It’s rare that a Stanford professor fully immersed in the bubble of academia is able to simultaneously pursue a scholarly research project and explore his… Continue Reading »
“As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council [UNSC], the delegation of France formally requests that Israel join the [Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty],” the… Continue Reading »
Sagan’s interest in nuclear security was inspired by his college thesis on failed deterrence efforts that led to the Pacific War during World War II. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1977 with a major in government, he pursued a Ph.D. in political science at Harvard University. This led to a job at the Pentagon where Sagan served as special assistant to the director of the Joint Staff.But Sagan does not just influence politicians. As the Caroline S.G. Munro professor of political science at Stanford, he inspires students to take an interest in the world’s nuclear security issues. Besides teaching classes, he hires a number of undergraduate research assistants each quarter.
Nevertheless, the University’s original goal of bolstering civil-military engagement can and should push forward through other means for the time being. Greater participation in ROTC, if it is to come, will have to follow other measures.
When is war justified? What can we do in the name of war? What do we owe to people who fight in war? Who decides who should fight?
Bringing together different academic units on campus, the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society has spearheaded a project that is set to discuss such ethical questions surrounding war in a wide range of academic disciplines. The year-long series will continue until mid-May, concluding with two culminating drama performance events. The first event, “War Photographer,” took place on Oct. 14.