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Scholarly Publications

Unclear Physics: Why Iraq and Libya Failed to Build Nuclear Weapons

September 2016

 In Unclear Physics, Malfrid Braut-Hegghammer tells the story of the Iraqi and Libyan programs from their origins in the late 1950s and 1960s until their dismantling.

Sectarianism and Political Participation in Iraq

July 2013

This short paper addresses the relationship between sectarianism and political participation in Iraq.

Making the Afghan Civil-Military Imbalance Conducive to Democratization

December 2012

In-conflict state building generates unbalanced civil-military relations in the host state due to an inevitable civil-military gap.

Other Publications

Is There a Sunni Solution to ISIS?

November 2015

David Ignatius calls for reconciliation among Iraqi Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds. Blaydes and Crenshaw argue that this oversimplifies the bargain that needs to be struck.

How — and why — the US must support Iraq

June 2014

As ISIL insurgents in Iraq move south, CISAC Affiliate Anja Manuel urges an end to U.S. inaction in this Reuters blog post. Manuel argues that U.S.

Security Sector Reform in an Unstable, Fragile State (II/III)

January 2013

The policy brief examines two obstacles to effective security sector reform in an unstable and fragile state and outlines steps to address them.

News

Georgetown scholar analyzes the internal workings of authoritarianism in the Arab world [VIDEO]

May 2016

As part of the Program on Arab and Reform and Democracy speaker series, Georgetown Scholar Joseph Sassoon discussed his recently released book in a talk on April 13, 2016.

Stanford Scholar Examines Sectarianism and Urban Segregation in Baghdad [VIDEO]

February 2016

As part of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy speaker series, Director of The Markaz: Resource Center Mona Damluji examined the impact of the US-led occupation of Iraq on sectarian-based...

Diamond comments on US response to terrorist threats

December 2015

A day after President Obama's address on the San Bernardino shootings, FSI Senior Fellow Larry Diamond speaks with Michael Krasny of NPR News on the U.S. response to global terrorist threats.

Events

Strategies of Insurgent Diplomacy

February 25, 2016

Abstract: From the Trent Affair of 1861, to Yasser Arafat’s speech at the United Nations in 1974, to Syrian opposition lobbying today, acts of insurgent diplomacy have defined some of the most...

Baghdad's Deep Dilemma: Sectarianism and Urban Segregation under Occupation

February 3, 2016

AbstractThe sectarian-based segregation that has shaped urbanism in Baghdad is a direct outcome of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Writing About War

July 1, 2015

Writing About War - Award-winning writers in conversations about the ethics of warThis year marks both the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the 14th year that U.S.

Projects

Lab-to-Lab Cooperation

Senior Fellow Siegfried Hecker was the director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory when the Soviet Union broke apart in 1991.
English

Empirical Studies of Conflict

The Empirical Studies of Conflict Project (ESOC) addresses critical challenges to international security through methodologically rigorous, evidence-based analyses of insurgency, civil war and...
English

Political Participation, Pluralism, and Citizenship Rights in the Arab World

Processes of democratic transition in today’s Arab world carry with them both challenges and opportunities for pluralism and citizenship rights, particularly with respect to the political...
English

Multimedia

Stanford Scholar Examines Sectarianism and Urban Segregation in Baghdad

February 2016

As part of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy speaker series, Director of The Markaz: Resource Center Mona Damluji examined the impact of the US-led occupation of Iraq on sectarian-based urban segregation in Baghdad.

The Paradoxes of Political Aid in the Arab World

May 2015

AbstractEuropean and US-based scholars and practitioners have debated the purposes and sometimes the (limited) macro-effects of programs designed to promote transitions from authoritarianism to democracy in Middle East countries.

People

Tori Keller Tori Keller CISAC Honors Student
Lauren Newby Lauren Newby CISAC Honors Student
Frank Pabian Affiliate
Curtis Burns Curtis R Burns Senior Military Fellow