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Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM)


The Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) conducts research, informs policy debates, and helps current and future leaders find creative solutions to complex global challenges. Three cross-cutting themes connect faculty, researchers, and students working on CISSM’s research agenda. 1) Reducing risks from dual-use technologies: A growing list of increasingly powerful technologies are being used by an expanding number of governments, businesses, and civil society members. To facilitate beneficial uses of nuclear, cyber, and space technologies, for instance, while preventing deliberate or inadvertent misuse that could cost millions of lives or billions of dollars, technological advances must be matched by policy innovations. 2) Enhancing human security: Far more people are killed by civil violence, terrorism, infectious disease, and natural disasters than by hostile states armed with advanced military technology. Yet policymakers spend far more time and resources preparing to deter or defeat deliberate attack than working proactively to prevent civil violence, mitigate climate change, increase resilience, and rebuild more effectively when disasters cannot be prevented—an imbalance that should be corrected. 3) Improving multi-stakeholder governance: Few twenty-first century security challenges can be handled effectively by national governments alone. States can no longer fulfill the most basic requirements for sovereignty without finding more effective ways to cooperate with each other and with international organizations, transnational civil society groups, and private industry.
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