Nuclear Security and Risk
Since its founding as the Center for International Security and Arms Control, CISAC has worked through scholarly research and Track II diplomacy to influence policies that will help reduce the dangers posed by nuclear weapons. Among researchers' contributions are a number of landmark studies and publications. They include John Lewis' and Xue Litai's China Builds the Bomb; David Holloway's Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy; Lynn Eden's Whole World on Fire; and Scott Sagan's The Limits of Safety: Organizations, Accidents, and Nuclear Weapons.
CISAC researchers travel widely in an effort to better understand nations' nuclear capabilities and vulnerabilities, and to communicate their findings through articles and briefings to the U.S. policy and scholarly communities. CISAC Co-Founder John Lewis has made scores of visits to China and North Korea, and hosted numerous officials from both of these countries at Stanford. These interactions have added tremendously to the understanding of Chinese and North Korean military and nuclear capabilities. Likewise, in his capacity as CISAC co-director from 2007-2012 and as a current Senior Fellow, Siegfried Hecker has visited Russia, the former Soviet states, and North Korea dozens of times and, in particular, has made key contributions to U.S. policymakers understanding of the North Korean nuclear program.
Other CISAC researchers are engaged in critical policy work aimed at discouraging proliferation and ensuring that nuclear materiel remains in safe hands. Sidney Drell, a theoretical physicist and a CISAC co-founder, has been a leading voice in the arms control community for decades. Former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry is a member of the so-called Gang of Four statesmen calling for a world free of nuclear weapons. With Hecker, he co-directs the Nuclear Risk Reduction Project, which builds on the work of the Preventive Defense Project to address the changing nuclear threat following the end of the Cold War and the rise of international terrorism.
Rodney Ewing, one of the nation's leading experts on nuclear materials and current chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, is working with Thomas Isaacs in the development of research and policy on nuclear reactor safety as well as the safe handling and disposal of nuclear waste.
CISAC researchers and scientists are studying the future of the nuclear energy industry and identifying ways to ensure the safe management of dual-use technologies. CISAC hosted a two-day seminar on the future of nuclear energy, which culminated with a major paper by physicists Kate Marvel and Michael May.
- Cybersecurity Threats
- Nuclear Risk Reduction
- Preventing Nuclear Proliferation and Terrorism
- Preventive Defense Project
- Nuclear Proliferation, Nuclear Safety, and the Transport of Hazardous Material
FSI Stanford, CISAC, The Europe Center Project (Completed)
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- Our Red Lines and Theirs
Benjamin Buch, Scott D. Sagan
Foreign Policy (2013)
- Arguments that Count: Physics, Computing, and Missile Defense, 1949-2012
MIT Press (2013)
- Poor Man’s Atomic Bomb? Exploring the Relationship between “Weapons of Mass Destruction”
Michael C. Horowitz, Neil Narang
The Journal of Conflict Resolution (2013)
- Is the nonproliferation agenda stuck in the Cold War?
Francesca Giovannini, Amy J. Nelson
The Washington Post (2013)
- Nuclear denial: From Hiroshima to Fukushima
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists vol. 69, 5 (2013)
Events & Presentations
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- Why Nuclear Weapons Became Unsustainable: Modernization Theory, International Norms, and the Environmental Roots of the Nuclear Taboo, 1958-1968
February 13, 2014 Social Science Seminar
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- Doing History for IR -- Interpreting the A-Bomb Decision: Using Documents to Construct and Understand History
January 23, 2014 Social Science Seminar
Barton J. Bernstein
- China's Nuclear Energy Program - Development and Prospects
January 13, 2014 Science Seminar
- The role of radiation detection technology in countering nuclear terrorism
December 2, 2013 Science Seminar
- The Development of U.S. Missile Defense Policy, 1961-1972
November 21, 2013 Social Science Seminar
James Cameron, Barton J. Bernstein