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 »
Obama and the betrayal of democracy in BahrainCDDRL, FSI Stanford, Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program Op-ed
In a piece for The Atlantic, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond shines light on the Obama administration's betrayal of democracy in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain. As security interests outweigh moral principles, Diamond details how the U.S. has turned its back on human rights activists and their popular aspirations for democracy. One such activist is Abduljalil al-Singance, a 2007 Draper Hills Summer Fellow, who was tortured at the hands of the Bahraini regime and recently sentenced to life imprisonment. Read more »
CISAC Op-ed: The New York Times on January 7, 2013
CISAC Faculty Member Amy Zegart discusses how changing American attitudes toward torture have impacted intelligence agencies. The Obama administration's recent appointment of John Brennan to lead the CIA is a case in point. Read more »
CDDRL, ARD Op-ed: World Peace Foundation blog on January 7, 2013
Lina Khatib comments on Qatari foreign policy with special reference to Libya in a piece published by the World Peace Foundation on the WPF Blog. Read more »
CISAC Op-ed: Foreign Policy on January 19, 2012
CISAC Faculty Member and Foreign Policy blogger Amy Zegart explains the good, the bad and the ugly of aviation security. Despite the problems, there are positive developments in the Transportation Security Administration's work. Read more »
CISAC Op-ed: Huffington Post on December 11, 2012
Jeremy Weinstein defends Ambassador Susan Rice's career, saying that the potential candidate for Secretary of State is "uniquely qualified" for the position and hopes that President Obama will nominate her to the position. Read more »
Image politics in the Middle EastCDDRL, ARD Op-ed: LSE Middle East Center Blog on December 7, 2012
Marking the publication of Lina Khatib's new book, Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle (2012), Khatib comments on the centrality of the visual in the politics of the region for the LSE Middle East Center blog. Read more »
Why cultures clash when military leaders run the CIACISAC Op-ed: Foreign Policy on November 28, 2012
Amy Zegart explains why military leaders have a difficult time running intelligence agencies. Even though both deal with national security, their organizational structures create very different operational cultures.
A Vaccine to Curb Addicts' HighsCHP/PCOR Op-ed: The Wall Street Journal on November 23, 2012
New research shows that our immune system can mute the effects of cocaine and other stimulant drugs.
North Korea not a major U.S. focusShorenstein APARC, KSP Op-ed: Dong-A Ilbo on November 10, 2012
In a recent Dong-A Ilbo op-ed, Gi-Wook Shin says that North Korea is not a priority in current U.S. foreign policy.
How marijuana legalization will affect Mexico’s cartels, in chartsCHP/PCOR Op-ed: The Washington Post on November 9, 2012
The decision by voters in Colorado and Washington state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana has “changed the rules of the game” for the administration of Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto in the U.S.-backed drug war, according to a report by the Washington Post’s William Booth.
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CISAC Op-ed: Foreign Policy on November 7, 2012
Amy Zegart, CISAC faculty member, writes in Foreign Policy that national security threats can't be predicted as well as our election outcomes. Although data can be collected easily about ship locations and military movements, personalities and intentions are unpredictable. Read more »