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 issues.
Founded 30 years ago, CISAC today is building on its historic strengths to seek solutions to the many longstanding and emerging challenges associated with an increasingly complex world. We are guided 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.
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.