Social Sciences

Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies —

The collision of civil war and threat of global pandemics

In a series of essays, Stanford experts explore the factors and influences of contemporary civil wars that may cause local infectious outbreaks to become global pandemics.

Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies —

When are mass shootings acts of terrorism?

In a Q&A, Stanford terrorism expert Martha Crenshaw discusses when to call a mass shooting an act of terrorism, and why it is important to distinguish between the two forms of violence.

Center for International Security and Cooperation —

At 90, William Perry is driven by vision of a nuclear-free world

When it comes to nuclear warfare and annihilation, few people alive have contemplated such tragic outcomes quite like William Perry, one of the world’s top experts on nuclear weapons.

Change behaviors by changing perception of normal

In a study, people ate less meat and conserved more water when they thought those behaviors reflected how society is changing. The findings could point to new ways of encouraging other behavior changes.

Stanford scholar assesses Catalonia referendum

Francois Diaz-Maurin, a visiting scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, analyzes Catalonia’s referendum attempt, the Spanish government’s response and the impact these events could have across Europe.