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FSI's scholars tackle a range of issues, from longstanding concerns like nuclear nonproliferation and military defense to new challenges such as cybersecurity, biosecurity and emerging regional conflicts.

Research Spotlight

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Particulate Plutonium Released from the Fukushima Daiichi Meltdowns

A new study reveals particles that were released from nuclear plants damaged in the devastating 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami contained small amounts of radioactive plutonium.
Potemkin Papers

Potemkin Pages & Personas: Assessing GRU Online Operations, 2014-2019

Upon request by the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), researchers reviewed a data set of social media posts that Facebook provided to SSCI.
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Living in Fear: The Dynamics of Extortion in Mexico’s Drug War

Using new survey data from Mexico, including list experiments to elicit responses about potentially illegal behavior, this article measures the prevalence of extortion and assistance among drug trafficking organizations.

Featured Scholars

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Megan Palmer

CISAC Affiliated Researcher
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Megan Palmer

CISAC Affiliated Researcher
Executive Director, Bio Policy & Leadership Initiatives, Department of Bioengineering
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Scott Sagan

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
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Scott Sagan

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science
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Alex Stamos

Director, Stanford Internet Observatory
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Alex Stamos

Director, Stanford Internet Observatory
Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution
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Amy Zegart

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
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Amy Zegart

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Davies Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution

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Journal Articles

The View from Somewhere: Lessons from the Intelligence Failure in Iran

Arzan Tarapore
Intelligence and National Security, 2022 July 19, 2022
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Nancy Bernkopf Tucker: Scholar and Public Servant

Thomas Fingar
International Security Studies Forum, 2022 July 12, 2022
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Book Chapters

Chinese Grand Strategy

Oriana Skylar Mastro
2022 March 2, 2022

In Strategy in the Contemporary World, edited by John Baylis, James J. Wirtz, and Jeannie L. Johnson, Oriana Skylar Mastro examines the evolution of Chinese grand strategy from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping, its drivers, and its implications.

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China’s Grand Strategy

Oriana Skylar Mastro
Asia Policy, 2022 January 27, 2022

Oriana Skylar Mastro reviews Rush Doshi’s book The Long Game: China’s Grand Strategy to Displace American Order (New York: Oxford University Press, 2021).

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Community policing does not build citizen trust in police or reduce crime in the Global South

Graeme Blair, Jeremy M. Weinstein, Fotini Christia
Science, 2021 December 1, 2021

Is it possible to reduce crime without exacerbating adversarial relationships between police and citizens? Community policing is a celebrated reform with that aim, which is now adopted on six continents. However, the evidence base is limited, studying reform components in isolation in a limited set of countries, and remaining largely silent on citizen-police trust. We designed six field experiments with Global South police agencies to study locally designed models of community policing using coordinated measures of crime and the attitudes and behaviors of citizens and police. In a preregistered meta-analysis, we found that these interventions led to mixed implementation, largely failed to improve citizen-police relations, and did not reduce crime. Societies may need to implement structural changes first for incremental police reforms such as community policing to succeed.

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The Gender Dimensions of Foreign Influence Operations

Samantha Bradshaw, Amélie Henle
International Journal of Communication, 2021 October 31, 2021
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Expect the Unexpected When Learning the Scholar’s Craft

Kathryn Stoner
H-Diplo, 2021 September 28, 2021

Part of an essay series on Learning the Scholar’s Craft: Reflections of Historians and International Relations Scholars

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Almost Parity: Understanding the India-Pakistan Conventional Military Balance

Arzan Tarapore
2021 August 31, 2021

A chapter in the edited volume 'Routledge Handbook on South Asian Foreign Policy'

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Indian Ocean Strategic Futures

Arzan Tarapore, David Brewster
Asia Policy, 2021 July 29, 2021

Re-examining assumptions of capability and intent

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Case Studies

My Heart Loves the Army: An Investigation into a Jordanian Disinformation Campaign on Facebook, TikTok and Twitter (TAKEDOWN)

Shelby Grossman, Elena Cryst, Renee DiResta, Carly Miller, K.H., Rajeev Sharma, Chase Small, Julia Thompson
2021 July 8, 2021
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Working Papers

The Virus and the Vote: Administering the 2020 Election in a Pandemic

Nathaniel Persily, Charles Stewart III, Chelsey Davidson, Zahavah Levine
2021 July 1, 2021

A Compendium of Research from the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project

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Policy Briefs

Mitigating the Risk of a China–India Conflict

Arzan Tarapore
Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 2021 June 29, 2021
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Commentary

How to Protect Critical Infrastructure Fom Ransomware Attacks

Gregory Falco, Sejal Jhawer
2021 June 25, 2021

Op-ed in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, by Gregory Falco and Sejal Jhawer

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Journal Articles

Amplification and Its Discontents

Daphne Keller
2021 June 8, 2021

Essay published by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University

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Books

Iran's Perilous Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons

Frank Pabian
2021 May 21, 2021

Based on three years of intensive research and analysis of the Nuclear Archives, this new book from the Institute presents a compelling account of Iran’s secret plans to develop nuclear weapons. Frank was the Geospatial Contributing Analyst.

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Blood and Diamonds

Steven Press
2021 April 6, 2021

Germany’s Imperial Ambitions in Africa

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White Papers

Sockpuppets Target Nagorno-Karabakh (TAKEDOWN)

Elena Cryst, Shelby Grossman
2021 February 23, 2021
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Testimonies

The Precarious State of Cross-Strait Deterrence

Oriana Skylar Mastro
2021 February 18, 2021

Statement before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on “Deterring PRC Aggression Toward Taiwan”

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Reports

SIPR Fall 2020

2021 January 26, 2021

Volume 5, Issue 2

Authors: Steven Pifer, Min Byung Chae, Natasha Lock, Iris H-Y Chiu, Andreas Kokkinis, Andrea Miglionico, Saraphin Dhanani, and Samuel P. LeRoy.

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Lancet Series on Women’s and Children’s Health in Conflict Settings

Paul H. Wise, Eran Bendavid, Stephen J. Stedman
2021 January 24, 2021

A new four-paper series in The Lancet exposes the far-reaching effects of modern warfare on women’s and children’s health.

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Negotiating the New START Treaty

Rose Gottemoeller
2021 January 14, 2021

Rose Gottemoeller, the US chief negotiator of the New START treaty—and the first woman to lead a major nuclear arms negotiation—delivers in this book an invaluable insider’s account of the negotiations between the US and Russian delegations in Geneva in 2009 and 2010.

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Building Strategic Leverage in the Indian Ocean Region

Arzan Tarapore
The Washington Quarterly, 2020 December 11, 2020

The United States and its likeminded partners, particularly India — if four constraints are more realistically accounted for — and other members of the Quad, can more effectively mitigate the risks of Chinese military expansion by building “strategic leverage” along these four lines of effort in the Indian Ocean region.

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Democratic Source Code for a New U.S.-EU Tech Alliance

Marietje Schaake, Tyson Barker
2020 November 30, 2020
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