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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 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 »



May 30th, 2014

Hecker and Davis: Keep collaborating with Russia on nuclear security

CISAC, FSI Stanford Op-ed

In this commentary in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Siegfried Hecker and Peter Davis argue the United States must continue cooperating with the Russians on nuclear security despite worsening ties over Moscow's actions in Ukraine. Read more »



May 28th, 2014

The American Calculus of Military Intervention

CISAC, FSI Stanford Op-ed

Debates on military intervention are complicated by a network of political, security and economic interests that must be balanced when contemplating this option. In this IISS commentary, CISAC's Karl Eikenberry talks about how four factors heavily influence the current calculus. Read more »



June 26th, 2013

PRC-ROK summit underscores shared interests and common concerns

CISAC, Shorenstein APARC, KSP Op-ed: The Financial Times (in Chinese language)

Shorenstein APARC experts comment that South Korean President Park Geun-hye's visit to China this week attests to the magnitude and importance of geostrategic changes in Northeast Asia. Read more »



January 26th, 2011

Michael Sulmeyer: The Bob Gates management playbook

CISAC, FSI Stanford Op-ed

"Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates’ Jan. 6 announcement of major budget and program changes at the Pentagon was a watershed," writes Michael Sulmeyer, a predoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. "It canceled several multi-billion dollar weapons programs, redirected $100 billion from old programs to new ones, and laid the groundwork for reducing the active-duty size of America’s ground forces after a draw-down in Afghanistan. But in light of the rumors that Gates will step down sometime this year, his remarks soon after the announcement also helped to consolidate one particular aspect of his reformist legacy: managing our nation’s vast military weapons budget." Read more »



December 10th, 2010

Siegfried Hecker: What the U.S. should do about North Korea

Op-ed: Foreign Affairs on December 10, 2010

CISAC scholars made international news in November after North Korean scientists revealed to them that they had started construction on a small light-water reactor and completed a new uranium enrichment facility. The revelation dramatically changes the security calculus in Northeast Asia. In a Foreign Affairs article, Siegfried Hecker argues that denuclearization remains the goal. But that will take time. Now Washington should pursue a policy that begins with what he calls "the three no's -- no more bombs, no better bombs, and no exports -- in return for one yes: Washington's willingness to seriously address North Korea's fundamental insecurity." In a piece in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Hecker said "this approach may just be enough to get Beijing to take a much more aggressive stance to help shut down Pyongyang's nuclear import and export networks."




May 4th, 2010

Gimme Shelter: The need for a contemporary civil defense program

Op-ed: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on April 28, 2010

Of the 15 terrorism and natural disaster scenarios used by DHS for planning purposes, the first is the most feared: Terrorists detonate a 10-kiloton improvised nuclear device at ground level in the National Mall in Washington at 10 a.m. on a weekday, Lawrence Wein writes in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Read more »



April 30th, 2010

Five years later, a stronger intelligence community, Tom Fingar argues

Op-ed: Washington Post on April 30, 2010

Those noting the fifth anniversary of the launch of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have paid more attention to shortcomings than to what has been achieved and why the achievements are important, Fingar argues in a Washington Post op-ed. Read more »



April 27th, 2010

Xue Litai weighs in on Sino-U.S. relations

Op-ed: China Daily on April 26, 2010

Xue, a CISAC research associate, writes about Chinese leader Hu Jintao's visit to the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., and its implications for Sino-U.S. relations in an op-ed published in the China Daily. Read more »



April 14th, 2010

Nuclear review shows bipartisanship

Op-ed: Politico on April 14, 2010

The release last week of the Obama administration's Nuclear Posture Review brings long overdue attention to the vital issue of U.S. strategic posture. Issues raised in the NPR and START have reinvigorated a crucial national nuclear dialogue that has been missing, William Perry and James Schlesinger write in Politico, the influential web site and newspaper. Read more »



April 12th, 2010

How to build on the START Treaty

Op-ed: New York Times on April 10, 2010

This has been a remarkable time for the Obama administration, William Perry and George Shultz write in an op-ed in the New York Times. In addition to issuing a new nuclear strategy and signing the new START treaty, on April 12-13 the President will host a nuclear security summit meeting whose goal is to find ways of gaining control of the loose fissile material around the globe. Read more »



April 5th, 2010

Some Nukes

Op-ed: letters section of The New Yorker on April 5, 2010

CISAC Affiliate Leonard Weiss responds to an article titled, 'Some Nukes,' by New Yorker Senior Editor Hendrik Hertzberg. Read more »



March 17th, 2010

The Six-Party Talks: Outlining a true restart

Op-ed: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on March 17, 2010

CISAC's Robert Carlin, John Lewis argue in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists that the U.S. needs a 'serious reality check' when it comes to dealing with North Korea Read more »



February 10th, 2010

Activating a North Korea policy

Op-ed: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on February 10, 2010

It is routine in U.S. foreign policy for a pot not boiling over to be moved to the back burner. Precisely because the North Korean issue is not boiling, however, might offer an all-too-rare chance to make progress with Pyongyang, CISAC's John Lewis and Robert Carlin argue in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Read more »



January 19th, 2010

How to protect our nuclear deterrent

Op-ed: Wall Street Journal on January 19, 2010

In their latest op-ed in "The Wall Street Journal," William Perry, George Shultz, Henry Kissinger, and Sam Nunn argue that maintaining confidence in the U.S. nuclear arsenal is necessary as the number of weapons decreases. Read more »



December 16th, 2009

Reducing the nuclear threat: The argument for public safety

Op-ed: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on December 14, 2009

In this op-ed, CISAC's Richard Rhodes argues that public health, a discipline that organizes science-based systems of surveillance and prevention, has been primarily responsible for controlling the effects of infectious disease. A similar campaign around public safety could help end the existential threat posed by nuclear weapons. Such a push would help create unity in common security and a fundamental transformation in relationships between nations, Rhodes argues. Read more »



October 5th, 2009

Op-Ed: Exchange we can believe in

Op-ed: Washington Post on October 5, 2009

J.P. Schnapper-Casteras, a recent CISAC fellow, argues in the Washington Post that despite the potential long-term benefits, only a few dozen Iraqis are able to study in the United States each year. By comparison, during the Cold War the United States and the Soviet Union exchanged 50,000 citizens over 30 years, producing more educated students and some of the most pro-Western and pro-democracy Soviet scholars and scientists. Read more »



July 22nd, 2009

Hillary, India and 'The New York Times'

Op-ed: Forbes on July 21, 2009

Sumit Ganguly, a former CISAC fellow currently at CDDRL, criticizes a New York Times editorial on India's nonproliferation efforts in a op-ed in Forbes magazine. Read more »



July 9th, 2009

Philip Taubman assesses Obama's big missile test

CISAC, FSI Stanford Op-ed: The New York Times on July 8, 2009

Now that President Obama has set a promising arms reduction agenda with President Dmitri Medvedev of Russia, he faces the greater challenge of getting his own government and the American nuclear weapons establishment to support his audacious plan to make deep weapons cuts, Philip Taubman writes in the New York Times. Read more »



June 19th, 2009

Gays in the Military: Let the Evidence Speak

Op-ed: The Washington Post on June 19, 2009

John Shalikashvili, senior advisor to the Preventive Defense Project at CISAC, has written an opinion piece about research that shows that openly gay soldiers would not undermine military readiness. Read more »



June 15th, 2009

A threat in every port

Op-ed: The New York Times on June 14, 2009

CISAC faculty member Lawrence Wein warns that "while President Obama's future vision of 'a world with no nuclear weapons' is certainly laudable, for the present America still needs to do everything it can to prevent a terrorist from detonating such a bomb on our soil." Read more »



May 29th, 2009

Look at the bright side

Op-ed: USA Today on May 27, 2009

Former CISAC fellow Matthew Kroenig explains why there isn't a need to treat the North Korean nuclear test as an existential crisis. Read more »



May 26th, 2009

From Pyongyang to Tehran, with nukes

Op-ed: Foreign Policy on May 26, 2009

North Korea's tests are not the scary part. It's the country's collaboration with Iran, CISAC Co-Director Siegfried Hecker argues in Foreign Policy. Read more »



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