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Why Invading Iran Would Be a Military Disaster

January 2020

/*-->*/ In the wake of a rollercoaster week of escalatory and de-escalatory signaling between the United States and Iran, both sides appear to have taken a step back from the abyss.

Trump Is Playing With Fire in the Middle East

January 2020

/*-->*/ With Suleimani’s death, the months-long tit-for-tat cycle of pressure and provocation between Washington and Tehran has entered a much more dangerous phase.

Ratcheting up the Pressure: Assessing the Risks of Trump's Iran Policy

December 2019

/*-->*/ In May 2018, President Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, and re-imposed crippling economic sanctions against Tehran.

ARD Conference Examines Authoritarian Upgrading, Popular Uprisings and Foreign Interventions in the Middle East

October 2019

CDDRL’s Program on Arab Reform and Democracy held its annual conference at Stanford University on October 11 and 12, titled “The Struggle for Political Change in the Arab World.” The conference is...

In First-Ever History of the National Intelligence Council, Thomas Fingar Recounts His Tenure as Chair

July 2019

Formed in 1979, the National Intelligence Council (NIC) works to provide policymakers with the U.S. intelligence community’s best judgments on crucial international issues.

Diplomacy Turned Personal for Brett McGurk and Jason Rezaian

March 2019

Secret negotiations between the U.S.

Failed Dream of Political Islam

November 2018

Islamism has imitated, or colluded with, the state autocracies it claims to oppose.

Trump Is Strengthening Iran’s Radicals

October 2017

''US President Donald Trump’s decision to pursue a more aggressive Iran policy underscores his administration’s misunderstanding of the Iranian regime.

Would the U.S. Drop the Bomb Again?

May 2016

Public opinion supported the strike on Hiroshima—and if provoked, many Americans might well back nuclear attacks on foes like Iran and al Qaeda, Scott Sagan and Benjamin Valentino write in the Wall...

William Perry Warns of Nuclear Dangers in Drell Lecture

February 2016

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J.

For Iran, A Nuclear Option More Trouble Than It Was Worth

January 2016

Why did Iran make significant concessions to U.S. and international negotiators over its nuclear program? CISAC senior fellow Sig Hecker shares his personal view.

Talk to Tehran, but Talk Tough

January 2016

Can the U.S. find the right balance between containment and cooperation with Iran?

CISAC Scientists Join Open Letter to Obama on Iran

August 2015

Three CISAC scientists have joined 26 of the nation’s top nuclear experts and sent an open letter to President Obama in support of the Iran deal struck in July.

Stanford Experts Assess Iran Nuclear Deal

July 2015

The landmark deal between six world powers and Iran, which would limit Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions, was an important step toward stopping Iran from building a...

Nuclear deal with Iran: Stanford scholars examine what’s at stake

June 2015

Weeks away from a final international accord on Iran’s nuclear program, Stanford scholars are focusing on the technical, political and practical aspects of the pending deal intended to loosen...

Jonathan Hunt: Cold War offers lessons for US-Iran diplomacy

July 2014

CISAC McArthur Nuclear Fellow Jonathan Hunt says the secret history of Cold War détente offers a case study in how back-channel discussions at multilateral talks might help the United States and...

FSI scholars call advances of Islamic militants in Iraq stunning

June 2014

Karl Eikenberry tells ABC News (Australia) that the advances of the Islamic militants in Iraq in the last week have been stunning.

CISAC scholars urge continued US-Russia collaboration

June 2014

CISAC's Siegfried Hecker and Peter Davis advocate the continued U.S.-Russia collaboration on nuclear weapons safety and security, despite frosty relations between the two superpowers.

Tehran Times does rare Q&A with Hecker on nuclear cooperation

June 2014

In a rare and exclusive interview in the Tehran Times, Siegfried Hecker tells Iranian journalist Kourosh Ziabari that the only way forward for the country's nuclear program is through international...

Obama's Asian trip reflects new global dynamics, Stanford scholar says

April 2014

Donald K. Emmerson, director of Shorenstein APARC's Southeast Asia Forum and FSI senior fellow emeritus, offers insight on U.S. President Barack Obama's Asian tour.

Faculty Spotlight: Donald K. Emmerson

March 2014

Donald K. Emmerson reflects on his 15 years at Stanford and speaks about his life and career beyond academia, highlighting his initial draw to Southeast Asia and penchant for the Socratic discourse.

Security class gets extra help from technology created by Stanford grads

February 2014

When some 140 Stanford students and faculty recently gathered to simulate an emergency session of the UN Security Council, they had some real-world data that had never been used before: satellite...

A nuclear energy program that benefits the Iranian people

February 2014

Siegfried Hecker and Abbas Milani argue that only a truly peaceful nuclear energy program can bring Iran the prosperity and innovation it deserves.

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