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Committee on International Security Studies

1982–Present

The Committee on International Security Studies (CISS) plans and sponsors research on current and emerging challenges to global peace and security.

Profound social, economic, environmental, and technological transformations now underway will affect the prospects for peace and human well-being in the coming decades. Accommodating these changes will be the primary challenge of states, nongovernmental organizations, corporations, and multilateral institutions. A concern for this process of transformation and international accommodation is at the core of CISS-sponsored research.

CISS has sustained an innovative program of public policy studies for more than 30 years. In the 1980s, CISS sponsored path-breaking analyses of the implications of the Strategic Defense Initiative and the militarization of space. In the 1990s, CISS projects helped to redefine the field of international security studies by focusing on such issues as the relationship between environmental scarcity and violent conflict, the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, the problem of humanitarian intervention, and the challenge of strengthening institutions of international justice. Current CISS projects focus on the global nuclear future and an examination of the ethical dilemmas posed by new military technologies.

Project Chairs

  • Steven Miller
    Harvard University
  • John Steinbruner
    University of Maryland

Senior Advisors

  • Francis M. Bator
    Harvard University
  • James Carroll
    The Boston Globe
  • Siegfried S. Hecker
    Stanford University
  • Matthew Meselson
    Harvard University

Staff

  • Francesca Giovannini
  • Kathryn Moffat

Committee Members

  • Richard L. Garwin
    IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
  • Jennifer Leaning
    Harvard University
  • Robert Legvold
    Columbia University
  • Janne Nolan
    Eisenhower Institute
  • Barry Posen
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Bruce Russett
    Yale University
  • Scott D. Sagan
    Stanford University
  • Shibley Telhami
    University of Maryland

  • Deceased

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Corruption, Global Security, and World Order
Brookings Institution Press, 2009

Robert I. Rotberg, editor
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The Minimum Means of Reprisal: China's Search for Security in the Nuclear Age
MIT Press, 2007

Jeffrey Lewis, editor
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Statehood and Security: Georgia after the Rose Revolution
MIT Press, 2005

Robert Legvold and Bruno Coppieters, editors
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The Russian Military: Power and Policy
MIT Press, 2004

Steven E. Miller and Dmitri Trenin, editors
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Swords and Sustenance: The Economics of Security in Belarus and Ukraine
MIT Press, 2004

Robert Legvold and Celeste A. Wallander, editors
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Thinking Strategically: The Major Powers, Kazakhstan, and the Central Asian Nexus
MIT Press, 2003

Robert Legvold, editor
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War with Iraq: Costs, Consequences, and Alternatives
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2002

Carl Kaysen, Steven E. Miller, Martin B. Malin, William D. Nordhaus and John D. Steinbruner, authors
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The United States and the International Criminal Court
Rowman & Littlefield, 2000

Sarah Sewall and Carl Kaysen, editors
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Environment, Scarcity, and Violence
Princeton University Press, 1999

Thomas F. Homer-Dixon, editor
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Light Weapons and Civil Conflict
Rowman & Littlefield, 1999

Jeffrey Boutwell and Michael T. Klare, editors
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The US and the International Criminal Court: The Choices Ahead
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1999

Sarah Sewall and Carl Kaysen, authors
Belarus at the Crossroads
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1999

Sherman W. Garnett and Robert Legvold, editors
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The Case of Indonesia
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1997

Charles Victor Barber, author
The Case of China
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1997

Elizabeth Economy, author
Peace Operations by the United Nations: The Case for a Volunteer UN Military Force
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1996

Carl Kaysen and George Rathjens, authors
The Impact of the New Borderlands on the Russian Military
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1995

Sherman W. Garnett, author
Lethal Commerce: The Global Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1995

Jeffrey Boutwell, Michael T. Klare and Laura W. Reed, editors
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Israeli-Palestinian Security: Issues in the Permanent Status Negotiations
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1995

Jeffrey Boutwell and Everett Mendelsohn, authors
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Collective Responses to Regional Problems: The Case of Latin America and the Caribbean
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1994

Carl Kaysen, Robert A. Pastor and Laura W. Reed, editors
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Emerging Norms of Justified Intervention
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1993

Laura W. Reed and Carl Kaysen, editors
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Pressure Points: Environmental Degradation, Migration and Conflict and Bangladesh and Assam: Land Pressures, Migration and Ethnic Conflict
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1993

Astri Suhrke and Sanjoy Hazarika, authors
Environmental Change as a Source of Conflict and Economic Losses in China and Imminent Political Conflicts Arising from China's Environmental Crises
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1992

Vaclav Smil and Jack A. Goldstone, authors
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Transition to Palestinian Self-Government: Practical Steps Toward Israeli-Palestinan Peace
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1992

Ann Mosley Lesch, editor
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Water and Conflict and West Bank Water Resources and the Resolution of Conflict in the Middle East
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1992

Peter H. Gleick and Miriam R. Lowi, authors
The Saladin Syndrome: Lessons from the Gulf War
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1991

Ze'ev Schiff and Walid Khalidi, authors
Negotiating the Non-Negotiable: Jerusalem in the Framework of an Israeli-Palestinian Settlement
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1991

Naomi Chazan, Fouad Moughrabi and Rashid Khalidi, authors
Middle East Security: Two Views
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1990

Ahmad S. Khalidi and Yair Evron, authors
The Palestinian Right of Return: Two Views
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1990

Rashid Khalidi, author
Nuclear Weapons and International Systemic Stability: A Preliminary Methodological Inquiry
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1990

John Lewis Gaddis, author
Environmental Change and Violent Conflict
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1990

Thomas Homer-Dixon, author
Verification and Conventional Arms Reduction
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1990

Jürgen Altmann, Péter Déak, Catherine Kelleher and Vadim Makarevsky, authors
Global Transformations
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1989

James N. Rosenau, author

Background


Global security has long been a concern of the Academy. One of the earliest volumes of the Academy's journal, Dædalus, was a 1960 Special Issue on Arms Control that helped fashion an intellectual framework for the fledgling area of nuclear weapons arms control. Since the publication of that seminal issue, the Academy has retained its strong commitment to engaging contemporary security challenges, especially as they expand to include such new concerns as overpopulation, environmental degradation, terrorism, small-arms trade, corruption, carbon-based energy dependence, and the development of space-based weapons.

Highlighted Activities

Co-chair Steven E. Miller (Harvard University) discusses the recent work of the Committee on International Security Studies at a briefing on Academy research projects and studies, October 2013

Additional Publication

The Economic Costs of China's Environmental Degradation, Vaclav Smil and Mao Yushi, Cambridge: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1998.

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