News + Media

James E Baker speaking at Starr Forum: Artificial Intelligence and National Security Law

Starr Forum Report

May 25, 2018

Artificial Intelligence and National Security Law: A Dangerous Nonchalance

James E Baker, the '17-'18 CIS Robert E Wilhelm Fellow and former Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, spoke at a Starr Forum on AI and why you should care about AI in the national security sphere.

Sandia National Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.

Analysis & Opinions

May 17, 2018

Calm down, folks: Enemies still fear US military tech innovation

Harvey M. Sapolsky and Eugene Gholz Defense One

Where most countries focus on one or two areas, America has a huge, well-funded R&D infrastructure that pushes the envelope everywhere. Panting warnings that the US is falling dangerously behind our opponents in the race for military innovation are commonplace.

John Tirman

In the News

May 16, 2018

JCPOA opportunity for EU to get rid of US dominance

Iran Times of News

The EU, in words at least, wants to keep the JCPOA and has opposed President Trump’s move. John Tirman discusses the Iran nuclear deal with Persia Digest.  

Trump leaves the room

In the News

May 14, 2018

Vipin Narang in the news

Nuclear strategy expert Vipin Narang spoke with several media outlets about President Trump's withdrawl from the Iran Deal and the implications it has on North Korea, speculating about the expectations both leaders have for the upcoming June 12th summit in Singapore between Kim and Trump

Analysis & Opinions

May 11, 2018

Between two Caesars: The Christians of northern Iraq

Roger Petersen and Matthew CancianProvidence

A brief account describing the formation and fragmentation of self-defense forces (militias) within the Christian population of the Nineveh Plains. Traces the development of their post-2003 self-defense force, the crisis of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) attack, and the current fractured state of Christian forces in the area.

President Trump

In the News

May 10, 2018

Jim Walsh on Iran and North Korea

Jim Walsh, SSP senior research associate and foreign policy expert corrects Fox News host claiming the Iran deal must be bad because Iran wants to stay in By that definition, no deal would ever be good if the parties supported it. That's not how negotiations work.” Walsh also appeared on various media outlets to give his perspective on the latest with North Korea and President Trump.

2018 End Notes


May 8, 2018

End Notes

End Notes features the professional achievements of our scholars, students, and staff. This includes recent awards, speaking engagements, and publications.​

CIS spring 2018 activities


May 8, 2018


CIS hosts consuls general meeting; Diversity, equity and inclusion at MISTI; SSP panel on North Korea in DC; CIS awards 16 summer study grants; Starr Forums; and more. 

Briefing in educational setting


May 8, 2018


Narang on the North Korea summits; A Starr forum discussing the fate of democracy; The final yard, with help from the International Policy Lab

Legal Complex, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Photo by Pfc. Elizabeth Fournier Joint Task Force Guantanamo Public Affairs.

Analysis & Opinions

May 8, 2018

The future of the US military commissions: legal and policy issues

James E. Baker and Laura DickinsonJust Security

The ongoing operation of the US military commissions at Guantanamo Bay has posed significant challenges for multiple US administrations.