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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.

Recent Scholarly Publications

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

November 2019

DOWNLOAD WHITE PAPERUpon 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.

Evidence of Russia-Linked Influence Operations in Africa

October 2019

Russia’s global strategy for reasserting itself as a geopolitical superpower has led to an increased presence in Africa, where it has broadened efforts to shape the continent’s politics and pursue...

Eyes in the Sky, Boots on the Ground: Assessing Satellite- and Ground-Based Approaches to Crop Yield Measurement and Analysis

October 2019

Understanding the determinants of agricultural productivity requires accurate measurement of crop output and yield.

A National Office for Strategic Foresight Anchored in Critical Science and Technologies

October 2019

Bio: Amy WebbDespite an abundance of technical experts across its agencies, the federal government lacks a centralized office charged with long-range, comprehensive, streamlined planning to address...

Win-Win: A Public Private Strategy for Dramatically Improving National Security Tech

October 2019

Bio: Anthony VinciThe next presidential term will confront an increasingly urgent question of how to compete with China, economically and militarily.

Compete, Contest and Collaborate: How to Win the Technology Race with China

October 2019

Bios:  Anja Manuel, Pavneet Singh, Thompson PaineChina systematically extracts advanced technology from the West.

Semiconductors and a Strategic National Technology Policy

October 2019

The current regulatory and legislative infrastructure is poorly suited to address the new challenges to U.S. leadership and innovation in key technology sectors.

Stalin and the Fate of Europe: The Postwar Struggle for Sovereignty

October 2019

The Cold War division of Europe was not inevitable―the acclaimed author of Stalin’s Genocides shows how postwar Europeans fought to determine their own destinies.Was the division of Europe after...

U.S. Policy Toolkit for Kaspersky Labs

September 2019

In February, the White House attributed “the most destructive and costly cyberattack in history,” a summer 2017 attack affecting critical infrastructure and other victims around the world, to...

How Relevant is the Turing Test in the Age of Sophisbots?

August 2019

Popular culture has contemplated societies of thinking machines for generations, envisioning futures from utopian to dystopian.

Behavioral Economics and Nuclear Weapons

August 2019

Recent discoveries in psychology and neuroscience have improved our understanding of why our decision making processes fail to match standard social science assumptions about rationality.

The containment of the Islamic State: A realist case to engage a hybrid actor

July 2019

Next to military means, causing disruption and interdiction, Western and local powers also relied on policies of containment to halt the expansion of the Islamic State’s territorial strongholds....

"New Missions, New Challenges, 2005-2008" (chapter in the book Truth to Power)

July 2019

Truth to Power, the first-ever history of the U.S. National Intelligence Council (NIC), is told through the reflections of its eight Chairs in the period from the end of the Cold War until 2017.

Securing American Elections: Prescriptions for Enhancing the Integrity and Independence of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election and Beyond

June 2019

This report urges policymakers, in both government and the private sector, to act immediately in order to protect the integrity and independence of U.S.

International Intervention and the Rule of Law after Civil War: Evidence from Liberia

April 2019

What are the effects of international intervention on the rule of law after civil war?

Genetically Modified Organisms: A Precautionary Tale for AI Governance

March 2019

The fruits of a long anticipated technology finally hit the market, with promise to extend human life, revolutionize production, improve consumer welfare, reduce poverty, and inspire countless yet...

State of Repression Iraq under Saddam Hussein

January 2019

A new account of modern Iraqi politics that overturns the conventional wisdom about its sectarian divisionsHow did Iraq become one of the most repressive dictatorships of the late twentieth century...

Bytes, Bombs, and Spies - The Strategic Dimensions of Offensive Cyber Operations

January 2019

Offensive cyber operations have become increasingly important elements of U.S. national security policy.

Knowledge Management for Democratic Governance of Socio-Technical Systems (Chapter in The Future of Digital Democracy. Lecture Notes in Computer Science.)

December 2018

The Digital Transformation (DX) is a broad term describing the changes and innovations brought about by the introduction of information and communication technologies into all aspects of society....

Chinese Influence & American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance

December 2018

For three and a half decades following the end of the Maoist era, China adhered to Deng Xiaoping’s policies of “reform and opening to the outside world” and “peaceful development.” After Deng...

Civil Wars & Global Disorder: Threats & Opportunities

September 2018

There are some thirty ongoing civil wars – Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq among the high-profile cases – with the average duration of conflict increasing over the past twenty years.

Chronic long-term risk of low-level radiation exposure: Bridging the lay/expert divide

August 2018

Abstract: The failure of experts and lay people to understand each other has been fueling conflict around the environmental clean-up of the many sites in the United States that are contaminated by...

Armed conflict and child mortality in Africa: a geospatial analysis

August 2018

The extent to which armed conflicts—events such as civil wars, rebellions, and interstate conflicts—are an important driver of child mortality is unclear.

People

James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Portrait of Gi-Wook Shin Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Martha Crenshaw Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Emerita, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science, Emerita
Rod Ewing Rodney C. Ewing Senior Fellow Professor of Geological Sciences
Megan Palmer Senior Research Scholar
Gabrielle Hecht Gabrielle Hecht Senior Fellow Professor, History
Jacquelyn Schneider Jacquelyn Schneider Hoover Fellow
Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Portrait of Michael Armacost Michael H. Armacost Lecturer at APARC
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Philip Taubman Lecturer