Amy Zegart explains why private companies are developing their own intelligence units that conduct surveillance and analyze information to protect their businesses and personnel against geopolitical risks. She argues that these units, which operate much like the CIA, are becoming necessary to conduct global business. 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.
CISAC in the news: Foreign Policy on October 10, 2012
CISAC Faculty Member Amy Zegart outlines how 50 years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, the CIA and other intelligence agencies still operate in an organizational and psychological mindset that favors consensus and consistency. These "invisible pressures" led to intelligence failures in Cuba in 1962 and Iraq in 2002. Read more »
CISAC, FSI Stanford News
CISAC affiliated faculty member Amy Zegart has launched a biweekly intelligence column at www.foreignpolicy.com. The inaugural column examines the new book by an ex-Navy SEAL about the Osama bin Laden raid and the challenges of operating within our 20th century secrecy regime in the increasingly wired world of the 21st century. The column will run every other Wednesday. Read more »
Deciphering the National Intelligence Estimates on Iran's nuclear programCISAC Op-ed: Foreign Policy on August 15, 2012
CISAC Affiliate Jeffrey Lewis, founder of the blog ArmsControlWonk.com, explains that journalists and foreign policy elites have misunderstood the National Intelligence Estimates on Iran's nuclear program, particularly the 2007 report, which claimed that Iran halted its covert nuclear weapons program in 2003. Lewis spoke with FSI's Tom Fingar, who explained that the report intended to signal that Tehran is sensitive to international pressure, and that it could restart the nuclear weapons program at a later date.
Twenty years of inter-Korean relations and the North Korean nuclear issueShorenstein APARC, KSP News
Lim Dong-won, former South Korea unification minister and architect of Nobel Peace Prize winner Kim Dae-jung's Sunshine policy, spoke at Stanford on May 18 in conjunction with the English-language release of his memoir Peacemaker.
Shorenstein APARC News
Stanford students in the winter quarter course U.S. Policy toward Northeast Asia (IPS 244) had the opportunity to step into the challenging role of a National Security Council staff member and consider how they would advise the United States on responding to a crisis in East Asia. Read more »