Harry featured on WYPR program about "Future of Security"

October 19, 2018

CISSM Senior Research Associate and SPP Associate Research Professor Charles Harry was among several guests on this week's "Future City" program on Baltimore's WYPR radio station. The segment focused on the "Future of Security" in both Baltimore and nationally. Harry discussed how public citizens should view the security of their interactions online and the threats posed by an increasing volume and diversity of cyber attacks. 

Q & A with visiting ISKRAN Fellow, Olesia Gretskaia

September 24, 2018

After arriving in College Park, MD, for her fellowship earlier this fall, Olesia Gretskaia sat down with CISSM to discuss her background and goals for her visit.


Steinbruner Fund supports doctoral work on Arctic security

July 09, 2018

​Doctoral student Rachael Gosnell attended the 2018 High North Dialogue in Norway this past April with support from the Steinbruner Student Support Fund.

CISSM welcomes new Research Associate Maria Snegovaya

June 13, 2018

Maria Snegovaya will join CISSM as a Research Associate this summer to do work related to Russian security policy and the European political dynamics. She’ll also take a lead role managing CISSM’s U.S.-Russian Security Relations project.

CISSM Research Associate Naoko Aoki wins prize for dissertation on North Korea

June 04, 2018

In her recently defended dissertation, CISSM research associate Naoko Aoki concludes that the United States did not always follow through on its commitments because of domestic political constraints. Aoki’s work received the 2018 Yamamoto-Scheffelin Endowment Prize for Dissertation Research. 

CISSM welcomes new nuclear policy researcher associate

June 04, 2018

​Nuclear policy scholar Dr. Sara Z. Kutchesfahani joined CISSM as a Research Associate this spring. In addition to her research on a range of nuclear policy topics, including fissile material security, nuclear governance, nonproliferation, and arms control, Kutchesfahani will also be teaching at the School of Public Policy as an adjunct professor. 

CISSM co-develops online nuclear weapons decision-making game

May 23, 2018

This past Sunday, fans of the CBS political drama Madam Secretary watched as a nuclear crisis between Russia and the United States played out to a peaceful conclusion. The moments when U.S. officials were deciding whether to launch a nuclear counterattack were harrowing—and relatively true to life. 

CISSM director Nancy Gallagher awarded inaugural SPP Dean’s Award

May 03, 2018

Citing her commitment to students, faculty development, and policy-relevant research, School of Public Policy Dean Robert Orr awarded CISSM Director Nancy Gallagher the inaugural Dean’s Award at the school’s celebration of service on April 26, 2018.

CISSM Senior Fellow Kathleen Vogel selected as Rutherford Fellow

April 23, 2018

CISSM Senior Fellow Kathleen Vogel was selected for a Rutherford Visiting Fellowship to support her work studying biosecurity threats, knowledge production on security, and patterns in human trafficking. As part of the fellowship she’ll be based at the Alan Turing Institute in London for the fall of 2018.

CISSM celebrates its 30th anniversary with gala event

April 18, 2018

The Center for International and Security Studies and Maryland (CISSM)—together with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends—celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a gala event on April 14, 2018 at the Riggs Alumni Center.

SPP doctoral graduates find post-degree success

February 22, 2018

A number of School of Public Policy doctoral graduates and students with close CISSM ties have made significant career moves this spring. 

New Study finds that majorities of Iranians agree with protestors' critiques of government economic performance, corruption

February 02, 2018

Update: The full report, "Iranian Public Opinion after the Protests" was published in July 2018.

In the wake of widespread protests in Iran, very large majorities of Iranians are critical of their government for economic mismanagement and corruption, yet equally large majorities reject the idea that Iran’s political system needs to undergo fundamental change, according to a new survey by the University of Maryland. 

CISSM remembers Adm. Stansfield Turner, 1923-2018

January 23, 2018

CISSM is saddened by the news of the death of former School of Public Policy faculty member and CISSM Senior Fellow Adm. Stansfield Turner, who died last week.

CISSM work on nuclear energy and nonproliferation receives MacArthur support

January 15, 2018

​The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarded CISSM a new grant to examine how to minimize the risks of proliferation, terrorist access to fissile material, and use of nuclear or radiological weapons that are emerging from the expansion of nuclear energy capacity and exports from East Asia.

MIT Press publishes former CISSM scholar book on space data sharing

December 22, 2017

Satellites orbiting Earth collect data on a wide variety of factors that are key to understanding and addressing global environmental challenges. Yet access to some of this data—including data from unclassified, government-owned satellites—remains restricted, finds a new book by former CISSM Scholar Mariel Borowitz.

Harry joins U.S. Chamber of Commerce cybersecurity council

October 16, 2017

​At the invitation of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, CISSM Senior Research Associate and Associate Research Professor Charles Harry has joined the Chamber's Cybersecurity Leadership Council.

Q&A with visiting ISKRAN Fellow

October 09, 2017

Soon after arriving in College Park, MD, for his fellowship earlier this fall, Oleg Krivolapov sat down with CISSM to discuss his background and goals for his visit.

Provost's Strategic Initiative Awards Funds to Develop CISSM Cyber Risk Assessment Framework

September 22, 2017

The University of Maryland's Office of the Provost has awarded CISSM a 3-year $300,000 matching grant to further develop its cyber risk assessment model and to apply the model to existing information technology systems.

Alec Worsnop and Catherine Worsnop join CISSM

September 18, 2017

This fall, CISSM welcomes Alec Worsnop and Catherine Worsnop. Alec joins CISSM as a research fellow and has also been appointed as an assistant professor at the School of Public Policy. Catherine joins CISSM as a research associate and has also been appointed as an assistant research professor at the School of Public Policy. 

Sankaran announced as finalist for Brodie Prize

August 30, 2017

Research published by CISSM Research Associate Jaganath Sankaran was named a finalist for the 2018 Brodie Prize.

Sankaran’s research, published in the journal Contemporary Security Policy, evaluated the capabilities of missile defense installations in South Korea and the need for the South Korean government to reassure China of its intentions regarding its missile defense cooperation with the United States. 

New study find that Iranians see Rouhani's election as endorsement of his foreign policy, nuclear deal, but not revolutionary change

July 28, 2017

A new University of Maryland poll, "The Ramifications of Rouhani's Re-election," finds that 8 in 10 Iranians agree that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s re-election means most Iranians approve of his foreign policy and the nuclear deal he negotiated with the P5+1 countries. Less than a quarter (24 %) said it signified that most Iranians disapprove of the ideals of the Islamic revolution.

Kathleen Vogel joins CISSM as a Senior Fellow

May 25, 2017

​CISSM is pleased to welcome Kathleen Vogel, a recently appointed associate professor at the School of Public Policy, who will be a senior fellow at the center. Vogel, who is currently finishing a Jefferson Science Fellowship at the U.S. Department of State, will be joining the school full-time in the Fall of 2017.

Goren participates in NPT Prepcom side events

May 23, 2017

On May 8 and May 10, 2017, CISSM Research Scholar Nilsu Goren spoke on two expert panels that the Geneva Center for Security Policy and the Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East (APOME), a collaborative research group consisting of some 100 regional and international experts, co-organized as side events to the 2017 Preparatory Committee of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) in Vienna, at the Vienna International Center (VIC).

CISSM GA accepts nuclear security fellowship

May 15, 2017

Jill Maloney, a recent School of Public Policy graduate and CISSM graduate assistant, was awarded a graduate fellowship from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Maloney is the third graduate student and CISSM GA to accept a position through the NNSA fellowship program.

Nelson receives a Bosch Fellowship

April 17, 2017

CISSM Research Scholar Amy Nelson was awarded a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship to conduct research and education on transatlantic relations in Germany.

While in Germany, Nelson will be researching German military innovation, including new developments and attitudes towards regulation and cooperation.