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International Security and Cooperation

International Security and Cooperation aims to utilize its multidisciplinary community to train students in issues of international security. Special focus will be given to addressing three broad areas of concern, often with important overlaps: nuclear weapons policy, proliferation, and regional tensions; homeland security issues; and more effective global engagement.

Research Center

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 innovatively addressing some of the world's most vexing 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 improvements in security for the United States and other countries and we recognize that international cooperation among peoples and governments is often the best way to achieve international security.

Gateway Course

This course looks at the major threats and global responses to international and regional security. It aims to teach students alternative social science theories for understanding contemporary international security issues; provide the basic technical and scientific information needed to understand these problems; and explore the policy options that are available to decision-makers in the United States and other states. Topics include arms control, the military legacy of the Cold War, regional conflicts, proliferation of advanced weapons capabilities, civil and ethnic wars, and terrorism.

Elective Courses

A full list of elective courses for the International Security and Cooperation concentation can be found online in Explore Degrees.