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Governance, Organizations and Security

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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May 31st, 2012

Jones, Esberg say Obama foreign policy will continue even with a Republican win

CISAC in the news

In a Campaign 2012 policy brief for the Brookings Institution, CISAC affiliate Bruce Jones, Thomas Wright, and former research assistant and honors student Jane Esberg, say the next president's foreign policy should pick up Obama's lead. Due to an interdependent global economy, the U.S. has become vulnerable and dependent on the actions of regional powers such as Brazil, China, and India -- leaving the president with a delicate balancing act. Read more »



May 30th, 2012

Symantec's Nachenberg dissects malicious Stuxnet computer worm

CISAC, FSI Stanford News

The Stuxnet computer worm is perhaps the most malicious piece of software ever built. Symantec Chief Architect Carey Nachenberg explains how the Stuxnet worm spread, evaded detection and ultimately accomplished its mission. Read more »



May 25th, 2012

Ethics & War series concludes looking at future security threats

CISAC News

Stanford's two-year debate on Ethics & War concluded May 16 with the final event in the series, "WAR: Ethical Challenges on the Horizon." The final event was hosted by the Rev. Scotty McLennan, Dean for Religious Life at Stanford with debate by Debra Satz of the Center for Ethics in Society, CISAC's Scott Sagan and Charles Dunlap of Duke University's Center on Law, Ethics and National Security.



May 21st, 2012

Eikenberry makes the case for invigorating Taiwan-U.S. relations

CISAC, Shorenstein APARC News

In an article for Foreign Policy, Karl Eikenberry argues that the drifting Taiwan-U.S. relationship puts the stability of the Asia-Pacific region at risk. He observes that other regional allies are hedging their bets against a rising military power in China because of skepticism that the United States can keep its commitments, and outlines key weaknesses that Washington must overcome with Taipei.




May 15th, 2012

Stanford conference to explore governance and the provision of public goods

Program on Poverty and Governance Announcement

The CDDRL Program on Poverty and Governance together with the Center for Latin American Studies will host a conference on May 18-19 to explore how governance impacts the provision of public goods and services throughout the world. Read more »



May 14th, 2012

Foiled Yemen plot a success thanks to paradigm shifts in intelligence

CISAC in the news: CNN on May 11, 2012

Recent counterterrorism triumphs such as the foiled Yemen bombing plot and last year's raid on the Osama Bin Laden compound in Pakistan are the result of better analytical and organizational operations, according to intelligence expert Amy Zegart.




May 11th, 2012

Eikenberry looks to future of American military, calls for more accountability

CISAC, FSI Stanford News

The former military commander and ambassador says Congress and the media must hold the military more accountable. He also cited the economy as the No. 1 threat to U.S. security during while delivering his second Payne Lecture. Read more »




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