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May 15th, 2013

Syria's chemical weapons could intensify civil war and regional instability

CISAC in the news

CISAC's MÃ¥lfrid 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 »


British Islamist fighters in Syria a cause for concern

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 »



May 1st, 2013

Stanford scholars: Lessons learned from the Afghanistan War

CISAC, FSI Stanford, CDDRL News

With the Taliban now open to peace talks, a political end to the war in Afghanistan appears in sight. A number of Stanford scholars have been closely involved with the war - as diplomats, soldiers, analysts and educators. In this video they discuss lessons learned from America's second-longest war and talk about what's next for Afghanistan. +VIDEO+
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