Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Center for International Security and Cooperation Stanford University


About CISAC


 

About the Center for International Security and Cooperation

 

The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is Stanford University’s hub for researchers tackling some of the world's most pressing security and international cooperation issues.

 

Founded 30 years ago, CISAC in its early years brought together scholars focused on U.S.-Soviet-China relations, arms control and nonproliferation, and the scientific and technical aspects of international security. Today we are building on our historic strengths to seek solutions to the many longstanding and emerging challenges associated with an increasingly complex world.

We are guided by our longstanding belief that a commitment to rigorous scholarship, openness to new ideas, and lively intellectual exchange can spur the creation and spread of knowledge to help build a safer world.

Among those are cybersecurity, war and civil conflict, migration and transnational flows, public health and biosecurity, international norms and ethics, as well as insurgency, terrorism, homeland security and nuclear proliferation. CISAC’s multidisciplinary community brings together social scientists, historians, lawyers, physical and biological scientists, engineers, as well as leaders from the private sector and the world of public policy.

Through education, scholarship and Track II  diplomacy, CISAC strives to influence the policymaking agenda in the United States and abroad. We are guided in this effort by our longstanding belief that a commitment to rigorous scholarship, openness to new ideas, and lively intellectual exchange can spur the creation and spread of knowledge to help build a safer world.

CISAC's current co-directors are David Relman, the Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor in the Departments of Medicine and of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford School of Medicine; and Amy Zegart, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Professor of Political Economy (by courtesy) at the Graduate School of Business. CISAC's founding co-directors were political scientist John Lewis and physicist Sidney D. Drell.

 

Learn more about CISAC from the co-directors, and more about our research areas:

 

CISAC Executive Committee

  • David Holloway, Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History; Senior Fellow; Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; CISAC Faculty Member; and Affiliated Faculty at the Europe Center and the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (committee chair)

  • Kenneth Arrow, Joan Kenney Professor of Economics (emeritus), and Professor of Operations Research (emeritus)

  • Coit Blacker (ex officio), Senior Fellow at Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; CISAC Faculty Member; Olivier Nomellini Professor in International Studies, School of Humanities and Sciences

  • Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar (ex officio), Stanley Morrison Professor of Law at Stanford Law School; Director and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science; Affiliated Faculty at CISAC, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law

  • Edward A. Feigenbaum, Kumagai Professor of Computer Science, (emeritus); Co-Scientific Director, Knowledge Systems Laboratory (emeritus)

  • Siegfried Hecker (ex officio), Professor (Research) in the Department of Management Science and Engineering; Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and CISAC

  • Deborah Hensler, Judge John W. Ford Professor of Dispute Resolution and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Stanford Law School

  • Michael McFaul (on leave), Director, Center for Development, Democracy, and the Rule of Law; Deputy Director, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Professor of Political Science; Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

  • Norman Naimark, Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of Eastern European Studies, Department of History; CISAC Affiliated Faculty Member; Europe Center Research Affiliate and FSI Senior Fellow by courtesy

  • Elisabeth Paté-Cornell, Burton J. and DeeDee McMurtry Professor in the School of Management Science and Engineering; CISAC Affiliated Faculty Member; Senior Fellow (by courtesy) at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

  • William Perry, Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor (emeritus), School of Engineering; Senior Fellow at Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; CISAC Faculty Member

  • David Relman (ex officio), CISAC Co-Director; the Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor in the Departments of Medicine and of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford School of Medicine; FSI Senior Fellow

  • Lee D. Ross, Professor of Psychology

  • Scott Sagan, Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science; Senior Fellow at CISAC and FSI

  • Lucy Shapiro, the Virginia and D. K. Ludwig Professor of Developmental Biology at the Stanford School of Medicine; Senior Fellow (by courtesy) at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

  • James Sweeney, Professor, Department of Management Science and Engineering; Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

  • Lawrence Wein, Paul E. Holden Professor of Management Science; CISAC Affiliated Faculty Member

  • Amy Zegart (ex officio), CISAC Co-Director; Davies Family Senior Fellow and Associate Director of Academic Affairs, Hoover Institution; Professor of Political Economy (by courtesy) at the Graduate School of Business.