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FSI scholars produce research aimed at creating a safer world and examing the consequences of security policies on institutions and society. They look at longstanding issues including nuclear nonproliferation and the conflicts between countries like North and South Korea. But their research also examines new and emerging areas that transcend traditional borders – the drug war in Mexico and expanding terrorism networks. FSI researchers look at the changing methods of warfare with a focus on biosecurity and nuclear risk. They tackle cybersecurity with an eye toward privacy concerns and explore the value of new actors like hackers.

Along with the changing face of conflict, terrorism and crime, FSI researchers study food security. They tackle the global problems of hunger, poverty and environmental degradation by generating knowledge and policy-relevant solutions. An interdisciplinary team of scholars accomplishes this mission through teaching and honing a research portfolio focused on agriculture, aquaculture, and climate change.

Scholarly Publications

Behavioral Economics and Nuclear Weapons

August 2019

Recent discoveries in psychology and neuroscience have improved our understanding of why our decision making processes fail to match standard social science assumptions about rationality.

"New Missions, New Challenges, 2005-2008" (chapter in the book Truth to Power)

July 2019

Truth to Power, the first-ever history of the U.S. National Intelligence Council (NIC), is told through the reflections of its eight Chairs in the period from the end of the Cold War until 2017.

Securing American Elections: Prescriptions for Enhancing the Integrity and Independence of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election and Beyond

June 2019

This report urges policymakers, in both government and the private sector, to act immediately in order to protect the integrity and independence of U.S.

Other Publications

The Next Director of National Intelligence: A Thankless Job Is Getting Even Harder

August 2019

At the end of July, Dan Coats, the U.S. director of national intelligence (DNI), announced his resignation. When he leaves office on August 15, the U.S.

FSI Publications 2017 - 2018

December 2018

The faculty of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies enjoyed a productive period of policy-resonant scholarship spanning from winter quarter 2017 to fall quarter 2018.  This...

Editing Biosecurity: Needs and Strategies for Governing Genome Editing

December 2018

This study’s purpose was to highlight the changing safety and security landscape engendered by the emergence of new genome editing technologies, help policy-makers and other stakeholders navigate...

News

Mass Shootings: Public Face of a Much Larger Epidemic

August 2019

Americans have witnessed repeated mass shootings. The carnage in Texas and Ohio last weekend, which claimed 31 lives, has left the nation stunned and angry.

Draper Hills 2019 Summer Fellows Reflect on Activism, Democracy and the Importance of Collaboration

August 2019

Every summer, the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program brings together international leaders who are pioneering new approaches to advance social and political change in some of the most challenging...

As Calls for Regulation Mount, What’s Next for Tech Companies and the U.S. Government?

July 2019

As the internet has increasingly been used to weaponize information, governments and technology companies have begun to grapple with new issues surrounding free expression and privacy.Technology...

Events

Drell Lecture: US National security in an era of great power competition and technological disruption

August 5, 2019

The world is experiencing an unprecedented period of geopolitical change and technological disruption. How should we rethink U.S.

Dying too Young: Children and Small Arms

July 22, 2019

Abstract: Images of children on the battlefield or posing for a ‘last will and testament’ poster before a suicide operation suggest the extent to which ISIS has weaponized children.

Russia Resurrected: Its Power and Purpose in A New Global Order

July 15, 2019

Abstract: If before 2014 Russia was widely dismissed by the international community as a regional power whose global influence had died with the Soviet Union, its recent muscle flexing abroad has...

Projects

European Security Initiative

The CISAC European Security Initiative features speakers addressing the challenges that a more assertive Russia presents to the European security order; Europe's ability to meet and defend against...
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South Asia Colloquia

Launched in 2016, this series of public lectures features academics, government practitioners, and business experts who explore contemporary issues focused on the countries of South Asia—their...
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Research Seminar Series

The CISAC Research Seminar Series features speakers that present on topics related to international security and their policy implications.
English

Multimedia

Chinese Influence: Real or Perceived?

February 2019

Panel Debates Report Alleging Covert and Corrupting Chinese Influence in U.S.

Food Insecurity: A 21st Century Threat to Global Security and Stability

May 2018

Ertharin Cousin, Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Visiting Fellow at the Center on Food Security and the Environment, presented her ongoing research on food insecurity as a global threat on...

Cybersecurity

May 2018

Data breaches. Malware. Theft of corporate secrets. Hacking of elections. As the world’s information has moved more and more online, so have the world’s crime, terrorists, and clandestine operations.

People

Joseph Felter Senior Research Scholar
Gustavo Robles Research Scholar, CDDRL
Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
Brett McGurk Lecturer
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Professor of the Practice, Law
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Rod Ewing Rodney C. Ewing Senior Fellow Professor of Geological Sciences
Megan Palmer Senior Research Scholar
Gabrielle Hecht Gabrielle Hecht Senior Fellow Professor, History
Portrait of Prof. Andrew Walder Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology