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Stanford scholars consider historic nuclear deal with Tehran

Q&As / November 26, 2013
Three experts consider the technical and political consequences of the historic agreement reached with Iran to temporarily halt its nuclear weapons program.
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CISAC, Russian nuclear institute launch joint website

News / November 25, 2013
CISAC and the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute have launched a website to chronicle more than 20 years of nuclear collaboration between the Russian Federation and the United States.
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Former FBI director targets cybercrimes

News / November 15, 2013
Robert Mueller said terrorism is still the FBI's top priority. But the agency needs to find new ways of fighting cybercrimes, which he calls "the threat of the future."
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Compromised by Design? Securing the Defense Electronics Supply Chain

Commentary / November 8, 2013

CISAC affiliate John Villasenor argues in this Brookings paper that the country's defense electronics supply chain is almost completely unprotected against a threat that may turn out to be more significant in the long term: Chips could be intentionally compromised during the design process, before they are even manufactured.

The paper aims to help frame the discussion regarding how best to respond to this important and underappreciated aspect of cybsercurity.

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Former FBI director to bolster security research at Stanford

News / November 5, 2013

Robert Mueller, the FBI's chief for the past 12 years, will spend the current academic year as a consulting professor and the Arthur and Frank Payne Distinguished Lecturer.

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Spytainment: Fake spies influence perception of real intelligence

News / November 4, 2013
Amy Zegart, CISAC co-director and associate director of academic affairs at Hoover, talks about the impact of "spytainment" on the American psyche.
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North Korea reactor restart sets back denuclearization

Commentary / October 17, 2013

Siegfried Hecker, a senior fellow at CISAC, writes in this commentary for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists that North Korea's decision to restart its 5-megawatt nuclear reactor is a big step back for denuclearization.

"The most likely technical scenario is that the North Koreans will operate the restarted 5-megawatt reactor for two years with a full load of 8,000 fuel rods, cool this spent fuel and extract roughly 10 to 12 kilograms of plutnoium within three years," he writes.

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Why nuclear realism is unrealistic

Commentary / October 9, 2013

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Relman is awarded NIH innovation grant for microbial research

News / October 3, 2013
CISAC co-director David Relman, professor of microbiology and immunology at the Stanford School of Medicine, has been awarded a $6.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to to examine the effects of perturbations in the microbial ecology of humans.
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Zegart joins scholars at NSA for rare briefing on spy agency's woes

Q&As / September 26, 2013
CISAC Co-Director Amy Zegart joins other intelligence scholars for a rare briefing with high-ranking NSA officials to discuss the spy agency's policies and plummeting public trust.
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North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear facility appears ready for restart

News / September 12, 2013
CISAC's Nick Hansen and Jeffrey Lewis reveal new satellite imagery that indicates North Korea is likely restarting is nuclear reactor at Yongbyon, despite Pyongyang's commitment in 2007 to shut down the nuclear site.
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Ambassador to UN taps FSI's Weinstein as top adviser

News / September 4, 2013
As Ambassador Samantha Power's chief of staff, Jeremy M. Weinstein will serve as her principal policy adviser and play a central role in advancing her strategic priorities and U.S. foreign policy objectives at the U.N.
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Perry Fellows take on the policy of bioengineering, military doctrine and nuclear deterrence

News / September 4, 2013
The incoming William J. Perry Fellows will focus on key security topics: governance and best practices in bioengineering; nuclear deterrence policy in the 21st century; and foreign military interventions and counterinsurgency doctrine.
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The borderless view of Tino Cuéllar

News / August 30, 2013
In a Stanford Magazine profile, FSI Director Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar talks about his background, his scholarship and why there's a point to "taking on problems that are so difficult to solve that nobody can really expect that they're likely to be completely solved—ever."
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Former fellow wins award for best dissertation in international relations, law, and politics

News / August 27, 2013
Former CISAC Fellow Aila Matanock was awarded the Helen Dwight Reid Award for her dissertation, titled "International Insurance: Why Militant Groups and Governments Compete with Ballots Instead of Bullets." The award is given by the American Political Science Association for the best dissertation international relations, law, and politics.
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Eikenberry: Counterinsurgency fails in Afghanistan

News / August 20, 2013
The counterinsurgency plan in Afghanistan hinged on the assumption that the U.S. military could protect the population, that foreign aid could make the Afghan government more accountable, and that the Karzai administration shared U.S. goals. In an article published by Foreign Affairs, Karl Eikenberry – the William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at CISAC – explains why all three assumptions were "spectacularly incorrect."
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One of the greatest nuclear nonproliferation stories never told

Q&As / August 19, 2013
CISAC's Siegfried Hecker has spent nearly two decades working with Russian and Kazakh scientists and engineers to secure the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site where fissile material was vulnerable to a rogue state or potential terrorists looking to build a bomb.
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A story of hope: CISAC and UN visit refugee camps in Rwanda

News / August 14, 2013
In May 2013, CISAC traveled with UNHCR to refugee camps in Rwanda as part of the Stanford-UNHCR Project on Rethinking Refugee Communities. Learn more about their trip through this online journal.
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Hiroshima Pledge: From Ground Zero to Global Zero

News / August 8, 2013
A survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, 68 years ago, recalls the horror of that day before a Stanford delegation led by Scott Sagan, who is helping the city reinvent itself as a beacon for Global Zero - the movement for a world without nuclear weapons.
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Hecker: India's first-class nuclear program can still learn from Fukushima

News / July 30, 2013
CISAC's Sig Hecker talks to one of India's top newspapers about why he admires that country's nuclear energy program. India's world-class nuclear researchers can still learn many lessons from the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
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