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Coronavirus Blues: The Detrimental Mental Health Effects of Prolonged Lockdowns and Uncertainty Require Attention

Commentary / October 21, 2020
Even if effective treatments and vaccines for coronavirus become available soon, we must start thinking about the mental health dimensions of national recovery.
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For sale: The Moon

Commentary / October 21, 2020
It’s official: the Moon is open for business. Last week, NASA announced that seven countries had signed its so-called Artemis Accords, a series of bilateral agreements that allow national governments...
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A Consequential Election for Ukraine

Commentary / October 20, 2020
For Americans, the November 3 presidential election will be the most significant vote in many decades. The election also will have consequences for Ukraine: Whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden sits...
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Hope for Nuclear Arms Control?

Commentary / October 20, 2020
While concern had grown over the past several weeks about a breakdown in U.S.-Russian arms control, it appears the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and nuclear arms control more broadly may...
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US-China rivalry: When great power competition endangers global science

Commentary / October 16, 2020
Seventeen years ago, an outbreak of SARS—a disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-1—emerged in China. Back then, a fruitful partnership emerged between the United States and China, that...
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“Atoms for Police”: The United States and the Dream of a Nuclear-Armed United Nations, 1945-62

Commentary / October 16, 2020
In commemoration of the UN’s 75th anniversary, Ryan Musto unveils the forgotten history of the dream to arm the UN with nuclear weapons and why three U.S. presidential administrations ultimately...
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Probabilities towards death: bugsplat, algorithmic assassinations, and ethical due care

Commentary / October 9, 2020
Examining Big Data, machine learning, and the life and death implications of the entanglements of human-algorithmic decision-making with respect to war and conflict, John R. Emery argues that there...
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US missed 'golden opportunity' by walking out of Hanoi summit with N. Korea: Hecker

News / October 7, 2020
President Donald Trump missed a "golden" chance to end North Korea's nuclear program by walking out of his Hanoi summit with Kim Jong-un empty-handed when the North Korean leader had,...
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Washington’s Arms Control Delusions and Bluffs

Commentary / September 28, 2020
The Trump administration’s stances on nuclear negotiations don’t even make sense as a starting point.
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From CISAC Classrooms to the Halls of Congress

News / September 22, 2020
Geo Saba, legislative director for Congressman Ro Khanna, credits his time as a CISAC Honors student for enabling him to make a policy impact with his career.
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Hacking the Classroom

Q&A / September 21, 2020
Security costs money. You pay for security because you want something to not happen. It’s not that something good happens with security, it's that something bad doesn’t happen.
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NATO alliance remains a transatlantic bargain

Commentary / September 16, 2020
President Trump’s impulsive decision recently to remove 12,000 American troops from Germany — without a serious interagency review or consultation with close allies — is just the latest example of...
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Nuclear Weapons: It’s Time for Sole Purpose

Commentary / September 15, 2020
The “sole purpose” of U.S. nuclear weapons should be to deter and—if necessary, retaliate against—a nuclear attack. This would mark a significant change in U.S. nuclear policy, eliminating ambiguity...
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Rethinking Nuclear Arms Control

Commentary / September 15, 2020
Where is nuclear arms control—negotiated restraints on the deadliest weapons of mass destruction—headed? This 50-year tool of US national security policy is currently under attack.
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Will the U.S. and Russia Extend ‘New START’ By February? Here’s What it Takes

News / September 11, 2020
On the World Class Podcast, nuclear security expert Rose Gottemoeller describes what it’s like to negotiate with the Russians and the path ahead for extending the New START Treaty.
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Spinning good news on arms control

News / September 11, 2020
For months, President Trump has put the brightest possible spin on COVID-19. He insists the virus is under control. He praises his administration’s “incredible” job. He suggests a vaccine will be...
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The COVID-19 Infodemic: What Can Be Done About the Infectious Spread of Misinformation and Disinformation

Commentary / September 10, 2020
Almost since its first emergence, the spreading SARS-CoV-2 outbreak has also been accompanied by a widespread proliferation of misinformation and disinformation, what the World Health Organization (...
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Al Qaeda's Leader Remains Dangerous

Commentary / September 10, 2020
Nineteen years after 9/11, al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has yet to achieve the household notoriety evoked by that of his immediate predecessor, Osama bin Laden.
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FSI Center Fellow Wins Best Book in Security Studies Award

News / September 9, 2020
The American Political Science Association recognizes Oriana Skylar Mastro for her work on military strategy and mediation.
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What’s driving mass protests in Belarus?

Q&A / September 8, 2020
As protests continue in Belarus over the disputed re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko, Steve Pifer explains how the government’s response to COVID-19 and a blatantly stolen election...
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Ukraine, NATO, and Russia

News / September 4, 2020
Since regaining its independence in the aftermath of the Soviet Union’s collapse nearly 30 years ago, Ukraine has sought to build links with the West. This includes ties with institutions such as...
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Ukraine - Then and Now

Q&A / September 3, 2020
Steven Pifer, William J. Perry fellow at CISAC, former Foreign Service officer and Ukraine's Ambassador from 1998 to 2000, talks to Fordham's "Vital Interests" about Ukraine.
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Trump’s top intelligence official is curtailing congressional briefings on foreign election interference

Q&A / September 1, 2020
John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, announced that the intelligence community would cut back on its briefings to Congress on electoral security. Amy B. Zegart explains what the...
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Bad Earth

Commentary / August 31, 2020
Every year, humans move more earth and rock than rivers, wind, rain and all other planetary forces combined. And the quantity of rock moved by Anglo American in its century-plus of metal mining...
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Three major nuclear accidents, as seen by young American and Russian professionals

News / August 31, 2020
Young American and Russian professionals examined three major nuclear accidents to assess the causes, responses and consequences. They worked across cultural and disciplinary divides and arrived at a...