FSI scholars produce research aimed at creating a safer world and examing the consequences of security policies on institutions and society. They look at longstanding issues including nuclear nonproliferation and the conflicts between countries like North and South Korea. But their research also examines new and emerging areas that transcend traditional borders – the drug war in Mexico and expanding terrorism networks. FSI researchers look at the changing methods of warfare with a focus on biosecurity and nuclear risk. They tackle cybersecurity with an eye toward privacy concerns and explore the implications of new actors like hackers.

Along with the changing face of conflict, terrorism and crime, FSI researchers study food security. They tackle the global problems of hunger, poverty and environmental degradation by generating knowledge and policy-relevant solutions. 

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Disruption: Challenges of a New Era

March 2017

CDDRL welcomed Fundacion RAP (Red de Accion Politica) March 19-March 24, for a joint conference: “Disruption: Challenges of a New Era”.

The Evolution of Autocracy

February 2017

Abstract: Globalization, shifting great power dynamics, and the growing accessibility of Internet and communication technology has changed the environment within which autocrats operate.

Countering Violent Extremism

March 2016

Abstract Under Secretary Sewall will deliver remarks on Countering Violent Extremism, the U.S. Government’s comprehensive approach for preventing the spread of ISIL and emergence of new terrorist threats.

Syria Today, Syria Tomorrow: Politics, Security, and Society

November 2015

Abstract: The Syrian crisis continues to grind on without a viable settlement to the conflict in sight.

Christa Gannon, Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY)

June 2015

This talk is presented in English. To view more media from the conference, please visit: ----Speaker Bio:  Christa Gannon is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fresh Lifelines...

Carlos Cruz, Cauce Ciudadano (Citizen Channel) (Mexico)

June 2015

This talk is presented in Spanish. To view more media from the conference, please visit: ----Speaker Bio:  Carlos Cruz founded the NGO Cauce Ciudadano (Citizen Channel) almost 15...

Felix Lucero, Prison University Project, California

June 2015

This talk is presented in English. To view more media from the conference, please visit: ----Speaker Bio:  Felix Lucero - a community activist and youth specialist - served 18 years...

Christian Paranoble, Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY)

June 2015

This talk is presented in English. To view more media from the conference, please visit: ----Speaker Bio:  Christian Paranoble finished high school early, completed United College...

Alma Garcia, Cauce Ciudadano (Citizen Channel)

June 2015

Please note that this talk is in Spanish. To view more media from the conference, please visit: ----Speaker Bio:  Alma Garcia was born in Mexico City on April 12, 1982.

Remarks at MIT: Renewal or Retrenchment - U.S. Grand Strategy in a Volatile World

June 2015

Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, a distinguished fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, presented remarks at the MIT Senior Congressional and Executive Office Branch Seminar, "Renewal or Retrenchment: U.S.

Talk by ballroom dancing legend Pierre Dulaine

May 2015

AbstractBallroom dancing legend Pierre Dulaine will discuss his 'Dancing Classrooms' method which he applied in his award winning documentary 'Dancing in Jaffa' to bring Arab and Jewish children together through dance. Mr.

War on Gaza in the Age of Human Rights: Prospects for Accountability

May 2015

 Abstract:In July and August, hostilities in the Gaza Strip left 2,131 Palestinians and 71 Israelis dead, including 501 Palestinian children and one Israeli child.

The End of Neoliberalism and the Rise of the Human-Security State

February 2015

 AbstractPaul Amar will discuss his book The Security Archipelago, winner of the 2014 Charles Taylor Book Award of the American Political Science Association.

Workers and Revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia

January 2015

Abstract:Arab workers participated prominently in the popular uprisings of 2011.

Overview of UNDP Report on Cities and Security

May 2014

Rafael Fernández De Castro is the founder and current chair of the School of International Relations at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.

Tijuana Innovadora

April 2014

*This talk is presented in Spanish.* Jose Galicot is a successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, and active leader in initiatives related to education, art, culture, and environmental issues.

Recent Trends of Organized Crime Related Violence in Mexico

April 2014

Eduardo Guerrero is a founding partner at Lantia Consultores and is currently a Ph. D. Candidate in political science at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on security assessments, anti-crime and anti-violence program design.

Body-Worn Camera Experiment - City of Rialto Police Department

April 2014

Tony Farrar is Chief of the Rialto (CA) Police Department.

Revisiting Some Stylized Facts about Crime and Violence

April 2014

Dr. Laura Chioda is a Senior Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist of the Latin America and Caribbean Region. Prior to joining the World Bank, Laura was an assistant professor of Economics at Princeton University.

Rutas del Conflicta

April 2014

*This talk is presented in Spanish.* Oscar Parra Castellanos is a journalist specializing in digital media with 10 years of experience writing on politics and human rights issues.

Gang Violence in Chicago: Innovations in Research and Policy

April 2014

Aurélie Ouss is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Crime Lab at the University of Chicago. Her work in the economics of crime focuses mainly on understanding the causes and long-termconsequences of high levels of incarceration.

Violence and Crime Social Prevention in Mexico: Ciudad Juarez Strategy

April 2014

Eunice Rendon is an expert in violence and crime prevention, bioethics and in innovation on youth-based strategies for social development.

Prevención de la Violencia: Vivenvia Accion Reflexion

April 2014

*This talk is presented in Spanish.* Carlos Cruz founded Cauce Ciudadano almost 15 years ago. Cauce Ciudadano is a community center aimed at reducing school violence in Mexico.

Programa Jóvenes con Porvenir Govierno de Zapopan

April 2014

Hector Robles is the Mayor of Zapopan, located in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. He received his MS from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and a Ph.D. in Public Policy the University of Texas.


Professor Larry Diamond Larry Diamond Mosbacher Senior Fellow in Global Democracy Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Stedman Steve Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Hesham Sallam Hesham Sallam Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director and Research Scholar, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Fearon James James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
weinstein Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Didi Kuo Didi Kuo Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL, Associate Director for Research, CDDRL Academic Research & Program Manager, American Democracy in Comparative Perspective
jensen Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Professor of the Practice, Law
Jenny Martinez Headshot Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Marcel Fafchamps Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
bmkhigh Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Nariman Ustaiev Headshot Nariman Ustaeiv UELP Visiting Scholar, CDDRL
Samantha Bradshaw Samantha Bradshaw Postdoctoral Scholar, CDDRL