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April 16th, 2014

Gillum: NYPD decision to disband spy unit may aid counterterrorism

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news: The Monkey Cage on April 16, 2014

CISAC fellow Rachel Gillum writes in this commentary that the NYPD's decision to disband its special Muslim surveillance unit may eventually aid in counterterrorism efforts as the Muslim community regains trust and works together with the police to identify possible threats. Read more »

April 15th, 2014

Stanford scholars discuss recent speech by Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou


In a recent CDDRL special event, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou delivered a video address on U.S.-Taiwan economic and trade relations. The screening was followed by a discussion featuring CDDRL Director Larry Diamond and FSI Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow Thomas Fingar. In light of recent student protests, the event drew much attention focusing on the future of cross-strait relations between Taiwan and China and its impact on relations with the U.S. +VIDEO+
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3rd Annual Korean Studies Program Prize for Writing in Korean Studies

Shorenstein APARC, KSP Announcement

The Korean Studies Program Prize for Writing in Korean studies recognizes and rewards outstanding examples of writing in an essay, term paper, or thesis produced during the current academic year in any discipline within the area of Korean Studies, broadly defined. This competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The prize will be awarded at a special ceremony in the fall, and the winning essays will be published in the Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs. The first place winner will receive a certificate, a copy of the Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs, and $1,000; Honorable mention winner(s) will receive a certificate and a copy of the Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs. Read more »

April 11th, 2014

Reflecting on a childhood shaped by immigration policy

, FSI Stanford, SPICE News

Gary Mukai grew up in a community of braceros – Mexican laborers allowed to work in the United States between 1942 and 1964. Mukai, director of the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education, recently hosted an event reflecting on the Bracero Program and shares his personal story. Read more »

New FSI initiative expands global research opportunities for students


The new Stanford Global Student Fellows program will expand opportunities for students to pursue mentored international research in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. The initiative is funded by an anonymous $1.25 million gift. Read more »

Shorenstein APARC announces 2014-15 postdoctoral fellows

Shorenstein APARC, AHPP News

Shorenstein APARC is pleased to welcome three exceptional postdoctoral fellows this autumn, researching a variety of topics on contemporary Asia, including epidemiological trends of diabetes in Vietnam, China's state-owned enterprises, and political governance in Vietnam. Read more »

April 10th, 2014

History Wars in Northeast Asia

Shorenstein APARC Op-ed: Foreign Affairs on April 10, 2014

Shorenstein APARC director Gi-Wook Shin and associate director for research Daniel C. Sneider argue the United States needs to tackle the wartime history issue as U.S. president Barack Obama heads to the Asia-Pacific. The full article is featured in Foreign Affairs. Read more »

April 9th, 2014

Ezra Vogel says disputes over wartime history are key factor behind Northeast Asia friction

Shorenstein APARC News

Harvard's Ezra Vogel, renowned scholar of China and Japan, delivered the final lecture in a seminar series focused on a Sino-Japanese rivalry at Shorenstein APARC. He addressed how the two countries have been impacted by disputes over wartime history, saying there must be "some resolution of the history issue" for any long-term solution to transpire. Read more »

Insider threats biggest challenge to nuclear security

CISAC in the news

In a new research paper published by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Stanford Political Science Professor and CISAC Senior Fellow, Scott Sagan, and Matthew Bunn, a professor of practice at the Harvard Kennedy School, write that insider threats are perhaps the most serious challenge that nuclear security systems face today. Read more »

April 8th, 2014

Growing crops on photovoltaic solar farms is a 'win-win' situation

FSE, FSI Stanford News

A new model for solar farms that "colocates" crops and solar panels could result in the harvesting of valuable biofuel crops in addition to sunlight. Read more »

May recognized for work on nuclear weapons and energy policy


CISAC's Michael May is awarded the Joseph A. Burton Forum Award by the American Physical Society for his lifetime of work educating the public about nuclear weapons and energy. Read more »

Eikenberry: Afghan security forces performed well during elections

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, a William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at CISAC and FSI, says in this KQED radio panel that security during the elections in Afghanistan had greatly improved, but the country will still need support from the international community moving forward. Read more »

April 7th, 2014

Karen Eggleston provides testimony to U.S.-China Commission on China’s healthcare sector

Shorenstein APARC, AHPP News

Karen Eggleston presented to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on China’s healthcare sector on April 3. Eggleston responded to several questions about China's health status and health system performace based on her research. Her testimony covered the changing nature of disease, demographics, market for pharmaceuticals and economic change in China. +PDF+
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Diamond assesses democratic crises worldwide


In a recent seminar at Stanford University, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond addresses the question of whether or not there is an emerging global crisis of democracy. Though brazen corruption, democratic breakdown, democratic paralysis and military authoritarian rule threaten to undermine the integrity of democracy, Diamond argues that hope is not lost and that the human species today has done better with democracy than what history might predict. Read more »

April 4th, 2014

Nationalism clouds WWII memories in Asia, says Stanford scholar

Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford News

In a new co-edited volume, Gi-Wook Shin and Daniel Sneider of FSI’s Shorenstein APARC and Daniel Chirot of the University of Washington compare the historical legacy of the Second World War in the Asian and European theaters. They provide unique, timely insight on the lasting influence of that wartime period, exploring the depth of its effects on contemporary attitudes and geopolitics.

April 2nd, 2014

Realistic Approach to Attain ‘Unification Bonanza’

Shorenstein APARC, KSP News

South Korea’s president Park Geun-hye generated public attention through a recent statement that emphasized the benefits of Korean unification, saying it would bring a “bonanza” to the region and its partners. Shorenstein APARC director Gi-Wook Shin suggests “serious debate” and a “creative and feasible unification strategy” are necessary to move forward with that national goal. Read more »

April 1st, 2014

The Making of a Climate Report

FSE, FSI Stanford News

FSE's David Lobell and Chris Field help build scientific consensus on climate change in the newest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report emphasizes the deep impacts climate change will have on global crop yields and food security. Read more »

March 28th, 2014

Faculty Spotlight: Donald K. Emmerson

Shorenstein APARC, SEAF News

Donald K. Emmerson reflects on his 15 years at Stanford and speaks about his life and career beyond academia, highlighting his initial draw to Southeast Asia and penchant for the Socratic discourse. Read more »

Corporate affiliate explores financial systems, shares choral talents

Shorenstein APARC, Shorenstein APARC Corporate Affiliates News

Kenji Yanada, a visiting fellow in Shorenstein APARC’s Corporate Affiliates Program, has pursued a wide breadth of interests while at Stanford this year. He is a member of Stanford’s Symphonic Chorus and is researching international financial regulation. Yanada will present his research and perform with the choir again this spring. Read more »

March 27th, 2014

Stanford economist warns of Japanese fiscal crisis

FSI Stanford, Shorenstein APARC, Japan Studies Program News

Takeo Hoshi, a senior fellow at FSI in residence at Shorenstein APARC, analyzes Japan’s fiscal condition and develops future tax and budget-tightening alternatives in a new journal article. He argues Japan’s situation is not sustainable, suggesting fiscal reform is necessary in order to maintain current living standards and public services. Read more »

March 26th, 2014

Who is East Asia’s Voldemort?

Shorenstein APARC, Japan Studies Program Op-ed: AlJazeera America on March 26, 2014

Recent public opinion polls in China and Japan expose a “striking degree of hostility,” highlighting a clash in narratives between the two countries. Phillip Lipscy says in an op-ed in AlJazeera America that Japan’s conservatives are “misguided in seeking to reinvigorate their country by revising history,” and instead should rally the country “around dreams of the future.” Read more »

March 25th, 2014

Rosenkranz Prize winner aims to understand a population’s health, one genetic ancestry line at a time

FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR News

Andres Moreno is piecing together the genetic medical history of understudied populations in Latin America and the Caribbean. His work is also leading to a deeper understanding of migratory patterns. Read more »

Stanford fellow addresses burden of cervical cancer in Mongolia

Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford, AHPP News

Mongolia has one of the highest incidence rates of cervical cancer in Eastern Asia due in part to barriers to knowledge and access to services. Gynecological oncologist and Shorenstein APARC fellow Gendengarjaa Baigalimaa talks about her research evaluating a new national screening and vaccination program aimed to mitigate the disease. +PDF+ 2 presentations available
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March 24th, 2014

McFaul on Putin's Russia

CDDRL in the news: The New York Times on March 23, 2014

In a recent op-ed for The New York Times, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul remarks on Putin’s role in the country’s slide toward autocracy. While concerns of further regional instability grow, McFaul highlights the need to restore the U.S.’s global image as a successful model of democracy. Read more »

March 22nd, 2014

Michelle Obama promotes study abroad during speech at Stanford center in Beijing

CISAC, CDDRL, FSE, FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR, The Europe Center, Shorenstein APARC, REAP, SCPKU, SCP News

Speaking at the Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing on Saturday, Michelle Obama said study abroad allows students to realize that countries all have a stake in each other's success. Following her remarks, she held a conversation with students on the Stanford campus via a high-tech videoconference. +VIDEO+
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The human touch in medicine
Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch. Physician and writer Abraham Verghese describes our strange new world where patients are data points, and calls for a return to the traditional physical exam.
Mention of Abraham Verghese in WWNO on March 16, 2013

Open and Closed
Evgeny Morozov: "Openness is today a powerful cult, a religion with its own dogmas. 'Owning pipelines, people, products or even intellectual property is no longer the key to success. Openness is,' proclaims the Internet pundit Jeff Jarvis."
Mention of Evgeny Morozov in New York Times on March 16, 2013

Keep Calm and Carry On... Buying
Evgeny Morozov: "When former Wired editor Chris Anderson wrote of 'the long tail' — the idea that, thanks to the Internet, companies can look beyond blockbusters and make money on obscure products — he never warned us it would be so long and so ugly. Somehow, well-crafted niche products have surrendered to algorithmic schlock."
Mention of Evgeny Morozov in New York Times on March 9, 2013

How Facebook could get you arrested
Evgeny Morozov: "Smart technology and the sort of big data available to social networking sites are helping police target crime before it happens. But is this ethical?"
Mention of Evgeny Morozov in The Guardian on March 9, 2013

Q&A: Larry Diamond's documentary on democracy activism
The documentary, for which Diamond was a producer, won high praise from critics and leaders like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Daily spoke with Diamond about the film’s origins, its critical reception and its future.
Mention of Larry Diamond in The Stanford Daily on February 4, 2013

Law Professor Hank Greely to receive 2012 Lyman Award
Since 1991, Hank Greely, '74, has delivered talks for alumni groups, including participating in Classes Without Quizzes during Reunion Homecoming and speaking on numerous panels for various Stanford student and alumni audiences.
Mention of Henry Greely in Stanford University News on January 23, 2013

First Person: Scott Sagan, Nuclear Disarmament Expert
Scott Sagan, nuclear disarmament expert, Senior Fellow at CISAC and Stanford professor of political science, talks with Lisa Van Dusen in the fall of 2012 about his life-long career in academic research, teaching and policy devoted to disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation.
Mention of Scott Sagan in Palo Alto Online on January 20, 2013

Reduce greenhouse gas by exporting coal? Yes, says Stanford economist
Western U.S. coal companies looking to expand sales to China will likely succeed, according to Stanford University economist Frank Wolak. But, due to energy market dynamics in the United States, those coal exports are likely to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases.
Mention of Frank Wolak in Stanford University News on January 15, 2013

How Obama Abandoned Bahrain's Democratic Reformers
Larry Diamond: "With the world watching other Middle East hotspots, the country's monarchy has continued suppressing anti-authoritarian dissidents -- and the White House has let it happen."
Mention of Larry Diamond in The Atlantic on January 9, 2013

Syria is Central to Holding Together the Mideast
Condoleezza Rice: "The civil war in Syria may well be the last act in the story of the disintegration of the Middle East as we know it. The opportunity to hold the region together and to rebuild it on a firmer foundation of tolerance, freedom and, eventually, democratic stability is slipping from our grasp."
Mention of Condoleezza Rice in Washington Post on November 3, 2012

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