Friday, October 28, 2011

What is CISAC?

Note, over the next few weeks I'll be sharing the name and functions of the various organizations that are visited by or visit the Department of State.

CISAC is the Center for International Security and Cooperation
At 9:30 am today, Assistant Secretary Gottemoeller spoke at a seminar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC).

From their website:
The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), part of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), is an interdisciplinary university-based research and training center addressing some of the world's most difficult security problems with policy-relevant solutions. The Center is committed to scholarly research and to giving independent advice to governments and international organizations. In that effort, both parts of our name are crucial: we seek international security and we recognize that cooperation among peoples and governments is often the best way to achieve this.

CISAC is co-directed by Siegfried Hecker, professor (research) in the Department of Management Science and Engineering, and Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, a professor and Deane F. Johnson faculty scholar at Stanford Law School and professor (by courtesy) of political science.

CISAC recognizes that addressing security challenges today often requires close collaboration among scientists, social scientists and policy experts, and that a multidisciplinary approach is needed to address complex challenges. The Center draws on leading scholars from a range of disciplines, integrating political, regional, and scientific expertise in international affairs. CISAC works along other lines as well, bringing together scholars with legal and medical professionals, military leaders, government officials, business people and members of the community.

CISAC researchers have produced award-winning books and highly influential reports on U.S. nuclear weapons strategy, biological terrorism, the proliferation of nuclear weapons in South and East Asia, civil wars, and United Nations peacekeeping.
Policy Relevant

CISAC's faculty and staff, several of whom have served in presidential administrations, represent a mixture of scholarly achievement and policy expertise. CISAC's scholars engage in longterm, independent thinking and research that can provide new bases of understanding for policymakers that is difficult for government officials and staff to pursue while in office. CISAC's faculty and researchers also provide independent advice--giving briefings in Washington and foreign capitals, participating in advisory boards and panels, and providing expert analysis to international organizations.

The Center is dedicated to teaching and training in international security and cooperation. CISAC has a vibrant fellowship program at the predoctoral, postdoctoral, and mid-career levels, and convenes workshops and conferences that attract key policymakers, scholars, and students from around the world. CISAC faculty also teach hundreds of Stanford undergraduates and offer the only undergraduate honors program on international security in the United States, thus playing a key role in training the next generation of security specialists.
CISAC Executive Committee

* William J. Perry, Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor, School of Engineering and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (committee chair)
* Kenneth Arrow, Joan Kenney Professor of Economics, Emeritus, and Professor of Operations Research, Emeritus
* Coit D. Blacker (ex officio), Director and Senior Fellow at Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Professor of Political Science, by courtesy
* Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Professor and Deane F. Johnson Faculty Scholar at Stanford Law School; CISAC Co-director
* Edward A. Feigenbaum, Kumagai Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus, and Co-Scientific Director, Knowledge Systems Laboratory, Emeritus
* Siegfried S. Hecker (ex officio), Co-Director of CISAC, Professor (Research) in the Department of Management Science and Engineering, and Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
* David Holloway, Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History; Senior Fellow; Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; CISAC Faculty Member; Forum on Contemporary Europe Research Affiliate
* Michael A. McFaul, Director, Center for Development, Democracy, and the Rule of Law; Deputy Director, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Professor of Political Science; Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
* Norman M. Naimark, Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of Eastern European Studies, Department of History
* M. Elisabeth Paté-Cornell, Burton J. and DeeDee McMurtry Professor in the School of Engineering and a Senior Fellow, by courtesy, at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
* Lee D. Ross, Professor of Psychology
* Scott D. Sagan (ex officio), Professor of Political Science
* Lucy Shapiro, the Virginia and D. K. Ludwig Professor of Developmental Biology at the Stanford School of Medicine and Senior Fellow, by courtesy, at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
* James L. Sweeney, Professor, Department of Management Science and Engineering; Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
* Lawrence M. Wein, Paul E. Holden Professor of Management Science; CISAC Faculty Member

My Schedule of Regular Posts:
*Monday through Friday morning - schedules of President, VP and Secretary of State and her diplomats
*Monday through Friday afternoon - List of topics Limbaugh discussed on his program that day*
Monday through Friday throughout the day - My posts on anything that I feel like talking about. At least one or two a day, sometimes more.
*Saturday through Sunday morning - An addition to my booklist of political books - covering Democrats, Republicans and other interested parties.

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