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

Heading for (Another) Ukraine-Russia Gas Fight?

September 2019

Twice in the past 14 years, a dispute between Ukraine and Russia has led Russia to cut off natural gas flows to Ukraine and Europe. The stage is being set for another cut-off in January.

Advice for President Zelenskyy as he Prepares to Meet President Trump

August 2019

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy may meet President Donald Trump this weekend in Warsaw and is expected to travel to the United States later in the fall.  This gives Mr.

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...

Events

Russian Grassroots Activism for the Environment and Beyond

September 16, 2019

Abstract: Despite a lull after the fall of the Soviet Union, grassroots activism in Russia is on the rise.

Conversation on Iraq and American Grand Strategy

September 9, 2019

Click here to RSVP Abstract: We have learned a great deal about Iraq since the fateful decision to invade the country in 2003.

Beyond “Bots and Trolls” — Understanding Disinformation as Collaborative Work

September 6, 2019

Click here to RSVPAbstract: Russia’s challenge to the West includes information operations (e.g., disinformation, political propaganda, and other forms of online manipulation) aimed at...

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

Gabrielle Hecht Gabrielle Hecht Senior Fellow Professor, History
Jacquelyn Schneider Jacquelyn Schneider Hoover Fellow
Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Philip Taubman Lecturer
David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Andrew Grotto Andrew Grotto Research Scholar, Lecturer
Lawrence M. Wein Professor, Management Science
Paul N. Edwards William J. Perry Fellow
Alla Kassianova Alla Kassianova Senior Research Associate
Gil-li Vardi Lecturer, GSB, History
Gail W. Lapidus Senior Fellow, Emerita Professor, Political Science, Emerita
Drew Endy Assistant Professor, Bioengineering