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Governance and organization issues affect government agencies' ability to transcend cultural or bureaucratic problems that can bedevil security policy. They can also impact nations' ability to cooperate with one another. Understanding and addressing these issues is a major priority for CISAC.

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April 16th, 2014

Gillum: NYPD decision to disband spy unit may aid counterterrorism

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news: The Monkey Cage on April 16, 2014

CISAC fellow Rachel Gillum writes in this commentary that the NYPD's decision to disband its special Muslim surveillance unit may eventually aid in counterterrorism efforts as the Muslim community regains trust and works together with the police to identify possible threats. 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 21st, 2014

CISAC's Anja Manuel asks: Is there a `right' path for the U.S. in Syria?

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

Anja Manuel says the crucial issue in the Syria meeting is determining if and how to intervene in a conflict where the "good guys" are becoming hard to find. Read more »



January 9th, 2014

Hecker and Perry: Iran's path to nuclear peace

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news: The New York Times on January 9, 2014

CISAC and FSI Senior Fellows Siegfried Hecker and Bill Perry argue in this New York Times OpEd Iran should concentrate on building better nuclear power plants. Read more »



January 7th, 2014

Scholars reveal depth of intelligence privacy, legal concerns

CISAC in the news

CISAC scholars are tackling the privacy and legal aspects of NSA surveillance. Jonathan Mayer's new research uncovers the depth of the the spy agency's telephone dragnet; Jennifer Granick and John Villasenor explain the legal issues surrounding domestic surveillance and what they mean for the Obama administration and Congress. Read more »



December 16th, 2013

Suspicion and mutual distrust may threaten U.S.-China relationship

CISAC, Shorenstein APARC, SCP Op-ed: The Washington Quarterly

Thomas Fingar and former CISAC Visiting Scholar Fan Jishe write that the U.S.-China relationship is stronger and more interdependent than ever, but mutual suspicion and distrust persists. They argue that four decades of stability have taught Beijing and Washington how to manage their relationship. Read more »



December 13th, 2013

Why Saddam Hussein never used chemical weapons in Gulf War

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

On the 10-year anniversary of the capture of Saddam Hussein, CISAC's Scott Sagan and PoliSci grad student Benjamin Buch use new information in this Foreign Policy piece about why the fallen Iraqi leader never used chemical weapons in the Gulf War. Read more »




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