Security

Security

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 value 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. An interdisciplinary team of scholars accomplishes this mission through teaching and honing a research portfolio focused on agriculture, aquaculture, and climate change.

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Five foreign policy questions for Obama and Romney

October 2012

With the third and final debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney set to focus on foreign policy, researchers from the Freeman Spogli Institute ask the questions they want answered and...

The elephant in the warming room: food & climate

October 2012

Food security expert David Lobell talks with Stanford's Generation Anthropocene about the wide range of problems our changing climate will have on agriculture and the prospects for creating a...

Sustainable agriculture and feeding 9 billion people - an interview with Pam Matson

September 2012

Pamela Matson, Dean of the School of Earth Sciences and FSE researcher, discusses agricultural research in the Yaqui Valley, Mexico and how it relates to the Green Revolution with Stanford's...

FSE overview video: A brighter future through food security

July 2012

Leaders from Stanford University's Center on Food Security and the Environment discuss the Center's global and multifaceted approach to addressing issues of global hunger, poverty, climate change...

Authors, NGOs, and scientists to talk population

May 2012

Roz Naylor, director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment, will join authors, activists, and scientists for a daylong symposium on population at the Moving Mountains Symposium in...

Biofuels have mixed impacts on food security

April 2012

In the first decade of the 21st century, global production of ethanol and biodiesel increased nearly tenfold. If that trend continues, says Rosamond L.

Researchers call for policy, aid and innovation to help world’s poorest

April 2012

Bill Gates spoke to a Stanford audience about the importance of foreign aid and product innovation in the fight against chronic hunger, poverty and disease in the developing world.

Bridging China's education gap with technology, research and policy

March 2012

FSI's Scott Rozelle says 80 percent of urban Chinese students have Internet access, compared to 2 percent of their rural peers.

Food security, climate change and climate variability focus of Stanford-led symposium at AAAS

February 2012

FSE director Roz Naylor leads symposium on the compound effects of climate change and climate variability on food security at the annual meeting of the 2012 American Association for the Advancement...

Geoengineering and global food supply

January 2012

New research led by Carnegie's Julia Pongratz, and supported by FSE center fellow David Lobell, examines the potential effects that geoengineering the climate could have on global food production....

NCSE conference links environment and security, new strategies needed

January 2012

FSE director Roz Naylor participated in the lead plenary session integrating climate, energy, food, water, and health at the 12th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment.

Small farmers can make the most of Africa's land

January 2012

Improve smallholder productivity and put idle cropland to work, say international development experts.

Adapting agriculture to a warmer world

December 2011

David Lobell, Assistant Professor in Stanford’s Department of Environmental Earth System Science, says that acknowledging the gaps in our understanding of climate change could help us to more...

Fighting hunger in Africa with new methods of irrigation

December 2011

Stanford scientists are calling for investments in small-scale irrigation projects and hydrologic mapping in sub-Saharan Africa to help buffer growers from erratic weather and poor crop yields that...

Stanford-Cargill partnership strengthens to address food security issues

November 2011

Stanford’s Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE) has received a $2 million grant from Cargill, a second gift from the company that raises its total contribution to FSE to $5 million...

Focusing on hunger, health care and politics, experts gather at Stanford

November 2011

Jeff Raikes, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, set the tone for a daylong conference exploring the causes of poverty and how researchers, governments and philanthropists can lift the...

Global Food Security: An uphill battle that must be won

November 2011

Stanford Law graduate student Sam Sasan Shoamanesh op-ed piece on the inspiring keynote speech delivered this past Thursday by Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Stanford focus on food security expands as hunger worsens

November 2011

FSE celebrates its center launch as part of FSI's conference on international security, food and health care.

Kofi Annan warns of worldwide hunger, political unrest if climate change persists

November 2011

The former United Nations secretary-general and Nobel Peace Prize winner called a lack of food security for nearly 1 billion of the world’s population “an unconscionable moral failing” that is also...

Greater crop diversity and wild genes needed to feed growing population

October 2011

FSE Center fellow David Lobell provides a commentary in Nature Climate Change on the role of crop wild relatives and the need to invest in greater crop diversity.

Food security experts review mixed outcomes of the Green Revolution

October 2011

Productivity gains of the mid-20th century had far-reaching impacts, say food policy and technology experts Prabhu Pingali and Philip Pardey, but they didn’t fix all the problems of that era – or...