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From CISAC Classrooms to the Halls of Congress

September 2020

Geo Saba, legislative director for Congressman Ro Khanna, credits his time as a CISAC Honors student for enabling him to make a policy impact with his career.

Hacking the Classroom

September 2020

Security costs money. You pay for security because you want something to not happen. It’s not that something good happens with security, it's that something bad doesn’t happen.

NATO alliance remains a transatlantic bargain

September 2020

President Trump’s impulsive decision recently to remove 12,000 American troops from Germany — without a serious interagency review or consultation with close allies — is just the latest example of...

Nuclear Weapons: It’s Time for Sole Purpose

September 2020

The “sole purpose” of U.S. nuclear weapons should be to deter and—if necessary, retaliate against—a nuclear attack. This would mark a significant change in U.S. nuclear policy, eliminating ambiguity...

Rethinking Nuclear Arms Control

September 2020

Where is nuclear arms control—negotiated restraints on the deadliest weapons of mass destruction—headed? This 50-year tool of US national security policy is currently under attack.

Spinning good news on arms control

September 2020

For months, President Trump has put the brightest possible spin on COVID-19. He insists the virus is under control. He praises his administration’s “incredible” job. He suggests a vaccine will be...

Will the U.S. and Russia Extend ‘New START’ By February? Here’s What it Takes

September 2020

On the World Class Podcast, nuclear security expert Rose Gottemoeller describes what it’s like to negotiate with the Russians and the path ahead for extending the New START Treaty.

Al Qaeda's Leader Remains Dangerous

September 2020

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

The COVID-19 Infodemic: What Can Be Done About the Infectious Spread of Misinformation and Disinformation

September 2020

Almost since its first emergence, the spreading SARS-CoV-2 outbreak has also been accompanied by a widespread proliferation of misinformation and disinformation, what the World Health Organization (...

FSI Center Fellow Wins Best Book in Security Studies Award

September 2020

The American Political Science Association recognizes Oriana Skylar Mastro for her work on military strategy and mediation.

What’s driving mass protests in Belarus?

September 2020

As protests continue in Belarus over the disputed re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko, Steve Pifer explains how the government’s response to COVID-19 and a blatantly stolen election...

Ukraine, NATO, and Russia

September 2020

Since regaining its independence in the aftermath of the Soviet Union’s collapse nearly 30 years ago, Ukraine has sought to build links with the West. This includes ties with institutions such as...

Ukraine - Then and Now

September 2020

Steven Pifer, William J. Perry fellow at CISAC, former Foreign Service officer and Ukraine's Ambassador from 1998 to 2000, talks to Fordham's "Vital Interests" about Ukraine.

Trump’s top intelligence official is curtailing congressional briefings on foreign election interference

September 2020

John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, announced that the intelligence community would cut back on its briefings to Congress on electoral security. Amy B. Zegart explains what the...

Understanding China's Social Credit System

August 2020

Does a tracking system making laws more enforceable actually improve society?

Bad Earth

August 2020

Every year, humans move more earth and rock than rivers, wind, rain and all other planetary forces combined. And the quantity of rock moved by Anglo American in its century-plus of metal mining...

Three major nuclear accidents, as seen by young American and Russian professionals

August 2020

Young American and Russian professionals examined three major nuclear accidents to assess the causes, responses and consequences. They worked across cultural and disciplinary divides and arrived at a...

Extremely unlikely that they will find anything

August 2020

A helicopter scan for radioactivity at SF’s former bases had limited value. The city relied on it anyway, using what Gabrielle Hecht calls “a classic playbook around issues of toxicity, radiation and...

Is Putin about to make a costly mistake in Belarus?

August 2020

From 2001 to 2004, I was the senior American official to visit Belarus. The United States and European Union were thoroughly dissatisfied with President Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s authoritarianism, and...

CISAC names 2020-21 fellows and researchers

August 2020

The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is pleased to welcome the fellows and researchers who will be joining us for the 2020-21 academic year. These scholars will spend the...

If Trump and Biden agree there shouldn’t be a nuclear waste site at Yucca Mountain, can’t we all?

August 2020

Both have announced their opposition to building an underground repository to permanently store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Now it's time for everyone else to accept that Yucca...

A call for antiracist action and accountability in the US nuclear community

August 2020

As part of the ensuing national racial reckoning, institutions within the US nuclear community have issued statements condemning systemic racism. The nuclear community must go beyond acknowledgement...

Hiroshima and the Myths of Military Targets and Unconditional Surrender

August 2020

Every year, in early August, new articles appear that debate whether the dropping of the atomic bombs in 1945 was justified. Earlier this month, the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki...

What Do The Doomsday Clock And The Presidential Election Have In Common?

August 2020

Herb Lin discusses how close we are to midnight, which is to say, human annihilation.

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