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August 19th, 2014

Jane Holl Lute opens cyber boot camp for congressional staffers

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

Two dozen senior congressional staffers are attending Stanford's inaugural cybersecurity boot camp this week. From role-playing exercises to expert discussions, the workshop is designed to improve national efforts in computer security. Read more »



August 14th, 2014

Felter tells NYTimes airstrikes can only do so much to combat ISIS

CISAC, FSI Stanford Op-ed

The White House says it isn't ruling out sending ground troops to Iraq to assist the thousands of refugees fleeing bombings by Islamic militants. CISAC's Joe Felter writes in The New York Times that airstrikes against the militants can only do so much. Read more »



August 13th, 2014

Congressional staffers get hands-on training at cyber boot camp

CISAC, FSI Stanford News

Two dozen senior congressional staffers will attend the inaugural cybersecurity boot camp at Stanford University next week to engage with government, academia and Silicon Valley experts who are trying to ward off cyber attacks and network crimes. Read more »



August 8th, 2014

CISAC experts tackle public health & policy questions on Ebola

CISAC, FSI Stanford Q&A

We ask CISAC biosecurity experts David Relman and Megan Palmer to answer questions about the public health and policy implications of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. +VIDEO+
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August 5th, 2014

FSI's Mike McFaul on the 'judo master' in the Kremlin

CISAC, FSI Stanford, CDDRL Op-ed

Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute, is featured in this week's New Yorker magazine and writes in this Politico piece that Russia's President Vladimir Putin sees a path to glory that does not involve democratic governance and ignores international norms. Read more »



August 4th, 2014

Martin Hellman wonders why Tonkin Gulf incidents seem forgotten

CISAC, FSI Stanford Op-ed

The first Tonkin Gulf incident occurred 50 years ago this week, giving the U.S. government legal basis for the Vietnam War. But as CISAC's Martin Hellman notes in this Huffington Post commentary, there has been little commemoration in the media. Read more »


Eikenberry: Thucydides Trap

CISAC, Shorenstein APARC, SCP News

Karl Eikenberry, a William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at CISAC and Shorenstein APARC Distinguished Fellow, describes U.S.-China relations in the historical context of the rise and fall of great powers, saying analysts must be critical to recognize the dissimilarities from past rivalries. His essay appears in American Review. Read more »



August 1st, 2014

CISAC launches seed grant program for security research

CISAC, FSI Stanford News

CISAC has established the Security Research Seed Grant Program, small stipends of up to $5,000 that will encourage Stanford students to conduct security-related doctoral research via field studies, archival research or other methods. Read more »



July 22nd, 2014

Cuéllar tapped for California Supreme Court

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

FSI Director Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar was nominated by Gov. Jerry Brown to replace retiring Justice Marvin Baxter on the state's highest court. Read more »



July 11th, 2014

Jonathan Hunt: Cold War offers lessons for US-Iran diplomacy

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

CISAC McArthur Nuclear Fellow Jonathan Hunt says the secret history of Cold War détente offers a case study in how back-channel discussions at multilateral talks might help the United States and Iran resolve their differences. Read more »



July 10th, 2014

ISIS terrorist group potential threat to US, Crenshaw says

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

Terrorism expert Martha Crenshaw says the terrorist group known as ISIS poses a danger to the U.S. if it grows more powerful. But that organization, she adds, may be overreaching in its ruthlessness and religious zealotry. Read more »



July 8th, 2014

Hegghammer explores the motivations behind ISIS demand for Islamic state

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

CISAC Consulting Professor Thomas Hegghammer writes in this Lawfare foreign policy essay that the move by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to declare itself an Islamic State with a caliphate as its leader in Iraq is a "bold and unprecedented" move. Read more »



July 7th, 2014

Herb Lin: How to detect and defend against cyber attacks

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

Consulting Scholar Herb Lin heads a webinar that includes audio, slides and academic papers about the nexus of cybersecurity and public policy. Affiliate Thomas Berson co-authored a paperback with Lin, published by the National Academies Press. Read more »



July 2nd, 2014

Felter: Insurgents attack aid programs to undermine governments

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

Research by CISAC Senior Research Scholar Joe Felter shows that insurgents try to derail government-delivered aid programs in poor areas because they fear successful programs will boost the government's credibility. Preventive measures include providing greater security around aid projects and limiting advance knowledge about them. Read more »


CISAC's Anja Manuel talks to former British Foreign Secretary Miliband

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

CISAC affiliate Anja Manuel interviews the new president of the International Rescue Committee, former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband, about the most pressing refugee crises today, including those in Syria, Iraq and South Sudan. +VIDEO+
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June 20th, 2014

Zegart: Should the US be bullish or bearish on China's rapid rise?

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

CISAC Co-Director Amy Zegart writes in The American Interest that a strong and rising China, as well as a weak and unstable one, should concern the United States. But perhaps most troubling is the uncertainty about which scenario will eventually play out. Read more »


White House reappoints Ewing to nuclear waste review board

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

The White House has reappointed CISAC's Rod Ewing as chairman of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, which oversees the Department of Energy activities related to the safe disposal of high-level radioactive waste. Read more »



June 18th, 2014

Cyber fellow Jonathan Mayer takes the true interdisciplinary path

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

Jonathan Mayer's education path is unusuall: He has earned a Stanford law degree while working on his Ph.D. in computer science. His research on the NSA claims sensitive information about Americans can be gleaned in "metadata" gathered by the spy agency. Read more »


Stanford Global Development and Poverty initiative awards $4.6 million for research aimed at alleviating poverty

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

Fourteen Stanford researchers addressing global poverty through a range of academic disciplines are receiving the money from the university-wide Global Development and Poverty initiative. The initiative is part of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies and is administered in partnership with Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Read more »



June 17th, 2014

FSI scholars call advances of Islamic militants in Iraq stunning

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

Karl Eikenberry tells ABC News (Australia) that the advances of the Islamic militants in Iraq in the last week have been stunning. And Martha Crenshaw joins a panel on public radio program KQED Forum to talk about who the militants are and the caliphate they envision. +VIDEO+
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June 16th, 2014

Farewell to our 12 honors students, who are off to do great things

Congratulations to the CISAC Honors Class of 2014. They spent the year tackling some of the world's most pressing security issues and are now off to do great things. One is going to Harvard Law School; another to Duke Law. Some are going to valley tech firms; others to fellowships or graduate work. Read more »



June 13th, 2014

CISAC scholars urge continued US-Russia collaboration

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

CISAC's Siegfried Hecker and Peter Davis advocate the continued U.S.-Russia collaboration on nuclear weapons safety and security, despite frosty relations between the two superpowers. Read more »



June 12th, 2014

Felter: Development projects don't always win `hearts and minds'

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

CISAC senior research scholar Joe Felter provides evidence that the strategy of "winning hearts and minds" with development projects can backfire in some conflict zones where insurgents are suspicious of government intent. Read more »



June 11th, 2014

Casper awarded for service to American Law Institute

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

The American Law Institute's distinguished service award was presented to Gerhard Casper by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Casper, Stanford's ninth president and a senior fellow at FSI, was recognized by his longtime friend as a “prominent and uncommonly successful leader in the academic world.” Read more »



June 10th, 2014

Lexie Ross accepts Director's Cup on behalf of Stanford athletes

in the news

Lexie Ross, research assistant to CISAC co-director David Relman, accepts 2014 Director's Cup on behalf of all Stanford athletes. You can listen to her acceptance speech and learn about the Marble Monday tradition. Read more »



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News around the web

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 Nature.com 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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