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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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."
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.”
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:
May 19, 2015
In memory of John, former students of his establshed the John Steinbruner Student Support Fund. The fund
will provide financial support for research and professional development activities by School of Public Policy students working on any policy problem related to cooperative security, broadly defined.