The Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP) is the interdisciplinary policy research arm of The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech. The Center provides a collegial venue for scholars, policy analysts, scientists, technical experts, practitioners, and community leaders to explore innovative approaches to issues situated at the nexus of science, technology, and international affairs. In this capacity, CISTP is committed to generating independent, policy-relevant research and serving as an analytical “bridge builder” for engaging concerned members of the local community and influencing policymaking on contemporary strategic issues.

The Center's active programs integrate faculty and specialists from Georgia Tech's fields of engineering, science, and international affairs with leading figures in the global policy arena. Seminars, workshops, conferences, and in-house research and publications are merged with national and international fellowship training to provide meaningful contacts for an enhanced understanding of future technological opportunities and challenges facing both corporate and government planners.


CISTP Programs are in part funded through the generous support of the following endowments:

General Ray Davis Endowment

Callahan Memorial Fund 


What We Do


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Nunn School PhD Students Participate in International Symposium on Science and World Affairs

August 15, 2014 — Nunn School PhD students, Mr. Tong Zhao and Ms. Taylor Smith, participated in the 2014 International Summer Symposium on Science and World Affairs held July 25th-August 1st at Princeton University in New Jersey. 

Assistant Professor Lawrence Rubin

Nunn School's Rubin Participates in Workshop on Israel/Gaza Situation

July 31, 2014 — On July 24, 2014, Dr. Lawrence Rubin participated in a policy planning workshop held in Jerusalem titled, “Israel, Gaza, and the region: Post-cease fire opportunities." Sponsored by Mitvim, The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies and the International Crisis Group, the workshop was attended by a unique multinational group of 40 diplomats, analysts, journalists and scholars.


Nunn School Professor on Revolutionary Technology and Future of Warfare

June 17, 2014 — Nunn School Assistant Professor Margaret E. Kosal’s article entitled “The War We Won’t Expect” is featured in the latest issue of the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. Kosal writes on the need for strategic foresight to understand the role and impact of new technologies, like nanotechnology and biotechnology, may have on war, whether exacerbating, ending, or rebuilding from conflict. She highlights the lack of tools and policy to anticipate and deal with these emerging technologies and understand their geopolitical origins and implications, which must start with an awareness of the underlying factors at hand – both the technical and non-technical ones.

Stulberg at UN

POSSE Heads to United Nations

May 16, 2014 — Members of the Program on Strategic Stability Evaluation (POSSE) attended the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations Office in New York on May 5-May 7, 2014.

Dr. Margaret Kosal

Nunn School’s Kosal Speaks at Major DC S&T Policy Forum

May 6, 2014 — Nunn School Assistant Professor Margaret E. Kosal spoke on the intersecting roles and influences of emerging technology and national security at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2014 Forum on Science and Technology Policy. Held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center last week in Washington, D.C., the event also featured speakers from across the US Government, industry, and non-governmental organizations.

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Nunn Forum 2014

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Sam Nunn Security Program

 Georgia Tech's Brightest PhD Engineering and Science Students Learn How to Impact Global Public Policy

Deadline: Monday, March 31, 2014, 3:00 PM

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POSSE studies issues of strategic stability in a post-nuclear weapons era

Upcoming Events

Sep 3

Sandy Magnus, former Astronaut and Executive Director of AIAA Guest Lecutre

Sandy Magnus, former Astronaut and Executive Director of AIAA

Sep 8

HTS Speaker Series: James Bamford

The School of History, Technology, and Society welcomes author James Bamford (The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America) as part of its fall speaker series. 

Sep 18

Sam Nunn Security Program Reception

For current students, alumni, and friends.

Please join us for food, drink, and networking with other Sam Nunn Security Fellows and Georgia Tech faculty.