Join ACDIS in 2020

The ACDIS  Security Studies RSO meets weekly.

For more information, please click here:  ACDIS SSG

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be published in our student journal. 

For more information, please click here:  Illini Journal of International Security.

Did you know that ACDIS offers a Certificate in Global Security?

For more information, please click here:  ACDIS Certificate

Have you signed up for the ACDIS Newsletter?

ACDIS publishes a weekly newsletter that updates readers on ACDIS sponsored events, provides scholarship information, area studies centers events, and shares security related events taking place on campus. Interested? Please click:  ACDIS Newsletter Sign Up

ACDIS Honors the Celebrated Leader in Security and International Affairs: Stephen P. Cohen

Salute to Professor Stephen P. Cohen

by Ed Kolodziej
Let us suppose that Stephen P. Cohen had pursued a different academic career than that as a Professor of Political Science and History at the University of Illinois for thirty years and, later, as a distinguished Fellow at the Bookings Institution in Washington D. C.
It is not farfetched to say that, absent Steve Cohen, ACDIS might never have been created, nor would that South Asian studies enjoy today its elevated status in academia and in policy circles around the globe.
The death of Stephen P. Cohen has deprived us of a beloved colleague, an esteemed scholar, a leading influence in South Asian security studies and policy-making, and mentor of scores of students and public servants — and a mensch to all who knew him.
Continuing reading, click:  Salute to Professor Steven P. Cohen

Watch the Latest Jeremiah Sullivan Lecture:
The Strategies of Terrorism by John Lynn

You can now find the past Jeremiah Sullivan Lectures under Programs in the top menu. There you can go through the lecture slides or watch the recordings.
John Lynn kindly offered to prepare a fresh recording of his latest Jeremiah Sullivan lecture on The Strategies of Terrorism. You can find it in the Jeremiah Sullivan Lectures page on the website, found under Programs in the top menu, or you can watch it by clicking here.


Dr. Margaret Kosal

ACDIS would like to think Dr. Margaret Kosal, the director of the Sam Nunn Security Program and faculty member in the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at the Georgia Institute of Technology, for sharing with both students and faculty her research interests related to the relations among technology, strategy, and governance.


US Ambassador Erik Whitaker

Sarah Bidgood and David Schmerler

Sarah Bidgood is the Director of the Eurasian Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center in Montery, CA, and David Schmerler is a Senior Research Assistant for the James Martin Center in Washington DC.

Events & Announcements


Interview with Professor Murphy

ACDIS Core Faculty and Professor of Philosophy, Political Science, and Law recently was interviewed by 3:AM Magazine. The article focuses on Professor Murphy’s expertise in transitional justice, and what led her to become the preeminent expert in that field.

Photo Credit: College of Law

ACDIS Core Faculty Lesley Wexler publishes commentary on #MeToo: Counting the Collective Harm of Missing Women’s Work

University of Illinois Law Professors Robin B. Kar, and Lesley Wexler, an ACDIS Core Faculty member have published a piece parsing the social reform movement that #MeToo has driven, and the broader consequences it has had.

Professor Wexler has broad research interests in international humanitarian law, human rights law, and sex discrimination. Professor Wexler specializes in those legal areas that reflect the movement of anti-discrimination and humanitarian norms through domestic law, international law, social movements, and corporations.


Library Guide on Arms Control, Domestic & International Security

Need help researching topics in security? Use the library as a resource!

The Arms Control Collection consists of indexes, yearbooks, handbooks, bibliographies, monographs and serials dealing with arms control, disarmament, and international security. The collection does not represent all of the library’s holdings on these subjects; additional materials on these subjects are available throughout libraries on campus, and the call numbers listed below will help you find materials on the shelves. In addition, the Library has a large number of electronic (e-) books and journals. E-books can be found in the Online Library Catalog and e-journals can be found in the Online Journals & Databases.