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07/15/2014 - CISSM and the Program for Public Consultation released the findings of a new study on American public opinion on Iran Negotiations, "Americans on Negotiations with Iran."

06/04/2014 - CISSM Senior Fellow Catherine Kelleher was awarded a $280,000 grant by the Naval Supply Systems Command to complete a study entitled "Missile Defense, Extended Deterrence and Nonproliferation in the 21st Century."

05/12/2014 - CISSM Director John Steinbruner and Graduate Fellow Ebrahim Mohseni participated in a March 2014 dialogue with Iranian religious leaders in Tehran.

04/28/2014 - The Deep Cuts Commission, which includes CISSM Senior Fellows Steve Fetter and Catherine Kelleher, released its inaugural report, "Preparing for Deep Cuts: Options for Enhancing Euro-Atlantic and International Security."

04/21/2014 - Last week, CISSM hosted Russian students from the Institute of U.S. and Canadian Studies (ISKRAN) as part of its Collaborative Education and Cooperative Security Project. Read the complete trip report.

03/06/2014 - CISSM released Comprehensive Nuclear Material Accounting, the final report of its 2-year study on the role that enhanced nuclear material accounting can play in support of a range of nuclear risk reduction goals. View a webinar outlining the report's findings. 

02/01/2014 - With support from the CISSM Target of Opportunity Fund, Graduate Fellow Nancy Hayden travelled to Burundi and Kenya to conduct field work as part of her research on the resiliency of actors and institutions in the face of civil conflict.

01/20/2014 - The Italian think tank, Lo Spazio della Politica, named CISSM Research Fellow Madiha Afzal one of its Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013.

01/02/2014 - Edinburgh University Press has published CISSM Research Fellow Daniel Levine's new book The Morality of Peacekeeping, which examines the specific moral challenges confronting peacekeepers and how they can address them.

10/30/2013 - CISSM co-hosted "Making History? Will Iran’s Domestic Politics Permit a Change in its Foreign Policy?" featuring CISSM Research Director Nancy Gallagher, NIAC President Trita Parsi, Scholar Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, and Prof. Shibley Telhami. Watch the event, which was so-sponsored by Roshan Institute for Persian Studies.

09/02/2013 - CISSM welcomes ISKRAN Fellow Korney Kozlov who is spending the fall at the School of Public Policy.

08/30/2013 - Comments by CISSM Director John Steinbruner and CISSM Research Director Nancy Gallagher are featured as part of the Carnegie Corporation's Rebuilding the U.S.-Russia Relationship project.

07/31/2013 - CISSM cohosted "Attitudes from Tehran: Iranian Public Opinion and the Rowhani Presidency," an event featuring Iranian scholar Ebrahim Mohseni and CISSM Senior Research Scholar Steven Kull. View a video of the event.

07/01/2013 - The Yamamoto-Scheffelin Endowment for Dissertation Research awarded Charles Harry, a CISSM research scholar, its 2013 dissertation prize upon completion of his dissertation, The Effect of Economic Condition on Civil Unrest: New Insights from Agent Based Modeling. CISSM published a policy brief, "Deteriorating Economic Condition and the Emergence of Social Instability," drawn from Harry's dissertation.

06/19/2013 - The Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative awarded a 3-year, $1.9 million research grant to a team of researchers led by Elisabeth Gilmore, CISSM research fellow and assistant professor in the School of Public Policy, to investigate how climate change could affect human well-being and lead to civil conflict with the goal of identifying interventions to mitigate these risks.

04/29/2013 - CISSM released "Media Coverage of Iran's Nuclear Program" and hosted a panel discussion about the report at the Wilson Center for International Scholars. Read an event summary.

04/01/2013 - Last week, CISSM hosted students from Moscow's Institue for U.S. and Canadian Studies as part of its Collaborative Education and Cooperative Security project. This year's visit marked the project's 10th annual student exchange.

03/25/2013 - The Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded CISSM a 2-year, $400,000 grant in support of CISSM's Collaborative Education and Cooperative Security project.

03/08/2013 - CISSM Director John Steinbruner deliverd a keynote address on the political and social implications of climate change at WorldAffairs 2013. Video of his remarks is available here.

11/09/2012 - A National Research Council panel chaired by CISSM Director John Steinbruner released its report, "Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis."

10/18/2012 - CISSM hosted a special event, "A Deficit of Morals? Are the Presidential Candidates' Security Policies Moral?" as part of its ongoing exploration of morality and security. The moderated discussion included CISSM director John Steinbruner and CISSM associates Steve Fetter, Daniel Levine, and Shibley Telhami.

09/12/2012 - The National Capital Area Political Science Association awarded CISSM Senior Fellow I. M. "Mac" Destler with its 2012 Walter Beach Pi Sigma Alpha Award in recognition of his life-long public service as a political scientist. View Destler's acceptance remarks.

08/29/2012 - CISSM welcomes ISKRAN Fellow Alexey Stepanov and Fulbright Fellow He Yun, a doctoral candidate from Tsinghua University, who are spending the fall and the full-year, respectively, at the School of Public Policy.

07/01/2012 - The Soviet Biological Weapons Program: A History, a sweeping, 900-page account authored by CISSM senior research scholar Milton Leitenberg and Montery Institute of International Studies scholar Raymond Zilinskas, was published by the Harvard University Press.

05/31/2012 - The Yamamoto-Scheffelin Endowment for Dissertation Research awarded Jaganath Sankaran, a CISSM research scholar, its first ever dissertation prize upon completion of Sankaran’s dissertation, “Debating Space Security: Capabilities and Vulnerabilities.”

04/15/2012 - CISSM Graduate Fellow Nilsu Gören was awarded a P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship for $10,000 to support her doctoral work. Gören was also recently selected to be a Security Scholar at the Federation of American Scientists.

04/10/2012 - CISSM Graduate Assistant Jaganath Sankaran was awarded a post-doctoral Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship by the RAND Corporation.

02/20/2012 - The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded CISSM a $900,000 grant to investigate ways to minimize the risks associated with a large-scale global expansion of nuclear energy use in an effort to mitigate climate change. Read more about this project.

02/09/2012 - Former Iranian Amb. Seyed Hossein Mousavian addressed the CISSM Forum about ways to improve U.S.-Iranian relations. View video (part 1 and part 2) of the event, or read the prepared remarks.

02/06/2012 - CISSM Senior Fellow Catherine Kelleher participated in the Munich Security Conference, where she and other commissioners from the European American Security Initiative formally presented the project's final report.

12/29/2011 - The biological research oversight system outlined in the CISSM monograph, "Controlling Dangerous Pathogens," has received renewed public interest (see comments in Science and Bloomberg News, and by CISSM Director John Steinbruner) in light of controversial experiments on H5N1 flu virus.

12/07/2011 - CISSM and its Program on International Policy Attitudes released the results of a public opinion poll, "Faith and Global Policy Challenges," exploring how individuals' spritual obligations impact their policy preferences on climate change, nuclear weapons, and poverty.

11/14/2011 - Arms control and nonproliferation policy students met with State Department officials to discuss the latest U.S. arms control and cooperative security initiatives.

11/01/2011 - The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) has awarded CISSM a $270,000 grant to investigate the role that nuclear material accounting can play in reducing the risks posed by the expanded global use of nuclear energy and in facilitating deep reductions in global nuclear weapons stockpiles.

09/26/2011 - CISSM hosted a workshop with students and faculty from area universities and MSPP on September 23, 2011 as part of its project on morality and security.

09/05/2011 - CISSM Director John Steinbruner was asked to chair the National Research Council's Panel on Assessing the Impact of Climate Change on Social and Political Stresses.

08/12/2011 - CISSM Director John Steinbruner and Research Director Nancy Gallagher each addressed a congressional seminar on nuclear weapons and nuclear security that was sponsored by the AAAS's Center for Science, Technology, and Security Policy. Read Steinbruner's and Gallagher's remarks.

06/30/2011 - The Skoll Global Threats Fund awarded CISSM a $180,000 research grant to engage religious communities in addressing the threats posed by nuclear weapons policies, climate change, and poverty and to explore these threats’ moral implications.

04/25/2011 - CISSM graduate assistant Courtney Brasier, who helped to coordinate CISSM's collaboration with the Russian Institute of U.S.-Canada Studies, has accepted a position as a U.S. Foreign Service Political Officer.

04/04/2011 - Russian students from the Institute of U.S. and Canada Studies visited CISSM as part of the Collaborative Education and Cooperative Security project. Read the complete trip report.

04/01/2011 - The Carnegie Corporation of New York has awarded CISSM a $410,000 grant in support of its collaborative work with the Institute of U.S and Canada Studies to train the next generation of U.S. and Russian security experts.

03/17/2011 - CISSM hosted Jane Holl Lute, the deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, for a special CISSM Forum in the Van Munching Hall atrium.

02/04/2011 - Steven Kull, a senior research scholar at CISSM and director of the Center on Policy Attitudes, released a study from COPA's Program for Public Consultation, "How the American Public Would Deal with the Budget Deficit," which shows substantial support for cuts to the defense budget.

11/22/2010 - Visiting research assistant Anton Grishanov was interviewed [in Russian] by the Voice of America on November 22, 2010 about his views on NATO-Russia relations.

11/11/2010 - CISSM was awarded Pepsi Challenge Funding to host a screening and discussion of the acclaimed documentary film, Countdown to Zero, on campus.

10/26/2010 - CISSM sponsored a screening of the counterinsurgency classic, The Battle of Algiers, on October 26, in 1113 Van Munching Hall.

10/04/2010 - CISSM hosted a reading of "Dead Dogs: An American Tragedy," an 80-minute drama by playwright Greg Steinbruner. CISSM research fellow, Daniel Levine, led a post-performance discussion of the ethical issues raised by the play.

09/30/2010 - CISSM co-sponsored a September 29 lunch-time talk by Dwight Raymond of the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute.

09/21/2010 - CISSM launched its fall 2010 film series with a September 21 showing of Nuclear Tipping Point at 7 pm in 1113 Van Munching Hall.

05/04/2010 - CISSM hosted a lunch talk by Russian Amb. Sergey I. Kislyak.  The event was part of the CISSM Forum series.

04/30/2010 - Russian students from the Institute of U.S. and Canada Studies visited CISSM as part of the Collaborative Education and Cooperative Security project. Read the full trip report.

04/26/2010 - CISSM co-hosted an African Security Panel on April 23, which featured CISSM Research Fellow Daniel Levine, Graduate Assistant Michael Kniss, and others.

03/08/2010 - The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded CISSM a $350,000 grant in support of its Advanced Methods of Cooperative Security Program.

01/25/2010 - CISSM Research Director Nancy Gallagher addressed the Middle Powers Initiative’s "Atlanta Consultation III: Fulfilling the NPT" conference.

01/04/2010 - Catherine Kelleher, a CISSM Senior Fellow and a College Park Professor, was recently appointed to the Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative (EASI), a high-level international commission sponsored by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, whose goal is to lay the intellectual foundation for an inclusive Euro-Atlantic security system for the twenty-first century.

12/20/2009 - CISSM Director John Steinbruner was selected to chair the National Research Council's Committee on Deterring Cyberattacks.

12/15/2009 - School of Public Policy graduate establishes Yamamoto-Scheffelin Endowment for Policy Research to support the CISSM Forum, with a primary focus on supporting the preparation of research papers related to policy topics discussed at the forum.

09/23/2009 - Irina Bokova, a Bulgarian diplomat and a former fellow of the CISSM-affiliated Maryland Seminar on Foreign Policymaking, was recently selected to be director general of UNESCO.

08/24/2009 - The American Political Science Association has awarded CISSM senior fellow Catherine McArdle Kelleher its prestigious Hubert H. Humphery Award in recognition of her years of public service. The award was presented at the association’s annual fall conference.

07/12/2009 - Jonas Siegel, the former editor of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, has joined CISSM as a research associate.

03/23/2009 - Steve Fetter dean of the School of Public Policy for the past four years and Senior Fellow at CISSM, has been appointed assistant director at-large at the Office of Science and Technology Policy