FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Recent Events

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Atomic Homefront: screening and discussion

March 10, 2018

The film screening of Atomic Homefront will be followed by a discussion with Human Rights Watch’s Marcos Orellana, Prof.

Rescue during Atrocity Crimes

March 2, 2018

Abstract: Individuals (such as Paul Rusesabagina during the Rwandan genocide and Oskar Schindler and Raoul Wallenberg during the Holocaust) and groups (including Muslims during the Rwandan genocide...

Experience on demand

November 8, 2017

Abstract: In this talk, based on his new book “Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality is, How it Works, and What it Can Do,” Bailenson draws upon two decades spent researching the psychological...

Bitcoin: adoption, usage and privacy

September 25, 2017

Abstract: This presentation will review research from two papers about Bitcoin.  The first paper uses data from the MIT digital currency experiment to shed light on consumer behavior regarding...

Governing the AI Revolution: The Research Landscape

August 23, 2017

Abstract: Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly improving. The opportunities are tremendous, but so are the risks.

Provably beneficial AI

March 11, 2017

Abstract: Should we be concerned about long-term risks from superintelligent AI?If so, what can we do about it?  While some in the mainstream AI community dismiss these concerns, I will argue...

The Presidency, the Media, and the Public: a Short History

February 10, 2017

Abstract: The formal constitutional character of the presidential office – that is, the method of electing the president, and the powers both granted and denied to the president -- was defined by...

Shaping Beliefs: The Role of Organizations and Leaders

September 6, 2016

Abstract: Margaret Levi attempts to understand the conditions under which individuals act beyond their narrow economic interests in situations where logic suggests that self-interest should triumph...

Rethinking the Nuclear Age: The View from Africa and Its Implications for Policy

April 29, 2015

Abstract: Today’s international relations are plagued by anxieties about the nuclear state and the state of being nuclear.

New Tools for Genome Editing and the Future of the Earth

April 13, 2015

Abstract: CRISPR-Cas9 and other new tools are making genome editing faster, cheaper, and more accurate.

Delegation to the Device: What happens when we deploy quantitative models for complex matters of concern?

November 20, 2014

Abstract: In 2011 I joined a team of global security analysts at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to develop a systematic methodology for “information-driven” safeguards for the...

The USAF Weapons School and the B-52H: Integrating Legacy and 5th Generation Platforms in order to Inspire and Transform

June 4, 2014

Abstract: Weapons School is the premier USAF tactical school producing advanced air, space and cyberspace leaders/tacticians capable of transforming and inspiring the nation’s joint combat power....

The Future of Post-Election Afghanistan

May 13, 2014

Due to the interest generated by this seminar, we have exceeded our seating capacity and are not able to accommodate any more guests.

Cold War Internationalism: The Case of Labor

April 15, 2014

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

Does Terrorism Work? The Case of the Provisional IRA

April 10, 2014

About the Speaker: Richard English is the Wardlaw Professor of Politics in the School of International Relations, and Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence ...

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.

Strategy in Theory and Strategy in Practice

April 1, 2014

Sir Hew Strachan, Chichele Professor of History of War, University of Oxford, will discuss "Strategy in Theory and Strategy in Practice."

Military Operations and National Policies, 1914-1918

March 31, 2014

Sir Hew Strachan, the Chichele Professor of History of War, University of Oxford, will discuss "Military Operations and National Policies, 1914-1918."

When We Began to "Think Globally": Radioactive Fallout, the Cold War, and the Making of a Global Environmental Problem, 1945-1963

March 20, 2014

ABOUT THE TOPIC: The Partial Test Ban Treaty of 1963 is known as the first nuclear arms control agreement.

How the Cold War Came to Afghanistan, 1945-1952

March 6, 2014

ABOUT THE TOPIC: No country was as devastated by the Cold War as Afghanistan, yet the historical understanding of how the global conflict came to Kabul remains tentative, generally limited to...

Disarmament, Arms Control, and Stability: The Community of Nuclear Arms Controllers, 1957-1960

February 27, 2014

ABOUT THE TOPIC: The intellectual history of nuclear arms control has largely been written as a history of ideas, untethered from personal biography and social context.

Why Nuclear Weapons Became Unsustainable: Modernization Theory, International Norms, and the Environmental Roots of the Nuclear Taboo, 1958-1968

February 13, 2014

ABOUT THE TOPIC: Why was nuclear war deemed unwinnable in the United States? Pace conventional wisdom, the truth was not self-evident.

What to do about tensions in Asia

January 28, 2014

Karl Eikenberry, the William J. Perry Fellow for International Studies at CISAC, joins a panel discussion hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations about tensions in the Asia Pacific. The Jan.


Norman M. Naimark Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Professor, by courtesy, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Fellow, S-APARC, Core faculty, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Lawrence M. Wein Professor, Management Science
Gil-li Vardi Lecturer, GSB, History
Barbara van Schewick Associate Professor, Law
Xue Litai Social Science Research Scholar
Rochelle Terman Rochelle Terman Postdoctoral Fellow
Robert Weiner Robert Weiner Affiliate
Benoit Pelopidas Benoît Pelopidas Affiliate