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COVID-19 and End-of-Year Holiday Gatherings in Mexico City

News / October 29, 2021
Mexico City was hit hard by COVID-19 at the end of 2020, which may have been due in part to big holiday gatherings and public festivals. The SHP modeling team is warning that the sprawling...
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How to Solve the North Korean Conundrum: The Role of Human Rights in Policy Toward the DPRK

News / October 29, 2021
APARC's new edited volume, 'The North Korean Conundrum,' shines a spotlight on the North Korean human rights crisis and its connection to nuclear security. In the book launch...
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China's Hypersonic Weapons Tests Don't Have to be a Sputnick Moment

Commentary / October 29, 2021
China conducted a series of tests with nuclear-capable hypersonic weapons systems that have gotten the attention of officials across the U.S. government. The tests included a hypersonic glide vehicle...
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The Political and Judicial Battles Over Mask Mandates for Schools

Commentary / October 28, 2021
Litigation over mask mandates takes a bizarre turn after political leaders in eight states introduce bans on mask requirements. Some state bans apply only to mandates adopted by school districts;...
the cover of the first issue of the journal of online trust and safety featuring a stylized picture of fiber optic cables and the logo of the journal

The first issue of the Journal of Online Trust and Safety

News / October 28, 2021
The journal of Online Trust and Safety published its inaugural issue on Thursday, October 28.
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Missile Defense and the Offense-Defense Relationship

Commentary / October 28, 2021
The U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue, agreed by presidents Joseph Biden and Vladimir Putin at their June 2021 summit, has begun. It presumably is addressing the range of issues affecting...
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Mariko Yang-Yoshihara Empowers Girls in Japan with STEAM Education

Blogs / October 26, 2021
SPICE’s Yang-Yoshihara aims to level the playing field and raise self-efficacy for all genders.
Left to right: Denis Gutenko, Nariman Ustaiev, Yulia Bezvershenko -- fellows of the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program -- and Francis Fukuyama, senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Stanford welcomes Ukrainian emerging leaders after COVID-19 disruption

News / October 26, 2021
After a hiatus due to the pandemic, fellows of the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program are now on campus, ready to begin their ten months attending classes and working on projects tackling issues...
Chinese flag flying above orbital carrier rocket

Fear about China’s new space weapon echoes older worries about war from space

Commentary / October 26, 2021
China flight-tested a new breed of space weapon when it launched a massive “Long March” rocket tipped with a nuclear-capable, hypersonic glider. But history tells us why the test isn’t a cause for...
Taiwan Wall

Would the United States Come to Taiwan's Defense?

Commentary / October 25, 2021
On CNN's GPS with Fareed Zakaria, APARC Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro shares insights about China's aspirations to take Taiwan by force and the United States' role, should a...
C.I.A. Director William Burns speaks to students at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.

C.I.A. Director William Burns Encourages Students to Pursue Public Service with Humility and Open Minds

News / October 25, 2021
Director Burns shared how he is applying the lessons he learned as a diplomat to make the intelligence community an effective organization for the challenges facing policymakers today.
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A Hypothetical Command Vision Statement for a Fictional PLA Cyber Command

Commentary / October 22, 2021
In 2018, U.S. Cyber Command released its Command Vision statement, advancing “defend forward” and “persistent engagement” as new elements in the United States’ approach to advancing its security...
Herb Lin

The nation’s last line of defense is controlled by really, really old technology

Commentary / October 22, 2021
The oldest information system the government operates might also be the most crucial one. No, not the IRS master file system. It’s the technology that controls nuclear weapons. It dates to the 1950s...
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Does AUKUS Violate the Pledge of a Nuclear-Free South Pacific? China Thinks It Might.

Commentary / October 22, 2021
China is tapping into broader anti-nuclear sentiment in the region to attack Australia’s nuclear submarine deal.
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Why Encryption and Online Safety Go Hand-in-Hand

Blogs / October 21, 2021
Riana Pfefferkorn is a research scholar at the Stanford Internet Observatory and a member of the Global Encryption Coalition. This first appeared in Brookings TECH STREAM.
COVID-19 mask graffiti

Effectiveness of the COVID-19 Vaccine in One California Prison

News / October 20, 2021
The latest study by the Stanford Health Policy COVID-19 modeling team shows that vaccination continues to provide powerful protection from the delta variant, even among people who have been infected...
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Stanford Researchers Document Progress, Missed Opportunities in Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake

News / October 20, 2021
Unequal COVID-19 vaccination rates in the United States have compounded existing disparities in cases, hospitalizations and deaths among Black and Hispanic populations. SHP researchers quantify how...
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China's Race for AI Supremacy.

Commentary / October 20, 2021
Jeffrey Ding is interviewed about China's AI policy. He tells Bloomberg's Quicktake about the misconception in the west that Beijing drives innovation. “You’re seeing companies lead the way...

Balance of Power: Surprise China Missile Test

Commentary / October 19, 2021
APARC Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro shares insights about China's hypersonic missile capabilities, and the implications of further military buildup.
rocket launched over the ocean

The Standstill Conundrum: The Advent of Second-Strike Vulnerability and Options to Address It

Commentary / October 18, 2021
Emerging and disruptive technologies spell an uncertain future for second-strike retaliatory forces. New sensors and big data analysis may render mobile missiles and submarines vulnerable to...
a–c, TEM images of Li deposited at 70 kPa. d–f, TEM images of Li deposited at 350 kPa. Insets: fast Fourier transform patterns of the corresponding images.

Pressure-tailored lithium deposition and dissolution in lithium metal batteries

News / October 18, 2021
Unregulated lithium (Li) growth is the major cause of low Coulombic efficiency, short cycle life and safety hazards for rechargeable Li metal batteries. Strategies that aim to achieve large granular...
Cameron Tracy

China's hypersonic missile test 'wake up call' for US

Commentary / October 18, 2021
The nuclear-capable missile flew through low-orbit space and circled the earth before landing about 40 km off target.
Burmese journalist Swe Win

‘There Is No Space Left for Any Freedom’: Shorenstein Journalism Award Recipient Swe Win Depicts Myanmar’s Return into Darkness

News / October 15, 2021
Amidst the crisis in Myanmar, Burmese investigative journalist Swe Win, editor-in-chief of the independent news outlet Myanmar Now, continues to lead the newsroom from exile while his team is in...
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Don’t Celebrate Microsoft for Pulling LinkedIn Out of China Just Yet

Commentary / October 15, 2021
From Graham Webster in Slate
jon stewart pictured with Alex stamos of the stanford internet observatory

The Problem With Freedom: It Ain't Free | The Problem With Jon Stewart Podcast

Commentary / October 13, 2021
Alex Stamos talks with Jon Stewart on the vulnerabilities of our democracy and the role of social media.