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Kremlin saber-rattling in Ukraine: How the West should react

April 2021

Europe and the United States must ensure that Moscow does not underestimate the costs of a military assault.

Nuclear Arms Control in the 2020s

April 2021

As the United States, Russia and others figure out how to maintain and enhance strategic stability in a multi-player, multi-domain world, Washington and Moscow will continue to have a central role,...

Joe Biden’s Killer Comment: Undiplomatic, but the End of U.S.-Russia Relations?

March 2021

Putin may not like being called a killer—who would? However, when he sees engagement with Biden can advance his goals, he will engage.

Stanford’s Lin says new Aspen disinformation commission will wrestle with ‘how to incentivize doing the right thing'

March 2021

Stanford University’s Herb Lin, a member of the Aspen Institute’s new Commission on Information Disorder, says “cyber-enabled information warfare” poses an existential threat that in many ways defies...

Stanford Scholar Explores Humans’ Complicated History with Earth’s Mineral Riches in New Book

March 2021

With the support of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Gabrielle Hecht will research and write a new book about the mineral riches humans have turned the world inside out to unearth.

Rebuilding U.S.-German Relations: Harder than it Appears

March 2021

The German government and many Germans breathed a sigh of relief when Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in November. Mr. Trump damaged U.S. relations with its trans-Atlantic allies, and he often...

Why America will never be safe from cyberattacks

March 2021

The U.S. government is still managing the fallout from two separate, massive cyberattacks linked to Russian and Chinese hackers, with a White House task force meeting this past Monday to probe the...

Biden's Afghanistan Decision

March 2021

President Biden has inherited America’s longest war—the war in Afghanistan—at a critical moment. Under the Trump administration’s deal with the Taliban, the US government is supposed to withdraw...

Biden’s Foreign Policy: What We Can Expect for China, Russia, and Iran

March 2021

On the World Class Podcast, experts discuss how the Biden Administration should navigate three of America’s most challenging bilateral relationships.

Stanford experts discuss the lessons and legacy of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

March 2021

A decade after a powerful earthquake and tsunami set off the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown in Japan, Stanford experts discuss revelations about radiation from the disaster, advances in...

Breaking Down Assumptions about China's Taiwan Strategy

March 2021

FSI Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro joins the Australian Strategic Policy Institute's podcast to discuss how she sees China's strategy towards Taiwan and reunification changing as...

Stanford faculty and guest speakers from around the country examine issues of race in STEM fields

March 2021

A new three-quarter sequence of courses provides insights from scholars around the nation on research related to race in the fields of science, technology and medicine, as well as their own lived...

Fukushima’s tragic legacy—radioactive soil, ongoing leaks, and unanswered questions

March 2021

CISAC Co-Director Rod Ewing tells National Geographic that, “In some cases, as we become more sophisticated, we’ve lost the ability to see what’s most obvious.”

How Biden’s Cyber Strategy Echoes Trump’s

March 2021

The Biden administration released its Interim National Security Strategic Guidance. One would expect a final guidance document to be roughly consistent with the it while also containing more...

Using Genomic Data to Boost Population Health During COVID-19

March 2021

Genomic data could benefit population health efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the US has to overcome several barriers before it can fully leverage this information.

Hoover Institution panelists say women face significant barriers in national security, academia

March 2021

Former NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller made no bones about the challenges of being a woman in foreign policy and national security. “You have to have a tough hide,” she said. “There’s...

French report grapples with nuclear fallout from Algerian War

March 2021

French President Emmanuel Macron commissioned a report aimed at “reconciliation of memories between France and Algeria,” which France ruled as the jewel of its colonial empire for more than 130 years...

How to solve the Nord Stream 2 dilemma

March 2021

If Gazprom could be persuaded to increase gas transit revenues for Ukraine, that would give the Biden administration a reason not to impose sanctions to block Nord Stream 2’s completion and...

Getting Ukraine’s security service reform right

March 2021

Ukraine finally has a chance to create a strong counterintelligence service and shed the Soviet standards of the old KGB. Are Ukrainian MPs ready to take responsibility and vote for such a security...

Socio-technical multi-criteria evaluation of long-term spent nuclear fuel management strategies: A framework and method

February 2021

Currently, commercial spent fuel remains at 75 sites across the US, including 18 “orphaned sites,” where it has been left at decommissioned reactor sites. Local communities are increasingly concerned...

New Book by Kathryn Stoner Examines the ‘Paradox’ of Russian Power

February 2021

FSI Deputy Director and Senior Fellow Kathryn Stoner discusses Russia’s economy, its international influence, and why the characterization of Russia as weak is outdated.

Apocalypse When?

February 2021

The Doomsday Clock is a metaphor. It moves closer to midnight depending on how close we are to human-made global catastrophe through climate change, nuclear weapons, and pandemics fueled by...

Oriana Skylar Mastro Testifies on Deterring PRC Aggression Toward Taiwan to Congressional Review Commission

February 2021

China may now be able to prevail in cross-strait contingencies even if the United States intervenes in Taiwan’s defense, Chinese security expert Oriana Skylar Mastro tells the U.S.-China Economic and...

Newly Discovered Particles Released During the Fukushima Daiichi Meltdowns

February 2021

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant released particles containing radioactive cesium during the 2011 nuclear disaster. New research published in Science of the Total Environment shows that some...

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