Terrorism, Insurgency, and Homeland Security
CISAC researchers are engaged in scholarship dedicated to exploring the nature and organizational structure of international terrorist organizations, and how best to prevent, mitigate, or counter violence committed by non-state actors.
CISAC's Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer explains that when it comes to chemical weapons, Syria is no Iraq. The Assad regime's purported use of chemical weapons could have lasting effects in Syria and across the region. Read more »
CISAC in the news: The Economist on May 4, 2013
British Intelligence sources estimate about 100 of its citizens are fighting for Islamist groups in Syria. CISAC's Thomas Hegghammer explains that few Islamists from Western countries return and attack their homeland, but those who do generally carry out more successful attacks. Read more »
CISAC, FSI Stanford, CDDRL News
Afghanistan: The New Forgotten War. Stanford scholars and military experts talk about lessons learned and what to expect after the 12-year war finally comes to an end.
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Two of CISAC's scholars, William J. Perry and Jeremy Weinstein, received honors in recognition of their groundbreaking work in international affairs. Read more »
In an homage to William J. Perry's lifetime commitment to national security, the National Defense University has renamed one of its major research centers the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, which will be known as the Perry Center. Read more »
CISAC in the news
CISAC Zuckerman Fellow Thomas Hegghammer used open-source data for his article, in which he asks: Why do some Western jihadists attack at home while others join foreign insurgencies? Read more »
CISAC Op-ed: The New York Times on January 7, 2013
CISAC Faculty Member Amy Zegart discusses how changing American attitudes toward torture have impacted intelligence agencies. The Obama administration's recent appointment of John Brennan to lead the CIA is a case in point. Read more »