September 16, 2012
CISAC’s top security experts joined policy leaders on a national commission to analyze the importance of humanities and social science education for national security.
September 14, 2012
The Chicago Council's Global Agricultural Development Initiative hosted a series of comments on the drought, including one from FSE Associate Director and environmental earth system scientist David Lobell. For all of the talk about the need to adapt to climate change, we still know fairly little about two basic questions: what works best, and how much can adaptation deliver?
September 14, 2012
CISAC affiliated faculty member and Foreign Policy blogger Amy Zegart explains how spy-themed entertainment has distorted perceptions about intelligence agencies. When government officials recruit Disney to help design the National Counterterrorism Center and a Supreme Court justice says the fictional 24 operative saved Los Angeles, these misperceptions influence intelligence policy in very real ways.
September 14, 2012
Former Perry Fellow Katherine D. Marvel and colleagues at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory published a major study challenging conventional ideas about the limits of wind power. Through simulations and models, they find that wind power could meet global energy needs but caution that growth will likely be determined by economic, political, or technical factors and not global geophysical limitations.
September 12, 2012
On the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, protestors stormed the American embassies in Egypt and Libya. U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others were killed in attacks in Benghazi. The violence is a turning point in U.S.-Arab relations and a backlash against American involvement in the democratic transitions happening in Arab Spring countries.
September 12, 2012
The Liberation Technology Seminar Series at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law is back fall quarter with an exciting set of speakers. In light of the U.S. election season, the series will kick off with Daniel Kreiss who has worked extensively on technology and politics in the United States.
September 11, 2012
This summer CDDRL faculty traveled to Mongolia at the invitation of President Elbegdorj to teach an abridged form of the Draper Hills Summer Fellows program. In a blog post for The American Interest, Francis Fukuyama discusses Mongolia's growing mining sector and the threat it poses to the country's democratic and political development.
September 9, 2012
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti wants to restructure the state budget at the expense of the rich North. The prosperous South is fighting tooth and nail. This article is in German.
September 5, 2012
Computer scientist and CISAC affiliated faculty member John Mitchell has been named the first vice provost for online learning. The creation of the signals both a restructuring of the university and its dedication to ensuring pedagogical agility and rigor in the face of global, economic and social transformations.
September 5, 2012
Sharon Gourdji, postdoctoral scholar at Stanford's Center on Food Security and the Environment, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to assess climate change adaptation strategies for maize-bean smallholder farmers in Central America during the 2012-2013 academic year.