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April 16th, 2014

Gillum: NYPD decision to disband spy unit may aid counterterrorism

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news: The Monkey Cage on April 16, 2014

CISAC fellow Rachel Gillum writes in this commentary that the NYPD's decision to disband its special Muslim surveillance unit may eventually aid in counterterrorism efforts as the Muslim community regains trust and works together with the police to identify possible threats. Read more »

April 9th, 2014

Insider threats biggest challenge to nuclear security

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In a new research paper published by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Stanford Political Science Professor and CISAC Senior Fellow, Scott Sagan, and Matthew Bunn, a professor of practice at the Harvard Kennedy School, write that insider threats are perhaps the most serious challenge that nuclear security systems face today. Read more »

April 8th, 2014

May recognized for work on nuclear weapons and energy policy

CISAC's Michael May is awarded the Joseph A. Burton Forum Award by the American Physical Society for his lifetime of work educating the public about nuclear weapons and energy. Read more »

Eikenberry: Afghan security forces performed well during elections

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, a William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at CISAC and FSI, says in this KQED radio panel that security during the elections in Afghanistan had greatly improved, but the country will still need support from the international community moving forward. Read more »

March 22nd, 2014

Michelle Obama promotes study abroad during speech at Stanford center in Beijing

CISAC, CDDRL, FSE, FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR, The Europe Center, Shorenstein APARC, REAP, SCPKU, SCP News

Speaking at the Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing on Saturday, Michelle Obama said study abroad allows students to realize that countries all have a stake in each other's success. Following her remarks, she held a conversation with students on the Stanford campus via a high-tech videoconference. +VIDEO+
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March 20th, 2014

Long-time aid worker evaluates disability policy in North Korea

Shorenstein APARC, CISAC, KSP News

Katharina Zellweger, visiting scholar at CISAC and former Pantech Fellow at Shorenstein APARC, produces a new working paper on disability policy in the DPKR, leveraging experiences from her 20-year career in humanitarian aid there. She attempts to provide an informed, balanced view of what it means to live with disabilities in a changing North Korea. +PDF+
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March 13th, 2014

Zegart: Feinstein-CIA fracas is a blow for the intelligence agency

CISAC, FSI Stanford Q&A

CISAC Co-Director Amy Zegart calls accusations by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein that the CIA may have violated the U.S. Constitution "an extraordinary moment" for relations between Congress and the intelligence agency. +VIDEO+
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Listen to FSI's Karl Eikenberry's take on U.S. foreign policy today

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

FSI fellow and former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry talks to WUNC North Carolina Public Radio about the current state of American foreign policy. He believes the humanities can provide an innovative approach to modern diplomacy. Read more »

NSA phone records yield private medical, financial and legal data

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Two computer science graduate students, including CISAC cybersecurity fellow Jonathan Mayer, have found that the NSA's mass collection of phone records can yield much more information about people's private lives than the U.S. government claims. +VIDEO+
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March 10th, 2014

FSI Implementation Lab puts focus on international policy in practice

FSI's new International Policy Implementation Lab will support a project led by CISAC political scientist Scott Sagan that uses online polling to better gauge the public’s tolerance for the use of nuclear weapons under certain scenarios. Read more »

March 7th, 2014

FSI Implementation Lab puts focus on international policy in practice

FSI Stanford, Shorenstein APARC, CDDRL, CHP/PCOR, CISAC, FSE, The Europe Center, Governance Project, PESD, Program on Poverty and Governance, REAP, SPICE News

The International Policy Implementation Lab will bolster research, teaching and long-term engagement with urgent problems around the world. The lab, which is being supported in part with an initial $2 million gift from two anonymous donors, launches by supporting six projects led by Stanford faculty. Another round of funding will be available later this year. Read more »

March 4th, 2014

Task force hopes to curb misuse of digital tools to exploit children

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CISAC affiliate John Villasenor goes before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs to present a report by the Digital Economy Task Force on efforts to combat the misuse of digital technology to exploit children. The task force was convened by the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children and Thomson Reuters to spur a global policy debate about the issue. Read more »

Stanford experts weigh in on the Ukrainian crisis

CISAC, CDDRL, FSI Stanford, The Europe Center News

From the November 2013 public protests in Kiev to Crimea's breakaway from Ukraine, FSI scholars have been monitoring developments throughout the region. Since stepping down last month as Washington’s ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul has returned to Stanford where he continues to analyze the unfolding crisis. Follow McFaul, Kathryn Stoner, Stephen Krasner, Norman Naimark and Gail Lapidus as the FSI senior fellows share their expertise and insights into the situation. Read more »

March 3rd, 2014

Zegart argues grand strategy is misguided in post-9/11 world

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

Political scientist and CISAC Co-director Amy Zegart argues that the notion of an American foreign policy grand strategy in the post-9/11 world is a relic of Cold War thinking. Today's threats are much more complex and shifting than ever before. Read more »

Stanford scholar discusses Putin’s search for greatness

CISAC, CDDRL, FSI Stanford News

In a piece for Foreign Affairs, FSI Senior Fellow Kathryn Stoner discusses Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a show of force by Russian President Vladimir Putin to re-establish the country as a superpower for a domestic and international audience. Stoner argues that there is little the West can do about the annex of Crimea without risking a third World War. Read more »

February 27th, 2014

Q&A: FSI scholar discusses uncertainty in crisis-ridden Ukraine

CISAC, FSI Stanford, The Europe Center News

Norman Naimark argues that the Ukrainian crisis reflects a deep desire among many people in that country for a more democratic, pro-Western government and economy. But the future is unclear. Read more »

February 26th, 2014

Security class gets extra help from technology created by Stanford grads

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

When some 140 Stanford students and faculty recently gathered to simulate an emergency session of the UN Security Council, they had some real-world data that had never been used before: satellite images of Iran’s Arak nuclear facility. They came from Skybox Imaging, a Silicon Valley start-up launched by Stanford grads working at the intersection of technology and security. Read more »

February 25th, 2014

At Stanford, IMF chief discusses promise, risk of global economy

CISAC, CDDRL, FSE, FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR, The Europe Center, Shorenstein APARC News

Christine Lagarde says she is optimistic that the world’s economic leaders are committed to taking the steps that will guard against another large-scale financial collapse. But she’s worried that unless more sustainable jobs are created, economic disparities will increase. Read more »

February 21st, 2014

Hecker and Davis in Bulletin: SKorea has model nuclear energy program

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on February 19, 2014

Siegfried Hecker and his research assistant, Peter E. Davis, write in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists that South Korea's nuclear energy program has become model that countries aspiring to obtain nuclear energy should emulate. Read more »

February 20th, 2014

Cyber fellow Jonathan Mayer pieces together NSA reach

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

CISAC cybersecurity fellow Jonathan Mayer is featured in a Huffington Post story for his reverse-engineering of the NSA surveillance program. Mayer's research has shown that the agency's call-tracking program might be even bigger than previously thought. Read more »

February 18th, 2014

Zegart: Obama's foreign policy is robust. But is it sustainable?

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

CISAC Co-Director Amy Zegart argues in this Foreign Policy commentary that, like all presidents, President Obama is relatively unconstrained in the near term to pursue the foreign policies he desires. But he is seriously constrained over the longer term by three factors that are often hard to see. Read more »

February 14th, 2014

Hecker receives AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy

CISAC, FSI Stanford News

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 nonproliferation and nuclear terrorism and his dedication to build bridges through science." Read more »

February 11th, 2014

A nuclear energy program that benefits the Iranian people

CISAC, FSI Stanford, CDDRL News

Siegfried Hecker and Abbas Milani argue that only a truly peaceful nuclear energy program can bring Iran the prosperity and innovation it deserves. The new Iranian leadership might be listening – their journal article was translated into Farsi and republished on an official government website, perhaps a sign of an open debate on the issue. Read more »

Philippines military recognizes Felter for counterterrorism work

CISAC, FSI Stanford News

CISAC's Joe Felter is awarded a badge of honor by the Philippines Army in recognition of his support in forming the country’s first counterterrorism unit. The Light Reaction Battalion has been battling terrorists and rebels in the Southeast Asian nation for a decade. Read more »

January 27th, 2014

Vinton Cerf at Stanford talk: Cybersecurity is shared responsibility

CISAC, FSI Stanford News

Vinton G. Cerf, one of the founding architects of the Internet and vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google, delivered CISAC's annual Drell Lecture. Watch his lecture here and follow some of the comments on social media about his talk on cybsercurity. Read more »

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First Person: Scott Sagan, Nuclear Disarmament Expert
Scott Sagan, nuclear disarmament expert, Senior Fellow at CISAC and Stanford professor of political science, talks with Lisa Van Dusen in the fall of 2012 about his life-long career in academic research, teaching and policy devoted to disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation.
Mention of Scott Sagan in Palo Alto Online on January 20, 2013

UN council affirms support for Internet freedom
“This outcome is momentous for the Human Rights Council,” said Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe. “It’s the first ever UN resolution affirming that human rights in the digital realm must be protected and promoted to the same extent and with the same commitment as human rights in the physical world.”
Mention of Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe in The Hill (blog) on July 5, 2012

Jennifer Granick to Direct New Civil Liberties Initiative at Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society
Led by faculty director Barbara van Schewick, the Center for Internet and Society is a public interest technology law and policy program that studies the interaction of new technologies and the law and is a part of the Law, Science and Technology Program at Stanford Law School. CIS strives to improve both technology and law, encouraging decision makers to design both as a means to further democratic values.
Mention of Barbara van Schewick in MarketWatch (press release) on May 30, 2012

Researchers create rewritable digital storage in DNA
Scientists at Stanford have invented a way to store, erase and code digital data in the DNA of living cells. The team, led by Drew Endy, PhD, calls the flipping device a “recombinase addressable data” module, or RAD. Endy commented in a release on the method’s potential biomedical applications ...
Mention of Drew Endy in Scope (blog) on May 21, 2012

Nuclear investigations
Could you justify the use of nuclear weapons against the enemy? For Stanford political science professor Scott Sagan, the answer is simple–no.
Mention of Scott Sagan in The Stanford Daily on April 3, 2012

US expert: N.Korea shouldn`t be allowed to test missiles
A leading American nuclear weapons expert said Wednesday that North Korea should no longer be allowed to launch missiles, conduct additional nuclear tests, or develop centrifuges.
Mention of Siegfried Hecker in The Dong-A Ilbo on March 21, 2012

Hecker: More Certain NK Has More Uranium
The American scientist to whom North Korea decided in 2010 to reveal its uranium enrichment program, Siegfried Hecker, says he's become more persuaded since that time that he didn't see all of it.
Mention of Siegfried Hecker in Wall Street Journal (blog) on March 21, 2012

North Korea suspends nuclear testing
Sig Hecker, a metallurgist at Stanford University in California, saw 2000 centrifuges during an informal visit he made to the site in 2010, but international inspectors have never officially had access to the facility. This isn't the first time that ...
Mention of Siegfried Hecker in on February 29, 2012

North Korea's new nuclear plant a safety worry: expert
Siegfried Hecker, who has visited the North's main Yongbyon nuclear facility four times since 2004 and was the last foreign expert to visit the site in late 2010, said he was very concerned the reactor could be technically flawed.
Mention of Siegfried Hecker in Chicago Tribune on January 26, 2012

The Way China Copes With Its Economic Challenges Will Have an Impact on Us All
Thomas Fingar: "For the past two decades China has been a poster child of successful globalization, integrating with the world and in the process lifting millions of citizens out of poverty. But China’s integration into the world economy and global trends drive and constrain Beijing’s ability to manage growing social, economic and political challenges."
Mention of Thomas Fingar in Jakarta Globe on January 19, 2012

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