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What if Russia Uses Nuclear Weapon in Ukraine?

June 2022

A look at the grim scenarios—and the U.S. playbook for each

U.S.-Russia relations, one year after Geneva

June 2022

The June 16, 2021 meeting in Geneva between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a positive impulse to a bilateral U.S.-Russia relationship that was plumbing post-Cold...

Congratulations to Our CISAC Honors Graduates

June 2022

On Friday, June 10th, 2022, we celebrated the accomplishments of the students in the Honors Program in International Security Studies.

NATO-Russia: It’s time to suspend the Founding Act

June 2022

During a period of greater hope for Russia tempered by uncertainties, President Bill Clinton sought both to enlarge NATO and build a strategic partnership between the Alliance and Moscow.

The U.S. isn’t getting ahead of the cyber threat, experts say

June 2022

Network experts, including Herb Lin, say the U.S. is just as vulnerable – or even more vulnerable – to cyber attacks.

Some disagree that it is 100 seconds to midnight. These undergrads held a debate

June 2022

Every year, a few hundred idealistic, nerdy college students compete in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has eroded the nuclear taboo

June 2022

In 1999 Nina Tannenwald, a political scientist at Brown University, wrote a paper analyzing something she had observed among generals, politicians and strategists: the “nuclear taboo”.

Why Putin’s betrayal of Ukraine could trigger nuclear proliferation

June 2022

On June 1, 1996, two trains arrived in Russia transporting the last nuclear warheads that had been deployed in Ukraine when the Soviet Union collapsed.

Will Democracies Remain United As Putin Intensifies His Destruction of Ukraine?

May 2022

CISAC Senior Fellow Norman Naimark discusses in Background Briefing with Ian Masters.

Stanford-led research finds small modular reactors will exacerbate challenges of highly radioactive nuclear waste

May 2022

Small modular reactors, long touted as the future of nuclear energy, will actually generate more radioactive waste than conventional nuclear power plants, according to research from Stanford and the...

A current security imperative: the US role in the Marshall Islands

May 2022

Rose Gottemoeller, former undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, remembers the painful history of Castle Bravo—the largest and most catastrophic US nuclear weapons test...

North Korea’s Evolving Nuclear Doctrine: An Interview with Siegfried Hecker

May 2022

North Korean officials, including Kim Jong Un, have made several statements in recent months that begin to bring clarity to the country’s evolving nuclear doctrine. Within those statements, there has...

The Russia-Ukraine war at three months

May 2022

Three months after Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine began, the Russians have failed to achieve their objectives. U.S. officials now expect a war of attrition, with neither side capable of a...

CISAC names 2022-23 fellows

May 2022

The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is pleased to welcome the fellows who will be joining us for the 2022-23 academic year. These scholars will spend the academic year...

The Russia-Ukraine War: A Setback for Arms Control

May 2022

The Russia-Ukraine war is entering its fourth month, with no end in sight.  The Kremlin seems intent on achieving a victory on the battlefield, while relations between the West and Russia plummet to...

Should the Government Regulate Social Media?

May 2022

Government regulation to prevent the spread of misinformation and disinformation is neither desirable nor feasible.

David Relman: A Career of Discovery, Policy Impact

May 2022

When David Relman learned in April that he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was humbled – and a bit surprised.

Russians allegedly storm Ukrainian ISP, blackmail it to switch to Russian networks

May 2022

Ukraine’s state communications agency said Friday that Russian forces had invaded a Kherson-based Internet company and disconnected all equipment, threatening to confiscate it if the company did not...

Congratulations to CISAC Honors Students inducted to Phi Beta Kappa!

May 2022

Five CISAC Honors students were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Phi Beta Kappa selects students with high academic achievement who have also successfully taken classes showing a breadth of engagement...

Everything Counts: Building a Control Regime for Nonstrategic Nuclear Warheads in Europe

May 2022

Before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Biden administration insisted in arms control talks with Russia that a follow-on agreement to the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) should...

Ukraine And The Cloud Of Genocide

May 2022

When confronted with the murderous policies of the Third Reich on the eastern front in the late summer of 1941, Winston Churchill stated: “We are in the presence of a crime without a name.”

Belarus has good reason for concern over Putin’s nuclear intimidation

May 2022

In a May 5 interview with the Associated Press, Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka expressed concern that the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian War could see the use of nuclear weapons. Lukashenka called...

Nuclear weapon-free zones and the issue of maritime transit in Latin America

May 2022

Why did Latin American states exclude a prohibition on maritime nuclear transit from their regional nuclear weapon-free zone (NWFZ)?

Russia Victory Day and War in Ukraine

May 2022

Norman Naimark discusses the war crimes committed in Ukraine and Putin's comments on the war during the Russia Victory Day parade.

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