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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.


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Game of Drones: The Effect of Remote Warfighting Technology on Conflict Escalation

February 13, 2019

Abstract: Many scholars and policymakers argue that drone proliferation will be destabilizing.

How We Can Beat the Extremist Threat: A conversation with former Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith

February 13, 2019

AbstractIn How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat, Farah Pandith, the former first...

The 40th Anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act

February 13, 2019

Brent Christensen is the Director of the American Institute in Taiwan’s Taipei office. Mr.

European Security and Its Future – A “Cool” Perspective from Finland

February 8, 2019

Click here to RSVP Speaker Bio: Ms. Kirsti Kauppi became Ambassador of Finland to the United States in September 2015.

Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy

February 8, 2019

Click here to RSVPAbstract: Greg Miller, Washington Post correspondent, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and author of The Apprentice, will discuss Russia’s interference in U.S.

Abenomics in the 7th Year: Has it Worked?

February 7, 2019

The event is sponsored by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science andthe Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. When the Liberal Democratic Party in Japan regained the power led by...

The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal

February 5, 2019

Over the course of more than three decades as a diplomat, William J. Burns served five Presidents and ten Secretaries of State.

Prices for Denuclearization of North Korea

February 4, 2019

Note: Members of the media interested in covering this event should contact Noa Ronkin at by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, February 20, to register.

Talking to the Enemy: Explaining Diplomatic Strategy in Conflicts in Asia

February 1, 2019


Fukushima Accident and Its Aftermath

January 28, 2019

Eight years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident.

A New Russia in a New World?

January 18, 2019

RSVP here Abstract: Russian foreign and security policy are changing, both to shape and respond to what appears to be a rapidly shifting geostrategic environment.

Information Session - Fisher Family CDDRL Honors Program

January 18, 2019

This event is open to Stanford undergraduate students only.  The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is currently accepting applications from eligible juniors due February...

Reliability of Nuclear Reactor Materials and Its Importance to International Security

January 17, 2019

Abstract: Materials used in key components of nuclear power reactors, such as the fuel cladding and the pressure vessel, provide shields for the release of highly radioactive isotopes generated in...

North Korea and the World in Flux

January 15, 2019

The 11th Annual Koret WorkshopA dramatic opening created by the unique strategic outlooks and personalities of Moon Jae-in, Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump instigated a series of highly symbolic...

On Hostile Coexistence with China

January 14, 2019

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. is a senior fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.

North Korea and Myanmar: Divergent Paths

January 10, 2019

The stories of North Korea and Myanmar (Burma) are two of Asia’s most difficult.

Discussion of The American Lab

December 14, 2018

Abstract: The American Lab, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2018, tells the story of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (the Lab) from the events leading to its founding in...

The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review

December 14, 2018

This seminar will provide analysis and implications of the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review from the perspectives of three people who spent a significant portion of their careers working on the nuclear...

What is the Future of Nuclear Energy?

December 14, 2018

Click here to watch live Abstract: What is the future of nuclear energy?The answer to that question will be determined largely by how we answer another: How do we meet future energy needs while...

The Stopping Power of Norms

December 14, 2018

Abstract: Sagan and Valentino's path-breaking survey of public opinion American attitudes towards the laws of war found Americans are relatively insensitive to international norms and taboos...

Mass Media 2.0 and International Relations

December 14, 2018

Speaker Bio: Sarah Kreps is an Associate Professor of Government and Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell University.

Obama’s Prague Agenda: Success and Frustration

December 14, 2018

Abstract: Steve Fetter worked in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during the first three and last two years of the Obama administration.

Radioactive Governance: Managing Life in Post-Fukushima Japan

December 14, 2018

Bio: Maxime Polleri is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at York University.

Climate Change Politics: Carbonization and Decarbonization

December 14, 2018

Abstract: Climate change is an existential problem with far-reaching implications for the biosphere and human life.  Political science should be studying human responses to carbonization and...


Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Michael H. Armacost Shorenstein APARC Fellow
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar Professor of the Practice, Law
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Joseph Felter Senior Research Scholar
Herb Lin Herbert Lin Senior Research Scholar
Gabrielle Hecht Gabrielle Hecht Senior Fellow Professor, History