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First UN Resolution Holds Lessons for Latest Nuclear Treaty

Commentary / January 22, 2021
In commemoration of its 75th anniversary, CISAC Fellow Ryan A. Musto looks back at the UN’s first-ever resolution and finds that it “was not the lodestar many in the nuclear policy community imagine...
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Where Next On Nuclear Arms Control?

Commentary / January 22, 2021
For nearly five decades, nuclear arms control has been an exclusive enterprise between Washington and Moscow. The resulting agreements have provided significant constraints on the U.S.-Soviet (later...
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As defense spending comes under fire, don't make nuclear war more likely

Commentary / January 22, 2021
Defense spending will come under pressure in an era of trillion-dollar COVID-19 deficits. As a result, the Defense Department will need to make trade-offs that it previously could avoid.
Riana Pfefferkorn

Q&A with Riana Pfefferkorn, Stanford Internet Observatory Research Scholar

News / January 21, 2021
Riana Pfefferkorn joined the Stanford Internet Observatory as a research scholar in December. She comes from Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, where she was the Associate Director of...
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Heal the Transatlantic Technology Policy Rift to Combat China's Digital Authoritarian Model

Commentary / January 20, 2021
Our EU partners must resist the impulse to digital sovereignty.
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What Does It Mean to Be an American?: Reflections from Students (Part 2)

Blog / January 19, 2021
Since the unprecedented events on January 6, 2021, I have had the chance to communicate with many young students.
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Top Technology Policy Priorities for the New Administration

Commentary / January 19, 2021
Now is the time to rally the world around a democratic vision of digital society.
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A Proposal for a Commission on the Capitol Siege

Commentary / January 15, 2021
On Jan. 6, the U.S. Capitol was assaulted and occupied for the first time since 1814. Five people were killed, including a Capitol Police officer. Two Republican Representatives have introduced a...
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New Administration Inherits a Democracy in Crisis, Explains FSI Panel

News / January 15, 2021
Scholars say there is much work to be done to restore confidence in democracy in America and around the world.
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The Soft War That America Is Losing

Commentary / January 15, 2021
The US depends far more on its soft power than authoritarian China does. Once it is lost, it is hard to get back.
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What’s Behind the Increase in ADHD?

News / January 14, 2021
New research by SHP's Maya Rossin-Slater shows that borderline ADHD diagnoses appear to be behind the dramatic increase in the number of cases in the last few decades. Those cases also appear to...
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APARC Experts on the Outlook for U.S.-Asia Policy Under the Biden Administration

News / January 14, 2021
Ahead of President-elect Biden’s inauguration and on the heels of the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob that has left America shaken, an APARC-wide expert panel provides a region-by-...
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How to Investigate Wikipedia: Our Process

Blog / January 14, 2021
Wikipedia celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. This blog post, the second of two, looks at how open source investigators can conduct research on Wikipedia.
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Global Human Rights and Minority Social Movements in Japan: A Webinar by Professor Kiyoteru Tsutsui

Blog / January 12, 2021
On December 10, 2020, 44 educators from across the United States joined a webinar titled “Global Human Rights and Minority Social Movements in Japan.”
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News / January 12, 2021
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Longer-Term Cybersecurity Implications of the Occupation of the Capitol—Beware of Fake Leaks

Commentary / January 11, 2021
Inside the U.S. Capitol last week, laptops from the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Jeff Merkley, and other devices were taken, presumably by the occupiers. These devices are now in...
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Inauthentic Editing: Changing Wikipedia to Win Elections and Influence People

Blog / January 7, 2021
Wikipedia celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. This is the first of two blog posts exploring the use, misuse, and ultimate resilience of this open, community-edited platform.
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Stanford Scholars React to Capitol Hill Takeover

News / January 7, 2021
FSI scholars reflect on the occupation of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and suggest what needs to happen next to preserve democracy.
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Statement from CDDRL Leadership on the Events of Jan. 6

News / January 7, 2021
The leadership of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law would like to express its horror and dismay at the violent attack on Congress that occurred on January 6, as well as the...
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Yesterday's Violence at the U.S. Capitol

News / January 7, 2021
A message from FSI Director Michael McFaul and Deputy Director Kathryn Stoner on the January 6 violence at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.
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How to Mitigate the Risks of Chinese Military Expansion in the Indian Ocean Region

News / January 5, 2021
China’s expanding military capacity in the Indian Ocean region poses risks for the United States and its partners, writes South Asia Research Scholar Arzan Tarapore in 'The Washington Quarterly...
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Let's Keep it the 'Free and Open' Indo-Pacific

Commentary / January 4, 2021
Both Japan's Suga and the incoming Biden adminstration should maintain the language of the "free and open Indo-Pacific" for consistency and to signal their ongoing commitment to...
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All Eyes on Georgia, an Election Battleground -- Again | Q&A with Jonathan Rodden

Q&A / January 4, 2021
By May Wong || It’s been a long election season, and it’s still not over. Two pivotal runoffs on Jan. 5 in Georgia will determine which party will control the U.S. Senate, as well as the fate of...