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 implications 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. 

Recent Other Publications

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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.

Can China’s Military Win the Tech War?

July 2020

As the Chinese government has set out to harness the growing strength of the Chinese technology sector to bolster its military, policymakers in the United States have reacted with mounting alarm.

How the West could win a technological ‘shadow war’ with China

June 2020

A new shadow war is underway within the International Telecommunication Union, one of the obscure organizations that sets global technical standards.

The west needs a positive response to China’s technology challenge

August 2019

Silicon Valley is belatedly waking up to the fact that China systematically extracts the most advanced technology from the west, using both legal and nefarious means. Read more at The Financial Times

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...

A Silk Road for the Twenty-First Century?

November 2016

In an analysis piece for CSIS, Shorenstein APARC Distinguished Fellow Thomas Fingar examines the geopolitical, economic and developmental considerations of Xi Jinping's call for China and the...

动荡世界中的安全挑战:更少敌人、更多挑战和焦虑

August 2015

A version of this paper, "Security Challenges in a Turbulent World: Fewer Enemies, More Challenges, and Greater Anxiety," delivered at the International Areas Studies Symposium at the University of...

The United States and China: Same Bed, Different Dreams, Shared Destiny

April 2015

In the third annual Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Memorial Lecture on U.S.-East Asia Relations, Thomas Fingar, Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International...

Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Key Considerations Regarding Safety, Innovation, Economic Impact, and Privacy

March 2015

Much has happened in the three years since the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA) was signed into law.

Security Challenges in a Turbulent World: Fewer Enemies, More Challenges, and Greater Anxiety

February 2015

Speech excerpt:The conference is designed to illustrate the scope and variety of the security challenges we face and I commend both the organizers and the presenters.

Stop Drinking the Weak Sauce

February 2015

For 25 years now, a weak-state fixation has transfixed U.S. foreign policy, Amy Zegart writes in this Foreign Policy piece.

Thirteenth Korea-U.S. West Coast Strategic Forum

January 2015

The thirteenth session of the Korea-U.S.

Friendless Obama Needs Middle Eastern Allies of Convenience

September 2014

If there is one thing Americans should have learnt from their recent wars, it is that they do not have the wisdom, resources or staying power to dictate political outcomes.

Iran's Path to Nuclear Peace

January 2014

CISAC and FSI Senior Fellows Siegfried Hecker and Bill Perry write in this OpEd in The New York Times that Iran has little to show for its 50-year pursuit of a nuclear program.

What You Need to Know about the Third-Party Doctrine

December 2013

Affiliate John Villasenor explains how the American legal framework has not yet caught up to technological progress and how the U.S.

NSA's Creative Interpretations of Law Subvert Congress and the Rule of Law

December 2013

CISAC Affiliate and Forbes Contributor Jennifer Granick explains how NSA domestic surveillance activities might continue, even in the face of legal decisions to rein in the agency's activities. ...

Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Security in South Korea

December 2013

Is the nonproliferation agenda stuck in the Cold War?

October 2013

CISAC affiliate and former postdoctoral fellow, Francesca Giovannini, and SIPRI Arms Control Fellow, Amy J.

The Limits of Counterinsurgency Doctrine in Afghanistan

September 2013

Counterinsurgency strategy, as applied in Afghanistan, rested on the assumption that it was feasible for the U.S.

Time for action on Syria

August 2013

CISAC's Anja Manuel advocates for international action to prevent Syria's civil war from spreading throughout the Middle East. The Obama administration still has many options to sending U.S.

My Dinner With NSA Director Keith Alexander

August 2013

Privacy advocate Jennifer Granick, an affiliate at CISAC, wrote in Forbes about having dinner with National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander.

The Future of Anti-Western Jihadism

July 2013

Terrorism expert and CISAC Zukerman Fellow Thomas Hegghammer provided testimony to the House subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. The hearing, titled "Global al-Qaeda: Affiliates...

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