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Hard Truths in Syria: America Can’t Do More With Less, and It Shouldn’t Try

May 1, 2019

Abstract: Sound strategy requires alignment of ends, ways, and means.

NATO’s Response to the Changing Security Environment

March 18, 2019

Abstract: Ambassador Koster will address the following political-military issues during his lecture.

Is There a Trump Doctrine in Foreign Policy?

October 4, 2018

Abstract: Many believe that President Donald J. Trump lacks a coherent worldview informing his foreign policy decisions.

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...

The Politics of National Decline

February 16, 2018

Abstract: Over the past decade, fears about the decline of the United States relative to other countries (especially China) have become a prominent feature of American political discourse.

Cyber-Enabled Information Warfare and the End of the Enlightenment

December 18, 2017

Abstract: The West has no peer competitors in conventional military power.  But its adversaries are increasingly turning to asymmetric methods for engaging in conflict.  Cyber-enabled information...

NATO's Lessons in Crisis: Institutional Memory in International Organizations

December 18, 2017

Abstract: In crisis management operations, strategic errors can cost lives. Some international organizations (IOs) learn from these failures whereas others tend to repeat them.

Reputation in the Anti-Abuse Regime

March 27, 2017

Abstract: Recently, Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, Airbnb, Reddit, Etsy, SoundCloud, and The New York Times were knocked out by a botnet driven by the Mirai malware.

Theories of Development and External State-Building

March 24, 2017

Abstract: Both the academic and policy making worlds have been dominated by three explanations for development, understood broadly as democratization and rising levels of per capita income.

A Pragmatic Take on the U.S. Role in the World

August 25, 2016

 - This talk is co-sponsored by the Program in International Relations at Stanford University -Abstract: Debates about how the United States’ should behave rarely address the central problem....

Information and War: Lessons from the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project

April 21, 2016

Abstract:  In recent decades, social scientists have begun to employ the rigorous research methods that used to be the province of the natural sciences.

Jihadi Alliance Building (and Breaking): Osama Bin Laden, Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, and the Strategy to Build the Caliphate in Syria

April 20, 2016

Abstract: In 2004, al-Qaeda’s security chief smuggled 42 handwritten pages out of Iran, where he was confined under a loose form of house arrest.

Rival Hierarchies: Lessons from the Cold War for Today’s Geopolitics

March 23, 2016

Abstract: To what extent will multipolar institution building undermine the US-led international order?

On the Record: The Methods, Ethics, and Practice of Interview Fieldwork

March 18, 2016

Description: In the Social Sciences and the Humanities, we regularly debate the implications of research drawing on oral interviews, but only infrequently discuss the process of collecting such...

Countering Violent Extremism

February 26, 2016

AbstractUnder Secretary Sewall will deliver remarks on Countering Violent Extremism, the U.S.

Grand Plans and State Behavior: The U.S. Response to China's Rise

November 5, 2015

Abstract: Do states plan their grand strategies, or does grand strategy emerge in an ad hoc fashion as individual foreign policy decisions accumulate over time?

‘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.

Self-Regulatory Lessons From the US Commercial Nuclear Power Industry: Why Does It Work and Why Can’t It Be Replicated?

May 12, 2015

Abstract: In the early morning hours of March 28, 1979, began a series of events that led to a partial meltdown of the reactor core at Unit 2 of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant and the worst...

Bulk Collection of Signal Intelligence: Technical Alternatives

April 20, 2015

Abstract: The first Snowden disclosure was that Verizon was providing daily updates of telephony metadata to the NSA.

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.

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...

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 ...

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...

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Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Andrew Grotto Andrew Grotto Director, Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance
Gail W. Lapidus Senior Fellow, Emerita Professor, Political Science, Emerita
Asfandyar Mir Postdoctoral Fellow
Sarah Shirazian Sarah Shirazyan Affiliate
Marc Goodman Affiliate
Melissa Hanham Affiliate
Irving Lachow Irving Lachow Affiliate