January 26, 2016
CISSM was named one of the top 50 academic think tanks in the world in the 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Ranking. The ranking presents the collective judgment of 4,677 think tank researchers, journalists, policy makers, and philanthropists from more than 140 countries, as well as the Index’s panel of experts.
January 14, 2016
CISSM Interim Director Nancy Gallagher and CISSM Senior Research Scholar Theresa Hitchens participated in a January 11, 2016 discussion on "Space Weapons and the Risk of Nuclear Exchange" at the Atlantic Council. The discussion was prompted by a Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists roundtable discussion of the same name that included Gallagher.
January 11, 2016
The CISSM project to crowdsource a comprehensive, open-access database of space objects received a boost when the University of Maryland awarded it with a $50,000 seed grant to demonstrate the proof of concept.
November 25, 2015
U.S. security assistance and defense trade efforts under the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, and the status of U.S.-Russian cooperation were among the range of topics addressed by Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller and School of Public Policy students during a November 17 visit to State Department headquarters.
November 19, 2015
Former School of Public Policy (SPP) master's degree student and CISSM graduate assistant Courtney Brasier visited Washington, D.C., this fall and sat down with CISSM to discuss her current work as a State Department Foreign Service Officer (FSO) and her thoughts on ongoing international security challenges.
Tell us about your current position and your current responsibilities.
October 19, 2015
The evolving military capabilities of a range of Asian-Pacific nations pose particular challenges to regional and global security, according to research scholar Jaganath Sankaran
, who joined the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) in October 2015.
October 07, 2015
CISSM Interim Director Nancy Gallagher was awarded
a 2015 Research Communicator Impact Award from the University of Maryland Division of Research for her contributions to public understanding of the international negotiations about Iran's nuclear program.
September 15, 2015
Soon after arriving in College Park, MD, for his fellowship earlier this fall, Kirill Tanaev sat down with CISSM to discuss his background and goals for his visit.
What attracted you to the ISKRAN Visiting Scholar Program at CISSM?
September 02, 2015
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) visited the School of Public Policy for an intimate discussion with students from the school and other University of Maryland Departments about the ongoing congressional debate about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (otherwise known as the "Iran Deal"). To address his concern about the potential for Iran to develop nuclear weapons, Cardin said he believed the United States needed to present a unified front to the rest of the world and ensure continued coordination with U.S. allies and negotiating partners.
September 01, 2015
A majority of a national citizen advisory panel, made up of a representative sample of American registered voters, recommends Congress approve the deal recently negotiated between Iran, the United States and other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (plus Germany) on Iran’s nuclear program, according to a new study, "Assesing the Iran Deal."
May 25, 2015
CISSM Research Associate Ebrahim Mohseni
received his doctoral degree at the May 22, 2015 School of Public Policy graduation. Upon the completion of his doctoral dissertation in late 2014, Mohseni was awarded the 2014 Yamamoto-Scheffelin Dissertation Prize, for his dissertation, “When Coercion Backfires: The Limits of Coercive Diplomacy in Iran.”
May 21, 2015
Robert Orr, the dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, announced today that he was appointing Nancy Gallagher, who has been the associate director of research at CISSM since 2001, to be CISSM's interim director. Orr had the following to say about his appointment in an announcement to the school's faculty, staff, and students:
May 19, 2015
In memory of John, former students of his establshed the John Steinbruner Student Support Fund. The fund
will provide financial support for research and professional development activities by School of Public Policy students working on any policy problem related to cooperative security, broadly defined.
May 11, 2015
CISSM graduate assistant Zafar Imran was selected from among 4,000 graduate students to receive an All-S.T.A.R. fellowship awarded by the University of Maryland's Graduate School. The fellowship comes with a $10,000 award to be used in support of Imran's doctoral studies.
March 30, 2015
The Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded a new $500,000 grant to CISSM in support of its research and educational programming to assess and fundamentally improve U.S.-Russian relations.
March 16, 2015
Ian Andrews, a second-year masters of public policy student specializing in international security and economic policy, has been selected as a 2015 fellow for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)’s competitive Graduate Fellowship Program.
Andrews was one of two Maryland School of Public Policy finalists for this year’s fellowship and he is the second School of Public Policy student to receive an NNSA fellowship in the past two years.
March 09, 2015
CISSM senior research scholar and director of the Program for Public Consultation, Steven Kull, and CISSM senior fellow, Catherine Kelleher, participated in a panel discussion to mark the release of this study. View the Mardh 9, 2015 release event.
March 03, 2015
Negotiations over a proposed deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program are coming to a head while a March 2015 study finds a clear majority of Americans – 61 percent – support an agreement that would limit Iran’s enrichment capacity and impose additional intrusive inspections in exchange for the lifting of some sanctions. This included 61 percent of Republicans, 66 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of independents.
January 21, 2015
Theresa Hitchens, the former director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), is joining CISSM as a senior research scholar after 5 years at the U.N. body. At CISSM, Hitchens will conduct research and outreach relating to space security, cyber security, and the governance of disruptive technologies.
January 12, 2015
As part of an effort to make CISSM research and the work of its faculty and associates more widely accessible, CISSM redesigned and relaunched its website
December 22, 2014
The future of U.S.-Russian relations after Crimea, the impact of nuclear trafficking on stability, the role of international organizations in maintaining order, and the question of whether or not a world free of nuclear weapons would actually be more peaceful were all on the agenda at a workshop organized by CISSM Senior Fellow Catherine Kelleher
in Berlin earlier this month.
November 25, 2014
Two University of Maryland School of Public Policy students, from two different backgrounds, came together to write an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun, "Opportunity in a Shared Enemy," advocating for collaboration between Russia and the United States to stop ISIS. One student, Ekaterina Kudrina, is from Russia and is an ISKRAN postgraduate student visiting SPP for the semester.
November 03, 2014
A research group that includes CISSM scholar Kevin Jones was awarded a three-year grant by the Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative to investigate the impact of development aid on conflict. The $2.5 million project, entitled “Aiding Resilience? The Impact of Foreign Assistance on the Dynamics of Intrastate Armed Conflict,” is being led by researchers at the University’s Center for International Development and Conflict (CIDCM).