Welcome to The Center for Security Policy Studies

Launched in 2014, the Center for Security Policy Studies (CSPS) advances the study of international security.  Through its research and extensive array of student programs, CSPS seeks to both generate creative solutions to today’s pressing security challenges and educate tomorrow’s security policymakers.

CSPS’s multidisciplinary faculty include experts in economics, history, political science and sociology, as well as a number of distinguished practitioners-in-residence.  Located on Mason’s Arlington campus, CSPS also provides unique access to a large number of defense and security experts, including current and former government officials, active and recently retired senior military officers, prominent think tank analysts, and world-renowned scholars.


Areas of Study





National Defense

Defense Policy










Technology & Innovation

Technology & Innovation

Statecraft & Strategy

Statecraft & Strategy








Upcoming Events

On Saturday, April 1st CSPS will host a Crisis Management Simulation from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm on the Fairfax campus (Robinson B104). This event is open to all Mason undergraduate and graduate students. Register here by Monday, March 27th! Click here for more information. Send any questions to csps.simulation@gmail.com

Please join us for the Spring 2017 Distinguished Speaker Series: The Future of Military Studies

Tuesday, March 28th: Professor Stephen Biddle of George Washington University will present on “Measuring the Effectiveness of Security Force Assistance,” from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in 111 Founders Hall (Arlington campus)

Thursday, April 6th: Professor Jonathan Caverley of the United States Naval War College will present on “When Peacekeepers Come Home: The Domestic Effects of Transferring Money and Military Experience to Troop-Contributing Countries,” from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in 326 Johnson Center (Room B)

Friday, April 14th: Professor Stephen Rosen of Harvard University will present on “Nuclear Crises in Current and Future Military Environments,” from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm in 111 Founders Hall (Arlington campus)


Visit Our New Student Blog! The Security Dilemma



Meet our 2017 Student Fellows!


Recent Research and Commentary

“How Trump Undermines Intelligence Gathering,” in the New York Times by General Michael Hayden

“Calm Down About North Korea’s Nukes,” in Defense One by John Glaser

“Were We Watching the Same Presidency? Obama Was Not a Restrainer,” in War on the Rocks by A. Trevor Thrall and John Glaser

“Trump Pledged to Reverse Obama’s Executive Orders. Here’s How Well Past Presidents Have Fulfilled that Pledge,” in the Washington Post by James Pfiffner and Joshua Lee

“Producing Strategic Value through Deliberate War Planning,” in Military Review by Jim Cahill

“Insurgency and Deterrence on NATO’s Northeastern Flank,” in the Modern War Institute at West Point blog by Alexander Lanoszka and Michael Hunzeker

“Trump’s ‘One China’ Comments Undermine the Foundations of American Leadership,” in Newsweek by Ming Wan

Trump’s Most Important New Partner: The Intelligence Community,” in the Washington Post by General Michael Hayden

“Confronting the Anti-Access/Area Denial and Precision Strike Challenge in the Baltic Region,” in the RUSI Journal by Alexander Lanoszka and Michael Hunzeker

Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror, by General Michael Hayden

Fighting for MacArthur: The Navy and Marine Corps’ Desperate Defense of the Philippines, by John Gordon

Landpower and American Credibility,” in Parameters by Michael Hunzeker & Alexander Lanoszka

Why We Should Close America’s Overseas Bases,” in Time by John Glaser

The Link Between Zika and Climate Change,” in The Atlantic by Greg Mercer

The ‘Bow Wave’ and the Military Balance,” in War on the Rocks by Matthew Fay


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