Scholarly Publications

Remembering the Cuban missile crisis, with humility

November 2014

The so-called “Cuban missile crisis” is turning 52, but it is certainly not forgotten; on the contrary, almost everyone seems to have an opinion on it.

Essence of Victory: Winning and Losing International Crises

December 2004

This article uses the case of the Cuban Missile Crisis to illustrate the criteria by which victory and defeat are assessed in international crises.

Teaching About Nuclear Weapons

October 2004

With nuclear weapons, there is no effective defense. As a result, unless or until universal disarmament can be achieved, arming to prevent war can only mean nuclear deterrence.

Other Publications

Failing History

October 2012

CISAC Faculty Member Amy Zegart outlines how the CIA's mindset has not changed since the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962.


Security class gets extra help from technology created by Stanford grads

February 2014

When some 140 Stanford students and faculty recently gathered to simulate an emergency session of the UN Security Council, they had some real-world data that had never been used before: satellite...

Perry's new class: Nuclear weapons remain dominant threat

December 2013

Former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry's new winter class will emphasize the continuing threat of nuclear weapons; slated as online course next year.

University Scholars Play Prominent Role in Charting Reforms for United Nations

January 2005

A new united nations report recommending the most sweeping reform in the institution's history offers a global vision of collective security for the 21st century that is as committed to development...


Doing History for IR -- Interpreting the A-Bomb Decision: Using Documents to Construct and Understand History

January 23, 2014

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Barton J. Bernstein is Professor Emeritus of History at Stanford University. He was Professor of History at Stanford from 1965-2012.

Reception and Dinner: 2012 Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy

October 23, 2012

  Please note: at 4:00 p.m.