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Stanford researchers release risk-management roadmap to denuclearization in North Korea

May 2018

Immediate denuclearization of North Korea is unrealistic, said Stanford scholars in an in-depth report released by the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). Instead,...

Why did Kim Jong Un blow up his nuclear test site?

May 2018

STANFORD, Calif. — When President Trump abruptly canceled the summit with North Korea last week, it overshadowed the closing of North Korea’s nuclear test site just a few hours before.

Stanford scholars discuss diplomacy’s future after U.S.-North Korea summit is canceled

May 2018

 What led to the U.S. canceling the planned summit with North Korea? Could a meeting realistically be rescheduled?

Would the U.S. Drop the Bomb Again?

May 2016

Public opinion supported the strike on Hiroshima—and if provoked, many Americans might well back nuclear attacks on foes like Iran and al Qaeda, Scott Sagan and Benjamin Valentino write in the Wall...

Perry Warns Against the Dangers of a Nuclear ISIS

November 2015

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J.

CISAC Scientists Join Open Letter to Obama on Iran

August 2015

Three CISAC scientists have joined 26 of the nation’s top nuclear experts and sent an open letter to President Obama in support of the Iran deal struck in July.

Stanford Experts Assess Iran Nuclear Deal

July 2015

The landmark deal between six world powers and Iran, which would limit Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions, was an important step toward stopping Iran from building a...

Sagan honored with prestigious NAS award

January 2015

Stanford political science professor Scott Sagan, a senior fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, has been...

STRATCOM Commander: Deterrence remains foundation of national security

December 2014

American deterrence, though traditionally centered on the nuclear triad, is becoming ever more integrated and dependent on other technologies in space and the cyber world, Admiral Cecil D.

Hecker receives AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy

February 2014

CISAC Senior Fellow Siegfried Hecker is awarded AAAS's annual Science Diplomacy Award for his "lifetime commitment to using the tools of science to address the challenges of nuclear...

One of the greatest nuclear nonproliferation stories never told

August 2013

CISAC's Siegfried Hecker has spent nearly two decades working with Russian and Kazakh scientists and engineers to secure the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site where fissile material was vulnerable to...

Sagan honored by ISA as Distinguished Security Scholar

April 2013

Colleagues and former students join the International Studies Association to praise Scott Sagan as he wins the annual Distinguished Scholar in International Security Studies award.

Hecker steps down as co-director, but not away from CISAC

February 2013

Siegfried Hecker, CISAC's co-director for five years, is stepping down from his leadership role to take a sabbatical and work on his book.

A Soon-To-Be Global Nuclear Leader? The European Union in Global Nuclear Politics

February 2013

Since its inception, the European Union has come under criticism that it has consistently shied away from taking full-fledged global political and security responsibilities despite its role as an...

Sig Hecker: "It's time to close the door" on nuclear testing

July 2012

In an interview with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, CISAC Co-Director and nuclear expert Sig Hecker explains why U.S.

Students simulate White House war-room drama in class born of Ethics & War series

June 2012

Stanford undergraduate and law students simulate Cabinet war-room meeting on whether to launch a pre-emptive strike against Syria for The Ethics and Law of War class, which grew out of the two-year...

Renewing ties among American and Russian nuclear scientists

June 2012

CISAC Co-Director Siegfried Hecker made his 44th trip to Russia marking the 20th anniversary of America's collaboration with that country's nuclear scientists.

Congratulations to the Class of 2011 CISAC Honors students

June 2011

Congratulations to the 10 members of the Class of 2011 CISAC Honors Program in International Security Studies.

Scott D. Sagan: What the world thinks of Obama's nuclear policy

March 2011

In a special issue of The Nonproliferation Review, edited by CISAC's Scott Sagan and Harvard's Jane Vaynman, 13 prominent researchers from around the world examined foreign governments’ policy...

2010 Firestone Medal and Perry Prize recipients selected

May 2010

Stanford seniors Sam Stone and Ashley Lohmann have been awarded the Firestone Medal and Perry Prize, respectively, for their theses on energy import dependence and the Jihadist terrorist threat to...

Scott Sagan's essay on 'Shared Responsibilities for Nuclear Disarmament' fosters global debate on eve of NPT review conference

April 2010

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has published a paper with seven essays from leading scholars invited to respond to Scott Sagan's concluding essay in the Fall 2009 special issue of...

Nuclear review shows bipartisanship

April 2010

The release last week of the Obama administration's Nuclear Posture Review brings long overdue attention to the vital issue of U.S. strategic posture.


Michael May Michael M. May Senior Fellow Professor, Management Science and Engineering
Anna Weichselbraun Anna M. Weichselbraun Postdoctoral Fellow
Rachel Hirshman Rachel Hirshman CISAC Honors Student
David Elliott Affiliate
Jeffrey Lewis Affiliate
Adam Segal Adam Segal Affiliate
Pavel Podvig Affiliate
Sean Kanuck Sean Kanuck Affiliate
Leonard Weiss Leonard Weiss Visiting Scholar