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Riots at the U.S. Capitol Building

Spies Like Us: The Promise and Peril of Crowdsourced Intelligence

Commentary / June 23, 2021
In January, President Donald Trump’s supporters rampaged through the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to derail Congress’s certification of the 2020 presidential election results.
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Cyber Risk Across the U.S. Nuclear Enterprise

Commentary / June 21, 2021
As the United States embarks on an effort to modernize many elements of its nuclear enterprise, it needs to consider how dependencies on modern information technologies could lead to cyber-induced...
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Scientists battle over the ultimate origin story: Where did the coronavirus come from?

News / June 20, 2021
Stanford University microbiologist David A. Relman said the political climate last year made many scientists hesitant to express openness to the lab-leak idea. They did not want to align themselves...
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Did Biden succeed with Putin? Check back in six months

Commentary / June 17, 2021
U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a short summit yesterday in Switzerland that both sides described as substantive, efficient, and without rancor. Did the meeting...
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Biden Goes to Europe | Inside America with Ghida Fakhry

Commentary / June 16, 2021
As European leaders welcome Biden back into the club, can they count on the US to be a long-term ally? Former NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller discusses Western democracies and rising...
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Biden and Putin both place a ‘high priority’ on cybersecurity, says presidential adviser after Geneva summit

Commentary / June 16, 2021
Despite tensions in the summit lead-up, the two leaders were overly cordial in their remarks after the meeting. Rose Gottemoeller, lead US negotiator for the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New...
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Reimagining the Open Skies Treaty: cooperative aerial monitoring

Commentary / June 15, 2021
From the moment, President Biden and President Putin extended the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) in February, they created hope that although the US-Russian relationship is in dire...
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Stanford Experts Weigh In on What to Expect at the Biden-Putin Summit

News / June 14, 2021
Scholars at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies hope that President Joe Biden’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin will lay the groundwork for negotiations in the near...
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Setting the Biden-Putin summit bar low

Commentary / June 10, 2021
Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin will meet in Geneva on June 16, at a time when US-Russian relations have hit a post-Cold War nadir.
Rose Gottemoeller listens during a press conference on Capitol Hill about the New START Treaty.

Negotiating with Russia and the Art of the Nuclear Arms Deal

News / June 9, 2021
Rose Gottemoeller discusses “Negotiating the New START Treaty,” her new book detailing how she negotiated a 30 percent reduction in U.S.-Russia strategic nuclear warheads.
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The Art of Negotiating Non-Strategic Nuclear Weapons

Commentary / June 4, 2021
As Washington develops its negotiating approach, it should consult closely with allies, bearing in mind that the approach could have a major impact on their security perceptions.
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5 Questions: David Relman on Investigating Origin of Coronavirus

Commentary / June 2, 2021
Microbiologist David Relman discusses the importance of understanding how the coronavirus emerged.
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Germany’s Role in US-Russian Nuclear Arms Control

Commentary / May 31, 2021
It is likely that arms control talks between the US and Russia will resume later this year. Berlin should begin considering now how they will impact German and European security.
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Harold Trinkunas Appointed as Interim Co-Director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation

News / May 12, 2021
Trinkunas, whose research examines issues related to foreign policy, governance and security, particularly in Latin America, will lead the center along with FSI Senior Fellow Rodney Ewing.
President Joe Biden with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin

The Illegality of Targeting Civilians by Way of Belligerent Reprisal: Implications for U.S. Nuclear Doctrine

Commentary / May 10, 2021
Scott Sagan and Allen Weiner argue that for legal, ethical, and strategic reasons, it is time for the United States to affirmatively recognize the customary international law prohibition on targeting...
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The first 100 days: Breaking with Trump on Russia

Commentary / April 26, 2021
President Joe Biden is the first president since the Cold War to begin his term not seeking closer relations with Russia; there will be no “reset.”
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US Slaps Russia With Sanctions Plus For SolarWinds Hack

News / April 16, 2021
The White House Executive Order comes on the same day that CISA and CNMF issue SolarWinds-related malware analysis and NSA-CISA-FBI issue a joint advisory warning of ongoing SVR exploitation of known...
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Nord Stream 2: Background, objections, and possible outcomes

Commentary / April 14, 2021
Nord Stream 2 is an almost-finished natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. The Biden administration opposes it and has come under congressional pressure to invoke sanctions to prevent its...
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron

Steven Pifer: An important trip to Paris

Commentary / April 13, 2021
President Volodymyr Zelensky reportedly will soon travel to Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron. That is a trip very much worth making.
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Kremlin saber-rattling in Ukraine: How the West should react

Commentary / April 7, 2021
Europe and the United States must ensure that Moscow does not underestimate the costs of a military assault.
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Nuclear Arms Control in the 2020s

Commentary / April 6, 2021
As the United States, Russia and others figure out how to maintain and enhance strategic stability in a multi-player, multi-domain world, Washington and Moscow will continue to have a central role,...
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Joe Biden’s Killer Comment: Undiplomatic, but the End of U.S.-Russia Relations?

Commentary / March 30, 2021
Putin may not like being called a killer—who would? However, when he sees engagement with Biden can advance his goals, he will engage.
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Stanford’s Lin says new Aspen disinformation commission will wrestle with ‘how to incentivize doing the right thing'

News / March 29, 2021
Stanford University’s Herb Lin, a member of the Aspen Institute’s new Commission on Information Disorder, says “cyber-enabled information warfare” poses an existential threat that in many ways defies...
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Stanford Scholar Explores Humans’ Complicated History with Earth’s Mineral Riches in New Book

News / March 29, 2021
With the support of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Gabrielle Hecht will research and write a new book about the mineral riches humans have turned the world inside out to unearth.
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Rebuilding U.S.-German Relations: Harder than it Appears

Commentary / March 24, 2021
The German government and many Germans breathed a sigh of relief when Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in November. Mr. Trump damaged U.S. relations with its trans-Atlantic allies, and he often...

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