The Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP) is the interdisciplinary policy research arm of The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech. The Center provides a collegial venue for scholars, policy analysts, scientists, technical experts, practitioners, and community leaders to explore innovative approaches to issues situated at the nexus of science, technology, and international affairs. In this capacity, CISTP is committed to generating independent, policy-relevant research and serving as an analytical “bridge builder” for engaging concerned members of the local community and influencing policymaking on contemporary strategic issues.

The Center's active programs integrate faculty and specialists from Georgia Tech's fields of engineering, science, and international affairs with leading figures in the global policy arena. Seminars, workshops, conferences, and in-house research and publications are merged with national and international fellowship training to provide meaningful contacts for an enhanced understanding of future technological opportunities and challenges facing both corporate and government planners.


CISTP Programs are in part funded through the generous support of the following endowments:

General Ray Davis Endowment

Callahan Memorial Fund 


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Kosal Serves As Expert on US Working Group for Big Data and Analytics

December 15, 2014 — Nunn School Assistant Professor Dr. Margaret E. Kosal was selected to serve as an expert on the US Government’s first formal working group assessing the current state of big data and analytics.


Nunn School Doctoral Student at Nanotechnology for Defense (NT4D) Conference

December 8, 2014 — Nunn School PhD student Ms. Taylor Smith presented research at the 2014 Nanotechnology for Defense Conference (NT4D) in Chantilly, VA. Working with Assistant Professor Margaret E. Kosal, Smith presented results of a study on the implications of advancements in Russia’s nanotechnology and nanoscience programs for national and international security

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How Jordan Uses Islam Against the Islamic State

November 19, 2014 — Lawrence Rubin, assistant professor in the Nunn School, is featured in today's Washington Post with an article written jointly with Michael Robbins. The article, "How Jordan Uses Islam Against the Islamic State," discusses Jordan's recent attempts to employ new policies intended to strengthen official Islam over the Islamic State.


Moltz Speaks on Space Security to Nunn School Students

November 17, 2014 — The Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP) and the Center for Space Technology and Research (CSTAR) hosted Dr. Clay Moltz of the Naval Postgraduate School for a discussion of space security on November 17, 2014.  Dr. Moltz is the author of Crowded Orbits: Conflict and Cooperation in Space (Columbia University Press, 2014).


Brigety Presents on African Union Response to Ebola

November 6, 2014 — On November 6, 2014, Ambassador Reuben Brigety, U.S. Representative to the African Union (AU), delivered a talk on the AU’s response to the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa. This talk, sponsored by the Nunn School’s Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP), was attended by an impressive cross-section of the Georgia Tech campus and Atlanta area community. Nunn School Assistant Professor Margaret Kosal provided introductory remarks.

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