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Amy Zegart, PhD

Co-Director of CISAC; Davies Family Senior Fellow and Associate Director of Academic Affairs, Hoover Institution; Professor of Political Economy (by courtesy), Graduate School of Business

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June 20th, 2014

Zegart: Should the US be bullish or bearish on China's rapid rise?

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

CISAC Co-Director Amy Zegart writes in The American Interest that a strong and rising China, as well as a weak and unstable one, should concern the United States. But perhaps most troubling is the uncertainty about which scenario will eventually play out. Read more »



March 13th, 2014

Zegart: Feinstein-CIA fracas is a blow for the intelligence agency

CISAC, FSI Stanford Q&A

CISAC Co-Director Amy Zegart calls accusations by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein that the CIA may have violated the U.S. Constitution "an extraordinary moment" for relations between Congress and the intelligence agency. +VIDEO+
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February 26th, 2014

Security class gets extra help from technology created by Stanford grads

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

When some 140 Stanford students and faculty recently gathered to simulate an emergency session of the UN Security Council, they had some real-world data that had never been used before: satellite images of Iran’s Arak nuclear facility. They came from Skybox Imaging, a Silicon Valley start-up launched by Stanford grads working at the intersection of technology and security. Read more »



February 18th, 2014

Zegart: Obama's foreign policy is robust. But is it sustainable?

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

CISAC Co-Director Amy Zegart argues in this Foreign Policy commentary that, like all presidents, President Obama is relatively unconstrained in the near term to pursue the foreign policies he desires. But he is seriously constrained over the longer term by three factors that are often hard to see. Read more »



January 24th, 2014

Stanford experts: Sochi Games difficult to defend against terrorism

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games are a prime target for terrorism, say Stanford scholars, including CISAC's Amy Zegart and Martha Crenshaw. The proximity and intensity of the neighboring Chechen separatist threat as well as the Russian handling of the security issue are heightening fears about possible attacks. Read more »




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Al Qaeda is down, not out
Amy Zegart: "Talk of strategically defeating Al Qaeda is all the rage in the White House these days. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta used the "D-word" in July. President Obama declared in his new counter-terrorism strategy, "We can say with growing confidence… that we have put Al Qaeda on the path to defeat." Compared to the woeful state of the economy, terrorism has become the administration's feel-good story of the year."
September 7, 2011 in Los Angeles Times

Hoover Institution Press Releases Book Highlighting Why America’s Post-9/11 Intelligence System Remains Dysfunctional
Hoover Institution Press today released "Eyes on Spies: Congress and the United States Intelligence Community" by Amy Zegart. Zegart's commentary is especially poignant in light of thetenth anniversary of 9/11. As the nation evaluates whether we are safer today than we were ten years ago, Zegart examines surprising reasons for weaknesses in the US intelligence community and sheds light on why deficiencies continue to persist.
August 30, 2011 in Business Wire (press release)