CISAC co-director Amy Zegart writes in this public policy piece that in the post-9/11 world, the days of an American "grand strategy" are over. Read more »
CISAC, FSI Stanford Op-ed
CISAC's Amy Zegart and Hoover's Marshall Erwin note in this LA Times OpEd that there are many misperceptions about what the NSA actually does, yet the more Americans learn about the U.S. spy agency, the less they come to trust it. Read more »
CISAC Op-ed: The Washington Post on October 29, 2013
CISAC's Francesca Giovannini and SIPRI's Amy J. Nelson discuss whether the nonproliferation agenda still retains a Cold War mentality. They outline the factors that shape disarmament efforts and suggest regional cooperation is key to modernizing and balancing the global arms control agenda. Read more »
CISAC, FSI Stanford Op-ed: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on October 17, 2013
CISAC's Siegfried Hecker, a senior fellow at CISAC, writes in this commentary for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists that North Korea's decision to restart its 5-megawatt plutonium reactor indicates "Pyongyang is moving ahead on all nuclear fronts." Read more »
CISAC, FSI Stanford Op-ed: Journal of Infectious Diseases on October 7, 2013
In this commentary in the Journal of Infectious Diseases and a CISAC audio podcast, microbiologist and CISAC co-director David Relman discusses the discovery of a new, eighth botulinum neurotoxin and whether scientists should publish their findings. Read more »
CISAC affiliate Benoit Pelopidas argues in this opinion piece that adopting the point of view called "nuclear realism" — the notion that technology and careful management will keep us safe — is a dangerous course, akin to putting on blinders. Read more »
Diversity is Essential to InnovationShorenstein APARC, KSP Op-ed: Dong-A Ilbo
Korea should embrace diversity and multiculturalism in every sector of the society in order to achieve the "Creative Economy" that Park Geun-hye government promotes, says Professor Gi-Wook Shin in a Dong-A Ilbo op-ed.
The case for intervention in SyriaCISAC, FSI Stanford Op-ed: Reuters on August 23, 2013
Syria's civil war has claimed more than 100,000 lives, resulted in millions of refugees, and threatens to destabilize the entire Middle East. CISAC's Anja Manuel outlines steps the United States must take to prevent the region from descending into further chaos.
CISAC Op-ed: Foreign Affairs on July 8, 2013
Syria's civil war, already a microcosm of politics and power in the Middle East, could inflame religious tensions and political differences across the region. Theologian and top Sunni cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi has called for Sunni Muslims worldwide to fight in Syria against Bashar al-Assad, Hezbollah, and Shiite influence. Read more »
CISAC Op-ed: Stanford Daily on July 2, 2013
The William J. Perry Project convened a group of students from George Washington University, Stanford and UCLA to brainstorm new ideas for raising awareness about the dangers of nuclear weapons. Stanford's Perry talks more about the project in an op-ed. Read more »
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 »
CISAC Op-ed: European Leadership Network on June 17, 2013
CISAC Faculty Member and former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry tells the story of how he became a nuclear weapons abolitionist. He recounts six personal experiences that led him to turn away from his lifelong career of developing and managing nuclear weapons, and pursue the goal of eliminating them. Read more »
Mr. Abe's Scattershot ReformsShorenstein APARC, Japan Studies Program Op-ed: The Wall Street Journal Asia Edition on June 12, 2013
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan for revitalizing the Japanese economy appears to offer something for everyone. Takeo Hoshi argues that before Mr. Abe makes any more announcements, he needs to focus his efforts on a few key priorities.
Stanford scholar argues that time is running out for a two-state solutionCDDRL, FSI Stanford Op-ed: The Atlantic on May 14, 2013
CDDRL Director Larry Diamond argues in The Atlantic that there is no greater imperative for American interests in the Middle East- and no higher act of friendship that the U.S. can perform for Israel - than to help it find a way to a two-state solution before the option disappears. Read more »
As North Korea heats up, South Korea and Japan should warm tiesShorenstein APARC Op-ed: Christian Science Monitor on May 15, 2013
Sensitive wartime memories continue to resurface in Japan-South Korea relations, impeding important security collaboration efforts in Northeast Asia. Daniel Sneider describes the historical context and discusses recent events.
Assessing the Syrian health crisis: the case of LebanonCDDRL, ARD Op-ed: The Lancet on April 18, 2013
In a piece for The Lancet, co-authored by CDDRL scholar Rajaie Batniji, the authors warn that the failure of the international community to address the crisis in Syria threatens health systems in Lebanon and other neighbouring nations. Read more »
FSI Stanford, The Europe Center Op-ed: Up Front, Brookings Institute on March 14, 2013
Steven Pifer, director of the Brookings Arms Control Initiative, points out that nuclear reduction efforts have not always been accomplished through treaties requiring 2/3 majority in the Senate. Read more »
FSI Stanford, The Europe Center Op-ed: Up Front, Brookings Institute on March 15, 2013
Continuing his previous blog discussion on nuclear arms control efforts ("Presidents, Nuclear Reductions and the Senate", March 14, 2013) , Steven Pifer, director of the Brookings Institute Arms Control Initiative, points out that past experience with Republican senate partisanship makes alternatives to treaties the way to go for President Obama. Read more »
CISAC, FSI Stanford Op-ed: New York Times on March 11, 2013
CISAC's Hecker and Sagan argue against Seoul building up a nuclear arsenal in the wake of the North's third nuclear test and its threat of "raining bullets on the enemy." Read more »
FSI Stanford, The Europe Center, CISAC Op-ed
Since its inception, the European Union has come under criticism that it has consistently shied away from taking full-fledged global political and security responsibilities despite its role as an economic powerhouse on the world stage. Francesca Giovannini, TEC and CISAC Post-Doctoral Fellow, discusses how this is now changing, with the EU clearly taking the lead in global nuclear governance and how this assumption of a global leadership role presents both opportunities and challenges within the EU. Read more »
FSI Stanford, The Europe Center Op-ed
Training the Afghan National Police (ANP) has been the centerpiece of the EU's engagement in Afghanistan since 2007. What began as a German-led police training mission in 2002 became an EU-led mission in February 2007, christened EUPOL. After 6 years, and with the close of the international military combat mission in Afghanistan looming ahead in 2014, TEC Anna Lindh Fellow and Visiting Researcher Christian Tygesen discusses what is likely to be the legacy left behind by EUPOL. Read more »
Korea's new leadership should promote country abroadShorenstein APARC, KSP Op-ed: Dong-A Ilbo on January 14, 2013
Korea's new presidential administration should embrace the opportunity to provide more foreign aid, and to raise the profile of Korean technology and culture abroad, said Gi-Wook Shin in a recent Dong-A Ilbo op-ed.
The American pivot in Southeast AsiaShorenstein APARC, SEAF Op-ed
"As much as China is front and center for the United States and Asia, the American pivot is not all about the dragon. It is also very much about the 10 member states of ASEAN," says Donald K. Emmerson in a recent opinion article.
CISAC Op-ed: The San Francisco Chronicle on January 11, 2012
CISAC Postdoctoral Fellow Ben Lessing outlines how Mexico's new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, may differ significantly from his predecessor in dealing with the country's drug war. Lessing argues Peña Nieto's middle path may lay the foundation to break Mexico's cycle of violence. Read more »
Failure to protect democracy in Mali opened path for grave atrocitiesCDDRL, FSI Stanford Op-ed: New York Times on January 14, 2013
As French troops deployed to Mali this week to push back Islamist rebels, CDDRL Post-Doctoral Fellow Landry Signé writes in the New York Times that the failure to restore democracy sooner has descended the country into a devilish civil war with grave humanitarian consequences. Signé argues that Mali's West African neighbors and the international community should have acted earlier to restore peace and security to a country long recognized for its democratic stability. Read more »