainties, President Bill Clinton sought both to enlarge NATO and build a strategic partnership between the Alliance and Moscow.
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The U.S. isn’t getting ahead of the cyber threat, experts say

Commentary / June 6, 2022
Network experts, including Herb Lin, say the U.S. is just as vulnerable – or even more vulnerable – to cyber attacks.
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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has eroded the nuclear taboo

Commentary / June 2, 2022
In 1999 Nina Tannenwald, a political scientist at Brown University, wrote a paper analyzing something she had observed among generals, politicians and strategists: the “nuclear taboo”.
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Some disagree that it is 100 seconds to midnight. These undergrads held a debate

Commentary / June 2, 2022
Every year, a few hundred idealistic, nerdy college students compete in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin Meeting with members of the Government (via videoconference).

Why Putin’s betrayal of Ukraine could trigger nuclear proliferation

Commentary / June 1, 2022
On June 1, 1996, two trains arrived in Russia transporting the last nuclear warheads that had been deployed in Ukraine when the Soviet Union collapsed.
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Will Democracies Remain United As Putin Intensifies His Destruction of Ukraine?

Q&As / May 31, 2022
CISAC Senior Fellow Norman Naimark discusses in Background Briefing with Ian Masters.
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Stanford-led research finds small modular reactors will exacerbate challenges of highly radioactive nuclear waste

News / May 30, 2022
Small modular reactors, long touted as the future of nuclear energy, will actually generate more radioactive waste than conventional nuclear power plants, according to research from Stanford and the University of British Columbia.
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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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David Relman: A Career of Discovery, Policy Impact

News / May 18, 2022
When David Relman learned in April that he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was humbled – and a bit surprised.
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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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Dr. Hebert Lin

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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