Security

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Security

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

Crop yields in a geoengineered climate

J. Pongratz, David Lobell, L. Cao, K. Calderia
Nature Climate Change, 2012 January 22, 2012

Crop models predict that recent and future climate change may have adverse effects on crop yields. Intentional deflection of sunlight away from the Earth could diminish the amount of climate change in a high-CO2 world. However, it has been suggested that this diminution would come at the cost of threatening the food and water supply for billions of people. Here, we carry out high-CO2, geoengineering and control simulations using two climate models to predict the effects on global crop yields.

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Working Papers

Emerging Infectious Disease Surveillance in Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Naval Area Medical Research Unit 2

Sophal Ear
Asia Health Policy Program working paper #27, 2012 January 22, 2012

Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) pose international security threats because of their potential to inflict harm upon humans, crops, livestock, health infrastructure, and economies. The following questions stimulated the research described in this paper: What infrastructure is necessary to enable EID surveillance in developing countries? What cultural, political, and economic challenges stand in the way of setting up such infrastructure? And are there general principles that might guide engagement with developing countries and support EID surveillance infrastructure?

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Commentary

The Flawed Logic of Striking Iran

Alexandre Debs, Nuno P. Monteiro
Foreign Affairs, 2012 January 17, 2012

Matthew Kroenig's argument for preventive military action to combat Tehran's nuclear program -- "Time to Attack Iran" (January/February 2012) -- suffers from three problems. First, its view of Iranian leaders' risk calculations is self-contradictory. Second, it misreads nuclear history. And third, it underestimates the United States' ability to contain a nuclear Iran.

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Global Implications of China's Challenges – Part I

Thomas Fingar
YaleGlobal Online, 2012 January 16, 2012

For the past two decades China has been a poster child of successful globalization, integrating with the world and in the process lifting millions of citizens out of poverty. But China’s integration into the world economy and global trends drive and constrain Beijing’s ability to manage growing social, economic and political challenges. 

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Books

Emerging Land Issues in African Agriculture: Implications for food security and poverty reduction strategies

T.S. Jayne, Jordan Chamberlin, Milu Muyanga
Center on Food Security and the Environment, 2012 January 12, 2012

Despite the fact that sub-Saharan Africa in 2012 contains much of the world’s unutilized and underutilized arable land, a significant and growing share of Africa’s farm households live in densely populated areas.

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Commentary

Mexico needs laser focus in drug war

Benjamin Lessing
The San Francisco Chronicle, 2012 January 11, 2012

Postdoctoral Fellow Ben Lessing explains how Mexico's new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, may differ significantly from his predecessor in dealing with the country's drug war. Felipe Calderon's policy was intended to crush the cartels with a "no quarter" approach but led to smaller, splintered groups that battle violently for power. Lessing demonstrates through his research that crackdowns create more incentives for bribery, which ultimately leads to more violence and intimidation. Peña Nieto's middle path may lay the foundation to break Mexico's cycle of violence. 

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Commentary

Examining Iranian And North Korean Nuclear Threats

Philip Taubman
The Huffington Post, 2012 January 10, 2012

The nuclear weapons news of late has been alarming. David Sanger reported in "The New York Times" on January 9 that Iran's top nuclear official had announced his country was near initiating uranium enrichment at a new plant. And the recent leadership change in North Korea means added uncertainty about one of the world's most unpredictable nuclear weapons states. Both developments mean the danger is rising that nuclear weapons or the means to make them will spread in this year.

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Drug policy and the public good: evidence for effective interventions

John Strang, Thomas Babor, Jonathan Caulkins, Benedikt Fischer, David Foxcroft, Keith Humphreys
The Lancet, 2012 January 7, 2012
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Commentary

No Need for All These Nukes

Philip Taubman
New York Times, 2012 January 7, 2012

OVER the last three years, as I delved into the world of American nuclear weapons, I felt increasingly as though I had stepped into a time warp. Despite the nearly total rearrangement of the international security landscape since the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991, the rise of Islamic terrorism and the spread of nuclear materials and technology to volatile nations like Pakistan, North Korea and Iran, the Defense Department remains enthralled by cold war nuclear strategies and practices.

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North Korea in 2011: Countdown to Kim il-Sung's centenary

Siegfried S. Hecker, Robert Carlin
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 2012 January 1, 2012
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Disciplining Technopolitics: Physics, Computing, and the ‘Star Wars’ Debate

Rebecca Slayton
Scientific Cultures, Technological Challenges, 2011 December 31, 2011
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Policy Briefs

Sixth Korea-U.S. West Coast Strategic Forum

Shorenstein APARC, 2011 December 31, 2011

The sixth session of the Korea-U.S. West Coast Strategic Forum was held in the Bechtel Conference Center at Stanford University on June 8, 2011. Established in 2006 by Stanford University and now convening semi-annually alternating between Stanford and Seoul, the Forum brings together distinguished South Korean (Republic of Korea, or ROK) and American scholars, experts, and former military and civilian officials to discuss North Korea, the U.S.-ROK alliance, and regional dynamics in Northeast Asia. Stanford University’s Walter H.

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Predictors of placement for children who initially remained in their homes after an investigation for abuse or neglect

Sarah (Sally) M. Horwitz, Hurlburt, M. S., Cohen, S. D., Zhang, J., Landsverk, J.
Child Abuse and Neglect, 2011 December 31, 2011

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To examine the frequency and predictors of out-of-home placement in a 30-month follow-up for a nationally representative sample of children investigated for a report of maltreatment who remained in their homes following the index child welfare report.

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Health system determinants of infant, child and maternal mortality: A cross-sectional study of UN member countries

Muldoon KA, Galway LP, Nakajima M, Kanters S, Hogg RS, Eran Bendavid, Mills EJ
Globalization and Health, 2011 December 31, 2011

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Few studies have examined the link between health system strength and important public health outcomes across nations. We examined the association between health system indicators and mortality rates.

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Knowing loved ones' end-of-life health care wishes: Attachment security predicts caregivers' accuracy

Turan B, Mary K. Goldstein, Alan M. Garber, Carstensen LL
Health Psychology, 2011 December 31, 2011
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Working Papers

Will Cross-Border Human Networks Drive Entrepreneurship Activities in Japan? Implications of Venture Capital Globalization

Akie Iriyama
, 2011 December 31, 2011

Venture capital investment has become globalized in the business landscape. Scholars
have reported an increasing globalization trend in the VC industry, as measured by VC
investment across national borders (Wright et al., 2005). Aylward (1998) found that Asian

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Books

Alternate Trajectories of the Roles and Influence of China and the United States in Northeast Asia and the Implications for Future Power Configurations

Thomas Fingar, L. Gordon Flake
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, in One Step Back? Reassessing an Ideal Security State for Asia 2025, 2011 December 31, 2011

"Whether China and the United States maintain basically cooperative or fundamentally antagonistic relations obviously has very different implications for the region and for the prospects and policies of others in—and beyond—NEA," states Thomas Fingar in the chapter "Alternate Trajectories of the Roles and Influence of China and the United States in Northeast Asia and the Implications for Future Power Configurations" (One Step Back? Reassessing an Ideal Security State for Asia 2025, 2011).

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BioWatch and Public Health Surveillance: Evaluating Systems for the Early Detection of Biological Threats: Abbreviated Version

Douglas Owens
National Academies Press, 2011 December 31, 2011

Author information: IOM (Institute of Medicine) and NRC (National Research Council). (Committee: Goldstein BD, DeSimone JM, Ascher MS, Buehler JW, Cook KS, Crouch NA, Doyle FJ, Foldy S, Gursky EA, Hoffman S, Johnson CB, Keim P, Kellerman AL, Kleinman KP, Layton M, Lee EK, Mayor SD, Moshier TF, Murphy FA, Murray RW, Owens DK, Pollock SM, Resnick IG, Schaudies RP, Schultz JS)

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Policy Briefs

Nuclear Power post-Fukushima? (Presentation)

Robert Rosner, Steve Goldberg
, 2011 December 31, 2011
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Books

Foreword

William Perry
Stanford University Press in "Getting to Zero: The Path to Nuclear Disarmament", 2011 December 31, 2011
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The Vision of a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

David Holloway
Stanford University Press in "Getting to Zero: The Path to Nuclear Disarmament, 2011 December 31, 2011
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Analysis in the U.S. Intelligence Community: Missions, Masters, and Methods

Thomas Fingar
National Research Council of the National Academies, 2011 December 31, 2011
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A Question of Genocide

Ronald Grigor Suny, Fatma Muge Gocek, Norman M. Naimark
Oxford University Press, 2011 December 31, 2011

One hundred years after the deportations and mass murder of Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, and other peoples in the final years of the Ottoman Empire, the history of the Armenian genocide is a victim of historical distortion, state-sponsored falsification, and deep divisions between Armenians and Turks. Working together for the first time, Turkish, Armenian, and other scholars present here a compelling reconstruction of what happened and why.

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