Center for International Security and Cooperation

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Formerly the Center for International Security and Arms Control, co-founded by physicist Sidney Drell and political scientist John Lewis, CISAC now stands for the Center for International Security and Cooperation. CISAC is a research center at Stanford University that studies a range of international and domestic security and cooperation issues, including nuclear proliferation, counter-terrorism and homeland security, conflict resolution, and governance problems affecting security. The Center has particular strength on issues involving arms control as well as governance and security, and has a long history of encouraging collaboration between social and natural scientists. CISAC scholars have also made important contributions to the study of ethnic conflict, global governance, organizations, and homeland security. It is a part of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Among its most distinguished current and former members are William J. Perry, 19th United States Secretary of Defense; George Bunn, first general counsel for the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; Michael May, former Director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1965-1971); astronaut Sally Ride; Condoleezza Rice, former United States Secretary of State; Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, a Stanford law professor and former official of the Clinton and Obama administrations; Siegfried Hecker, Director emeritus of Los Alamos National Laboratory (1985-1997) and winner of the 2009 Enrico Fermi Award; and Whitfield Diffie, an American cryptographer and one of the pioneers of public-key cryptography.

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