Maria Snegovaya will join CISSM as a Research Associate this summer to do work related to Russian security policy and the European political dynamics. She’ll also take a lead role managing CISSM’s U.S.-Russian Security Relations project.
In her recently defended dissertation, CISSM research associate Naoko Aoki concludes that the United States did not always follow through on its commitments because of domestic political constraints. Aoki’s work received the 2018 Yamamoto-Scheffelin Endowment Prize for Dissertation Research.
Nuclear policy scholar Dr. Sara Z. Kutchesfahani joined CISSM as a Research Associate this spring. In addition to her research on a range of nuclear policy topics, including fissile material security, nuclear governance, nonproliferation, and arms control, Kutchesfahani will also be teaching at the School of Public Policy as an adjunct professor.
This past Sunday, fans of the CBS political drama Madam Secretary watched as a nuclear crisis between Russia and the United States played out to a peaceful conclusion. The moments when U.S. officials were deciding whether to launch a nuclear counterattack were harrowing—and relatively true to life.
Citing her commitment to students, faculty development, and policy-relevant research, School of Public Policy Dean Robert Orr awarded CISSM Director Nancy Gallagher the inaugural Dean’s Award at the school’s celebration of service on April 26, 2018.
CISSM Senior Fellow Kathleen Vogel was selected for a Rutherford Visiting Fellowship to support her work studying biosecurity threats, knowledge production on security, and patterns in human trafficking. As part of the fellowship she’ll be based at the Alan Turing Institute in London for the fall of 2018.
The Center for International and Security Studies and Maryland (CISSM)—together with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends—celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a gala event on April 14, 2018 at the Riggs Alumni Center.
A number of School of Public Policy doctoral graduates and students with close CISSM ties have made significant career moves this spring.
Update: The full report, "Iranian Public Opinion after the Protests" was published in July 2018.
In the wake of widespread protests in Iran, very large majorities of Iranians are critical of their government for economic mismanagement and corruption, yet equally large majorities reject the idea that Iran’s political system needs to undergo fundamental change, according to a new survey by the University of Maryland.
CISSM is saddened by the news of the death of former School of Public Policy faculty member and CISSM Senior Fellow Adm. Stansfield Turner, who died last week.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarded CISSM a new grant to examine how to minimize the risks of proliferation, terrorist access to fissile material, and use of nuclear or radiological weapons that are emerging from the expansion of nuclear energy capacity and exports from East Asia.
Satellites orbiting Earth collect data on a wide variety of factors that are key to understanding and addressing global environmental challenges. Yet access to some of this data—including data from unclassified, government-owned satellites—remains restricted, finds a new book by former CISSM Scholar Mariel Borowitz.
At the invitation of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, CISSM Senior Research Associate and Associate Research Professor Charles Harry has joined the Chamber's Cybersecurity Leadership Council.
Soon after arriving in College Park, MD, for his fellowship earlier this fall, Oleg Krivolapov sat down with CISSM to discuss his background and goals for his visit.
The University of Maryland's Office of the Provost has awarded CISSM a 3-year $300,000 matching grant to further develop its cyber risk assessment model and to apply the model to existing information technology systems.
This fall, CISSM welcomes Alec Worsnop and Catherine Worsnop. Alec joins CISSM as a research fellow and has also been appointed as an assistant professor at the School of Public Policy. Catherine joins CISSM as a research associate and has also been appointed as an assistant research professor at the School of Public Policy.
Research published by CISSM Research Associate Jaganath Sankaran was named a finalist for the 2018 Brodie Prize.
Sankaran’s research, published in the journal Contemporary Security Policy, evaluated the capabilities of missile defense installations in South Korea and the need for the South Korean government to reassure China of its intentions regarding its missile defense cooperation with the United States.
A new University of Maryland poll, "The Ramifications of Rouhani's Re-election," finds that 8 in 10 Iranians agree that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s re-election means most Iranians approve of his foreign policy and the nuclear deal he negotiated with the P5+1 countries. Less than a quarter (24 %) said it signified that most Iranians disapprove of the ideals of the Islamic revolution.
CISSM is pleased to welcome Kathleen Vogel, a recently appointed associate professor at the School of Public Policy, who will be a senior fellow at the center. Vogel, who is currently finishing a Jefferson Science Fellowship at the U.S. Department of State, will be joining the school full-time in the Fall of 2017.
On May 8 and May 10, 2017, CISSM Research Scholar Nilsu Goren spoke on two expert panels that the Geneva Center for Security Policy and the Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East (APOME), a collaborative research group consisting of some 100 regional and international experts, co-organized as side events to the 2017 Preparatory Committee of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) in Vienna, at the Vienna International Center (VIC).
Jill Maloney, a recent School of Public Policy graduate and CISSM graduate assistant, was awarded a graduate fellowship from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Maloney is the third graduate student and CISSM GA to accept a position through the NNSA fellowship program.
CISSM Research Scholar Amy Nelson was awarded a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship to conduct research and education on transatlantic relations in Germany.
While in Germany, Nelson will be researching German military innovation, including new developments and attitudes towards regulation and cooperation.
CISSM Director Nancy Gallagher and Research Scholar Charles Harry were awarded a UMD "Invention of the Year" award at "Innovate Maryland," a UMD celebration of innovation and partnerships held on April 12, 2017.
From March 27, 2017 to April 3, 2017, CISSM hosted a group of six students and a faculty member from Moscow’s Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies (ISKRAN). This was ISKRAN’s fourteenth annual visit to CISSM.