The Climate Problem is a Coal Problem: PESD in Foreign AffairsPESD News
In the current issue of Foreign Affairs, Richard Morse argues that the climate problem is a coal problem, and that coal is not going away anytime soon. Any pragmatic strategy for confronting climate change therefore has to directly confront coal use in the developing world. Articulating new strategies for delivering emission reductions in the coal sector that don’t depend on a carbon price, Morse argues that coal may represent one of the largest and most cost effective opportunities for near-term emissions mitigation on a global scale.
Shorenstein APARC, KSP News
Only Beautiful, Please, released in June from Shorenstein APARC, recounts former UK ambassador to North Korea John Everard's experiences during his stay in Pyongyang. Everard discussed highlights from the book at two special engagements: New York City (June 19) and Washington, DC (June 25).
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New Stanford report revisits Fukushima, suggests reformShorenstein APARC, Japan Studies Program News
A new account of the Fukushima nuclear disaster revisits events as they took place in March 2011. The report, by Kenji Kushida, delves into the politics and institutions of Japan’s energy industry and offers recommendations for reforming it with a view of preventing such a disaster from occurring again.
Study examines school textbook information on malariaShorenstein APARC, AHPP News
How well do textbooks educate school children about malaria prevention and treatment? AHPP's Siyan Yi took part in a study that examined textbooks from countries with high Malaria rates -- Laos, Cambodia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Niger, Benin, and Ghana -- and recently published its findings in the open-access journal PLoS ONE.
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"As President Obama said at last month's NATO Summit in Chicago, as Afghanistan stands up, it will not stand alone," said Karl Eikenberry, the Freeman Spogli Institute's Payne Distinguished Lecturer, in a speech in Singapore on June 18, "The Future of Afghanistan and US Strategy in Central and South Asia." Eikenberry traced the challenges entailed in the transition process by which the government of Afghanistan would assume full responsibility for the security of its country by the end of 2014. The lecture was part of the Institute for International Strategic Studies Lecture series.
U.S.-Korea diplomatic exchange programShorenstein APARC, KSP News
This year, the U.S. State Department and Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) established a new exchange program for their diplomats. Kim Hyejin, an IPS 244 student in 2009, is MOFAT's inaugural representative to the program and has been working alongside State Department colleagues in the Washington, D.C. headquarters. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently singled her out for high praise.
Twelve Stanford seniors are poised to change the world as they graduate. CISAC's Interschool Honors Program in International Security Studies celebrate their accomplishments with their families and CISAC mentors. Read more »
FSE, FSI Stanford News
Ross Feehan's thesis on "Helping Those Who Harm: Harmonizing the Practice and Ethics of Aquaculture Insurance in China" won Stanford's Firestone Medal for excellence in undergraduate research. FSE director Roz Naylor advised Feehan on his interdisciplinary thesis. Read more »
CDDRL, FSI Stanford, ARD News
In less than a week, Egypt has witnessed a reversal of many of the gains it made during the course of the 16-month revolutionary period. Lina Khatib, head of CDDRL's Arab Reform and Democracy Program, weighs in on the upheaval, Egypt's new president, and the steps the military have taken to cement their rule. Read more »
Forrest warns of potential blow to American scientific exceptionalismCISAC in the news: The Huffington Post on June 18, 2012
Next year's proposed cuts in federal funding for scientific research and development could be as high as 8 percent, seriously impacting research in agriculture, energy and medicine. CISAC Postdoctoral Fellow Robert Forrest outlines how cuts would "profoundly inhibit innovation and deal an astonishing blow to American exceptionalism."
Democracy is a 'universal value,' Diamond tells graduatesCDDRL, FSI Stanford News
Delivering this year's Class Day Lecture, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond traces the rise of democracy since the 1970s, arguing that people worldwide want to be recognized as having basic rights. Read more »
North Korean propaganda art and signs of modernizationShorenstein APARC, KSP in the news: Radio Free Asia on June 8, 2012
Katharina Zellweger sat down recently to speak with Radio Free Asia in conjunction with the launch of her Korea Society-hosted exhibition of North Korean propaganda posters. She also described her current writing about modernization in North Korea, and the need to build more trusting, transparent relations with its government.
- » RFA interview on exhibition (in Korean)
- » RFA interview on Zellweger's writing (in Korean)
- » Video of Zellweger's Korea Society gallery talk
- » Voice of America report on exhibition (in Korean)
Eleven talented Stanford seniors have completed the Undergraduate Senior Honors Program at CDDRL to graduate with honors in democracy, development, and the rule of law. They will graduate from Stanford University on June 17. Read more »
FSI Stanford, CISAC News
Before he steps down as FSI’s director this summer, friends and colleagues praised Coit Blacker for his contributions to the institute. Among the best wishes were accolades from Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice and other former and current policymakers. Read more »
CDDRL, FSI Stanford Announcement
The graduating class at Stanford University has selected Larry Diamond as the 2012 Class Day speaker. A four-decade long tradition, the class day lecture is delivered by a well-liked Stanford faculty member who addresses the graduating class together with their friends and family, one last time. The class day lecture will be held on Saturday, June 16. Read more »
Based on the research in Oil and Governance, PESD researchers Mark Thurber and David Hults argue that the incentives an NOC faces to take, avoid, or manage risk critically determine its strategy and whether it can achieve the particular goals of its host government. Read more »
China and economics part of election campaign rhetoricShorenstein APARC in the news: Bloomberg News on June 5, 2012
As the U.S. presidential election race heats up, taking a tough stance on China's trade and economic policies has become part of the campaign rhetoric. Daniel Sneider speaks with Bloomberg and Medill News Service about Mitt Romney's focus on China.
War Games Revived in LebanonCDDRL, ARD Op-ed
The crisis in Syria has revived sectarian tensions in neighboring Lebanon, fueling internal divisions reminiscent of the period leading up to the 1970's civil war. Lina Khatib, manager of CDDRL's Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, writes in The Guardian about the recent events and underlying tensions that have escalated conflict between Lebanon's Shia and Sunni communities. Khatib argues that a loss of confidence in state institutions and a weakened leadership makes Lebanon vulnerable to escalated civil strife. Read more »
CDDRL congratulates Otis Reid on being awarded the David M. Kennedy Honors Thesis Prize for his original and rigorous research on the impact of concentrated ownership on the value of publically traded firms on the Ghana Stock Exchange. Reid is a member of the 2012 CDDRL Undergraduate Senior Honors Program. Read more »
CISAC's Science Seminar series closed on June 11 with a talk by Malcolm Harkins, Vice President, Information Technology Group and Chief Information Security Officer at Intel Corporation. Harkins outlined benefits and drawbacks of information security strategies and discussed Intel's innovative strategy, "protect to enable." Audio is available online. Read more »
FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR, Shorenstein APARC News
Traditional cookstoves are to blame for much of the pollution that leads to millions of deaths in the developing world. Safer stoves are available, but few people buy them. Stanford researchers say that’s because the newer models aren’t designed to give people what they really want. Read more »
Shorenstein APARC, SEAF News
In his closing keynote address at the Methodology in Southeast Asian Studies conference held May 29 to 31 at the University of Freiburg, Donald K. Emmerson spoke of the need to embrace a diversity of research methods in the field of Southeast Asian studies.
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Karl Eikenberry on Afghanistan, China and Life at Stanford
Karl Eikenberry M.A. ’94 has had a distinguished military and diplomatic career. Prior to his current position as the Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), he spent 35 years in the United States Army. As U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from May 2009 to June 2011, he led President Obama’s civilian surge, which occurred in conjunction with a 30,000-troop surge.
CDDRL congratulates Landry Signé for his recent awards in recognition of his pioneering work to advance democratic causes and community leadership in North America. Read more »
CDDRL, Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program News
On May 7, CDDRL hosted Egyptian activist Ahmed Salah who spoke about the series of events that led up to the Egyptian revolution and the current struggles the country faces in realizing its revolutionary goals. Read more »
CISAC, FSI Stanford News
CISAC Co-Director Siegfried Hecker made his 44th trip to Russia marking the 20th anniversary of America's collaboration with that country's nuclear scientists. He is writing a book about how the partnership has helped reduce the world's nuclear threat. Read more »
CISAC, FSI Stanford News
Stanford undergraduate and law students simulate Cabinet war-room meeting on whether to launch a pre-emptive strike against Syria for The Ethics and Law of War class, which grew out of the two-year Ethics & War series. Read more »
CISAC's honors program is a year of rigorous research and work, which culminates in the production of a senior thesis, with guidance from Stanford's renowned faculty. Honors students Stephen Craig and Clay Ramel took home special awards for their work. Read more »
On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development will host an all-day conference on "The New U.S. Role in Global Fossil Fuel Markets" The conference session topics are: (1) the implications of the unconventional natural gas revolution for the U.S. energy industry and global natural gas trade; (2) the changing role of the U.S. in the global oil market, and its geopolitical and economic implications; (3) the future of the U.S. coal industry in the domestic and global energy industry; and (4) the trends in conventional fossil fuels and alternative energy sources uses in the transportation sector. Each session will feature a presentation by an academic or industry expert followed by discussants from the industry, policymaking, and academic communities, with an opportunity for audience comment and discussion. The conference will conclude with panel of distinguished industry experts addressing the question, “Will Natural Gas Become a Major Transportation Fuel in the U.S.?” Read more »
Ambassador Eikenberry interviews with Rebecca Costa on The Costa Reportin the news: The Costa Report on June 1, 2012
Recently, Amb. Karl Eikenberry sat down with Rebecca Costa for a wide-reaching interview on Afghanistan ten years on, successes and failures, relations with Pakistan, the future of Al Qaeda, and the Arab Spring. Hear the full interview at The Costa Report. Read more »
On foreign policy, experts give Obama political edgeFSI Stanford, Shorenstein APARC, CISAC, Japan Studies Program News
During a discussion at the Freeman Spogli Institute, foreign policy experts said elections can turn on international issues, debunking the dictum that 'all politics is local.' Read more »
Shorenstein APARC Q&A
During the annual China-Japan-Korea summit, held mid-May in Beijing, the three countries announced their intention to begin negotiating a trilateral free trade agreement (FTA). Visiting professor Joseph L. C. Cheng suggests the FTA could have a far greater impact beyond boosting economic growth in East Asia. Read more »
At a ceremony at the Harvard Faculty Club on May 23, 2012, the Centennial Medal - the highest honor awarded by Harvard University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences - was given to Karl Eikenberry, the Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Read more »