Past Projects

National Security Council Project

Established in 1998 as a collaborative undertaking of CISSM and The Brookings Institution, this project was directed by Ivo H. Daalder and I. M. "Mac" Destler. The project examined the National Security Council (NSC) as a central element in the making of U.S. foreign policy. To shed light on the historical records, Daalder and Destler hosted seven oral history roundtables between 1998 and 2000, bringing together officials who had served on the NSC staff and related agencies. Daalder and Destler’s research culminated in the book, In the Shadow of the Oval Office: Profiles of the National Security Advisers and the Presidents They Served from JFK to George W. Bush (Simon and Schuster, 2009). Oral history roundtable transcripts are available through the CISSM publication database. For more details on the project, please visit the Brookings Institution's NSC webpage.

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National Intelligence Council Project

Initiated in late 1999 and managed by Bill Lahneman, the project intended to make the U.S. intelligence community aware of the leading scholarly research on: broad trends shaping the future international environment; potential future threats to U.S. and global security; and opportunities and challenges that these developments pose for the continued peace and prosperity of the United States and the stability of the international system. The project tested the premise that intelligence organizations cannot hope to be the sole source and repository of privileged information upon which policy makers base many crucial decisions. Rather, intelligence analysis can profit greatly by tapping into the vast expertise, research, and other information found in academia, nongovernmental organizations, the business sector, and various intergovernmental organizations. The project brought groups of scholars and other experts together with members of the U.S. intelligence community to examine central questions about the international challenges facing the United States in the twenty-first century. The project utilized both foreign and domestic open sources of information. All work was conducted on an unclassified basis.

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Women In International Security

Women In International Security (WIIS) is an international, non-partisan educational program and professional network, dedicated to the advancement of women in the field of foreign and defense policy. Founded in 1987 at the University of Maryland, WIIS offers a comprehensive set of programs designed to educate the international community about the roles and contributions of women working in the field of international security. A membership organization, WIIS (pronounced "wise") sponsors a range of activities, including the WIIS databank listing women experts; seminars and conferences on substantive issues; the WIIS Summer Symposium for graduate students; and the Jobs Hotline and WIIS Words. WIIS is currently located at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University.

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The Jerusalem Project

The Jerusalem Project focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It sought to develop new approaches to both the process of achieving an end to the conflict, as well as to the substantive issues of the conflict. Areas of policy research have included Jerusalem, refugees, statehood in Gaza, and responses to Hamas' electoral victory. Jerome M. Segal was the director of the project. He is the author of Creating the Palestinian State: A Strategy for Peace (1989) and co-author of Negotiating Jerusalem (2000).

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Foreign Policy and the Public 

Co-directed by I. M. “Mac” Destler and Steven Kull (director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes), this project engaged policy practitioners in a dialogue about public attitudes and how they affect U.S. foreign policy. In a comprehensive report, “The Foreign Policy Gap,” the project examined the significant difference between policymakers' views of public opinion and the reality of those public attitudes. The project has also sponsored a major conference and the book, Misreading the Public: The Myth of a New Isolationism, co-authored by Kull and Destler.


Bosnia After Dayton: Lessons for Peace Operations

Directed by Ivo Daalder, this project examined U.S. policy toward Bosnia since the beginning of the Bosnian war in order to derive lessons for future interventions in internal conflicts. It also examined the U.S. policy process, with an emphasis on the decision to intervene.

Caging the Nuclear Genie

Directed by Adm. Stansfield Turner, the former Director of Central Intelligence, this project examined U.S. policy toward nuclear weapons. In the books resulting from the project--Caging the Nuclear Genie: An American Challenge for Global Security and Caging the Genies: A Workable Solution for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Weapons--Turner argues for a policy of strategic escrow, which could allow deep reductions in both U.S. and Russian arsenals.


Project on a New U.S.-European Dialogue

Co-directed by Ivo Daalder and Fran Burwell, this project engaged in a comprehensive review of U.S.-European relations after the Cold War, including both security and economic issues. Through workshops and other activities, the project explored ways to enhance transatlantic cooperation and lessen continuing tension between traditional allies. The project produced a book, The United States and Europe in the Global Arena (Macmillan, 1999).


The Maryland-Tsukuba Papers Project 

Co-sponsored with the University of Tsukuba in Japan, the project focused on domestic sources of bilateral U.S.-Japan tensions. In the Maryland/Tsukuba Papers, the project examined both economic and political aspects of the U.S.-Japan relationship.


The Project on Rethinking Arms Control (PRAC)

Directed by Ivo Daalder, this project sponsored discussion groups aimed at challenging the assumptions on which previous arms control efforts had been based. It published the PRAC Papers series, as well as the Arms Control Briefs, some of which are available in the CISSM publications database.

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