Security

Security

FSI scholars produce research aimed at creating a safer world and examing the consequences of security policies on institutions and society. They look at longstanding issues including nuclear nonproliferation and the conflicts between countries like North and South Korea. But their research also examines new and emerging areas that transcend traditional borders – the drug war in Mexico and expanding terrorism networks. FSI researchers look at the changing methods of warfare with a focus on biosecurity and nuclear risk. They tackle cybersecurity with an eye toward privacy concerns and explore the value of new actors like hackers.

Along with the changing face of conflict, terrorism and crime, FSI researchers study food security. They tackle the global problems of hunger, poverty and environmental degradation by generating knowledge and policy-relevant solutions. An interdisciplinary team of scholars accomplishes this mission through teaching and honing a research portfolio focused on agriculture, aquaculture, and climate change.

Scholarly Publications

Behavioral Economics and Nuclear Weapons

August 2019

Recent discoveries in psychology and neuroscience have improved our understanding of why our decision making processes fail to match standard social science assumptions about rationality.

International Intervention and the Rule of Law after Civil War: Evidence from Liberia

April 2019

What are the effects of international intervention on the rule of law after civil war?

Other Publications

The Next Director of National Intelligence: A Thankless Job Is Getting Even Harder

August 2019

At the end of July, Dan Coats, the U.S. director of national intelligence (DNI), announced his resignation. When he leaves office on August 15, the U.S.

Editing Biosecurity: Needs and Strategies for Governing Genome Editing

December 2018

This study’s purpose was to highlight the changing safety and security landscape engendered by the emergence of new genome editing technologies, help policy-makers and other stakeholders navigate...

Atomic Homefront: a film about struggling to live with Manhattan Project radioactive waste

June 2018

Abstract: This commentary reviews and discusses HBO’s new documentary, Atomic Homefront, which shows how communities are still struggling to live with radiation from radioactive waste generated...

News

Martin Hellman Urges More Ethical Behavior at Meeting of Nobel Laureates

July 2019

Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering MARTIN HELLMAN recently served as the Heidelberg Lecturer at the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (#LINO19).The annual, week-long event occurs each...

CISAC Congratulates 2019 Honors Graduates

July 2019

Congratulations to CISAC honors program Class of 2019!

FSI Scholars Among Signatories Urging Effective U.S. Policy Toward China

July 2019

A group of more than 100 leading American Asia specialists, former U.S.

Events

Drell Lecture: US National security in an era of great power competition and technological disruption

August 5, 2019

The world is experiencing an unprecedented period of geopolitical change and technological disruption. How should we rethink U.S.

Dying too Young: Children and Small Arms

July 22, 2019

Abstract: Images of children on the battlefield or posing for a ‘last will and testament’ poster before a suicide operation suggest the extent to which ISIS has weaponized children.

Russia Resurrected: Its Power and Purpose in A New Global Order

July 15, 2019

Abstract: If before 2014 Russia was widely dismissed by the international community as a regional power whose global influence had died with the Soviet Union, its recent muscle flexing abroad has...

Projects

European Security Initiative

The CISAC European Security Initiative features speakers addressing the challenges that a more assertive Russia presents to the European security order; Europe's ability to meet and defend against...
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Research Seminar Series

The CISAC Research Seminar Series features speakers that present on topics related to international security and their policy implications.
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Multimedia

America’s Nuclear Waste – No Solution in Sight

January 2016

America’s nuclear waste is accumulating at over seventy sites in 39 states – but there is no clear way forward for its final disposal. An international cast of experts explains how the U.S.

The Security Conundrum: An Evening with Senator Mark Udall

June 2015

In a conversation with Phil Taubman for the Security Conundrum speaker series, Senator Udall provided a lawmaker’s perspective on the oversight of controversial NSA programs.

Remarks at MIT: Renewal or Retrenchment - U.S. Grand Strategy in a Volatile World

June 2015

Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, a distinguished fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, presented remarks at the MIT Senior Congressional and Executive Office Branch Seminar, "Renewal or Retrenchment: U.S.

People

Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Martha Crenshaw Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Andrew Grotto Andrew Grotto Research Scholar, Lecturer
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Herb Lin Herbert Lin Senior Research Scholar
Colin H. Kahl Senior Fellow Steven C. Házy Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Joseph Felter Senior Research Scholar
Megan Palmer Senior Research Scholar
Brett McGurk Lecturer