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.

 

Recent Events

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A Conversation with Daniel Ellsberg on ‘The Doomsday Machine’

March 19, 2018

- RSVP here - Abstract: Must we, should we, possess a Doomsday Machine?  For over half a century there have been two of these in the world: the U.S.

Atomic Homefront: screening and discussion

March 10, 2018

The film screening of Atomic Homefront will be followed by a discussion with Human Rights Watch’s Marcos Orellana, Prof.

Peacebuilding and Political Order in Post-Conflict Societies

February 14, 2018

Abstract: The conventional international approach to post-conflict intervention has fallen short of expectations despite the enormous resources devoted to the endeavor.

Chinese Investments in U.S. Venture Technology: Accessing the Crown Jewels of U.S. Innovation

February 12, 2018

Abstract: China’s participation in venture deals financing is at a record level of 10-16% of all venture deals (2015-2017) and has grown quite rapidly in the past seven years.  Technologies where...

A 21st century Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

February 5, 2018

Abstract: Founded in 1945 by Manhattan Project scientists who “could not remain aloof to the consequences of their work,” the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists aimed to chronicle the dawn of the...

Reset of U.S. nuclear waste management strategy and policy

January 22, 2018

This talk is co-sponsored by the Precourt Institute for Energy and will take place in the Engineering Quad (see address above) from 4:30 - 5:20 PM Abstract: The U.S.

Renegotiating the World Order: Institutional Change in International Relations

December 22, 2017

Abstract: Rising powers often seek to reshape the world order, triggering confrontations with those who seek to defend the status quo.

Rethinking National Security

December 6, 2017

Abstract: In 1945, our homeland was inviolate. Since then, we have invested trillions of dollars to improve our national security, yet we now can be destroyed in under an hour.

CANCELED - Good Grids Make Good Neighbors: Peace and Sustainability in the Post Paris World

December 5, 2017

Please note that this event is canceled. We regret the inconvenience.Abstract: Clean energy provides a number of benefits at scales from household to village to city and region.

The Legacy of John W. Lewis

November 30, 2017

Colleagues, policymakers, and other friends of John W. Lewiswill celebrate his contributions as scholar, activist and mentor. Click here for the live-stream   This event is co-sponsored by:    

Improving Recognition of Near-Miss Events

November 27, 2017

 Abstract: Despite decades of research on organizational disasters, such events remain too common.

Managing the Impact of Emerging Technologies on Strategic Stability

November 16, 2017

Abstract: Sustaining strategic stability vis-a-vis Russia and China is a long-standing U.S. national security goal.

Evolving perspectives on risk in biology and the life sciences

September 27, 2017

Abstract: Against a backdrop of emerging and reemerging infectious diseases of natural origin, fueled by changes in land use and global climate, there is an ongoing revolution in the life sciences...

Bitcoin: adoption, usage and privacy

September 25, 2017

Abstract: This presentation will review research from two papers about Bitcoin.  The first paper uses data from the MIT digital currency experiment to shed light on consumer behavior regarding...

Knowledge infrastructures under siege: environmental data systems as memory, truce, and target

September 18, 2017

Abstract: This talk examines the history of environmental data systems in the context of the Trump administration’s assault on environmental science.

Countering information warfare: emerging challenges for national security

September 1, 2017

Abstract: The United States is (belatedly) waking up to the risk that adversaries will use social media and botnets to influence U.S. elections.

Governing the AI Revolution: The Research Landscape

August 23, 2017

Abstract: Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly improving. The opportunities are tremendous, but so are the risks.

Nuclear power development in China and why should we cooperate?

August 16, 2017

Abstract: Mainland China has undergone a rapid development of nuclear power during the last two decades. The reactors under construction or soon to be constructed there include some of the world's...

Can water security be engineered?

August 2, 2017

Description:  Audio recording of Craig Criddle talk, Can water security be engineered?, at CISAC, 01/22/2018  Abstract: Freshwater scarcity is expected to increase over the coming decades due to...

CISAC Honors Students Prize-Winning Presentations 2017

May 15, 2017

Lunch will be served to pre-registered guests. To ensure an accurate headcount, RSVPs are required. The winners of the 2017 Firestone Medal and the William J.

A Conversation with General Michael Hayden

April 27, 2017

About the Event: In conversation with Philip Taubman, General Hayden will discuss intelligence and cybersecurity challenges the United States faces in combatting terrorism, dealing with North Korea...

The Cold War: A World History

April 19, 2017

Abstract: The Cold War was about the rise and the solidification of US power. But it was also about more than that.

The continuation of policy by other means: asymmetric warfare via the ballot box

April 18, 2017

About the event: In his talk Toomas Hendrik Ilves will discuss how various digital tools have been used in democracies in Europe and the US in an attempt to disrupt and affect elections outcomes....

Private Foreign Policy

March 29, 2017

Abstract: Microsoft President Brad Smith recently analogized Microsoft to a “Digital Switzerland.” This moniker captures the role that U.S.

People

Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Fellow, S-APARC, Core faculty, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
David Holloway, CISAC David Holloway Senior Fellow Professor, History, Professor, Political Science
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Herb Lin Herbert Lin Senior Research Scholar
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Joseph Felter Senior Research Scholar
Gabrielle Hecht Gabrielle Hecht Senior Fellow Professor, History
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science