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Global Security and International Affairs — Projects

The Academy’s research projects in this topic area from the 1950s through today are available for viewing below. They are listed alphabetically, with the project dates and descriptions.

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American Academy Studies in Global Security Series

2003–2007 The American Academy Studies in Global Security Series was edited by Carl Kaysen, MIT, John Steinbruner, University of Maryland; and Martin B. Malin, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was a project of the Committee on International Security Studies.
Arid Zone Development

1975–1977 One-third of the earth’s land surface is arid or semi-arid. In 1975, in celebration of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s 50th anniversary, leading scientists from Israel and the U.S. convened at the Academy to participate in a two-day program devoted to the problems and potentialities relating to the development of the world’s arid regions.
Arms Control, Disarmament and National Security

1960–1961 The Academy convened a program of conferences and studies that led to the seminal 1960 special issue of Dædalus on arms control, which President John F. Kennedy subsequently called the “Bible” on the subject.
Center for Advanced Studies in Amazonian Biodiversity (PROBEM/Amazonia)

1998–2001 The Academy hosted an international planning meeting to develop a proposal for a new world-class research center in Brazil that would help develop the country’s research capabilities in the life sciences.
The Changing Soviet Union and Western Security Policy

1989–1992 Between the first meeting for this project and the 1992 publication of the book, the Soviet Union collapsed. This created profound implications for the way Americans and the West thought about security policy. The earlier meetings brought together Soviet and U.S. scholars and security policy specialists to discuss changes in the Soviet Union, and the later session also invited specialists in Eastern European affairs.
Chemical and Biological Warfare

1969–1969 At a time when national and international leaders were involved in a debate over restraints on chemical and biological weapons, the Academy, with the Salk Institute, organized a conference to illuminate the most important public policy issues raised by the existence of chemical and biological weapons.
Civil Wars, Violence, and International Responses

Chair(s): Karl Eikenberry and Stephen Krasner

2015– The Civil Wars, Violence, and International Responses project was born out of the observation that the late 20th and early 21st centuries have witnessed the weakening and collapse of state-imposed order in countries ranging from North Africa to Central Asia. The nature of this instability has shifted, requiring new methods of analyzing, responding to, preventing and generally understanding the threats posed by the collapse of state authority associated with civil wars.
The Cold War as Cooperation

1989–1991 This project examined superpower relations during the Cold War as a cooperative effort in order to illuminate the constraints and opportunities that will influence possible superpower cooperation in the future.
Committee on International Security Studies

Chair(s): Scott D. Sagan

1982– The Committee on International Security Studies (CISS) plans and sponsors research on current and emerging challenges to global peace and security. CISS has sustained an innovative program of public policy studies for more than 30 years.
Congress and Foreign Policy

1990–1993 This study brought together political scientists specializing in U.S. foreign policy and those studying Congress to examine the impact of Congress on U.S. conduct of foreign affairs.
Countering Corruption in Nation-States

2008–2009 What is corruption? How does it work? Why does it matter? This project examined these questions and investigated the link between corruption and political and economic transformation, as well as the effects of corruption in the larger international setting.
Crisis Stability and Nuclear War

1985–1988 A study group composed of policy figures, military experts, and policy analysts studied such issues as the technical and political aspects of the U.S. and Soviet command and control systems over nuclear forces; the devolution and delegation of authority to use nuclear weapons; and the synergistic effects of U.S. and Soviet actions during a crisis.
Culture and the Production of Insecurity

1995–1999 Genocide in Rwanda, instability in the Middle East, anarchy on the Internet—insecurities abound. But do they occur "naturally," or are they, as this path-breaking volume suggests, cultural and social productions?
Defending Deterrence

1986–1989 Managing the ABM Treaty Regime into the 21st Century: This study analyzed ways in which the underlying objectives of the 1972 Antiballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. could continue to be realized in the future.
Emerging Norms of Justified Intervention

1992–1996 This multi-pronged project examined shifts in the boundaries between the internal affairs of member states whose sovereignty is protected by the United Nations Charter and those matters which the U.N. and other international organizations deem to be within their cognizance.
Environmental Change and Acute Conflict

1990–1993 This project investigated how environmental degradation and depletion of natural resources might contribute to social strife and conflict in many parts of the world.
Environmental Scarcities, State Capacity, and Civil Violence

1994–1999 A follow up to an earlier Academy study titled “Environmental Change and Acute Conflict,” this project examined how state capacity influences governmental responses to environmental scarcities, and potential subsequent conflict, in developing countries.
The Ethics of Nationalism

1994–1997 The Academy co-sponsored a conference at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, that invited philosophers and political scientists to examine what was driving the global resurgence of nationalism and to discuss how the conflicts it engenders can be resolved.
European Missile Defenses

1985–1988 This study examined the political and technical aspects of missile defenses, as well as the implications of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Agreement and the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative.
The European Security Study

1981–1985 This study addressed an urgent issue: How can NATO improve its conventional weapons capacity to enhance its deterrent to aggression and lessen its dependence on possible early use of nuclear weapons?
The Fundamentalism Project

1987–1995 This Academy project is a major comparative study of anti-modernist, anti-secular militant religious movements on five continents and within seven world religious traditions.
The Future of the Submarine-based Deterrent

1972–1973 This project responded to growing concern over new developments in the Soviet-American nuclear competition. The Academy convened a conference to examine the emerging belief that the present second-strike, and thus deterrent, capabilities of missile-carrying nuclear submarines could be eroded by technological advances in strategic antisubmarine warfare.
The Genetic Revolution

1989–1991 The Academy sponsored a conference on genetic engineering, examining both the risks and possible benefits. The resulting volume of papers concentrates on the scientific principles required to understand the issues that lie at the core of public concern and, therefore, of policy development.
Global Climate Change

1991–1992 Working with Argonne National Laboratory and the Midwest Consortium of International Security Studies, the Academy co-sponsored two conferences on global climate change, with one focusing on international security issues and the other focusing on social and economic consequences.
Global Nuclear Future

Chair(s): Steven E. Miller and Robert Rosner

2008– The Global Nuclear Future Initiative provides a comprehensive approach to discussing and developing ideas to limit the security and proliferation risks raised by a rapidly changing nuclear world. The Academy seeks to guide domestic and international policy-makers trying to balance the pursuit of a national nuclear energy program with the potential safety, security, and economic concerns.