Foreign Policy

Scholarly Publications

Al Qaeda’s Franchise Reboot

September 2020

Nineteen years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, does al Qaeda still pose a significant threat to U.S. national security?

What Explains Counterterrorism Effectiveness? Evidence from the U.S. Drone War in Pakistan

November 2018

Abstract For years, the U.S. government has been waging counterterrorism campaigns against al-Qaida and other armed groups in safe havens and weak states.

Uneasy Partnerships: China’s Engagement with Japan, the Koreas, and Russia in the Era of Reform

April 2017

Uneasy Partnerships presents the analysis and insights of practitioners and scholars who have shaped and examined China's interactions with key Northeast Asian partners.

Other Publications

Al Qaeda’s Leader Is Old, Bumbling—and a Terrorist Mastermind

September 2020

Nineteen years after 9/11, al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has yet to achieve the household notoriety evoked by his immediate predecessor, Osama bin Laden.

Why didn’t the U.S. rebuke Russia for its Taliban bounty deal? Four things to know.

July 2020

President Trump is in the middle of another controversy involving Russia.

The U.S. may be close to a peace deal in Afghanistan. Here are 3 big takeaways.

February 2020

Last Friday, the U.S. government announced a two-step peace deal with the insurgent Afghan Taliban.

News

Where is Russia Heading in 2020?

July 2020

Russia seemed a country on the rise globally, with President Vladimir Putin well on his way to lengthening his time in power. But he faces serious headwinds with COVID 19, the virus’s economic impact...

Oriana Skylar Mastro Awarded America in the World Consortium Prize for Best Policy Article

July 2020

Mastro, who begins her role as FSI Center Fellow on August 1, has won the AWC Best Policy Article on U.S. Foreign Policy and Grand Strategy award for her insights on how China leverages ambiguity to...

US nukes in Poland are a truly bad idea

May 2020

On May 15, the U.S. Ambassador in Warsaw, Georgette Mosbacher, suggested relocating U.S. nuclear weapons based in Germany to Poland. One hopes this was just a mistake by a political appointee...

Events

An Open World: How America Can Win the Contest for Twenty-First-Century Order

September 17, 2020

* Please note all CISAC events are scheduled using the Pacific Time Zone.

US-Ukraine Relations: Strengths and Weaknesses of US Policy Toward Ukraine with Recommendations for Future Initiatives

February 5, 2020

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/Se8UcB6HFNo About this Event: Based on his recent experience in Kyiv, Ambassador Taylor will evaluate current US policy toward Ukraine and make recommendations...

Do Morals Matter?

January 29, 2020

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/qanfBvhmTQM About this Event: In Do Morals Matter?, Joseph S.

Projects

Enhancing Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540

In Resolution 1540, the United Nations Security Council, acting under its Chapter VII power to adopt measures that are legally binding on all U.N.
English

Feeding the World in the 21st Century: Exploring the Connections between Food Production, Health, Environmental Resources, and International Security

This project involves political scientists, economists, and medical researchers to address the question of whether hunger, poverty, disease and agricultural resource constraints foster civil...
English

Consortium for Research on Information Security and Policy

As part of a response to growing government concern over the threat of cyber attacks directed against critical national infrastructures, the National Security Agency (NSA) contracted with Stanford...
English

People

weinstein Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
oriana mastro 1 Oriana Skylar Mastro Center Fellow
Dr. Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
Women looking straight forward Amy Zegart Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
michael mcfaul 2 Michael A. McFaul Director, Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Andrew Grotto Andrew Grotto Director, Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance
headshot of Josh Goldstein Josh A. Goldstein Predoctoral Fellow, Stanford Internet Observatory
thumbnail headshot Marc Goodman Affiliate
Eric Min Eric Min Affiliate
yogesh joshi Yogesh Joshi Affiliates
elaine korzak Elaine Korzak Affiliate