Center for International Security and Cooperation

The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is Stanford University’s hub for researchers tackling some of the world's most pressing security and international cooperation problems.

Founded more than 25 years ago, CISAC in its early years brought together scholars focused on U.S.-Soviet-China relations, arms control and nonproliferation, and the scientific and technical aspects of international security issues. Today we are building on our historic strengths in arms control to seek solutions to the many longstanding and emerging challenges associated with an increasingly complex world. CISAC's mission is to produce policy-relevant research on international security problems, to teach and train the next generation of security specialists, and to influence policymaking in international security.

Among them are war and civil conflict, migration and transnational flows, issues in public health and the environment, cyber and biosecurity, international norms and ethics, insurgency and homeland security, and nuclear proliferation. CISAC’s multi-disciplinary community brings together social scientists, historians, lawyers, physical and biological scientists, engineers, leaders from the private sector, and former policymakers.

Through education, scholarship, and track II (or unofficial) diplomacy, CISAC strives to influence the policymaking agenda in the United States and abroad. We are guided in this effort by our longstanding belief that a commitment to rigorous scholarship, openness to new ideas, and lively intellectual exchange can spur the creation and spread of knowledge to help build a safer world.

CISAC is co-directed by Siegfried Hecker, professor (research) in the Department of Management Science and Engineering, and Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, a professor and Deane F. Johnson faculty scholar at Stanford Law School and professor (by courtesy) of political science.