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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Secrecy, Security, and Oversight of Targeted Killing Operations

June 4, 2015

Abstract: Governments around the world have been targeting and killing individuals to prevent them from committing terror attacks or other atrocities.

Cold War Internationalism: The Case of Labor

April 15, 2014

Sandrine Kott was educated in France (Paris), Germany (Bielefeld and Berlin) and the USA (New York).

An Army Like No Other: The Origins of Military Culture

April 3, 2014

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Gil-li Vardi joined CISAC as a visiting scholar in December 2011.

The Tower of Babel: Human Rights and the Paradox of Language

January 16, 2014

ABOUT THE TOPIC: Key human rights instruments and leading scholars argue that minority language rights should be treated as human rights, both because language is constitutive of an individual’s...

Can We Measure Shared Understandings? A Network-Based Approach to the Analysis of Culture

November 7, 2013

ABOUT THE TOPIC: Culture is often understood as a system of "shared understandings." But what does that mean?

Muslims in France: Identifying a Discriminatory Equilibrium

October 18, 2012

David Laitin is the James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor of Political Science and an affiliated faculty member at CISAC.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Explaining Variation in Western Jihadists' Choice between Domestic Attacks and Foreign Fighting

October 4, 2012

Thomas Hegghammer is the Zukerman fellow at CISAC for 2012-2013 and senior research fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) in Oslo.

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.

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.

Accomplishments of the Soviet Biological Warfare Program, 1928-1991, and Its Legacy

April 16, 2012

The book The Soviet Biological Weapons Program: A History by Milton Leitenberg and Raymond A. Zilinskas is scheduled to be published on May 14, 2012 by Harvard University Press.

Dynamics of Change in Military Organizations

April 12, 2012

Gil-li Vardi joined CISAC as a visiting scholar in December 2011.

"Proportionality in War" by Avishai Margalit

March 9, 2012

Avishai Margalit is one of the foremost thinkers and commentators on the contemporary human condition, the moral issues of our time, and current problems facing Western societies.

The Defense of Inhumanity: Air Control and the British Idea of Arabia

February 10, 2012

Priya Satia's research interests span modern British cultural and political history, colonialism and imperialism, the experience and practice of war, technology and culture, human rights and...

The Insider Threat: Preserving the Good of Powerful Science in a Dangerous World

December 5, 2011

Recent events in the U.S. have raised concerns about the safety and security of research with hazardous microbial agents, particularly with regard to the insider threat.

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.

From the Manhattan Project to the Cloud: Arms Control in the Information Age

October 27, 2011

Sixty-six years ago, a small group of scientists, policy makers and military leaders embarked upon a highly secretive project to build a nuclear bomb. It would change the world forever.

"Betrayed": Performance of George Packer's 2009 play

May 21, 2011

George Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author, most recently, of The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq.

The Changing Face of Photojournalism, The Changing Face of War

October 29, 2010

Susie Linfield is author of The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence (University of Chicago Press).

Automating Counterinsurgency

April 26, 2010

This is part of the Stanford seminar series on Science, Technology, and Society. Hugh GustersonBorn in the UK, Hugh Gusterson took a B.A.

Markets, Information, and the Spreading of Risks: The Economic Meltdown and Organizational Theory

April 1, 2010

AbstractSocial science interpretations of the meltdown emphasize system characteristics such as complexity and coupling, and/or culture as in neo-institutional theories.  Examining regulatory...

Alienated Nations, Fractured States: Afghanistan and Pakistan

December 3, 2009

Presented by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies Sessions from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm open ONLY to Stanford Faculty and Students The 4:30 pm session is OPEN TO PUBLIC Stanford Faculty and Students...

Proliferating Markets: the Transnational Trade in Uranium from Africa

February 5, 2009

Gabrielle Hecht is Associate Professor of History at the University of Michigan.  Her first book, The Radiance of France:  Nuclear Power and National Identity after World War II (MIT 1998), won...

Presidential Leadership, Illness, and Decision Making

November 20, 2008

Rose McDermott is a Professor of Political Science at Brown University.  She is currently a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.  She holds a...