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 implications 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. 

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The Security Conundrum: An Evening with Senator Mark Udall

June 2015

In a conversation with Phil Taubman for the Security Conundrum speaker series, Senator Udall provided a lawmaker’s perspective on the oversight of controversial NSA programs.

Remarks at MIT: Renewal or Retrenchment - U.S. Grand Strategy in a Volatile World

June 2015

Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, a distinguished fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, presented remarks at the MIT Senior Congressional and Executive Office Branch Seminar, "Renewal or Retrenchment: U.S.

Talk by ballroom dancing legend Pierre Dulaine

May 2015

AbstractBallroom dancing legend Pierre Dulaine will discuss his 'Dancing Classrooms' method which he applied in his award winning documentary 'Dancing in Jaffa' to bring Arab and Jewish children together through dance. Mr.

An evening with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

May 2015

In her May 28, 2015 appearance in Stanford' Security Conundrum speaker series, Senator Feinstein discussed the Congressional role in overseeing America’s intelligence agencies, including the NSA and CIA, and establishing the laws that govern their...

War on Gaza in the Age of Human Rights: Prospects for Accountability

May 2015

 Abstract:In July and August, hostilities in the Gaza Strip left 2,131 Palestinians and 71 Israelis dead, including 501 Palestinian children and one Israeli child.

North Korea: Whither Kim Jong-un in 2015?

April 2015

The audio and transcript from the event "Whither Kim Jong-un in 2015?" a seminar presentation by Ambassador Kim Sook, the 2014-15 Pantech Fellow in the Korea Program, and former Republic of Korea Ambassador to the United Nations.Last year was...

China and India: Seeking a New Balance

March 2015

Audio and transcript of "China and India: Seeking a New Balance" a seminar presentation by Nayan Chanda, the director of publications and editor at YaleGlobal Online Magazine, on March 10, 2015.The dramatic victory of the Narendra Modi-led Bharati...

The End of Neoliberalism and the Rise of the Human-Security State

February 2015

 AbstractPaul Amar will discuss his book The Security Archipelago, winner of the 2014 Charles Taylor Book Award of the American Political Science Association.

Why France and the European Union Still Matter for the United States

February 2015

Is Europe "elderly and haggard", and could France become "the crucible of  Europe" (Jan.

Workers and Revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia

January 2015

Abstract:Arab workers participated prominently in the popular uprisings of 2011.

Honors College 2014

December 2014

Video of CISAC Honors College 2014   Tag along with the 2014-2015 CISAC Honors Students during Honors College in Washington, D.C.

Security Conundrum: Barton Gellman

December 2014

Journalist Barton Gellman holds a conversation with Phil Taubman for Stanford's "Security Conundrum" speakers series on Nov. 17, 2014. Gellman shared the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for his stories about former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Inside the NSA: An Evening with General Michael Hayden

October 2014

In conversation with Amy Zegart for Stanford's "Security Conundrum" speakers series on October 8, 2014, General Hayden provides an insider’s account about the origins and development of the NSA programs.

Overview of UNDP Report on Cities and Security

May 2014

Rafael Fernández De Castro is the founder and current chair of the School of International Relations at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.

Stockton's Violence Reduction Initiative and Marshall Plan

April 2014

Eric Jones is the Chief of Police for the Stockton Police Department. His focus is on proactive community policing and furthering partnerships with allied agencies and the community.

The Key to Success in Latin America

April 2014

Dr. Jaana Remes is a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey's business and economics research arm, based in San Francisco. Since 2003, Jaana has led MGI's research on productivity, urbanization, competitiveness, and growth.

Sergio Fajardo, Governor or Antioquia, Colombia

April 2014

Sergio Fajardo is the current governor of Antioquia, Colombia. He is an academic who became mayor of Medellín from 2003 to 2007.

Tijuana Innovadora

April 2014

*This talk is presented in Spanish.* Jose Galicot is a successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, and active leader in initiatives related to education, art, culture, and environmental issues.

Recent Trends of Organized Crime Related Violence in Mexico

April 2014

Eduardo Guerrero is a founding partner at Lantia Consultores and is currently a Ph. D. Candidate in political science at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on security assessments, anti-crime and anti-violence program design.

Body-Worn Camera Experiment - City of Rialto Police Department

April 2014

Tony Farrar is Chief of the Rialto (CA) Police Department.

Revisiting Some Stylized Facts about Crime and Violence

April 2014

Dr. Laura Chioda is a Senior Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist of the Latin America and Caribbean Region. Prior to joining the World Bank, Laura was an assistant professor of Economics at Princeton University.

Rutas del Conflicta

April 2014

*This talk is presented in Spanish.* Oscar Parra Castellanos is a journalist specializing in digital media with 10 years of experience writing on politics and human rights issues.

Gang Violence in Chicago: Innovations in Research and Policy

April 2014

Aurélie Ouss is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Crime Lab at the University of Chicago. Her work in the economics of crime focuses mainly on understanding the causes and long-termconsequences of high levels of incarceration.

Violence and Crime Social Prevention in Mexico: Ciudad Juarez Strategy

April 2014

Eunice Rendon is an expert in violence and crime prevention, bioethics and in innovation on youth-based strategies for social development.


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Herb Lin Herbert Lin Senior Research Scholar
Gabrielle Hecht Gabrielle Hecht Senior Fellow Professor, History
Jacquelyn Schneider Jacquelyn Schneider Hoover Fellow
Wein Lawrence M. Wein Professor, Management Science
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josling Timothy E. Josling Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Food Research Institute, Emeritus, 1940-2018
endy Drew Endy Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
lapidus Gail W. Lapidus Senior Fellow, Emerita Professor, Political Science, Emerita
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