From the Director’s Chair
By: Kathleen Hicks
This issue marks a transition for For Your Situational Awareness (FYSA). The International Security Program (ISP) began this publication in November 2013 as a way to highlight the work of our many talented scholars. In the intervening years, FYSA has provided insight into areas as diverse as geopolitics, missile defense, nuclear proliferation, domestic disaster relief, bioengineering, defense industry trends, defense budgeting, fragile states, and all manner of other regional security trends.
FYSA will continue to publish pieces that cross these and other lines of research underway in ISP, but beginning in March, we will focus this site on the work of our talented junior staff: ISP’s research assistants, research associates, interns, and visiting fellows. Growing the next generation of national security scholars and policymakers is a key goal of the International Security Program. Yet we have noticed the difficulty many of our junior staff face in placing pieces in outside journals, and online publications are uneven in their quality control. That is why we are transforming FYSA into a junior staff journal that delivers cutting-edge content. I will serve as the editor in chief for the publication and will be joined on the editorial board by Melissa Dalton, ISP chief of staff and fellow, and Beverly Kirk, director for ISP outreach and fellow. Every young scholar writing for FYSA will be paired with a mentor drawn from our senior staff, which is unparalleled in the breadth and depth of its collective experience and expertise.
We will still continue to bring you a monthly update on our programs, publications, media notes, and multimedia content. This monthly update, ISP Brief, will arrive in your inboxes just like FYSA and will leverage several important digital improvements at CSIS. Notably, CSIS is on the cusp of launching the redesign of its website. The revamped website will not only be visually arresting, it will also allow for far greater user functionality and significant design improvements for viewing ISP content on multiple device types. In addition, in February, we launched Defense360, a curated digital magazine that displays some of our most significant defense-specific work. Finally, our monthly update will showcase the work of our junior staff as displayed in the FYSA journal.
CSIS was proud to be named the top defense and security think tank in 2015 by the University of Pennsylvania—our fifth consecutive year earning that distinction. Our goal in the International Security Program is to continue focusing on delivering the highest quality and most relevant content to shape key security issues arising today and on the horizon tomorrow. We have received great feedback from you on FYSA’s role in fulfilling this goal over the past several years; I hope you will continue to provide me with your candid views on the changes I’ve described here as they evolve through the spring.