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 News

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Dr. Siegfried Hecker named by the Carnegie Corporation of New York on its annual list of Great Immigrants

June 2022

Carnegie Corporation of New York announced its annual list of Great Immigrants today, honoring 34 naturalized citizens whose influence and actions have strengthened our society and our democracy.

Has the Russia-Ukraine war blown up the global nuclear order?

June 2022

The Russian nuclear saber-rattling that has accompanied the invasion of Ukraine represents a level of nuclear risk unprecedented since the end of the Cold War.

FSI’s Visiting Fellowship in Israel Studies Brings Or Rabinowitz to the Center for International Security and Cooperation

June 2022

Dr. Or Rabinowitz of Hebrew University, Jerusalem, whose research explores how nuclear technology interacts with decision-making, strategy, and diplomacy, will come to Stanford in the 2022-2023...

What if Russia Uses Nuclear Weapon in Ukraine?

June 2022

A look at the grim scenarios—and the U.S. playbook for each

U.S.-Russia relations, one year after Geneva

June 2022

The June 16, 2021 meeting in Geneva between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a positive impulse to a bilateral U.S.-Russia relationship that was plumbing post-Cold...

APARC’s South Asia Initiative Sets Forth a New Agenda for Indian Competitiveness

June 2022

The inaugural conference of APARC's South Asia Initiative convened experts from the public and private sectors to examine the role that critical and emerging technologies can play in India’s...

In the Wake of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine, Korea Should Join Its Peers in Defending the Liberal International Order

June 2022

It is difficult to anticipate how the geopolitical storm set off by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may develop. What is certain is that the international order will not be the same, and this change...

Biden Says We’ve Got Taiwan’s Back. But Do We?

May 2022

Many will applaud Mr. Biden for standing up for democratic Taiwan in the face of Chinese threats. But he could be putting the island in greater danger, and the United States may not be able to come...

North Korea’s Geopolitics, South Korea’s Pop Culture Wave Take Center Stage at Korea Program’s 20th Anniversary Conference

May 2022

The Korea Program at Stanford’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center marked its 20-year anniversary with a two-day conference that gathered eminent leaders from academia, government,...

A current security imperative: the US role in the Marshall Islands

May 2022

Rose Gottemoeller, former undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, remembers the painful history of Castle Bravo—the largest and most catastrophic US nuclear weapons test...

Russians allegedly storm Ukrainian ISP, blackmail it to switch to Russian networks

May 2022

Ukraine’s state communications agency said Friday that Russian forces had invaded a Kherson-based Internet company and disconnected all equipment, threatening to confiscate it if the company did not...

Stanford University’s Korea Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Conference Spotlighting South Korean Wave, North Korean Geopolitics

April 2022

The Korea Program at Stanford’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center will commemorate its 20-year anniversary with a two-day conference, convening eminent speakers from the K-pop...

Beijing Is Used to Learning from Russian Failures

April 2022

The invasion of Ukraine is offering useful lessons for the PLA.

Amichai Magen Selected as Inaugural Visiting Fellow in Israel Studies

April 2022

Magen, a scholar of law, government and international relations, will arrive at Stanford in the 2022-2023 academic year.

Russo-Ukrainian War Highlights Cyber Threats to Satellite Communications

April 2022

Russia's ongoing war in Ukraine demonstrates that hypothetical scenarios of cyberattacks paralyzing satellite communications are already taking place.

"We Have Entered a New Historical Era": Larry Diamond on the Future of Democracy

April 2022

Speaking at the April 2022 meeting of the FSI Council, Larry Diamond offered his assessment of the present dangers to global democracy and the need to take decisive action in support of liberal...

Unpacking the Crisis in Xinjiang: James Millward on China's Assimilationist Policies and U.S.-China Engagement

March 2022

APARC Visiting Scholar James Millward discusses PRC ethnicity policy, China's crackdown on Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang province, and the implications of the Xinjiang crisis...

An Uncomfortable Friendship: Understanding China’s Position on the Russia-Ukraine War and Its Implications for Great Power Competition

March 2022

On WBUR’s "On Point" and Fox 2 KTVU, Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro shares insights about China's alignment with Russia and the worldwide implications of its calculus on Ukraine.

‘A Monkey with a Grenade’: Russia's Attacks on Nuclear Reactors Cross a Dangerous Line

March 2022

Firing on civilian nuclear facilities is an unacceptable disregard for the rules of war that endangers the entire world, not just Ukraine.

The challenges of transferring military aircraft

March 2022

Q & A with Dr. Dean Winslow and Ben Lambeth

Students Find Solidarity and Community Amidst the Conflict in Ukraine

March 2022

Four students from the FSI community share their thoughts on the conflict in Ukraine, its implications for the world, and the comfort and solidarity they have felt in communing with one another at...

The Weapons the West Used Against Putin

March 2022

Never before has the United States government revealed so much, in such granular detail, so fast and so relentlessly about an adversary, Amy Zegart writes. What are the implications of this new...

Invasions Are Not Contagious

March 2022

Russia’s War in Ukraine Doesn’t Presage a Chinese Assault on Taiwan

Overcoming Foreign Influence in Social Media

March 2022

American adversaries such as Russia and China are using cyber-enabled deception operations to spread divisive messages.

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Fearon James James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Sagan, Scott 2012 photo Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Gabrielle Hecht Gabrielle Hecht Senior Fellow Professor, History
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Professor Larry Diamond Larry Diamond Mosbacher Senior Fellow in Global Democracy Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
bmkhigh Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
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Andrew G. Walder Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
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