ACDIS welcomes Jinwon Lee as a new graduate student affiliate. 

Jinwon Lee () is a PhD student studying International Relations in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to starting the PhD, she has been working as a researcher at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea for the three years. She holds her B.A. in political science and an M.A. in international peace and security from Korea University, where she wrote a thesis on bandwagoning, balancing, and hedging strategies among Southeast Asian states in the dispute over the South China Sea. She delivered poster and oral presentations dealing with security issues such as maritime security and non-proliferation at conferences. Jinwon received the Nuclear Non-proliferation Education and Research Center (NEREC) Research Fellowship (KAIST, 2017) and She also has published an article on the nuclear suppliers group: ‘Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Nuclear Suppliers Group: A Functionalist Perspective on the Regime’. She is interested in studying alliance politics, nuclear strategy, and nuclear proliferation.

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

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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

Events: February 24th to 28th

ACDIS Security Event Series 2020:

Paul F. Diehl, University of Texas-Dallas

  • Thursday, February 27th, 2020                    
  • Dr. Paul F. Diehl, University of Texas-Dallas
  • 4:00 – 5:30 PM
  • Lincoln Hall, Room 1092
  • 702 S. Wright St., Urbana
  • Free and open to the public.
  • Sponsored by: ACDIS and Political Science

KAM Exhibition | Hot Spots: Radioactivity and the Landscape

  • Exhibition on View to March 21, 2020
  • Co-curated at KAM by Lilah Leopold, graduate curatorial intern, and Amy L. Powell, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
  • All Day
  • Krannert Art Museum, West, Light Court, Contemporary Galleries
  • 500 E Peabody Dr, Champaign
  • Hosted by: Krannert Art Museum

CLACS Lecture Series. “Satellites and Scandal: The Politics of Telehealth in Bolivia”

Cultural Activism and Public Policies: Notes on Carimbó, Brazil

  • Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
  • Lorena Avellar de Muniagurria, Universidade Estadual de Campinas
  • 2:00 – 3:30 PM
  • International Studies Building, Room 101
  • 910 S. Fifth St., Champaign
  • Sponsored by: The Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies

Reconceptualizing citizenship and civic engagement from the perspectives of newcomer immigrant and refugee youth

  • Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
  • Liv Thorstensson Davila
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Main Library, Room 101
  • 1408 W Gregory Dr, Urbana
  • Sponsored by: Center for Global Studies

CAS Brown Bag: “Soft Power” and the Impact of the Bui Hydropower Dam on China-Ghana Relationship

  • Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
  • Kwame A. Adovor Tsikudo (Visiting Assistant Professor, GGIS)
  • 12:00 PM
  • International Studies Building, Room 101
  • 910 S. Fifth St., Champaign
  • Sponsored by: Center for African Studies

Research Spotlight Series – Time is Running Out for Sand

  • Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
  • Dr. Jim Best
  • 3:30 – 4:30 PM
  • Main Library, Room 106
  • 1408 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana
  • Sponsored by: Department of Geology

Environmental Humanities Lecture | Kate Brown: The Great Chernobyl Acceleration

CEAPS Speaker: Matthieu Felt “Creating Antiquity: Periodization in the History of Japanese Literature”

Security Employment Opportunities


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.

ACDIS Faculty Affiliate: Lesley Wexler

A Syrian Democratic Forces fighter looks out over a neighborhood on the outskirts of Raqqah, Syria, on Oct. 30, 2017. The city became a ghost town after it was sealed off to civilians because land mines had been planted throughout it. (Chris McGrath / Getty Images)

Trump Expansion of U.S. Land Mine Use May Cause More Civilian Casualties, Alienate Allies

Los Angeles Times Op-Ed – A Contribution by Lesley Wexler:

Before the global land mine ban in 1997, as many as 25,000 civilians lost their lives each year because of the explosive devices and thousands more were permanently injured. Far too often, those victims were innocent children walking to school, retrieving water, playing near these silent sentinels…

Lesley Wexler is a professor and an associate dean of academic affairs at the University of Illinois College of Law. She has published scholarly articles on the land mine ban and teaches a course on the laws of war.