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Countering nuclear terrorism: Can the United Nations deliver?

December 18, 2017

Abstract: It has been more than a decade since the UN Security Council enacted Resolution 1540—the most far-reaching of international instruments to counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)...

The moderates’ dilemma: obstacles to mobilization against Islamist extremism

August 29, 2017

Abstract: Why do moderate majorities often fail to coordinate opposition to extremist minorities?

A Conversation with General Michael Hayden

April 27, 2017

About the Event: In conversation with Philip Taubman, General Hayden will discuss intelligence and cybersecurity challenges the United States faces in combatting terrorism, dealing with North Korea...

Countering Terrorism

December 1, 2016

This event is at maximum capacity.

CISAC Honors Students Prize-Winning Presentations

May 18, 2016

- To ensure an accurate headcount for lunch, RSVPs are required -  

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.

Additive Manufacturing & High-Performance Computing: Disruptive Latent Technologies Impacting Our National Security

March 25, 2016

Abstract: Dr. Goodwin’s presentation will discuss some of the rapid developments in additive manufacturing technology (3-D printing with metals and other materials) and their relationship to high...

Debunking Myths about European Jihad

March 18, 2016

Abstract: What drives jihadi violence in Europe? Terrorists of today are seen as pursuing social rather than political revolt, motivated by failed integration, identity crisis and nihilism.

Countering Violent Extremism

February 26, 2016

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

Keeping The Gloves On? Anti-Torture Norms And British Counterterrorism From the IRA To Al Qaeda

February 4, 2016

Abstract: This paper seeks to understand the varying degrees to which security agencies perpetrate or collude in torture in the context of state responses to terrorism.

Choosing Terror: Rebels’ Use of Terrorism in Internal Armed Conflict

January 14, 2016

Abstract: Why do some rebel groups use terrorism as a tactic while others do not?

CANCELLED -- The Great War of Our Time: The CIA's Fight Against Terrorism - From al Qa'ida to ISIS

November 17, 2015


Doomed to cooperate: How American and Russian nuclear scientists joined forces to mitigate some of the greatest post-Cold War dangers - Part 2: The technical dimensions

November 16, 2015

Abstract: Two months after the breakup of the Soviet Union, I was in the Russian closed nuclear cities of Sarov and Snezhinsk, home of the Russian equivalent to the Los Alamos and Lawrence...

The Limits of Counterterrorism: Constructing Policy Responses

May 21, 2015

Abstract: The purpose of this book project is to explain what it is about terrorism that makes it inherently difficult for the American government to formulate an effective counterterrorism policy....

Judicial Review of National Security - the Israeli experience (1995-2013)

May 7, 2015

Abstract: Adjudication of national security poses complex challenges for courts.

Voluntary Disengagement from Terrorism: Why Doing Nothing is a Good Policy Option for Handling (Some) Returning Foreign Fighters

October 20, 2014

Abstract: The hundreds of young Westerners who have gone to fight with the group Islamic State in Syria/ Iraq have caused alarm among security practitioners and policy makers.Data on Western...

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 ...

International Law and Social Facts: Some Experimental Data on War Crimes Investigations, Attitudes, and Perceived Credibility of Facts

March 13, 2014

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Shiri Krebs is a JSD Candidate at Stanford Law School, specializing in international criminal and humanitarian law.

Counterinsurgency: A Conceptual Reassessment

October 31, 2013

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Niccolò Petrelli is a postdoctoral fellow at CISAC. His research focuses on reassessing the theory and practice of counterinsurgency.

Radiological Terrorism: A Risk Based Perspective

May 6, 2013

Dr. Connell will give an overview of radiological terrorism, focused on high activity radiation sources in the US and the risk they pose for malevolent use.

Beyond the Battlefield, Beyond al Qaeda: The Destabilizing Legal Architecture of Counterterrorism

April 11, 2013

By the end of the first post-9/11 decade, the legal architecture associated with the U.S.

Peaceful Fusion? - The Use of Fusion Power and the Nuclear Order in the 21st Century

April 1, 2013

Fusion reactors have the potential to be used for military purposes.


Stedman Steve Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Martha Crenshaw Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Emerita, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science, Emerita
thumbnail ddo photo Joseph Felter Lecturer
Women looking straight forward Amy Zegart Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
lapidus Gail W. Lapidus Senior Fellow, Emerita Professor, Political Science, Emerita
Elliott, David David Elliott Affiliate
Sarah Shirazian Sarah Shirazyan Affiliate
Anne Clunan Anne Clunan Affiliate
Blum, David David Blum Affiliate
Betsy Cooper Betsy Cooper Affiliate