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Israel and Iran’s Cyberwar Is Increasingly Targeting Civilians

News / March 16, 2022
In 2010, the world was introduced to Stuxnet, a sophisticated malware developed by Israel and the United States that successfully targeted and damaged the Iranian uranium enrichment plant in Natanz. Named “the world's first digital weapon,” Stuxnet changed the way the global security communities perceived the range of cyber threats.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin Meeting with members of the Government (via videoconference).

The World’s Most Dangerous Man

Commentary / March 16, 2022
Putin’s Unconstrained Power Over Russia’s Nuclear Arsenal. Putin has turned his government into a personalist regime: a system in which he monopolizes meaningful authority.
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CISAC Scholars Martha Crenshaw, Rose Gottemoeller, Norman Naimark, Megan Palmer; photos courtesy CISAC

Introduction to Issues in International Security

News / March 15, 2022
A new video curriculum series is released.
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The BADGER explosion on April 18, 1953, as part of Operation Upshot-Knothole, at the Nevada Test Site.

The truth about nuclear deterrence

Commentary / March 15, 2022
Putin might well believe that a world without Russia in its rightful position of power is not worth existing. We can’t be sure of what Putin is thinking, or whether his decision making is compromised – all we can do is prepare for the possibility of Russia’s use of nuclear weapons.
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 Kharkiv after shelling on 15 March 2022 during Russian invasion of Ukraine. Emergency service of Ukraine reports damage of 3 five-story apartment buildings.

Tacit rules to avoid a NATO-Russia war

Commentary / March 14, 2022
While the United States and NATO have sided squarely with Ukraine, the victim of an unprovoked invasion by Russia, US and NATO officials have also made clear their desire to avoid a direct military clash with Russia.
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The challenges of transferring military aircraft

Q&As / March 11, 2022
Q & A with Dr. Dean Winslow and Ben Lambeth
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International Security and Cooperation on the 60th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Q&As / March 10, 2022
The Cuban Missile Crisis dealt not only the United States and the Soviet Union, but other countries around the world, what I call a short, sharp shock. We recognized how devastating would be the effect of nuclear war, and we decided we really did need to talk together about how we were going to control and limit those risks.
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Russia vs. Ukraine: How does this end?

Commentary / March 10, 2022
On February 24, Vladimir Putin launched the Russian military on what he termed a “special military operation,” his euphemism for a massive invasion of Ukraine.
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Contemporary humanitarians: Latin America and the ordering of responses to humanitarian crises

Commentary / March 8, 2022
The paper looks at how Brazil, Chile, and Mexico approached debates on humanitarian intervention norms in the early 2000s. These countries attempted to simultaneously address humanitarian crises collectively and prevent abuses of humanitarian norms by great powers.
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Stanford scholars visit the only operating rare earth mine in the United States

News / March 8, 2022
A three-person team from CISAC toured the only domestic mine producing rare earths, which are critical for the modern economy.
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Nuclear reactors in a war zone: A new type of weapon?

Commentary / March 7, 2022
As the tragedy in Ukraine unfolds before the world with each day darker than the next, Russian saber rattling with nuclear weapons is only a part of the nuclear concern.
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The Weapons the West Used Against Putin

Commentary / March 5, 2022
Never before has the United States government revealed so much, in such granular detail, so fast and so relentlessly about an adversary, Amy Zegart writes. What are the implications of this new strategy?
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Opinion: Ukraine’s Nuclear Threat Today Is Nonexistent

Commentary / March 4, 2022
Trying to justify Russia’s unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that Kyiv sought to develop nuclear weapons. That is a glaring untruth, as he well knows.
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Ukraine Under Siege: What's Next

Commentary / March 4, 2022
As Russian forces advance into Ukraine from the north, south and east and lay siege to Kyiv and other major cities, join The Commonwealth Club for an in-depth briefing on the current situation and what may happen in the coming days or weeks.
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A close call at Ukraine reactor: On luck and nuclear disasters

Commentary / March 4, 2022
As a scholar working in the field of nuclear disasters, I watched in horror as Russia tried to capture the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant—likely for strategic military purposes, or to control the country’s supply of energy.
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What’s eating Putin?

Commentary / March 3, 2022
As horrific and needless violence unfolds in Ukraine, my friends, family, colleagues, and media from around the world have all been asking the same questions: What’s eating Putin? What has driven him to start the largest war in Europe since World War II? My answer has been: It’s complicated. And, as I see it, at least eight different factors account for Putin’s erratic and dangerous behavior.
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What is Going On Inside Vladimir Putin's Head? 12 Experts Weigh In

Commentary / March 2, 2022
Russian president Vladimir Putin is keeping the world guessing as western intelligence says the invasion he ordered of Ukraine has not been as successful or as swift as he had hoped.
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Overcoming Foreign Influence in Social Media

Q&As / March 1, 2022
American adversaries such as Russia and China are using cyber-enabled deception operations to spread divisive messages.
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The Kremlin Paints Itself into a Corner

Commentary / February 14, 2022
As the crisis between Russia and NATO and Ukraine has developed over the past three months, the Kremlin increasingly has painted itself into a corner.
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History offers a cautionary tale for biometric covid tracking systems

Commentary / February 3, 2022
Biometrics have great appeal to those concerned with public health — but they can also be used for far darker purposes.
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Can reactor fuel debris be safely removed from Fukushima Daiichi?

News / February 2, 2022
More than a decade after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) disaster, an international team of researchers uncovered critical new information related to the retrieval and management of fuel debris, the solidified mixture of melted nuclear fuel and other materials that lie at the base of the damaged reactors.
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Inside the secret world of U.S. intelligence with Stanford scholar Amy Zegart

News / February 1, 2022
In her new book, Stanford scholar Amy Zegart examines the evolution of the U.S. intelligence community and how technology is changing how it operates.
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Nine named AAAS Fellows from Stanford and SLAC

News / January 26, 2022
Paul Edwards and eight other faculty from Stanford and SLAC are among the 564 new Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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The U.S. is giving Ukraine weapons and political support, but not troops

Q&As / January 20, 2022
The U.S. and its partners have sent weapons to Ukraine. They've provided political and moral support. But if Russia invades, Ukraine's army looks to be largely on its own against a stronger force.
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The Biden Nuclear Posture Review: Defense, Offense, and Avoiding Arms Races

Commentary / January 19, 2022
President Joe Biden’s administration is conducting a missile defense review in parallel with its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). Those reviews will determine whether to adjust the nuclear and missile defense programs that the administration inherited from its predecessor.
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