Engaging in non-partisan and thoughtful research has been a cornerstone to the work at ACDIS. ACDIS pursues interdisciplinary research initiatives through developing grant proposals, collaborating with faculty and students, administering grant projects, and publishing reports. ACDIS invites faculty and students to submit research reports, occasional papers, policy briefs, and commentary posts to acdis@illinois.edu



ACDIS disseminates important research findings, briefings, and educational materials about security issues to the public through publications. ACDIS publications have affected national and international policies and decision-making on security issues. Visiting scholars and students may submit publications. Please see publications from previous research completed by ACDIS and ACDIS Faculty.

Highlighted Recent Publications


Research Reports

Research Reports contain material that has already been published or submitted for publication, sometimes with additional background material that cannot be included in a single published document due to publishers’ length restrictions.

Occasional Papers

Occasional Papers often contain material that is of interest but not in a format suitable for submission in whole or part in a published journal or book format.

Policy Briefs

Policy Briefs are concise, informative pieces that analyze pressing security issues and offer policy implications and recommendations. Our policy briefs have been archived at Illini Security Briefings.


Commentaries are published weekly or monthly. For information on guidelines and deadlines reference Commentary Guidelines.

Archived Publications

ACDIS is in the process of moving over documents from the old website. Current archived papers are available at the University of Illinois IDEALS website here or you can select which type of document you are looking for below.

Archived Occasional Papers

Archived Swords and Ploughshares