Institutions and Organizations

Scholarly Publications

Integrating Offensive Cyber Capabilities: Meaning, dilemmas, and assessment

August 2018

Abstract: Across the world, states are establishing military cyber commands or similar units to develop offensive cyber capabilities.

Insider Threats

February 2017

High-security organizations around the world face devastating threats from insiders—trusted employees with access to sensitive information, facilities, and materials.

Unclear Physics: Why Iraq and Libya Failed to Build Nuclear Weapons

September 2016

 In Unclear Physics, Malfrid Braut-Hegghammer tells the story of the Iraqi and Libyan programs from their origins in the late 1950s and 1960s until their dismantling.

Other Publications

The Self-Inflicted Demise of American Power

July 2018

NATO leaders have a lot to worry about. The U.K. government is a Brexit hot mess.

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...

Offensive Cyber Capabilities: To What Ends?

January 2018

Abstract: There is a growing interest in the use of offensive cyber capabilities (OCC) among states.

News

NATO-Russia: It’s time to suspend the Founding Act

June 2022

During a period of greater hope for Russia tempered by uncertainties, President Bill Clinton sought both to enlarge NATO and build a strategic partnership between the Alliance and Moscow.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks Discusses Importance of Strategic Partnerships with Stanford Faculty and Students

April 2022

A visit from the Department of Defense’s deputy secretary gave the Gordian Knot Center a prime opportunity to showcase how its faculty and students are working to build an innovative workforce that...

Fear about China’s new space weapon echoes older worries about war from space

October 2021

China flight-tested a new breed of space weapon when it launched a massive “Long March” rocket tipped with a nuclear-capable, hypersonic glider. But history tells us why the test isn’t a cause for...

Old Events

The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race And Presidential Power From Truman To Trump

May 5, 2020

* Please note all CISAC events are scheduled using the Pacific Time Zone Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/wV3Jvqri5Ds About the Event: Throughout America’s atomic history, the president has...

The Tragedy of American Nuclear Policy

February 7, 2020

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/YQU4cuywdK8 About this Event: What sort of narrative defines the American experience with nuclear weapons?

Demystifying China

January 23, 2020

Livestream: Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event. Click here to register.This event is available only to CISAC faculty, fellows, staff, and honors students. About this...

Projects

Regional Conflict and Cooperation

Regional conflicts present their own set of unique challenges to the international community.
English

Empirical Studies of Conflict

The Empirical Studies of Conflict Project (ESOC) addresses critical challenges to international security through methodologically rigorous, evidence-based analyses of insurgency, civil war and...
English

Stanford Ethics & War Series

The whole of human history includes bloody and brutal wars.
English

People

Sagan, Scott 2012 photo Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Martha Crenshaw Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Emerita, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science, Emerita
2015 eileen donahoe 04 web Eileen Donahoe Lecturer, CDDRL
Fearon James James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Taubman Phil Philip Taubman Lecturer
Rose Gottemoeller Rose Gottemoeller Steven C. Házy Lecturer
thumbnail ddo photo Joseph Felter Lecturer
2022 Michael McFaul Headshot Michael A. McFaul Director, Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Wein Lawrence M. Wein Professor, Management Science
lapidus Gail W. Lapidus Senior Fellow, Emerita Professor, Political Science, Emerita
Alla Kassianova Alla Kassianova Research Scholar
Vardi, Gil li Gil-li Vardi Lecturer, GSB, History