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


Latest News

Whyte and Garver

The China Research Center Annual Lecture 2014: “The Paradox of Communists Effectively Promoting Capitalism”

April 17, 2014 — Professor Martin Whyte gave a talk at Georgia Tech on April 11, 2014 discussing his research on Chinese attitudes toward income inequality and distributive justice. The event was hosted by the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP), the Georgia Tech School of History, Technology, and Society, and the China Research Center. Introductory remarks were provided by Nunn School Professor John Garver.  

Abbas Milani

Milani Speaks on Iran Nuclear Strategy

April 16, 2014 — Professor Abbas Milani of Stanford University engaged Georgia Tech students and faculty in a dialogue on Iran’s nuclear program on April 14, 2014. Professor Milani’s visit was sponsored by the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, with the nuclear program discussion facilitated by the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP) and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. Nunn School Assistant Professor Margaret Kosal served as event moderator.

Kosal Flag

Kosal to Serve on FBI Working Group on Big Data, Life Sciences, & National Security

April 1, 2014 — Nunn School Assistant Professor Margaret E. Kosal has been invited to serve as an expert on an FBI-sponsored working group looking at scientific and technological advancements in big data and analytics, applications of this field to different life science fields, and potential benefits or risks to national and international security.

Lautenbacher and Borowitz

Space Policy and Weather Satellites: A Practical Perspective

March 28, 2014 — Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., Vice Admiral (USN Ret.) delivered a talk to Georgia Tech faculty and students on March 26, 2014, facilitated by the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP) and Nunn School Assistant Professor Mariel Borowitz. 

Dr. Brian Woodall

Woodall Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Grant

March 26, 2014 — Congratulations to Dr. Brian Woodall for being awarded a Fulbright to research in Japan for the 2014-15 academic year! 

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Upcoming Events

Apr 22

Joint Perspective on 21st Century Security Challenges

The Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP) within the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs is hosting a panel discussion with Lieutenant Colonel Justin Y. Reese, U.S. Army, and Major Joel Pauls, U.S. Air Force. The speakers will address bridging complex strategic and technical concepts with long-term operational needs and objectives for the US military. 

Apr 24

China-US Relations and East Asia Security Dynamic: How it will be more forward-leaning?

The presentation is based on his finished research project. He argues that the bilateral relationship is characterized with geopolitical competitors. But there is no way both sides could escape from geostrategic cooperation simultaneously as the world and domestic politics have dramatically changed. The key test for both is how to avoid malicious circle of action and reaction.