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A Hypothetical Command Vision Statement for a Fictional PLA Cyber Command

Commentary / October 22, 2021
In 2018, U.S. Cyber Command released its Command Vision statement, advancing “defend forward” and “persistent engagement” as new elements in the United States’ approach to advancing its security...
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The Standstill Conundrum: The Advent of Second-Strike Vulnerability and Options to Address It

Commentary / October 18, 2021
Emerging and disruptive technologies spell an uncertain future for second-strike retaliatory forces. New sensors and big data analysis may render mobile missiles and submarines vulnerable to...
Cameron Tracy

China's hypersonic missile test 'wake up call' for US

Commentary / October 18, 2021
The nuclear-capable missile flew through low-orbit space and circled the earth before landing about 40 km off target.
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Go Bold or Go Home: The Nuclear Posture Review Must Give Biden Real Options

Commentary / October 7, 2021
The NPR must position President Biden to right-size America's nuclear forces and pursue arms control negotiations.
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Steven Pifer: Ukraine and NATO — don’t ask, do

Commentary / October 5, 2021
Senior Ukrainian officials have voiced concern that NATO has provided no clarity regarding Ukraine’s membership prospects. Specifically, when might Kyiv receive a membership action plan, known as...
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Negotiating the New START Treaty by Rose Gottemoeller wins the Douglas Dillon Book Award.

News / October 4, 2021
In clear, jargon-free prose, leavened with humor, Gottemoeller conveys both the facts and the flavor of an intense, high-stakes negotiation. The book is a highly enjoyable as well as useful master...
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“The Courtroom of World Opinion”: Bringing the International Audience into Nuclear Crises

Commentary / October 1, 2021
What role does the international audience play in nuclear crises? Scholars of nuclear crises and deterrence have treated nuclear crises as dyadic interactions between two sides. However, states do...
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The North Korean Nuclear Question Revisited: Facts, Myths and Uncertainties

Commentary / September 30, 2021
Facts are difficult to come by, myths are deeply ingrained, and uncertainties lurk everywhere — that, in short, is the nature of North Korea’s nuclear program.
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Strengthen U.S. Security Through Nuclear Arms Reductions

Commentary / September 29, 2021
Biden has an opportunity to bolster deterrence, reduce proliferation risks, and lower the risk of nuclear war.
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Australia will get nuclear-powered submarines. Some see a proliferation threat.

News / September 24, 2021
The new AUKUS security partnership led to an immediate diplomatic fallout between France and the United States. But beyond the concerns about NATO and the Western alliance, or questions about great-...
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Stanford history project centers on marginalized Bay Area community

News / September 22, 2021
Stanford historians are illuminating the complex story of environmental damage in San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood.
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A Better Australia Sub Deal

Commentary / September 21, 2021
The Australian-British-U.S. submarine deal may be a brilliant stroke, but it was done without strategic imagination.
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China's nuclear build-up: The great distraction

Commentary / September 13, 2021
President Biden is reviewing America’s nuclear posture. By January, we should know what he thinks about U.S. nuclear weapons, what policies should govern them and how many we need. Congress is...
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China's nuclear build-up

Commentary / September 13, 2021
The great distraction
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine speaks at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

‘Everything is Possible in Ukraine’: President Volodymyr Zelensky Addresses Stanford Community During Historic Visit

News / September 9, 2021
President Zelensky outlined the steps his administration is undertaking to bring increased digitization to Ukraine, curb corruption and create more equitable access to public services for more...
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How Stanford Scholars Are Teaching the Next Generation About 9/11

News / September 8, 2021
On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, four Stanford scholars and leading experts in national security, terrorism and contemporary conflict – Condoleezza Rice, Amy Zegart, Martha Crenshaw and Lisa Blaydes...
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Stanford study on the effectiveness of surgical masks against COVID-19

News / September 7, 2021
A new study has confirmed that surgical masks reduce the spread of COVID-19 and confirms the impact of mask-wearing on communities. For more, KCBS Radio's Margie Shafer spoke with Dr. Stephen...
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Surgical masks work very well in preventing spread of COVID-19, biggest ever study finds

News / September 5, 2021
"We now have evidence from a randomized, controlled trial that mask promotion increases the use of face coverings and prevents the spread of COVID-19," said Stephen Luby, MD, professor of...
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Biden Didn’t See the ISIS-K Threat in Afghanistan Until Too Late

Commentary / August 31, 2021
When President Biden announced that America would withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by the fall, he spoke of terrorism threats — but never mentioned Islamic State Khorasan, or ISIS-K, the Islamic...
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Putting Emotion Back Into 9/11

Commentary / August 30, 2021
For coming generations of students, September 11 is history rather than memory. How does that affect how they learn about it?
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Climate change is an infrastructure problem

News / August 25, 2021
A map of electric vehicle chargers shows one reason why. Most of America’s 107,000 gas stations can fill several cars every five or 10 minutes at multiple pumps. Not so for electric vehicle chargers...
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Steven Pifer: President Zelensky comes to Washington

Commentary / August 25, 2021
President Volodymyr Zelensky visits Washington next week, with the highlight being a White House call on President Joe Biden. That offers the opportunity to reinvigorate the U.S.-Ukraine relationship...
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Aftershocks: Pandemic Politics and the End of the Old International Order

News / August 24, 2021
Thomas Wright and Colin Kahl detail the COVID-19 pandemic as the greatest shock to world order since World War II, with millions infected and killed, the worst economic crash since the Great...
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A combination of failures

Commentary / August 24, 2021
Why 3.6m pounds of nuclear waste is buried on a popular California beach. Rod Ewing comments.
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CISAC names 2021-22 fellows and researchers

News / August 18, 2021
The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is pleased to welcome the fellows and researchers who will be joining us for the 2021-22 academic year. These scholars will spend the...

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