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Drawing the line in redistricting (A mathematician's take)

January 30, 2018

Abstract: In this talk, I will describe a a body of mathematical work trying to quantify the extent to which a redistricting plan is a partisan gerrymander. This work served as the basis for my...

Muddied Waters: Online Rumors, Conspiracy Theories, and Disinformation in the Context of Crisis Response

November 27, 2017

Abstract: Recent public attention and debate around “fake news” has highlighted the growing challenge of determining information veracity online.

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....

A Conversation with Jake Sullivan

March 24, 2017

- This joint CISAC/FSI event is at maximum capacity. RSVPs are for waitlist only. Thank you for your interest -About the Event: Jake Sullivan, Martin R.

Valuing Peace: The Effects of Financial Market Exposure on Votes and Political Attitudes

November 3, 2016

- This talk is co-sponsored by the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED) -Abstract: Financial markets expose individuals to the broader economy.

Reality-based election security

November 2, 2016

Abstract:   There is a state of high anxiety about this year's election being "hacked" or "rigged".

Crowdsourced Democracy: Algorithms, Platforms, and Mechanisms

November 9, 2015

Abstract: While social media pervades many aspects of our lives, it has not yet proved to be an effective tool for large scale decision making: crowds of hundreds, perhaps millions, of individuals...

Responding to the Aftermath of Nuclear Terrorism

June 3, 2013

Despite hundreds of aboveground nuclear tests, the effects of a ground-level, low-yield nuclear detonation in a modern urban environment remain the subject of scientific debate.

The Threat that Leaves Nothing to Chance: A Narrative Approach to Nuclear War

December 6, 2012

Lynn Eden is Associate Director for Research at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University.

Mobilizing Public Law: The Lost Wartime Origins of American Administrative Law

November 29, 2012

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar is a professor and Deane F.

The Good News About Energy

June 26, 2012

Dr. William J. Perry discussed game changers in energy at the "Innovations for Smart Green Cities: What's Working, What's Not, What's Next" conference.

The Hart-Rudman Commission: Time for a Second Look?

June 1, 2012

About the Topic: As fiscal year 2001 came to an end, the Hart-Rudman Commission and its recommendations for a post-Cold War national security structure were still on the agenda of Washington...

Predictability of Human Behavior

April 30, 2012

     Vast resources are devoted to predicting human behavior in domains such as economics, popular culture, and national security, but the quality of such predictions is usually poor.

Terror Queues and the Duration of Terror Plots

April 10, 2012

About the topic: What could queueing theory, the science of customer flows and delays in service systems, possibly offer towards understanding and countering terrorism?

Mexico’s Fight for Security

November 18, 2011

Since 2006, more than 40,000 people in Mexico have died in drug-related homicides, and recent figures indicate that the pace and severity of drug-related violence is increasing.

Cyberwar - Overhyped or Over Here?

November 16, 2011

Stewart Baker, a former policymaker at both the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security will talk about the latest concern in official Washington.  Putting cyberweapons in...

International Insurance: Why Militant Groups and Governments Compete with Ballots Instead of Bullets

October 6, 2011

Aila Matanock is a pre-doctoral fellow at CISAC. She is also a Ph.D. Candidate in Stanford's Political Science Department (degree expected in June 2012).

2011 Payne Distinguished Lecture: Improving Governance and Combating Drugs

October 4, 2011

On October 3, Karl Eikenberry, the former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, will deliver this year's inaugural Payne Distinguished Lecture at Cemex Auditorium at the Knight Management Center.

Violence, Drugs and Governance: Mexican Security in Comparative Perspective

October 3, 2011

On October 3-4, 2011, the Stanford University Program on Poverty and Governance at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and the Center for International Security and...

Mapping Militants: Causes and Consequences of Interactions among Militant Organizations

September 29, 2011

Martha Crenshaw is a senior fellow at CISAC and FSI and a professor of political science by courtesy.

State and Local Terrorism Deterrence Efforts

September 1, 2011

As part of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, counterterrorism and mental health experts discussed combating terrorism through deterrence and building...

Analyzing Evacuation Versus Shelter-in-Place Strategies After a Terrorist Nuclear Detonation

December 9, 2010

Professor Wein received his PhD in Operations Research from Stanford in 1988 and has taught core MBA courses in operations management throughout his entire career, both at MIT's Sloan School of...

The Nature of Technology

April 12, 2010

This is part of the Stanford seminar series on Science, Technology, and Society. AbstractHow do transformative new technologies arise, and how does innovation really work?


Stedman Steve Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
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
blaydes2 Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
tomz Michael Tomz Affiliated Faculty, CDDRL and CISAC Professor, Political Science, Chair of the Department of Political Science
Wein Lawrence M. Wein Professor, Management Science