CISSM News

New CISSM study finds that benefits from nuclear deal fall short of Iranian expectations

July 13, 2016

A year ago, when the nuclear deal was signed, 63 percent of Iranians said they expected tangible improvements in people’s living conditions within a year. However a new University of Maryland poll, "Iranian Public Opinion, One Year after the Nuclear Deal," finds that now, a year later, three quarters (74%) of Iranians say there has been no improvement at all. 

CISSM Graduate Fellow Nancy Hayden wins dissertation prize

May 16, 2016

Scholars have struggled for decades to understand why certain civil conflicts persist over time and how best to effectively end them. In her doctoral dissertation, CISSM Graduate Fellow Nancy Hayden took a new approach to this challenge, applying dynamic systems modelling to better understand a number of persistent African conflicts and identifying how, if applied judiciously, certain international interventions can transform conflicts.

Kelleher leads workshop on nuclear order in South Asia

May 09, 2016

CISSM Senior Fellow Catherine M. Kelleher and Cornell Professor Emeritus Judith Reppy led a workshop on South Asia nuclear order on May 2 and 3, 2016. The workshop was the latest in a series organized by Kelleher and Reppy as part of a larger project, "A Stable Transition to a New Nuclear Order."

CISSM graduate assistant wins UMD graduate school fellowship

May 02, 2016

The University of Maryland's Graduate School awarded CISSM graduate assistant Davin O'Regan an All S.T.A.R. fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. O'Regan was one of 16 students in the university to receive the fellowship, which recognizes students' scholarship and work as a graduate assistant and is accompanied by a $10,000 stipend.

CISSM cohosts a presidential surrogates' foreign policy debate

April 22, 2016

Foreign policy adivsors to the presidential campaigns of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton debated the merits of their candidate's foreign policy positions for more than an hour and a half in the School of Public Policy's Van Munching Hall atrium. Derek Chollet, Secretary Clinton's advisor, and Lawrence Korb, Senator Sanders's advisor, spelled out their candidates policies toward Iran, Russia, China, Saudia Arabia, Israel, among many other topics. View the complete debate, which was held on April 21...

Q & A with Jincui Zhang, CISSM Visiting Scholar

April 18, 2016

Earlier this semester, CISSM welcomed visiting scholar, Jincui Zhang, an associate professor of International Relations at the School of Social Sciences, Shanghai University. She is also a Fellow of the Center for Global Studies of Shanghai University. Dr. Zhang will be visiting the school until the end of 2016. CISSM sat down with Dr. Zhang to learn about her research interests and her plans for her year at the school.

New CISSM study finds broad-base support for Rouhani post-parliamentary elections

March 31, 2016

A new poll of Iranians, "Iranian Public Attitudes Before & After Parliamentary Elections," finds that in the wake of the parliamentary election, Rouhani is in a strong position with the Iranian public. Sixty-three percent say they voted for candidates who support Rouhani, while just 22% say they voted for his critics.

SPP students present research with support from Steinbruner Student Support Fund

March 28, 2016

Financial support from the Steinbruner Student Support Fund enabled one current and one former doctoral student from the School of Public Policy to present their research at the 2016 annual International Studies Association meeting, which was held in Atlanta from March 16-19, 2016.

Q & A with Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO and SPP/CISSM alum

February 11, 2016

On February 11, 2016, the director genereal of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, visited the School of Public Policy, where she studied as a fellow in 1989. In addition to giving a talk about her current work and engaging the school community in a wide-ranging discussion, she also answered a series of questions posed by CISSM.


How has your work at UNESCO affected the way you see public policy-making?

CISSM named among top 50 academic think tanks in the world

February 08, 2016
The Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) was named one of the top 50 academic think tanks in the world in the 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Ranking. The ranking presents the collective judgment of 4,677 think tank researchers, journalists, policy makers, and philanthropists from more than 140 countries, as well as the Index’s panel of experts.

Media coverage of CISSM study of Iranian public opinion

February 05, 2016
The publication of "Iranian Attitudes in Advance of the Parliamentary Elections: Economics, Politics, and Foreign Affairs" garnered a number of mentions in newsmedia around the world. Below is a list of some of the more prominent mentions or uses of the study. Media coverage of study "What Would Be Most Likely to Unravel the Iran Nuclear Agreement" | The National Interest

New CISSM study finds Iranian support for current Iranian leaders and Iranian global engagement

February 03, 2016

NOTE: CISSM and the Program for Public Consultation previously published several studies on American attitudes toward the nuclear negotiations: "Assessing the Iran Deal" (September 2015), "Negotiations with Iran: Views from a Red State, a Blue State and a Swing State" (June 2015), "Americans...

Gallagher and Hitchens discuss the weaponization of space

January 14, 2016

CISSM Interim Director Nancy Gallagher and CISSM Senior Research Scholar Theresa Hitchens participated in a January 11, 2016 discussion on "Space Weapons and the Risk of Nuclear Exchange" at the Atlantic Council. The discussion was prompted by a Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists roundtable discussion of the same name that included Gallagher.

CISSM awarded UMD grant to crowdsource space object database

January 11, 2016
The CISSM project to crowdsource a comprehensive, open-access database of space objects received a boost when the University of Maryland awarded it with a $50,000 seed grant to demonstrate the proof of concept.

SPP students discuss international security with Under-Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller

November 25, 2015
U.S. security assistance and defense trade efforts under the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, and the status of U.S.-Russian cooperation were among the range of topics addressed by Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller and School of Public Policy students during a November 17 visit to State Department headquarters.

Q & A with Courtney Brasier, U.S. Foreign Service Officer and CISSM/SPP alum

November 19, 2015
Former School of Public Policy (SPP) master's degree student and CISSM graduate assistant Courtney Brasier visited Washington, D.C., this fall and sat down with CISSM to discuss her current work as a State Department Foreign Service Officer (FSO) and her thoughts on ongoing international security challenges. Tell us about your current position and your current responsibilities.

New CISSM scholar to research impact of evolving military capabilities in the Asia-Pacific

October 19, 2015
The evolving military capabilities of a range of Asian-Pacific nations pose particular challenges to regional and global security, according to research scholar Jaganath Sankaran, who joined the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) in October 2015.

UMD recognizes Gallagher's contributions to public understanding of Iran nuclear negotiations

October 07, 2015
CISSM Interim Director Nancy Gallagher was awarded a 2015 Research Communicator Impact Award from the University of Maryland Division of Research for her contributions to public understanding of the international negotiations about Iran's nuclear program.

Q & A with Kirill Tanaev, 2015 visiting ISKRAN fellow

September 15, 2015
Soon after arriving in College Park, MD, for his fellowship earlier this fall, Kirill Tanaev sat down with CISSM to discuss his background and goals for his visit. What attracted you to the ISKRAN Visiting Scholar Program at CISSM?

Iranian public overwelmingly supports nuclear agreement, new study finds

September 09, 2015
NOTE: Read the full report, “Iranian Public Opinion on the Nuclear Agreement.” CISSM has published related studies of Iranian public opinion, in collaboration with the University of Tehran,"Iranian Public Opinion on the Nuclear Negotiations" (June 2015), and "Iranian Attitudes on Nuclear...

Sen. Ben Cardin visits SPP, as he weighs Iran Deal vote

September 02, 2015
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) visited the School of Public Policy for an intimate discussion with students from the school and other University of Maryland Departments about the ongoing congressional debate about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (otherwise known as the "Iran Deal"). To address his concern about the potential for Iran to develop nuclear weapons, Cardin said he believed the United States needed to present a unified front to the rest of the world and ensure continued coordination with U.S. allies and negotiating partners.

After weighing options, a majority of Americans approves Iran nuclear deal, new study finds

September 01, 2015
A majority of a national citizen advisory panel, made up of a representative sample of American registered voters, recommends Congress approve the deal recently negotiated between Iran, the United States and other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (plus Germany) on Iran’s nuclear program, according to a new study, "Assesing the Iran Deal."

Majority of Iranian public approves of pursuing nuclear agreement, new study finds

June 23, 2015

NOTE: CISSM published a related study in collaboration with the University of Tehran in September 2014: "Iranian Attitudes on Nuclear Negotiations." CISSM and the Program for Public Consultation also published studies on American attitudes toward the nuclear negotitaions: "Negotiations with Iran: Views from a Red State, a Blue State and a Swing State" (2015),...

2014 Yamamoto-Scheffelin Dissertation Prize winner receives doctoral degree

May 25, 2015
CISSM Research Associate Ebrahim Mohseni received his doctoral degree at the May 22, 2015 School of Public Policy graduation. Upon the completion of his doctoral dissertation in late 2014, Mohseni was awarded the 2014 Yamamoto-Scheffelin Dissertation Prize, for his dissertation, “When Coercion Backfires: The Limits of Coercive Diplomacy in Iran.”

Nancy Gallagher appointed interim director of CISSM

May 21, 2015

Robert Orr, the dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, announced today that he was appointing Nancy Gallagher, who has been the associate director of research at CISSM since 2001, to be CISSM's interim director. Orr had the following to say about his appointment in an announcement to the school's faculty, staff, and students:

Dear Colleagues,