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July 2nd, 2014

Felter: Insurgents attack aid programs to undermine governments

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

Research by CISAC Senior Research Scholar Joe Felter shows that insurgents try to derail government-delivered aid programs in poor areas because they fear successful programs will boost the government's credibility. Preventive measures include providing greater security around aid projects and limiting advance knowledge about them. Read more »



June 12th, 2014

Felter: Development projects don't always win `hearts and minds'

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

CISAC senior research scholar Joe Felter provides evidence that the strategy of "winning hearts and minds" with development projects can backfire in some conflict zones where insurgents are suspicious of government intent. Read more »



February 11th, 2014

Philippines military recognizes Felter for counterterrorism work

CISAC, FSI Stanford News

CISAC's Joe Felter is awarded a badge of honor by the Philippines Army in recognition of his support in forming the country’s first counterterrorism unit. The Light Reaction Battalion has been battling terrorists and rebels in the Southeast Asian nation for a decade. Read more »



July 18th, 2013

Hecker: North Korea ready for fourth nuclear test

CISAC in the news: Reuters on July 17, 2013

According to CISAC’s Sig Hecker, North Korea is prepared for a fourth nuclear test. The country is weighing the benefits of further testing; increased pressure and disapproval from China could stay Pyongyang’s trigger finger. Read more »



June 26th, 2013

PRC-ROK summit underscores shared interests and common concerns

CISAC, Shorenstein APARC, KSP Op-ed: The Financial Times (in Chinese language)

Shorenstein APARC experts comment that South Korean President Park Geun-hye's visit to China this week attests to the magnitude and importance of geostrategic changes in Northeast Asia. Read more »



April 10th, 2013

Hecker responds to NKorea's intent to expand nuclear arsenal

CISAC, FSI Stanford Q&A

North Korea says it will restart its nuclear facilities, including its nuclear reactor in Yongbyon, which had been mothballed since 2007. CISAC's Siegfried Hecker -- who has visited North Korea numerous times and was given a tour of its uranium enrichment facility in 2010 -- and considers the consequences in this Q&A. Read more »



March 15th, 2013

Hecker, Sagan argue Seoul shouldn't go nuclear against North

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news: New York Times on March 11, 2013

CISAC's Hecker and Sagan argue against Seoul building up a nuclear arsenal in the wake of the North's third nuclear test and its threat of "raining bullets on the enemy." Read more »




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