“The American anti-terrorism plan cannot consist only of a never-ending war overseas. First and foremost, we need to clean up our own backyard and root out domestic terrorism.”

By Nora Swidey

Rioters storm the hallway of the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Rioters storm the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. Photo: Getty Images

Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the American people and government have been fearing another terrorist attack on U.S. soil by foreign-born jihadists. However, in the two decades since 9/11, this country has witnessed just one deadly attack of this nature. At the same time, an even more dangerous threat has been forming on our very own soil. The Jan. …


By Dathan Duplichen

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Current momentum exists at the national level for the development of Internet of Things (IoT) security. These initiatives focus on consumer-based IoT and ignore Industrial IoT (IIoT). Consumer-based IoT security is critical in dampening the effects of malicious software globally but does not directly address the ever-present security vulnerabilities in IIoT. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, should capitalize on the existing momentum for IoT device security and make efforts to address IIoT security standardization and collaboration.

IoT security

An analysis of the security risks of internet of things devices…


A partnership between four students of the Stanford Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy (MIP) program and the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy has culminated in a long-awaited and direly needed coalition to help micro, small and medium sized businesses (MIPyMEs) in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.

With the support of Blas L. Pérez Henríquez of Stanford’s Mexico Clean Economy 2050 and MIP faculty and administration, the graduating students hosted a widely attended and highly commended co-creation workshop that brought together almost 50 government officials, universities and research centers, funders and…


By Dathan Duplichen

The Ukrainian tech sector is poised to cross ten percent of GDP, generates $360 million US Dollars (USD) in tax revenue, and accounts for over $5 billion USD in exports. As a percentage of commercial services as a whole it equated to 53.05% in 2019. The growing significance of this sector to the Ukrainian economy is evident. In order to continue rapid growth, the sector is beginning a shift from IT Outsourcing to IT Service. …


Georgian activist Nino Evgenidze discusses the arrest of opposition leader Nika Melia and what it means for Georgia, the region and the world.

The sun rises over Tbilisi, the capital city of Georgia. Photo: Getty Images

By Alice Wenner

Last week, opposition parties in the nation of Georgia vowed to boycott Parliament until the government releases Nika Melia, the leader of Georgia’s main opposition party. Videos posted online following Melia’s arrest show that riot police forcefully entered the building that houses his political party, and used tear gas in order to remove him. Meila’s arrest has caused a political rift within Georgia and is plunging the nation into crisis.

Nino Evgenidze is a…


Abbas Milani — an expert on U.S.-Iran relations — discusses the Iranian economy, the future of Iran’s leadership, and what a potential nuclear deal could mean for the U.S.

Iranian-Americans gather under yellow umbrellas on the west side of the U.S. Capitol to demonstrate in support of a free Iran July 17, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo: Getty Images.

By Alice Wenner

Iran’s economy is at its worst point in decades, its Supreme Leader is ill, and the country is desperate for a nuclear deal with the United States, Abbas Milani told host Michael McFaul on the World Class Podcast. Listen and read below to learn more about Milani’s recommendations for the Biden Administration on U.S. foreign policy with Iran.

Abbas Milani discusses U.S.-Iran relations on the World Class Podcast^

On the future of Iranian leadership and U.S.-Iran relations:


Master’s in International Policy student Anna Nguyen ’21 reflects on her fall internship, during which she helped to carry out research and propose a digital transformation strategy for the United Nations System.

The United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: Getty Images

By Anna Nguyen ‘21

My 12-week internship with the United Nations in the Fall Quarter 2020 was not only a fruitful learning experience but also an important addition to my resume, as well as a crucial steppingstone for me to break into the international policy and governance space. …


The benefits of mobile technology are not accessible to most of the world’s 700 million illiterate people

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By Moussa Doumbouya, Lisa Einstein, and Chris Piech

Note: This article originally appeared in Scientific American

When we asked Aissatou, our new friend from a rural village in Guinea, West Africa, to add our phone numbers to her phone so we could stay in touch, she replied in Susu, “M’mou noma. M’mou kharankhi.” “I can’t, because I did not go to school.” Lacking a formal education, Aissatou does not read or write in French. But we believe Aissatou’s lack of schooling should not…


About the author: Anna Nguyen ’21 is an FSI Global Policy Intern with Andrew Grotto. She is currently a Master’s in International Policy (MIP) student at Stanford University.

Zoom call between Anna Nguyen and Professor Andrew Grotto. Photo: Anna Nguyen

Looking back, all the dots connect.

As a global citizen and avid world traveler, I was excited about a planned summer in Germany working with European policymakers on issues surrounding digital sovereignty. But 2020 had a different plan in place. Due to the global pandemic, I decided to stay on campus at Stanford University and make the best of this amazing place I call home. I found a fantastic opportunity to work…


On the World Class Podcast, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer says we can expect a consistency between the president’s behavior and policy toward Russia.

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia speaks during the Preliminary Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia at The Konstantin Palace on July 25, 2015 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Getty Images

While we should expect some big changes over the next four years when it comes to U.S. foreign policy toward Russia, President Joe Biden will be willing to cooperate with Russia on select issues, Steven Pifer told Michael McFaul on the World Class Podcast.

Pifer, who served as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 1998 to 2000, pointed out that while President Donald Trump had a warm relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, relations between…

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