CISTP News and Events

News Items

  • Sam Nunn Security Program Visits CDC

    November 2, 2015

    The Sam Nunn Security Program (Class of 2015-2016) visited the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, 30 October 2015.

  • Kosal Speaks on Dual Use Research and Efforts to Limit the Threat of Biological Weapons

    October 30, 2015

    Nunn School Associate Professor Margaret E. Kosal spoke on “Biological Weapons Nonproliferation for the 21st Century: A Shift of Responsibility from Nation-states to Individual Researchers?” at the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences (APLS) Annual meeting 23-24 October 2015, held at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. 

  • Jenna Jordan Publishes Chapter in Drone Ethics Book

    October 23, 2015

    Congratulations are due to Dr. Jenna Jordan, for her recent chapter "Data on Leadership Targeting and Potential Impacts for Communal Support," published in 'Legitimacy and Drones: Investigating the Legality, Morality, and Efficacy of UCAVs.'

    Find the book here.

  • POSSE Travels to DC for Regional Stability Author's Workshop

    October 23, 2015

    On October 12-14, members from the Program on Strategic Stability Evaluation (POSSE) attended an authors’ workshop in Washington, DC wherein their draft chapters on regional stability were critiqued by a number of commentators including Jeffrey Knopf, Rajesh Basrur, Nikolai Sokov, Matt Kroenig, Adam Mount, Rob Brown, and Brigadier General Jim Dawkins. In addition to the workshop, the authors attended site visits to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Office of the Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security to discuss their findings and answer questions from federal officials. The topic most addressed during the proceedings was what strategic stability means from the perspective of each author and the state he/she represents; a point which members from the Department of Defense and the State Department found deeply useful and very constructive.

    POSSE also had the pleasure of welcoming Admiral (Ret.) Sandy Winnefeld, the most recent Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Distinguished Fellow at the Sam Nunn School’s Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy, and Mike Elliot, Deputy Director for Strategic Stability for the Joint Staff, to dinner for a constructive discussion on a number of international issues pertaining to regional stability.

    The purpose of POSSE is to reinvigorate inter-disciplinary, international scholarship on issues of strategic stability in a post-nuclear weapons era.  An important component of this effort entails stimulating not only new policy-relevant scholarship but nurturing dialogue among the next generation of international scholars on nuclear disarmament and risk reduction issues—with a particular focus on the United States, the Russian Federation, and the People’s Republic of China.  

    For more information, please visit or contact Chris McDermott at

  • Sam Nunn on Vladimir Putin and the Danger of Silence

    September 24, 2015

    We don’t talk about nuclear war much anymore, but the threat still exists. One glitch in Russia’s warning system, or ours, and the world is toast. “When you’re not communicating, accidents are more likely. When you’re not communicating, suspicions are more difficult to deal with,” Nunn said.

Upcoming Events

  • Changing National Security Landscape, 1945-1953: The Ray Davis '38 Legacy Symposium

    December 1, 2015, 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm at The Gordy Room, Wardlaw Building

    The Korean War had a huge part in shaping the national security landscape during the Cold War, but it is often largely forgotten as a significant conflict.  Please join faculty from the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, the School of History and Sociology, the University of Virginia, and other distinguished guests as they explain the far reaching significance of the Korean War and honor one of its most significant participants, General Ray Davis. 
  • Does Money Laundering Impact Your Business?

    December 1, 2015, 8:00 am - 8:00 am at Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

    Join experts at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as they tackle the question "Does Money Laundering Impact Your Business?" This event is co-sponsored by the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.