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Accidental State: Chiang Kai-shek, the United States, and the Making of Taiwan

September 26, 2016

AbstractThe existence of two Chinese states—one controlling mainland China, the other controlling the island of Taiwan—is often understood as a seemingly inevitable outcome of the Chinese civil war...

Taiwan's Democracy Challenged: The Chen Shui-bian Years

September 16, 2016

  This discussion will be based on the authors' recently published book, Taiwan's Democracy Challenged: The Chen Shui-bian Years, Lynne Rienner Publishing (2016).AbstractAt the end of Chen Shui...

Negotiation in War

September 8, 2016

Abstract: What role do negotiations play in the midst of interstate wars?

Meet Your Army: Now, What Do You Want Us to Do?

August 30, 2016

Abstract: The Army is in a period of Transition and Transformation, where the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan are supposed to be over or winding down, in theory enabling the force to rebalance and...

Implications of the Chinese military's uses of cyber for inter-state crisis management

August 1, 2016

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to allow for an accurate headcount.Abstract: Dr.

The Russian Intervention in Syria and its Implication on the Syrian Crisis

April 27, 2016

AbstractAfter five years of political support for the regime of Bashar Al-Asad in its war against the opposition, Russia intervened militarily on his behalf in September 2015 and suddenly later...

Information and War: Lessons from the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project

April 21, 2016

Abstract:  In recent decades, social scientists have begun to employ the rigorous research methods that used to be the province of the natural sciences.

The War against Civil Society in Egypt: Causes and Implications

April 5, 2016

AbstractIn this talk Nancy Okail will reflect on the renewed crackdown on civil society in Egypt, the closing of public space, and the continued regression in rights and freedoms.

From Nations to Networks: The Changing Dynamics of Space Power and Governance

March 23, 2016

Abstract: The conventional wisdom about current space dynamics paints a picture of a rising China, a resurgent Russia, and a drifting United States.

Strategies of Insurgent Diplomacy

February 25, 2016

Abstract: From the Trent Affair of 1861, to Yasser Arafat’s speech at the United Nations in 1974, to Syrian opposition lobbying today, acts of insurgent diplomacy have defined some of the most...

Causes and Dynamics of the Syrian Uprising: From Civil Protests to the Implications of the Russian Intervention

January 22, 2016

AbstractAfter nearly five years since the start of the uprising, Syria finds itself divided and embattled, with no end in sight.

The Knife, The Bomb, And the Spoken Word: Psychological Warfare And the Origins Of French Counterinsurgency In Algeria, 1954-1962

January 21, 2016

Abstract: In November 1954, French Algeria erupted in violence.  Confronted with a growing nationalist revolution, French authorities turned to not only to repression, but to a radical program of...

Security challenges in the new space age

December 7, 2015

Abstract: The years ahead will likely include hundreds of small satellites launched into orbit, more countries operating in space, and continued investment in anti-satellite capabilities by China...

Europe at the Crossroads

November 9, 2015

   General Philip M. Breedlove will discuss the rapidly evolving geopolitical climate in Europe.

Russian Deserters to Sweden in World War I

November 9, 2015

The fate of a soldier serving in the Russian army in the First World War largely depended on luck and circumstances.

On Cruelty: Global Reflections from the Age of Revolutions to the War on Citizenship

October 30, 2015

This is the second meeting of the workshop series on Civility, Cruelty, Truth. A one-day event hosted by the Stanford Humanities Center, the workshop will explore the genealogies, promises, and...

Anti-Americanism in Democratizing South Korea

October 2, 2015

Americans think of South Korea as one of the most pro-American of countries, but in fact many Koreans hold harsh and conspiratorial views of the United States.

The Possible Approaches for Defusing Tensions in the South China Sea: A Taiwanese Perspective

September 8, 2015

In this talk, Wellington Shih will provide a historical and legal overview of the Republic of China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Writing About War

July 1, 2015

Writing About War - Award-winning writers in conversations about the ethics of warThis year marks both the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the 14th year that U.S.

Why Taiwan's Defense Spending Has Fallen as China's Has Risen

May 19, 2015

ABSTRACTOver the past 20 years, the military balance between the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan has rapidly shifted.

Self-Regulatory Lessons From the US Commercial Nuclear Power Industry: Why Does It Work and Why Can’t It Be Replicated?

May 12, 2015

Abstract: In the early morning hours of March 28, 1979, began a series of events that led to a partial meltdown of the reactor core at Unit 2 of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant and the worst...

“No room for make-believe”: Making sense of US nuclear war plans during the Cold War

April 30, 2015

Abstract: Scholars know quite a lot about U.S. nuclear war planning from the end of World War II to the end of the Cold War.

The Rise and Fall of Ernst Röhm: Männerbund, National Revolution, and the Coming of the Third Reich

April 23, 2015

Ernst Röhm (1887-1934) was an early member of the Nazi Party and Hitler’s closest friend.  As head of the Nazi SA (Sturmabteilung), Röhm was one of the most powerful men in the Third Reich, at...