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China-US Inadvertent Nuclear Escalation

February 24, 2011

Riqiang Wu is a Nuclear Security Fellow at CISAC and a Ph.D. student in the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University, China.

Recent Developments in Laser Weapons and The Assessment of Their Implications for Space Security

December 3, 2009

The term laser weapon implies the use of a laser as part of a so-called directed energy weapon (DEW). In that case, the laser energy is causing the target damage.

Options for European Ballistic Missile Defenses

November 5, 2009

This talk will address alternative options for European ballistic missile defense, including the now cancelled Polish-Czech option and the recently announced Obama plan for a phased deployment of...

Programmers, Managers, and Defense Dollars: The Contrary Networking of "Software Engineering"

October 15, 2009

"I think that, by and large, the managers wouldn't know a good technique if it hit them in the face." The prominent computer scientist Alan Perlis spoke these words at a second NATO-sponsored...

Disrupting Science: Social Movements, American Scientists, and the Politics of the Military, 1945-1975

February 12, 2009

Kelly Moore is Associate Professor of Sociology and Affiliate of Women's Studies at the University of Cincinnati.  She is the author of Disrupting Science: Social Movements, American Scientists,...

Weapon-Grade Materials in Russia: A Status Report

November 12, 2008

Abstract:  Russia is the country that has the largest amount of weapon-usable fissile materials in its disposal, most of which has been produced during the cold war.

The Strategic Impact of Ballistic Missile Defense in Northeast Asia

April 30, 2008

In the past, debates regarding the strategic impact of ballistic missile defense were largely theoretical because few systems were ever deployed. This is no longer the case.

Military Biodefense: A Casualty of Kinetic Warfare?

April 17, 2008

Frank Smith (speaker) is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Chicago and a predoctoral fellow at CISAC.

The Airborne Laser - Assessment of a Directed Energy Weapon Project

February 13, 2008

The Airborne Laser (ABL) is a project undertaken by the U. S. missile defense agency. The basic idea is to install a megawatt class chemical laser into a Boeing 747.

The Myth of the Authoritarian Model: How Putin's Crackdown Holds Russia Back

January 31, 2008

Kathryn Stoner-Weiss (speaker) is Associate Director for Research and Senior Research Scholar at CDDRL.

Special Science Fellows Meeting

November 28, 2007

Topics: "Ballistic Missile Defense" Dean Wilkening will cover work in progress concerning regional assessments of the strategic impact of ballistic missile defenses.

Showing off the Soviet State: How Public Representations of Nuclear Technologies Constructed Ideal Citizens

June 7, 2007

Sonja Schmid (speaker) is a social science research associate at Stanford University. Having received her Ph.D.

2006-2007 CISAC Fellows Forum

May 17, 2007

Panel Discussion

Implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1540

May 15, 2007

On April 28, 2004, the United Nations Security Council, acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, unanimously passed UNSC 1540.

The Window of Vulnerability That Wasn't: New Data on Soviet Strategic Capabilities

April 24, 2007

During the strategic modernization program that the Soviet Union undertook in the 1970s, it deployed a large number of multiple-warhead ballistic missiles.

Did "Star Wars" Win the Cold War? Evidence from Newly Discovered Soviet Documents

April 19, 2007

Pavel Podvig (speaker) joined CISAC as a research associate in 2004.

Conventional and Dual Use Technology Export Control Legislation in the European Union and the United States: How Legislative Convergence Is Being Undermined by Administrative and Strategic Divergence

March 1, 2007

Noah Richmond (speaker) is a CISAC Zukerman Fellow and a Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation fellow.

Strategies for Combating Terrorism

October 10, 2006

Bioterrorism is a growing threat. While the U.S.

Defense Spending and the Quadrennial Defense Review: Where Is America Headed?

April 25, 2006

Philip Coyle is a recognized expert on U.S.

The Emerging 2030 Vision for Nuclear Weapons Stockpile and Infrastructure Transformation

January 17, 2006

John Harvey has served since March 2001 as director of the Policy Planning Staff of the National Nuclear Security Administration.

The Dangers of Accidental Ballistic Missile Launch

October 25, 2005

During the Cold War the United States and the Soviet Union made launch-on-warning an important part of their nuclear strategies.

Calculated Risks? Computing and the Problem of Missile Defense, 1957--Today

May 31, 2005

Visions of missile defense have long centered on missile interceptors or lasers, occasionally included the radar "eyes" of a system, and usually ignored the computer "brains" that must inevitably...

Experts on Defense: Constructing Scientific Authority in Security Debates

May 5, 2005

Despite the increasing centrality of computer software in modern weapons systems, computing remains relatively underrepresented in public debates about weapons policy.