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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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Martin Hellman wonders why Tonkin Gulf incidents seem forgotten

Commentary / August 4, 2014
The first Tonkin Gulf incident occurred 50 years ago this week, giving the U.S. government legal basis for the Vietnam War. But as CISAC's Martin Hellman notes in this Huffington Post commentary, there has been little commemoration in the media.
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Eikenberry: Thucydides Trap

News / August 4, 2014
Karl Eikenberry, a William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at CISAC and Shorenstein APARC Distinguished Fellow, describes U.S.-China relations in the historical context of the rise and fall of great powers, saying analysts must be critical to recognize the dissimilarities from past rivalries. His essay appears in American Review.
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CISAC launches seed grant program for security research

News / August 1, 2014
CISAC has established the Security Research Seed Grant Program, small stipends of up to $5,000 that will encourage Stanford students to conduct security-related doctoral research via field studies, archival research or other methods.
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Jonathan Hunt: Cold War offers lessons for US-Iran diplomacy

News / July 11, 2014
CISAC McArthur Nuclear Fellow Jonathan Hunt says the secret history of Cold War détente offers a case study in how back-channel discussions at multilateral talks might help the United States and Iran resolve their differences.
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ISIS terrorist group potential threat to US, Crenshaw says

News / July 10, 2014
Terrorism expert Martha Crenshaw says the terrorist group known as ISIS poses a danger to the U.S. if it grows more powerful. But that organization, she adds, may be overreaching in its ruthlessness and religious zealotry.
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Hegghammer explores the motivations behind ISIS demand for Islamic state

News / July 8, 2014
CISAC Consulting Professor Thomas Hegghammer writes in this Lawfare foreign policy essay that the move by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to declare itself an Islamic State with a caliphate as its leader in Iraq is a "bold and unprecedented" move.
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CISAC's Anja Manuel talks to former British Foreign Secretary Miliband

News / July 2, 2014
CISAC affiliate Anja Manuel interviews the new president of the International Rescue Committee, former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband, about the most pressing refugee crises today, including those in Syria, Iraq and South Sudan.
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Felter: Insurgents attack aid programs to undermine governments

News / July 2, 2014
Research by CISAC Senior Research Scholar Joe Felter shows that insurgents try to derail government-delivered aid programs in poor areas because they fear successful programs will boost the government's credibility. Preventive measures include providing greater security around aid projects and limiting advance knowledge about them.
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Should the US Be Bullish or Bearish on China?

Commentary / June 20, 2014

CISAC Co-Director Amy Zegart writes in The American Interest that a strong and rising China, as well as a weak an unstable one, should concern the United States. But perhaps most troubling is the uncertainty about which scenario will eventually play out, and Washington’s strategic orientation toward Europe and the Middle East.

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White House reappoints Ewing to nuclear waste review board

News / June 20, 2014
The White House has reappointed CISAC's Rod Ewing as chairman of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, which oversees the Department of Energy activities related to the safe disposal of high-level radioactive waste.
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Zegart: Should the US be bullish or bearish on China's rapid rise?

Commentary / June 20, 2014
CISAC Co-Director Amy Zegart writes in The American Interest that a strong and rising China, as well as a weak and unstable one, should concern the United States. But perhaps most troubling is the uncertainty about which scenario will eventually play out.
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Stanford Global Development and Poverty initiative awards $4.6 million for research aimed at alleviating poverty

News / June 18, 2014
Fourteen Stanford researchers addressing global poverty through a range of academic disciplines are receiving the money from the university-wide Global Development and Poverty initiative. The initiative is part of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies and is administered in partnership with Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
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Cyber fellow Jonathan Mayer takes the true interdisciplinary path

News / June 18, 2014
Jonathan Mayer's education path is unusuall: He has earned a Stanford law degree while working on his Ph.D. in computer science. His research on the NSA claims sensitive information about Americans can be gleaned in "metadata" gathered by the spy agency.
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FSI scholars call advances of Islamic militants in Iraq stunning

News / June 17, 2014
Karl Eikenberry tells ABC News (Australia) that the advances of the Islamic militants in Iraq in the last week have been stunning. And Martha Crenshaw joins a panel on public radio program KQED Forum to talk about who the militants are and the caliphate they envision.
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Farewell to our 12 honors students, who are off to do great things

News / June 16, 2014
Congratulations to the CISAC Honors Class of 2014. They spent the year tackling some of the world's most pressing security issues and are now off to do great things. One is going to Harvard Law School; another to Duke Law. Some are going to valley tech firms; others to fellowships or graduate work.
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CISAC scholars urge continued US-Russia collaboration

News / June 13, 2014
CISAC's Siegfried Hecker and Peter Davis advocate the continued U.S.-Russia collaboration on nuclear weapons safety and security, despite frosty relations between the two superpowers.
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Felter: Development projects don't always win 'hearts and minds'

News / June 12, 2014
CISAC senior research scholar Joe Felter provides evidence that the strategy of "winning hearts and minds" with development projects can backfire in some conflict zones where insurgents are suspicious of government intent.
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Casper awarded for service to American Law Institute

News / June 11, 2014
The American Law Institute's distinguished service award was presented to Gerhard Casper by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Casper, Stanford's ninth president and a senior fellow at FSI, was recognized by his longtime friend as a “prominent and uncommonly successful leader in the academic world.”
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Lexie Ross accepts Director's Cup on behalf of Stanford athletes

News / June 10, 2014
Lexie Ross, research assistant to CISAC co-director David Relman, accepts 2014 Director's Cup on behalf of all Stanford athletes. You can listen to her acceptance speech and learn about the Marble Monday tradition.
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Military fellow Tracy Roou reflects on meeting with Donald Rumsfeld

News / June 6, 2014
U.S. Army Col. Tracy Roou, a senior military fellow at CISAC this year, recently met with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to discuss military cooperation as a tool of foreign and defense policy.
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Tehran Times does rare Q&A with Hecker on nuclear cooperation

News / June 2, 2014
In a rare and exclusive interview in the Tehran Times, Siegfried Hecker tells Iranian journalist Kourosh Ziabari that the only way forward for the country's nuclear program is through international cooperation.
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Why the US should keep cooperating with Russia on nuclear security

Commentary / May 30, 2014

In this commentary in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, CISAC's Siegfried Hecker and Peter Davis argue that the United States should continue cooperating with the Russians on nuclear security despite worsening ties over Moscow's actions in Ukraine. They argue it is in the best interest of both countires to prevent the proliferation of nulcear weapons and global nuclear terrorism.

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Hecker and Davis: Keep collaborating with Russia on nuclear security

Commentary / May 30, 2014
In this commentary in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Siegfried Hecker and Peter Davis argue the United States must continue cooperating with the Russians on nuclear security despite worsening ties over Moscow's actions in Ukraine.
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