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Call Number: SC1058
Stanford University. Center for International Security and Cooperation.
Title: Stanford University, Center for International Security and Cooperation, records
4.75 Linear feet
Language(s): The materials are in English.
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The materials were transferred from the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), 2011.
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The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), part of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
(FSI), is an interdisciplinary university-based research and training center addressing some of the world's most difficult
security problems with policy-relevant solutions. The Center is committed to scholarly research and to giving independent
advice to governments and international organizations.
The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) traces its origins to the Vietnam War and the mass teach-ins
that took place on campus during that turbulent era. At one of the gatherings, political scientist John Lewis, a noted China
scholar, met physicist Wolfgang (Pief) Panofsky, then director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), and Stanford
law Professor John Barton. The three men, Lewis recalled, found that the students had little knowledge about war and how security
policies are developed. In response, the scholars decided to create a teaching environment in which students from different
disciplines could examine international security matters and understand how government policy is formed.
In 1970, their class, "Arms Control and Disarmament," focused on nuclear weapons and efforts to control them through treaties
and negotiations. Today, the descendant of that class is still team-taught by CISAC faculty every winter quarter under the
name, "International Security in a Changing World." Over time, this course has influenced thousands of Stanford undergraduates.
In 1973, the Ford Foundation awarded Stanford a grant to develop a course on arms control and an accompanying textbook. International
Arms Control: Issues and Agreements (subsequently published in two editions; the second, edited by Coit Blacker and Gloria
Duffy, became the standard textbook on the subject.) A year later, the foundation gave the fledgling program a five-year grant
for training, research and outreach activities. In 1978, along with three other university-based centers, Stanford's "Arms
Control Program" received Ford Foundation endowment funds that Stanford subsequently matched. When the match was finalized
in 1983, Stanford's Center for International Security and Arms Control (CISAC) was established. John Lewis and SLAC physicist
Sidney Drell were the Center's first two co-directors, a structure maintained ever since.
From early in its history, CISAC emphasized a three-part mission, which continues today:
To produce policy-relevant research on international security problems; To teach and train the next generation of security
specialists; To influence policymaking in international security.
From inception, the Center focused on the study of U.S.-Soviet-China relations, arms control and nonproliferation, and the
technical aspects of international security issues. In 1983, Carnegie Corporation of New York gave CISAC a grant to bring
mid-career scientists to the Center to work on international security issues. Ever since, CISAC has brought scientists, social
scientists and policy experts to the Center as fellows.
After Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in 1985, CISAC was able to foster deeper ties with the Soviet academic
and policy-making communities. In 1990, when Gorbachev visited Stanford and gave a lecture on cooperation and reconciliation
between the two longtime adversaries, he singled out the efforts of Stanford and CISAC researchers in bridging Cold War hostilities.
The end of the Cold War reduced many security dangers but increased others. As new challenges emerged, CISAC's research agenda
adapted accordingly. New areas of study included the safeguarding of nuclear weapons and the study of internal and regional
wars, peacekeeping operations, and peace settlements.
In 1998, CISAC moved to larger quarters in Encina Hall and changed its name--in reflection of its broadened mandate--to the
Center for International Security and Cooperation. The Center continued to mentor visiting fellows and expanded its teaching
activities by establishing an undergraduate honors program in international security studies in 2000.
After the terrorist attacks on 9/11, the center's research agenda broadened again to include questions of terrorism and counterterrorism.
Work at the Center continues to reflect the ongoing and emerging security challenges worldwide. For example, senior scholar-practitioners
such as CISAC'S William Perry and George Shultz at Hoover, the center's first co-directors Sid Drell and John Lewis, former
visiting scholar James Goodby, and faculty members David Holloway and Scott Sagan--are working with a vision to eliminate
nuclear weapons worldwide, with a focus on practical steps that can be taken now.
From its roots in the teach-ins of the Vietnam War, CISAC's mission continues to focus on making useful and relevant contributions
to peace and security. By promoting cross-disciplinary research that tackles complex challenges in innovative ways, by training
the next generation of security experts and by using knowledge to influence policymakers, CISAC works for a safer, more secure
Scope and Contents
The History Project records include organizational files, files about Fellows, and biographical files about visiting speakers.
Audiovisual material is comprised of recordings of CISAC workshops and conferences recorded on audiocassettes and VHS videocassettes.
Restricled Files include donor information, salary information, recommendations, endorsements, reviews, etc.
The materials are arranged in four series: 1. Administrative Records; 2. Audiovisual Material; 3. History Project Records;
4. Restricted Files.