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The Marketplace of Ideas at War: Elites, International Law, and Public Attitudes towards Drone Warfare

December 5, 2013

ABOUT THE TOPIC: The use of unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, as a counterterrorism tool has become the subject of considerable debate.

Rethinking the First World War from the Perspective of International Law

November 26, 2013

About the Topic: Re-establishing and strengthening the rule of international law in international affairs was a central Allied aim in the First World War.

The Development of U.S. Missile Defense Policy, 1961-1972

November 21, 2013

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: James Cameron, Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at CISAC for 2013-14, completed his PhD in July 2013 at the University of Cambridge. James is very interested in the...

The Prospects for Cybersecurity Cooperation After Snowden

October 24, 2013

ABOUT THE TOPIC: In his talk, Jack Goldsmith will explain why he is skeptical about significant cybersecurity cooperation among military rivals, especially at the treaty level.

What's out there? Microbial diversity, security, and the public health

October 14, 2013

More information TBA.    Speaker bio: David A. Relman, M.D., is the Thomas C. and Joan M.

Computer Network Attacks and International Law

October 10, 2013

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Elaine Korzak joined CISAC in September 2013 as a predoctoral cybersecurity fellow. She is a PhD student in the Department of War Studies at King's College London.

Shadow or Shade – The Roles of International Law in Palestinian-Israeli Peace Talks

May 21, 2013

About the Speaker: Omar Dajani is one of the nation's foremost experts on the legal aspects of the conflict in the Middle East.

America, India, and the Politics of Humanitarian Intervention

May 16, 2013

About the Topic: A study of how two major democracies, the United States and India, responded to one of the worst humanitarian crises of the 20th century: the 1971 atrocities in East Pakistan ...

A New Paradigm for Engaging the War on Infectious Diseases

April 29, 2013

From the 1950s through the 1970s, the success of antibiotics and vaccines in controlling or eradicating infectious diseases (ID) worldwide resulted in decreased emphasis on development of ID...

The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Roundtable Discussion

March 14, 2013

The Islamic Republic of Iran continues to defy UN Security Council resolutions calling for an end to its uranium enrichment program.

Protecting Rights from Within? Inspectors General and National Security Oversight

February 14, 2013

Shirin Sinnar joined the faculty at Stanford Law School in 2012 as an assistant professor.

How to Engage Iran: Abe Sofaer in conversation with Allen Weiner on Diplomacy and the Iranian Nuclear Crisis

January 15, 2013

About the Speakers: Abraham Sofaer was appointed the first George P. Shultz Distinguished Scholar and Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution in 1994.

India's Energy [In]Security and Growing Competition from China

December 10, 2012

There is considerable optimism that India will continue to grow economically, address the crippling poverty that the majority of the population still faces and become a great nation. Dr.

War and Democratic Constraint: Parties, the Press, and Public Influence on Decisions of War and Peace

November 27, 2012

About the Topic: Media outlets in multi-party electoral systems tend to report on a wider range of policy issues and present more competing policy frames than media in two-party systems.

Escalatory Models, Norms, Assurance, and Deterrence

November 12, 2012

The advent of ubiquitous networking and computation and deepening globalization since the 1990s has eroded traditional international security architectures by multiplying conflict surfaces and...

Illicit Transnational Actors and Security: Myths, Misconceptions, and Historical Lessons

October 23, 2012

About the Topic: Conventional accounts of the proliferation of illicit transnational actors--ranging from migrant smugglers to drug traffickers to black market arms dealers--describe them as...

Reception and Dinner: 2012 Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy

October 23, 2012

  Please note: at 4:00 p.m.

The Shadow War

September 28, 2012

About the Topic: Osama bin Laden’s demise was merely one sensational moment in the first decade of America’s shadow war, the transformation of the national security apparatus into a machine...

Applications of Evolutionary Psychology to Deterrence

September 27, 2012

Rose McDermott is a Professor of Political Science at Brown University. McDermott received her Ph.D.(Political Science) and M.A. (Experimental Social Psychology) from Stanford.

China's Fear of Contagion: Tiananmen Square and the Power of the European Example

September 26, 2012

About the Topic: The Tiananmen Square massacre of June 1989 remains a taboo topic in the People’s Republic of China (PRC); the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) still detains participants and...

Special CISAC Seminar: Honors Student Award-Winning Presentations

June 5, 2012

Special CISAC Seminar  Stephen Craig Recipient of The Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research  “Tamed Tiger or Restless Beast?

2012 Payne Distinguished Lecture: The Future of the American Military

May 3, 2012

Karl Eikenberry is the Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Secretary or General? The U.N. Secretary-General's Diplomatic Interventions in International Conflicts

April 19, 2012

Lonjezo Hamisi is currently a predoctoral fellow at CISAC and a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Stanford.

Testing the Surge: Why Did Violence Decline in Iraq in 2007?

February 9, 2012

Jacob N. Shapiro is Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and co-directs the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project.