CISSM News

Media coverage of CISSM study of Iranian public opinion

February 05, 2016
The publication of "Iranian Attitudes in Advance of the Parliamentary Elections: Economics, Politics, and Foreign Affairs" garnered a number of mentions in newsmedia around the world. Below is a list of some of the more prominent mentions or uses of the study. Media coverage of study "What Would Be Most Likely to Unravel the Iran Nuclear Agreement" | The National Interest

New CISSM study finds Iranian support for current Iranian leaders and Iranian global engagement

February 03, 2016

NOTE: CISSM and the Program for Public Consultation previously published several studies on American attitudes toward the nuclear negotiations: "Assessing the Iran Deal" (September 2015), "Negotiations with Iran: Views from a Red State, a Blue State and a Swing State" (June 2015), "Americans...

CISSM named among top 50 academic think tanks in the world

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.

Gallagher and Hitchens discuss the weaponization of space

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.

CISSM awarded UMD grant to crowdsource space object database

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.

SPP students discuss international security with Under-Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller

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.

Q & A with Courtney Brasier, U.S. Foreign Service Officer and CISSM/SPP alum

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.

New CISSM scholar to research impact of evolving military capabilities in the Asia-Pacific

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.

UMD recognizes Gallagher's contributions to public understanding of Iran nuclear negotiations

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.

Q & A with Kirill Tanaev, 2015 visiting ISKRAN fellow

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?

Iranian public overwelmingly supports nuclear agreement, new study finds

September 09, 2015
NOTE: Read the full report, “Iranian Public Opinion on the Nuclear Agreement.” CISSM has published related studies of Iranian public opinion, in collaboration with the University of Tehran,"Iranian Public Opinion on the Nuclear Negotiations" (June 2015), and "Iranian Attitudes on Nuclear...

Sen. Ben Cardin visits SPP, as he weighs Iran Deal vote

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.

After weighing options, a majority of Americans approves Iran nuclear deal, new study finds

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."

Majority of Iranian public approves of pursuing nuclear agreement, new study finds

June 23, 2015

NOTE: CISSM published a related study in collaboration with the University of Tehran in September 2014: "Iranian Attitudes on Nuclear Negotiations." CISSM and the Program for Public Consultation also published studies on American attitudes toward the nuclear negotitaions: "Negotiations with Iran: Views from a Red State, a Blue State and a Swing State" (2015),...

2014 Yamamoto-Scheffelin Dissertation Prize winner receives doctoral degree

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.”

Nancy Gallagher appointed interim director of CISSM

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:

Dear Colleagues,

CISSM and SPP launch student support fund in memory of John D. Steinbruner

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.

Doctoral student wins UMD graduate fellowship

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.

CISSM receives new funding to research U.S.-Russian relations

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.

Graduate student awarded NNSA fellowship

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.

Majorities of Ukrainians do not support moving closer to EU or Russia, PPC study finds

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.

Iran nuclear deal backed by large majority of Americans, new PPC study finds

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.

Former UNIDIR director joins CISSM research team

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.

CISSM launches updated website

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 this month.

Catherine Kelleher convenes nuclear stability workshop

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.