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March 13th, 2014

Zegart: Feinstein-CIA fracas is a blow for the intelligence agency

CISAC, FSI Stanford Q&A

CISAC Co-Director Amy Zegart calls accusations by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein that the CIA may have violated the U.S. Constitution "an extraordinary moment" for relations between Congress and the intelligence agency. +VIDEO+
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February 27th, 2014

Faculty Spotlight: Masahiko Aoki

Shorenstein APARC, Japan Studies Program Q&A

Masahiko Aoki reflects on his 40 years at Stanford and speaks about the stimulating and collaborate environment at Shorenstein APARC and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Read more »



January 27th, 2014

Faculty Spotlight: Gi-Wook Shin

Shorenstein APARC Q&A

Gi-Wook Shin reflects on his 13 years at Stanford and talks on his current course, research collaboration, and the year ahead at Shorenstein APARC. Read more »



November 26th, 2013

Stanford scholars consider historic nuclear deal with Tehran

CISAC, FSI Stanford Q&A

Three experts consider the technical and political consequences of the historic agreement reached with Iran to temporarily halt its nuclear weapons program. Read more »



September 26th, 2013

Zegart joins scholars at NSA for rare briefing on spy agency's woes

CISAC, FSI Stanford Q&A

CISAC Co-Director Amy Zegart joins other intelligence scholars for a rare briefing with high-ranking NSA officials to discuss the spy agency's policies and plummeting public trust. +VIDEO+
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August 28th, 2013

Experts on intelligence, terrorism, international law and Mideast policy examine Syrian conflict

CISAC, FSI Stanford Q&A

While the U.S. weighs options and rallies its allies for a possible military strike against Syria, Stanford experts consider the implications of an attack on Damascus. +VIDEO+
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August 23rd, 2013

Russian human rights leader comments on the government's attempt to silence democracy advocates

CDDRL, Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program Q&A

As the political climate becomes increasingly more repressive in Russia, civil society organizations have come under threat by the government. Anna Sevortian, a 2006 Draper Hills Summer Fellows alumna, comments on the unfolding situation in Russia - reminiscent of Soviet times - and the tough trade-offs Russian NGOs must make to secure their survival in this climate of intimidation. Read more »



August 19th, 2013

One of the greatest nuclear nonproliferation stories never told

CISAC, FSI Stanford Q&A

CISAC's Siegfried Hecker has spent nearly two decades working with Russian and Kazakh scientists and engineers to secure the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site where fissile material was vulnerable to a rogue state or potential terrorists looking to build a bomb. Read more »



July 25th, 2013

Leading journalist comments on Pakistan's historic election

CDDRL, Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program Q&A

While Pakistan’s elections and smooth democratic transition have been deemed a success, reports by some observers cited irregularities, vote rigging and intimidation. Kamal Siddiqi, a 2012 Draper Hills Summer Fellow alumni, comments on the May 2013 election and what it means for Pakistan's democratic future. Read more »



April 30th, 2013

Expert says Obama's food aid reform has good ideas, bad chance for passage

FSE, FSI Stanford Q&A

FSE visiting fellow and food aid expert Barry Riley comments on the importance of the President's new food aid reforms, chances of passage, and the US's current role in international food aid. Read more »



April 18th, 2013

Summer fellow pushes for regional cooperation on environmental governance in Latin America and the Caribbean

CDDRL, Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program Q&A

Andrea Sanhueza, a 2012 Draper Hills Summer fellow, shares her success story of how a group of civil society organizations helped advocate for improved environmental governance cooperation across government and civil society in Latin America and the Caribbean region. Read more »



April 15th, 2013

Overseas Filipino Workers become economic heroes

Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford, AHPP Q&A

To their family members and to the Philippine government, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are the country's “new heroes.” Postdoctoral fellow Marjorie Pajaron talks about her research on the significant economic benefit of OFW remittances. Read more »



April 10th, 2013

Hecker responds to NKorea's intent to expand nuclear arsenal

CISAC, FSI Stanford Q&A

North Korea says it will restart its nuclear facilities, including its nuclear reactor in Yongbyon, which had been mothballed since 2007. CISAC's Siegfried Hecker -- who has visited North Korea numerous times and was given a tour of its uranium enrichment facility in 2010 -- and considers the consequences in this Q&A. Read more »



March 27th, 2013

U.S. shale gas prompts PRB coal producers to look to Asia

PESD Q&A

In advance of the 2013 Pacific Energy Summit, which took place April 2-4 in Vancouver, Canada, PESD Associate Director Mark Thurber spoke with the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) about how the U.S. shale gas revolution has pushed coal producers in the U.S. Powder River Basin to look to Asia for a more robust market. Read more »



March 20th, 2013

U.S. and Asia experts seek solutions to economic aspects of aging in China and India

Shorenstein APARC, AHPP Q&A

How China and India resolve the challenge of supporting their elderly while maintaining economic advancement despite shrinking working-age cohorts will strongly shape their future and may provide valuable lessons. Karen Eggleton describes key issues in each country, and research finding presented during a recent Stanford-Harvard policy dialogue. +VIDEO+ Video available +PDF+ conference agenda available
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February 13th, 2013

Tackling conservation, climate change and development in Southeast Asia

Shorenstein APARC, SEAF Q&A

Tim Forsyth, a Lee Kong Chian Fellow, speaks about the gap between conservation efforts and economic and social development in Southeast Asia. Read more »



February 1st, 2013

Cuéllar outlines complexities of border security and immigration policy

CISAC Q&A: The Stanford Report on February 1, 2013

In an interview for the Stanford Report, Co-Director Tino Cuéllar discusses the complex link between border security and immigration policy, and says that bad legislation could impede the full regularization of millions of prospective immigrants.




December 19th, 2012

South Korea to inaugurate first female president

Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford, KSP Q&A

Park Geun-hye was sworn in as South Korea's president on Feb. 25, becoming the first woman to hold the position and the first top female leader of a Northeast Asian country. Read more »



December 12th, 2012

North Korea surprises world with successful launch of long-range rocket

CISAC, FSI Stanford, Shorenstein APARC Q&A

North Korea successfully launched a long-range rocket and placed what it says is a satellite into orbit, a move that has provoked worldwide consternation and warnings. Pyongyang insists it has a right to pursue a peaceful space program. Read more »



November 15th, 2012

Asia-Pacific policy during Obama's second term

Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford, SEAF Q&A

Fresh off his re-election victory, Barack Obama -- the "Pacific President" -- became the first president to visit Myanmar and Cambodia when he traveled to the Southeast Asian countries in November. Eight Shorenstein APARC scholars discussed reactions to the election in Asia, and possible directions for U.S.-Asia relations and foreign policy. Read more »



October 29th, 2012

Former British ambassador on North Korea's citizens, reform and engagement

Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford, KSP Q&A

In the coverage of failed rocket launches and Kim Jong Un's new wife, North Korea's ordinary citizens are often overlooked. A new book by former British diplomat John Everard, delves into the daily life of North Koreans and examines the challenges of developing successful diplomatic relations with this isolated country. Everard spoke at Stanford on Oct. 26. Read more »


Ballots and Beijing: November 6 from China's perspective

CISAC, Shorenstein APARC, SCP Q&A

Thomas Fingar, FSI’s Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow, considers how the outcome of the election could impact U.S.-China relations, and how the United States could focus its priorities in Asia. Read more »


Stability, reform and democracy in Myanmar

Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford, SEAF Q&A

Myanmar has made tremendous strides in its political and economic reform efforts since 2011. Donald K. Emmerson recently discussed Myanmar's path to democracy within the context of the country's history, the current unrest in Rakhine State, and looking ahead to 2014 when Myanmar chairs ASEAN and prepares for its next presidential election. Read more »



October 17th, 2012

Five foreign policy questions for Obama and Romney

CISAC, CDDRL, FSE, FSI Stanford, The Europe Center, Shorenstein APARC Q&A

With the third and final debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney set to focus on foreign policy, researchers from the Freeman Spogli Institute ask the questions they want answered and explain what voters should listen for and what they need to keep in mind. Read more »



October 3rd, 2012

Reforming Asia's higher education systems in the digital age

Shorenstein APARC Q&A

Is developing a strong, innovative higher education system the key to a country's future economic and political prominence? An international gathering in Kyoto recently explored this question. In an interview, Gi-Wook Shin discusses the history behind the annual Stanford Kyoto Trans-Asian Dialogue, and the significance of this year's theme. Read more »



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