Large Bipartisan Majorities Favor Growing Trade Through International Agreements

June 26, 2019

A new in-depth survey from the University of Maryland finds that large majorities of Americans have concerns about the impact of international trade on the US economy, job security, and inequality, but an overwhelming 87% support the US, together with other countries, continuing to promote the growth of trade through a set of agreed-upon rules that seek to lower barriers to trade and ensure trade is done fairly.  This includes 84% of Republicans as well as 93% of Democrats.

Large Bipartisan Majorities Favor Prohibiting President from Using Nuclear Weapons First Without Congressional Approval

May 20, 2019

A new in-depth survey on U.S. nuclear weapons policy finds that 68% of voters (including 59% of Republicans and 74% of Democrats), support Congressional legislation prohibiting the President from using nuclear weapons first without Congressional approval and a declaration of war.  An overwhelming 8 in 10, of Republicans as well as Democrats do not support a policy shift  in the Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review that explicitly declares the U.S.

Kelleher feted at Fellowship launch event; Rand named inaugural fellow

May 07, 2019

The School of Public Policy celebrated the legacy of College Park Professor Catherine Kelleher, a founding faculty member of the School, at a celebration at the National Academy of Sciences on Sunday, May 5, 2019. 

SPP master’s student wins nuclear security fellowship

May 02, 2019

​The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has named graduating master’s student Erica Symonds a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) graduate fellow for the 2019-2020 year. 

Q & A with Miao Zhengming, visiting cyber policy scholar

April 30, 2019

After arriving in College Park, visiting scholar Miao Zhengming, a doctoral student from Tsinghua University, sat down with CISSM to discuss his plans for his time at the University of Maryland.


CISSM Seed Grant awarded to research on well-being and political protest

April 25, 2019

How do labor market trends in the Middle East affect human well-being, and ultimately the likelihood that individuals engage in political protest? School of Public Policy faculty member Prof. Carol Graham and doctoral candidate Sergio Pinto will explore this question and others as part of a research project that was awarded $5,000 of funding from the 2019 CISSM Seed Grant competition.

Program for Public Consultation study finds that more than 8 in 10 Americans favor US involvement in NATO

April 03, 2019

Celebrations of the 70th anniversary of NATO on April 4 may be clouded by concerns about statements by Donald Trump questioning the US commitment to NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.  However, a new survey finds that 83% of American voters favor the US continuing to be part of NATO, including 90% of Democrats, but also 77% of Republicans and 76% of those who voted for Trump. 

Alumna Q & A : Mariel Borowitz on the Relevance of Outer Space Policies

February 27, 2019

President Trump’s recent announcement about forming a U.S. Space Force has brought space policy issues to the international security forefront. CISSM reached out to Dr. Borowitz to learn about her work on space policy and to ask what other issues—besides Space Force—she thinks ought to be getting more attention in policy and public discussions.

SPP launches Kelleher fellowship for international security graduate students

February 18, 2019

The University of Maryland School of Public Policy is launching a new graduate fellowship to support students studying international security policy. The fellowship is named in honor of College Park Professor Catherine Kelleher, who was a founding faculty member of the school and has a long track-record of working to advance the careers of women scholars and practitioners.

Harry, Gallagher, and Hitchens to speak at inaugural UMD cybersecurity conference

February 06, 2019

CISSM Director Nancy Gallagher, and Senior Research Associates Charles Harry and Theresa Hitchens will each be participating in panels and discussions as part of the inuagural 2019 Executive UMD Cybersecurity Summit, which is being held on the April 4-5, 2019 at The Hotel at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Two-thirds oppose U.S. withdrawal from Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty, new CISSM study finds

February 05, 2019

As the Trump administration has formally initiated the process of withdrawing from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia, saying that Russia has persistently violated the Treaty, a just-completed survey of American voters finds that two thirds oppose taking this step, opting instead for staying within the Treaty and redoubling efforts to work with the Russians to resolve their disputes about compliance.  Those opposed to withdrawing from the Treaty include 55% of Republicans and 51% of Trump voters, as well as 77% of Democrats.

Steinbruner fund supports student work on Russia, arms control

January 23, 2019

On a trip to Moscow, Russia, in November 2018, School of Public Policy master’s student Tucker Boyce (pictured, far right, with U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman) found himself sitting face to face with members of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Meeting those officials gave me a different perspective on the latest arms control developments, including President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the INF Treaty,” says Boyce. 

CISSM hosts European Space Agency director

December 17, 2018

​CISSM hosted a delegation from the European Space Agency (ESA), including Johann-Dietrich “Jan” Wörner, the Director General of ESA, for a discussion about international cooperation on a range of space issues, including exploration, data collection and analysis, and debris mitigation on December 7, 2018.

Harry featured on WYPR program about "Future of Security"

October 19, 2018

CISSM Senior Research Associate and SPP Associate Research Professor Charles Harry was among several guests on this week's "Future City" program on Baltimore's WYPR radio station. The segment focused on the "Future of Security" in both Baltimore and nationally. Harry discussed how public citizens should view the security of their interactions online and the threats posed by an increasing volume and diversity of cyber attacks. 

Q & A with visiting ISKRAN Fellow, Olesia Gretskaia

September 24, 2018

After arriving in College Park, MD, for her fellowship earlier this fall, Olesia Gretskaia sat down with CISSM to discuss her background and goals for her visit.


Steinbruner Fund supports doctoral work on Arctic security

July 09, 2018

​Doctoral student Rachael Gosnell attended the 2018 High North Dialogue in Norway this past April with support from the Steinbruner Student Support Fund.

CISSM welcomes new Research Associate Maria Snegovaya

June 13, 2018

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.

CISSM Research Associate Naoko Aoki wins prize for dissertation on North Korea

June 04, 2018

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. 

CISSM welcomes new nuclear policy researcher associate

June 04, 2018

​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. 

CISSM co-develops online nuclear weapons decision-making game

May 23, 2018

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. 

CISSM director Nancy Gallagher awarded inaugural SPP Dean’s Award

May 03, 2018

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 selected as Rutherford Fellow

April 23, 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.

CISSM celebrates its 30th anniversary with gala event

April 18, 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.

SPP doctoral graduates find post-degree success

February 22, 2018

A number of School of Public Policy doctoral graduates and students with close CISSM ties have made significant career moves this spring. 

New Study finds that majorities of Iranians agree with protestors' critiques of government economic performance, corruption

February 02, 2018

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.