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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
CISSM Director Nancy Gallagher and Research Scholar Charles Harry were awarded a UMD "Invention of the Year" award at "Innovate Maryland," a UMD celebration of innovation and partnerships held on April 12, 2017.
From March 27, 2017 to April 3, 2017, CISSM hosted a group of six students and a faculty member from Moscow’s Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies (ISKRAN). This was ISKRAN’s fourteenth annual visit to CISSM.
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.
CISSM research on Iranian public opinion of Europe and European policies was featured prominently in the 2017 Munich Security Report, released in early February 2017. This year's report, subtitled "Post-Truth, Post-West, Post-Order?" focused on the effect of global policy challenges, including Mideast security challenges, on European secuirty policy.
The Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), together with the Maryland Global Initiative on Cybersecurity (MaGIC) and the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise (CPPPE), visited Tokyo in November 2016 and February 2017 to help senior Japanese government officials develop effective strategies against cyber threats at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. .
Citing her leadership and scholarly accomplishments, the dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, Robert Orr, appointed Nancy Gallagher as the next director of the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM).
For the second year in a row, CISSM was named one of the top 50 academic think tanks in the world in the 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Ranking. The ranking presents the collective judgment of 2,543 think tank researchers, journalists, policy makers, and philanthropists from more than 140 countries, as well as the Index’s panel of experts.
President Donald J. Trump has said he will renegotiate the deal with Iran on its nuclear program, but a large majority of Iranians oppose making more concessions even if Trump offers incentives, according to a new poll conducted by the University of Maryland shortly after Trump’s election. Seven in ten Iranians reject giving up all uranium enrichment even if Trump were to offer to lift more U.S. sanctions on Iran. Six in ten are against lengthening the duration of special limits on Iran’s program in exchange for lifting more sanctions.
With the Donald J. Trump administration just a couple of weeks away from taking over the nation’s foreign policy, a new survey from the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation (PPC) finds that nearly two thirds of Americans oppose withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and seeking to negotiate a better deal, as has been proposed by the president-elect.
The University of Maryland’s Center for Orbital Debris Education and Research (CODER), brought satellite operators, scientists, academics and government officials from around the world together from November 15 to 17, 2016 at the second biennial CODER Workshop on Orbital Debris to elucidate the current state of efforts to lower the risks from orbital debris these issues so that progress can be made toward ensuring safety of space operations. CISSM cosponsored the...
While some e-voting systems continue to have security vulnerabilities, the potential for a cyber event to swing the results of the November 8 election remains very small. Much more likely, however, is the possibility that questions about voting results and the disruptive activities of some actors in cyber space will undermine confidence in American democracy, according to the participants in a November 3 discussion at the University of Maryland's Adele Stamp Student Union.
The need for the United States and Russia to maintain and expand security cooperation on a range of issues--including nuclear arms control, cyber threats, European and Mideast security--despite heightened tensions between the two countries emerged as a common theme from presentations and discussions at an October 11, 2016 workshop between U.S. and Russian security scholars.
As part of CISSM's ongoing work to foster U.S.-Russian cooperation on a range of international security issues, CISSM Interim Director Nancy Gallagher and Senior Research Scholar Theresa Hitchens visited Moscow from September 26 to October 1, 2016 to meet with faculty and students at The Institute for USA and Canada Studies (ISKRAN) and attend a PIR Center conference on cyber and space security issues.
Soon after arriving in College Park, MD, for her fellowship earlier this fall, Mayya Nguen sat down with CISSM to discuss her background and goals for her visit.
A year ago, when the nuclear deal was signed, 63 percent of Iranians said they expected tangible improvements in people’s living conditions within a year. However a new University of Maryland poll, "Iranian Public Opinion, One Year after the Nuclear Deal," finds that now, a year later, three quarters (74%) of Iranians say there has been no improvement at all.
Scholars have struggled for decades to understand why certain civil conflicts persist over time and how best to effectively end them. In her doctoral dissertation, CISSM Graduate Fellow Nancy Hayden took a new approach to this challenge, applying dynamic systems modelling to better understand a number of persistent African conflicts and identifying how, if applied judiciously, certain international interventions can transform conflicts.