New study exposes teenagers' easy access to cigarettes in ChinaShorenstein APARC, AHPP News
May 31 was the WHO World No Tobacco Day. The Pioneers for Health Consultancy Center, a China-based non-governmental organization with close collaborative ties to AHPP's Matthew Kohrman, recently conducted an extensive study of stores in Kunming, a city in the heart of China’s tobacco-growing region, that sell cigarettes to teenagers.
CISAC in the news
In a Campaign 2012 policy brief for the Brookings Institution, CISAC affiliate Bruce Jones, Thomas Wright, and former research assistant and honors student Jane Esberg, say the next president's foreign policy should pick up Obama's lead. Due to an interdependent global economy, the U.S. has become vulnerable and dependent on the actions of regional powers such as Brazil, China, and India -- leaving the president with a delicate balancing act. Read more »
CISAC in the news: The New York Times on May 24, 2012
The Obama Administration has nominated Allison Macfarlane to lead America’s top nuclear safety watchdog, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). White House Spokesman Clark Stevens hailed her as a “highly regarded expert” and Senator Harry Reid of Nevada called her “eminently qualified” to lead the Commission. Read more »
CISAC, FSI Stanford News
The Stuxnet computer worm is perhaps the most malicious piece of software ever built. Symantec Chief Architect Carey Nachenberg explains how the Stuxnet worm spread, evaded detection and ultimately accomplished its mission. Read more »
Shorenstein APARC, SCP News
On May 18, 2012, the Pentagon released its annual report about the People's Republic of China's recent military developments. During Stanford's annual Oksenberg lecture, Karl Eikenberry discussed China's military modernization and its overall national security strategy. Read more »
CDDRL, FSI Stanford News
Greek voters return to the polls this month after failing in May to elect a parliamentary majority. Ruby Gropas, a CDDRL visiting scholar, talks about what the elections mean for the economically battered country and its worried eurozone neighbors. Read more »
Textbooks offer differing accounts of wartime eventsShorenstein APARC News
Japanese textbooks, long a subject of controversy, tend to actually present a dry, unpatriotic account of World War Two, says Daniel Sneider in a recent Nippon.com article. A comparative understanding of different textbook descriptions of the war, a focus of the Center's Divided Memories project, is one way to move toward lasting reconciliation in East Asia.
- » English-language version
- » Japanese-language version
- » Chinese-language version (simplified)
- » Chinese-language version (traditional)
- » French-language version
Richard Lyman, Stanford's seventh president and founder of institute, dead at 88
Lyman founded and directed the Institute for International Studies, which in 2005 was named the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Read more »
Ethics & War series concludes looking at future security threatsCISAC News
Stanford's two-year debate on Ethics & War concluded May 16 with the final event in the series, "WAR: Ethical Challenges on the Horizon." The final event was hosted by the Rev. Scotty McLennan, Dean for Religious Life at Stanford with debate by Debra Satz of the Center for Ethics in Society, CISAC's Scott Sagan and Charles Dunlap of Duke University's Center on Law, Ethics and National Security.
FSE, FSI Stanford News
Roz Naylor, director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment, will join authors, activists, and scientists for a daylong symposium on population at the Moving Mountains Symposium in Telluride, Colorado May 25. Read more »
Shorenstein APARC, AHPP News
AHPP looks forward to welcoming its incoming 2012-13 research fellows from Mongolian Medical University, the University of Hawai'i, and Harvard. AHPP's new fellows specialize in research topics including cervical cancer prevention, migrant remittances, and the political economy of support for the elderly. Read more »
Shorenstein APARC to welcome eight emerging scholarsShorenstein APARC Announcement
As the current year winds down, Shorenstein APARC looks forward to welcoming eight talented emerging scholars in the autumn: four Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellows, three Asia Health Policy Program research fellows, and one Takahashi Pre-doctoral Fellow.
FSI Fellow Xiaojun Li, a Stanford predoctoral candidate in political science, travels to Beijing and Hong Kong with John and Jackie Lewis funding. Read more »
Shorenstein APARC News
Shorenstein APARC is pleased to announce Huiyu Li, a doctoral student in Stanford's Department of Economics, as its 2012–13 Takahashi Pre-doctoral Fellow. Her current research focuses on quantifying the cost of resolving insolvent firms and its impact on aggregate output in China and Japan. Read more »
On May 25-26, the Center on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law (CDDRL) will hold its seventh annual conference for the Taiwan Democracy Project on, "How the Public Views Democracy and its Competitors in East Asia: Taiwan in Comparative Perspective” at Stanford University. The conference will bring together leading social scientists from Taiwan and other Asian countries to present and discuss papers analyzing the third wave of data from the Asian Barometer Survey. Read more »
Fukuyama on the challenges of building a political movement after TahrirCDDRL, FSI Stanford in the news
As the Egyptian public prepares to vote in the first post-revolutionary presidential elections this week, Francis Fukuyama takes stock of the political playing field in an article for The Daily Beast. With no genuine liberal candidate in the running, Fukuyama notes the failure of the Tahrir Square activists to translate protest into a structured political movement. Read more »
Eikenberry makes the case for invigorating Taiwan-U.S. relationsCISAC, Shorenstein APARC News
In an article for Foreign Policy, Karl Eikenberry argues that the drifting Taiwan-U.S. relationship puts the stability of the Asia-Pacific region at risk. He observes that other regional allies are hedging their bets against a rising military power in China because of skepticism that the United States can keep its commitments, and outlines key weaknesses that Washington must overcome with Taipei.
Tony Blair addresses Stanford audience on strengthening governance in AfricaCDDRL, FSI Stanford in the news
On May 17, the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies co-sponsored a special event at Stanford University with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Addressing an audience of over 500, Blair emphasized the important role governance and effective leadership plays in achieving strong economic and political development in Africa.
- » Stanford Report: "Tony Blair urges Stanford students to help out in Africa"
- » Read the transcript of Tony Blair's speech "A New Approach to a New Africa"
- » Peninsula Press: "Blair calls for effective governance in Africa during Stanford visit"
Regional conflicts are no simple matterShorenstein APARC, SEAF News
In trying to understand the source of a regional conflict we should avoid focusing too narrowly on a single issue of identity, said Lee Kong Chian Fellow Graham Brown during a May 15 seminar at Stanford. Brown gave examples from Southeast Asia to illustrate the complex nature of conflicts.
CDDRL director advises D.C. policy community that economic and political freedom must go hand-in-handCDDRL, FSI Stanford News
On May 15, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond participated in a panel discussion on the economic implications of the Arab Spring at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Washington, DC. Diamond was joined on the panel by CIPE Executive Director John Sullivan; Michele Dunne, director of the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East; and moderator Steve Clemons from The Atlantic. Read more about the event on CIPE's blog. Read more »
FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR News
The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief “may be considered the clearest demonstration of aid’s effectiveness in recent years,” according to Stanford researchers who analyze the program in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Read more »
CDDRL, Program on Poverty and Governance Announcement
The CDDRL Program on Poverty and Governance together with the Center for Latin American Studies will host a conference on May 18-19 to explore how governance impacts the provision of public goods and services throughout the world. Read more »
PESD director Frank Wolak spoke on role of congestion revenue rights (CRRs) and financial transmission rights (FTRs) in improving energy market efficiency at the Energy Risk magazine’s 16th annual 2-day conference. Read more »
Foiled Yemen plot a success thanks to paradigm shifts in intelligenceCISAC in the news: CNN on May 11, 2012
Recent counterterrorism triumphs such as the foiled Yemen bombing plot and last year's raid on the Osama Bin Laden compound in Pakistan are the result of better analytical and organizational operations, according to intelligence expert Amy Zegart.
Stanford experts discuss Obama administration's Asia policyShorenstein APARC News
The recent South China Sea standoff between China and the Philippines calls into question the U.S. role and commitment in the Asia-Pacific region. Stanford experts Donald Emmerson and Thomas Fingar speak about the nuances of the Obama administration's Asia policy.
Michael Albertus, a post-doctoral scholar at CDDRL, co-authored a piece for Foreign Policy's Democracy Lab on the prospects of a democratic transition in Burma. Borrowing historic examples from Chile and Colombia, the authors offer concrete approaches Burma can use to ensure a smoother path towards democracy. Read more »
Stanford researchers question whether biofuel is the answer to U.S. energy independenceFSE, FSI Stanford in the news: Peninsula Press on May 14, 2012
For the last four years, the costs of corn and crude oil have been intimately linked, and it was this relationship that Stanford’s Center on Food Security and the Environment addressed in a panel discussion last month.
FSE, FSI Stanford News
Despite accelerating economic growth in India over the last thirty years, India’s structural transformation remains stunted, said economist Hans Binswanger-Mkhize at a May 10 FSE symposium on global food policy and food security. Improving rural incomes and supporting agricultural growth is essential to decreasing poverty and unemployment in India now and in the future. Read more »
CISAC, FSI Stanford News
The former military commander and ambassador says Congress and the media must hold the military more accountable. He also cited the economy as the No. 1 threat to U.S. security during while delivering his second Payne Lecture. Read more »
Hecker praises Senator Richard Lugar for nuclear threat reduction effortsCISAC in the news: NPR on May 8, 2012
Co-Director Siegfried Hecker praised Senator Richard Lugar for his lifetime of work as a public servant, particularly in securing nuclear materials worldwide: Lugar realized "we were threatened more by Russia's weakness than its strength."
Shorenstein APARC, SCP News
Thomas Fingar, who has observed developments in U.S.-China relations since "ping-pong diplomacy" in the early 1970s, spoke with China-based Leaders Magazine about the significance of -- and hype surrounding -- the Obama administration's "Asia pivot." Read more »
CDDRL, FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR News
In June 2012, Stanford researchers Rajaie Batniji and Eran Bendavid retracted the research findings explained in the following article. Read more »
Shorenstein APARC, SCP News
A revelatory story emerged in China this spring: Bo Xilai, Chongqing’s Communist Party head, had fallen out with the party and was accused of shocking abuses of power. On May 2, the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center held a special seminar to make sense of what this unusual high-level scandal could mean for the future of China’s current political system. Read more »
FSI Stanford, The Europe Center in the news
The French elected Socialist party candidate François Hollande as their next president. The Europe Center's Roland Hsu weighs in on what the new leader means for France, the euro and a viable Europe. Read more »
FSI Stanford, The Europe Center, Governance Project News
Jamie Shea's essay “Keeping NATO Relevant” appearing in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace April 2012 edition of Policy Outlook offers a comprehensive, thoughtful, and - given the 20-21 May NATO Summit in Chicago - timely discussion of the Alliance's future. Read more »
CDDRL, Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program in the news
Nancy Okail, the head of U.S.-based Freedom House's office in Cairo and a 2005 Draper Hills Summer Fellow waits to stand trial under accusation of working illegally and undermining the Egyptian regime. Read more »
Hachigian tells AFP row over Chinese dissident "a significant source of tension"CISAC in the news: AFP on May 4, 2012
Former Visiting Scholar Nina Hachigian, now at the Center for American Progress, tells AFP that China has "taken baby steps" on issues important to the U.S. such as Iran and intellectual property rights enforcement, but the row over dissident Chen Guangcheng could affect progress on those issues. The dispute will be a source of tension until a mutually agreeable solution is found.
NSC Director of European Affairs says next French president should maintain commitment to NATOCISAC in the news: AFP on April 26, 2012
Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, former CISAC Senior Research Scholar and current National Security Council director of European affairs, says that the White House understands that France will maintain its full commitment to NATO after its presidential elections in June 2012, despite differing opinons from the candidates on troop withdrawals from Afghanistan.
Twenty years of inter-Korean relations and the North Korean nuclear issueShorenstein APARC, KSP News
Lim Dong-won, former South Korea unification minister and architect of Nobel Peace Prize winner Kim Dae-jung's Sunshine policy, spoke at Stanford on May 18 in conjunction with the English-language release of his memoir Peacemaker.
CDDRL, FSI Stanford, CISAC in the news
President Barack Obama's trip to Afghanistan this week to sign the Strategic Partnership Agreement reaffirmed America’s commitment to secure and rebuild the country beyond the 2014 troop withdrawal. Stanford Law Professor Erik Jensen argues that staying the course will have positive outcomes for generations of Afghans to come. Read more »
Shorenstein APARC, CHP/PCOR, FSI Stanford, AHPP, SCP Q&A
Chinese officials are developing a social security network to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing demographic landscape. Karen Eggleston discusses the success of China’s health care reforms and the long road ahead. Read more »
CDDRL, PHR Announcement
The Program on Human Rights (PHR) at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) together with the Center for Latin American Studies is hosting a one-day conference on Tuesday, May 8 2012 at Stanford University to shed light on the important human rights issues indigenous populations face in Latin America. Read more »
Kapur warns weak Indian counterterrorism efforts could spark international conflictCISAC in the news: Washington Post on May 1, 2012
Affiliate Paul Kapur stressed the need for reform of India's counterterrorism measures in the Washington Post: "The next big terror attack may be even more provocative than the ones in Mumbai and may lead to international conflict."