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From the Silk Road to the “Belt and Road” Initiative: Chinese-Middle Eastern Relations in the 21st Century

December 14, 2018

Abstract: China's economic growth over the last thirty years has positioned it to project political and economic power across the world.  In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping officially launched...

The role of radiation detection technology in countering nuclear terrorism

December 2, 2013

Radiation detection technology might significantly enhance a nation state’s ability to detect and counter the threat of nuclear terrorism, but the technology is not a panacea for the nuclear...

CDDRL-CISAC Special Seminar: The Logic of Violence in Drug Wars: Cartel-State Conflict in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia

March 1, 2013

Abstract: Why have militarized crackdowns on drug cartels had wildly divergent outcomes, sometimes exacerbating cartel-state conflict, as in Mexico and, for decades, in Brazil, but sometimes...

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.

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...

Public Goods Provision and the Efficacy of Governance

May 18, 2012

On May 18-19, the Program on Poverty and Governance and the Center for Latin American Studies will host a two-day conference on the provision of public goods and good governance throughout the...

The Uses and Limitations of Forensic DNA Typing

May 17, 2012

The tools of molecular biology have augmented forensic biological analyses and contributed to solving crimes, developing investigative leads, and exonerating the innocent.

The Global Religious Challenges to the Secular State

May 4, 2012

Mark Juergensmeyer is director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, professor of sociology, and affiliate professor of religious studies at the University of California,...

The Mysterious Flash of 9/22/79: The Case for an Israeli Nuclear Test

March 5, 2012

This seminar is based on a recently published article that reviews the history of the September 22, 1979 double flash recorded by the VELA satellite and concludes that the flash was an Israeli...

The Limits of Sovereignty: How the United States Has Policed Its Border with Mexico Since 1993

February 16, 2012

C.J. Álvarez is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Chicago and a predoctoral fellow at CISAC for 2011-2012. He is interested in US-Mexico relations, the state, and legal history.

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...

Global Nuclear Security Governance Building through the Nuclear Security Summit Meeting

January 18, 2012

About the topic: Given the increased threat of nuclear terrorism by non-state actors, current global mechanisms addressing nuclear security have revealed serious limitations.

Do Not Track: Technology, Policy, and Politics

October 17, 2011

Web tracking is pervasive: the average popular website incorporates over fifty third-party tracking mechanisms. And web tracking is unpopular: a majority of Americans oppose the practice.

The Politics of Nuclear Development: China as a Case Study

October 10, 2011

Nuclear energy is politically sensitive.

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...

Bruce Jones and Francis Fukuyama on the World Bank's Development Report

June 2, 2011

Bruce Jones will present on the World Bank's 2011 World Development Report, on "Conflict, Security and Development." The report, which is the World Bank's flagship annual research product, reviews...

George Packer in Conversation with Tobias Wolff and Debra Satz

May 20, 2011

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

Civilians in War Zones

January 21, 2011

Richard Goldstone served on South Africa's Transvaal Supreme Court from 1980 to 1989 and the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court from 1990 to 1994.

Nonproliferation Policy Crossroads: The Strange Case of U.S.-India Nuclear Cooperation

October 21, 2010

Gerald Warburg earned his BA in Political Science and Education at Hampshire College and MA in Political Science at Stanford in 1979, where he worked closely with CISAC fellows.

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?

Getting to Zero: Why U.S. Nuclear Doctrine Will Make it Extremely Difficult

April 8, 2010

Lynn Eden is acting co-director (2008-09) at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University.

Fear Factor: Understanding the Origins and Consequences of Beliefs about National Security and the Threats We Face

February 25, 2010

The routine employment of torture on the popular television series 24 has given rise to the charge that the program lends verisimilitude to  the questionable premise that torture is a legitimate...

End of the World: Sense, Nonsense, and Nuclear War

May 21, 2009

Lynn Eden is acting co-director (2008-09) at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University.

Poorly Governed Resource-Dependent States: Policy Options for the New Administration

March 13, 2009

Many resource dependent states have to varying degrees, failed to provide for the welfare of their own populations, could threaten global energy markets, and could pose security risks for the...

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