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October 24th, 2012

Zegart: Why wasn't cybersecurity key in presidential debates?

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

Amy Zegart writes in Foreign Policy: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned of a looming "cyber Pearl Harbor" and the CIA calls Internet security one of the greatest threats against the nation. So why wasn't the issue brought up during the presdiential debates? Read more »



October 12th, 2012

1962 or 2012? Intelligence agencies still failing 50 years on

CISAC in the news: Foreign Policy on October 10, 2012

CISAC Faculty Member Amy Zegart outlines how 50 years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, the CIA and other intelligence agencies still operate in an organizational and psychological mindset that favors consensus and consistency. These "invisible pressures" led to intelligence failures in Cuba in 1962 and Iraq in 2002. Read more »



October 8th, 2012

Crenshaw in FP: Who killed Christopher Stevens?

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

CISAC's Martha Crenshaw writes in Foreign Policy that the Obama administration has been criticized for an inconsistent and slow response to the deadly attack on the consulate in Libya. But the record suggests that hesitation may be more the norm than the exception. Read more »



October 2nd, 2012

Zegart: Americans' support for harsh counterterrorism methods increasing

CISAC in the news: Foreign Policy on September 25, 2012

In the face of a terrorist attack, one quarter of Americans said they would use nuclear weapons to stop terrorists. Read more »




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