Security

Security

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. 

Recent Scholarly Publications

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Almost Parity: Understanding the India-Pakistan Conventional Military Balance

A chapter in the edited volume 'Routledge Handbook on South Asian Foreign Policy'

Indian Ocean Strategic Futures

Re-examining assumptions of capability and intent

The Virus and the Vote: Administering the 2020 Election in a Pandemic

A Compendium of Research from the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project

Amplification and Its Discontents

Essay published by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University

Blood and Diamonds

Germany’s Imperial Ambitions in Africa

Lancet Series on Women’s and Children’s Health in Conflict Settings

January 2021

A new four-paper series in The Lancet exposes the far-reaching effects of modern warfare on women’s and children’s health.

Negotiating the New START Treaty

Rose Gottemoeller, the US chief negotiator of the New START treaty—and the first woman to lead a major nuclear arms negotiation—delivers in this book an invaluable insider’s account of the...

Building Strategic Leverage in the Indian Ocean Region

The United States and its likeminded partners, particularly India — if four constraints are more realistically accounted for — and other members of the Quad, can more effectively mitigate the risks...

Democratic Source Code for a New U.S.-EU Tech Alliance

November 2020

Appeared originally in Lawfare, November, 2020 Code is law.

Al Qaeda’s Franchise Reboot

September 2020

Nineteen years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, does al Qaeda still pose a significant threat to U.S. national security?

The Deer and the Dragon: Southeast Asia and China in the 21st Century

August 2020

Southeast Asia is arguably the most diverse region in the world.

The Legal Authority for States’ Stay-at-Home Orders

July 2020

In March 2020, when many U.S.

The Challenges and Opportunities for Social Media Research

July 2020

Concluding Chapter of Social Media and Democracy: The State of the Field and Prospects for Reform (Cambridge Press, forthcoming September 2020) Nathaniel Persily and Joshua A.

Particulate Plutonium Released from the Fukushima Daiichi Meltdowns

July 2020

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. View full article

Disease Control, Civil Liberties, and Mass Testing — Calibrating Restrictions during the Covid-19 Pandemic

July 2020

Urgent responses to the Covid-19 pandemic have halted movement and work and dramatically changed daily routines for much of the world’s population.

Handgun Ownership and Suicide in California

June 2020

BACKGROUND Research has consistently identified firearm availability as a risk factor for suicide.

Facebook Filters, Fundamental Rights, and the CJEU’s Glawischnig-Piesczek Ruling

May 2020

ABSTRACT: The Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) 2019 ruling in Glawischnig-Piesczek v Facebook Ireland** addresses courts’ powers to issue injunctions requiring internet hosting...

A Research Agenda for Cyber Risk and Cyber Insurance

April 2020

A Research Agenda for Cyber Risk and Cyber InsuranceBy: Gregory Falco, Stanford UniversityMartin Eling, University of St.

China’s Challenges: Now It Gets Much Harder

March 2020

The easy phases of China’s quest for wealth and power are over. After forty years, every one of a set of favorable conditions has diminished or vanished, and China’s future, neither inevitable nor...

On the role of anthropogenic climate change in the emerging food crisis in southern Africa in the 2019–2020 growing season

February 2020

Researchers including David Lobell analyze how human-caused climate change has impacted a water deficit in Southern Africa and might contribute to a rising food security crisis in the region.

The Internet’s Challenge to Democracy: Framing the Problem and Assessing Reforms

November 2019

The Program on Democracy and the Internet runs the work of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age which will produce guidelines to support democracies, particularly...

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.

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.

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...

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Andrew G. Walder Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
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