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.
May 11, 2015
CISSM graduate assistant Zafar Imran was selected from among 4,000 graduate students to receive an All-S.T.A.R. fellowship awarded by the University of Maryland's Graduate School. The fellowship comes with a $10,000 award to be used in support of Imran's doctoral studies.
March 30, 2015
The Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded a new $500,000 grant to CISSM in support of its research and educational programming to assess and fundamentally improve U.S.-Russian relations.
March 16, 2015
Ian Andrews, a second-year masters of public policy student specializing in international security and economic policy, has been selected as a 2015 fellow for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)’s competitive Graduate Fellowship Program.
Andrews was one of two Maryland School of Public Policy finalists for this year’s fellowship and he is the second School of Public Policy student to receive an NNSA fellowship in the past two years.
March 09, 2015
CISSM senior research scholar and director of the Program for Public Consultation, Steven Kull, and CISSM senior fellow, Catherine Kelleher, participated in a panel discussion to mark the release of this study. View the Mardh 9, 2015 release event.
March 03, 2015
Negotiations over a proposed deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program are coming to a head while a March 2015 study finds a clear majority of Americans – 61 percent – support an agreement that would limit Iran’s enrichment capacity and impose additional intrusive inspections in exchange for the lifting of some sanctions. This included 61 percent of Republicans, 66 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of independents.
January 21, 2015
Theresa Hitchens, the former director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), is joining CISSM as a senior research scholar after 5 years at the U.N. body. At CISSM, Hitchens will conduct research and outreach relating to space security, cyber security, and the governance of disruptive technologies.
January 12, 2015
As part of an effort to make CISSM research and the work of its faculty and associates more widely accessible, CISSM redesigned and relaunched its website
December 22, 2014
The future of U.S.-Russian relations after Crimea, the impact of nuclear trafficking on stability, the role of international organizations in maintaining order, and the question of whether or not a world free of nuclear weapons would actually be more peaceful were all on the agenda at a workshop organized by CISSM Senior Fellow Catherine Kelleher
in Berlin earlier this month.
November 25, 2014
Two University of Maryland School of Public Policy students, from two different backgrounds, came together to write an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun, "Opportunity in a Shared Enemy," advocating for collaboration between Russia and the United States to stop ISIS. One student, Ekaterina Kudrina, is from Russia and is an ISKRAN postgraduate student visiting SPP for the semester.
November 03, 2014
A research group that includes CISSM scholar Kevin Jones was awarded a three-year grant by the Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative to investigate the impact of development aid on conflict. The $2.5 million project, entitled “Aiding Resilience? The Impact of Foreign Assistance on the Dynamics of Intrastate Armed Conflict,” is being led by researchers at the University’s Center for International Development and Conflict (CIDCM).
September 17, 2014
A new survey of the Iranian public,"Iranian Attitudes on Nuclear Negotiations,"
finds that the majority of Iranians would support their government making a deal on Iran’s nuclear program that includes some key steps sought by P5+1 countries. Large majorities, however, deem some possible demands, such as dismantling half of Iran’s centrifuges, to be unacceptable.
July 15, 2014
More than 60 percent of Americans favor making a deal with Iran that would limit Iran’s enrichment capacity and impose additional intrusive inspections in exchange for the lifting of some sanctions. This includes 62 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of independents. This was the key finding of a new public opinion study released by the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) and the Program for Public Consultation (PPC) at an event on Tuesday, July 15.
June 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."
May 12, 2014
CISSM Director John Steinbruner and Graduate Fellow Ebrahim Mohseni participated in a March 2014 dialogue with Iranian religious leaders in Tehran.
April 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."
April 24, 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.
March 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.
February 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.