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Relman: Tilt toward virological safety

News / November 7, 2014
CISAC Co-Director David Relman speaks to NPR about U.S. virologists who are being impacted by a government moratorium on certain kinds of experiments.
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Former ambassador, political scientist McFaul to lead FSI

News / November 5, 2014

Michael McFaul, a Stanford political scientist and former U.S. ambassador to Russia, has been selected as the next director of the university’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

The announcement was made Wednesday by Stanford Provost John Etchemendy and Ann Arvin, the university’s vice provost and dean of research. McFaul will succeed Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, who was nominated in July as an associate justice of the California Supreme Court and elected Tuesday.

McFaul takes the helm of FSI in January.

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NSA director calls for partnership with Silicon Valley to combat cyber attacks

News / November 4, 2014
National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers told a Stanford University audience during a rare visit to Silicon Valley that his greatest concern today is that the nation is not yet prepared to defend against a major cyber terrorist attack.
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SCPKU holds International Diplomacy Lecture Series

News / November 3, 2014
SCPKU hosted the International Diplomacy Lecture Series this fall which focused on driving discussions to better understand U.S. and cross-cultural diplomacy between the U.S., Asia, and China. Speakers included Karl Eikenberry and Thomas Fingar from Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Terry Lautz from Syracuse University.
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CISAC at Forefront of a Nuclear Renaissance

News / October 27, 2014
Among the technologies that transformed the 20th-century, none has cast a longer and darker shadow than the atomic bomb. Even since Sidney Drell and John Lewis founded the Center for International Security and Arms Control in 1983, scholars at CISAC have grappled with how these tools of war have altered global diplomacy and defense.
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Blackwater Convictions

News / October 27, 2014
In war zones, private contractors can outnumber U.S. troops. But who controls them? NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with CISAC senior research scholar and Ret. U.S. Army Col. Joseph Felter, and journalist Pratap Chatterjee about current safeguards.
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Fingar challenges geopolitical myths about East Asia, calls for greater cooperation

News / October 17, 2014
Perception can often trump facts in politics, and the topic of security in East Asia isn’t exempt from this reality, exemplified by the dominance of China’s “rise” and Japan’s “ramped up” defense posture in current policy debates. Yet, those dynamics create a need as well as an opportunity for increased multilateral engagement, says Thomas Fingar, the Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
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Watch live stream of Intelligence Conference

News / October 16, 2014
Watch the live-streaming of the conference: "Intelligence Reform and Counterterrorism After a Decade: Are We Smarter and Safer?" FSI's Tom Fingar will be a panelist and the keynote address will be given by James Clapper, director of national intelligence.
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Former NSA director defends surveillance programs

News / October 10, 2014
The debate over the line between liberty and national security takes center stage as Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency, defends government surveillance programs at the launch of Stanford's “Security Conundrum” speaker series.
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Hayden launches 'Security Conundrum' speaker series

News / October 3, 2014
"The Security Conundrum," a new Stanford speakers series launches Oct. 8 to explore how the United States can strike the right balance between security and liberty in a dangerous world. The first speaker is Gen. Michael Hayden, the former director of the NSA and CIA.
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Rules of War

News / October 2, 2014
Scott Sagan and Allen Weiner teach "Rules of War," a Thinking Matters course that investigates the legal rules that govern the resort to and conduct of war, and study whether these rules affect the conduct of states and individuals. The class will confront various ethical, legal, and strategic problems as they make decisions about military intervention and policies regarding the threat and use of force in an international crisis.
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Hecker wins NAE award for nuclear diplomacy

News / September 26, 2014
Siegfried Hecker, a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and Research Professor of Management Science and Engineering, has been awarded the National Academy of Engineering's Arthur M. Bueche Award "for contributions to nuclear science and engineering and for service to the nation through nuclear diplomacy."
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Stanford scholars on Obama's Middle East strategy

Commentary / September 24, 2014
FSI's Francis Fukuyama and former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, a William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at CISAC, write in the Financial Times that President Barack Obama's stance on ISIS is "overpromising" and that the United States should follow lessons from British history and pursue a more sustainable strategy known as "offshore balancing."
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Rebuilding trust key to fighting Ebola in Africa

News / September 24, 2014
The Ebola epidemic, which could affect hundreds of thousands of West Africans, can only be contained by rebuilding public trust and local health systems decimated by years of neglect, according to a panel convened by the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Stanford Medicine. FSI Senior Fellows David Relman, Paul Wise, Stephen Stedman and Douglas Owens were among the panelists.
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Karl Eikenberry: Afghanistan

News / September 16, 2014

Karl Eikenberry, a William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at CISAC, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and Lt. General in the U.S.

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Helping Ukraine is a US Imperative

News / August 27, 2014

In this Wall Street Journal commentary by William J. Perry and George P. Shultz, the Stanford scholars argue that Russia has completely ignored the Budapest Memorandums on Security Assurances of 1994. They say Russia has taken Crimea and is actively stirring trouble in the eastern part of that country, a blatant violation of solemn vows.

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Inaugural cyber boot camp brings congressional staffers to Silicon Valley

News / August 23, 2014

Two-dozen congressional staffers joined academic and Silicon Valley experts at Stanford’s inaugural cybersecurity boot camp to discuss ways to protect the government, the public and industry from cyber attacks, network crimes and breaches of personal privacy.

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CISAC takes global security lessons online

News / August 22, 2014

The atomic bombs had been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki just before 18-year-old William J. Perry landed in Japan during the War of Occupation as a mapping specialist. He saw the devastation left behind by American firebombers on Tokyo and Okinawa.

The young man quickly understood the staggering magnitude of difference in the destruction caused by traditional firepower and these new atomic bombs. He would go on to devote his life to understanding, procuring and then trying to dismantle those weapons.

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Stanford expert describes how the U.S. and China can manage their relationship and avoid conflict

News / August 20, 2014

The United States and China can peacefully co-exist if they avoid history's most dangerous geopolitical pitfalls, according to a Stanford expert.

The key is not to presume an inevitable conflict, said Karl Eikenberry, the William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation and a faculty member of the Shorenstein Asia–Pacific Research Center.

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National Security in the Global Era

Commentary / August 12, 2014

Thomas Fingar, the Oksenberg Rohlen distinguished fellow at FSI, delivered a speech entitled, "National Security in the Global Era," at the Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William & Mary. His remarks touch upon the broader scope of national security, consequences of globalization for national security, and implications for international education.

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FSI's Mike McFaul on the 'judo master' in the Kremlin

Commentary / August 5, 2014
Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute, is featured in this week's New Yorker magazine and writes in this Politico piece that Russia's President Vladimir Putin sees a path to glory that does not involve democratic governance and ignores international norms.
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