Terrorism, Insurgency, and Homeland Security
CISAC researchers are engaged in scholarship dedicated to exploring the nature and organizational structure of international terrorist organizations, and how best to prevent, mitigate, or counter violence committed by non-state actors.
Following revelations of the NSA's massive public surveillance program, called PRISM, CISAC cyber and intelligence experts respond with important questions necessary for an informed policy debate, and tell us that terrorists were already aware of increased surveillance. Read more »
Surveillance exposures more of a wake-up call than an alarm to terroristsin the news: Bloomberg News on June 11, 2013
Former Deputy Director of National Intelligence Thomas Fingar spoke with news websites about the disclosure of U.S. surveillance programs. Fingar said that although these revelations may cause some terrorists to change their behavior, it's likely that they were already aware of increased electronic surveillance.
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CISAC's Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer explains that when it comes to chemical weapons, Syria is no Iraq. The Assad regime's purported use of chemical weapons could have lasting effects in Syria and across the region. Read more »
in the news: The Economist on May 4, 2013
British Intelligence sources estimate about 100 of its citizens are fighting for Islamist groups in Syria. CISAC's Thomas Hegghammer explains that few Islamists from Western countries return and attack their homeland, but those who do generally carry out more successful attacks. Read more »
CISAC, FSI Stanford, CDDRL News
With the Taliban now open to peace talks, a political end to the war in Afghanistan appears in sight. A number of Stanford scholars have been closely involved with the war - as diplomats, soldiers, analysts and educators. In this video they discuss lessons learned from America's second-longest war and talk about what's next for Afghanistan.
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Two of CISAC's scholars, William J. Perry and Jeremy Weinstein, received honors in recognition of their groundbreaking work in international affairs. Read more »
In an homage to William J. Perry's lifetime commitment to national security, the National Defense University has renamed one of its major research centers the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, which will be known as the Perry Center. Read more »