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Director of nuclear experiment center, General Jean Thiry, pressing a button to trigger the explosion of the third French atomic bomb at the Reggane test site in the Algerian Sahara, December 27, 1960

French report grapples with nuclear fallout from Algerian War

News / March 4, 2021
French President Emmanuel Macron commissioned a report aimed at “reconciliation of memories between France and Algeria,” which France ruled as the jewel of its colonial empire for more than 130 years...
Manuela Schwesig (C), State Premier of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, talks with representatives of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline during a visit to the industrial port and the landfall facility of the joint German-Russian pipeline project in Lubmin, Germany,

How to solve the Nord Stream 2 dilemma

Commentary / March 3, 2021
If Gazprom could be persuaded to increase gas transit revenues for Ukraine, that would give the Biden administration a reason not to impose sanctions to block Nord Stream 2’s completion and...
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Socio-technical multi-criteria evaluation of long-term spent nuclear fuel management strategies: A framework and method

Commentary / February 26, 2021
Currently, commercial spent fuel remains at 75 sites across the US, including 18 “orphaned sites,” where it has been left at decommissioned reactor sites. Local communities are increasingly concerned...
Kremlin wall (left) and Saint Basil's Cathedral (right), in Moscow, Russia.

New Book by Kathryn Stoner Examines the ‘Paradox’ of Russian Power

News / February 23, 2021
FSI Deputy Director and Senior Fellow Kathryn Stoner discusses Russia’s economy, its international influence, and why the characterization of Russia as weak is outdated.
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Apocalypse When?

News / February 19, 2021
The Doomsday Clock is a metaphor. It moves closer to midnight depending on how close we are to human-made global catastrophe through climate change, nuclear weapons, and pandemics fueled by...
Oriana Skylar Mastro testifies to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on Taiwan deterrence.

Oriana Skylar Mastro Testifies on Deterring PRC Aggression Toward Taiwan to Congressional Review Commission

News / February 19, 2021
China may now be able to prevail in cross-strait contingencies even if the United States intervenes in Taiwan’s defense, Chinese security expert Oriana Skylar Mastro tells the U.S.-China Economic and...
Imaging of radioactive particles

Newly Discovered Particles Released During the Fukushima Daiichi Meltdowns

News / February 18, 2021
The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant released particles containing radioactive cesium during the 2011 nuclear disaster. New research published in Science of the Total Environment shows that some...
The Kremlin

How the Kremlin Uses Agenda Setting to Paint Democracy in Panic

Commentary / February 11, 2021
Since November 2020, the world has watched the presidential transition in the United States with unease. After a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in an effort to...
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Will Insurrection Lead to Terrorism?

Commentary / February 10, 2021
Reading history for lessons about what happens when agitators go underground.
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Task Force at FSI Focuses on Racial Equity

Q&A / February 9, 2021
Since its creation in the summer of 2020, the Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force has been addressing the ways in which systemic racism manifests at Stanford, at FSI and in the study...
COVID-19 virus

COVID Cases Finally Are Falling. Experts Worry Variants Could Erase That Fast

News / February 6, 2021
Coronavirus variants are spreading in the United States, threatening to spark yet a new surge. Is there a good defense? NPR health correspondent Rob Stein talks to CISAC Senior Fellow David Relman.
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A Better Bureacracy Can Close the Gap Between Defense and Commercial Technology

Commentary / February 5, 2021
As it is currently organized, the U.S. government is ill-equipped to deal with the growing number of national security challenges that exist at the intersection of commercial and defense technology...
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‘A question of survival’: Canada and the Rapacki Plan for the denuclearisation of Central Europe, 1957–59

Commentary / February 4, 2021
In 1957, Poland proposed the Rapacki Plan for the denuclearisation of Central Europe. While North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members attacked the initiative, Canada viewed it as a means to...
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U.S. and Russia agree to extend limits on nuclear arms

News / February 3, 2021
The U.S. and Russia on Wednesday extended the only remaining treaty that limits the deployment of nuclear weapons. But did the agreement go far enough? Rose Gottemoeller, a distinguished lecturer at...
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Don’t underestimate Russia’s capabilities, influence on the global stage, says Stanford scholar

Q&A / February 2, 2021
While some may think Russian President Vladimir Putin has played a “weak hand” in the card game of global politics, it’s important to remember that a weak hand in poker can be a strong hand in bridge...
CISAC Honors Program alum Michael Sulmeyer

CISAC Alumni Selected for Senior Roles in New Administration

News / February 1, 2021
The CISAC Honors Program provides an opportunity for Stanford seniors of all majors who have strong academic records and interest in international security to receive honors in International Security...
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Confidence, uncertainty, and trust in AI affect how humans make decisions

Commentary / February 1, 2021
In 2019, as the Department of Defense considered adopting AI ethics principles, the Defense Innovation Unit held a series of meetings across the U.S. to gather opinions from experts and the public...
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Pentagon Advisory Boards Need to Offer 10X Ideas, Not 10% Ones

Commentary / January 30, 2021
News that the Biden administration will delay the seating of several Trump appointees to defense advisory boards is a welcome signal that incoming leaders recognize these groups are essential, not...
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Stanford microbiologist stresses importance of vaccines at McNerney town hall

News / January 30, 2021
Dr. David Relman, an esteemed microbiologist, kept returning to the same conclusion as he fielded questions as a guest at Rep. Jerry McNerney’s virtual town hall. No matter what your fears or...
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Biden puts US national security first in extending New START Treaty

Commentary / January 29, 2021
Extending the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or New START, with Russia was one of President Biden’s first foreign policy acts after he took the oath of office on Jan. 20. The treaty would have...
Peace activists wearing masks of Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden pose with mock nuclear missiles in front of the U.S. embassy in Berlin on Jan. 29, 2021.

Trying to Box in Biden on Arms Control

Commentary / January 29, 2021
Former Trump officials complain that the new president doesn’t want what they failed to achieve.
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Biden administration must find ways to both cooperate with and constrain Putin regime, says Stanford scholar

Q&A / January 28, 2021
In the first of a two-part Q&A, Stanford political scientist Kathryn Stoner discusses how Biden’s foreign policy in Russia is a departure from the Trump administration.
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Biden Administration Should Aim to Bring Positive Change to a Tense U.S.-Russia Relationship

News / January 27, 2021
On the World Class Podcast, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer says we can expect a consistency between the president’s behavior and policy toward Russia.
President Joseph Biden

The Biden Presidency and Ukraine

Commentary / January 27, 2021
In a December 2020 New York Times interview, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed Joe Biden’s election as U.S. president. Zelensky observed that Biden “knows Ukraine better than the...
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Saving the Open Skies Treaty

Commentary / January 27, 2021
Last November, the Trump administration unwisely withdrew the United States from the Open Skies Treaty. Earlier this year, the Russian government said it will take steps to follow suit.

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