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International Relations

FSI researchers strive to understand how countries relate to one another, and what policies are needed to achieve global stability and prosperity. International relations experts focus on the challenging U.S.-Russian relationship, the alliance between the U.S. and Japan and the limitations of America’s counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan.

Foreign aid is also examined by scholars trying to understand whether money earmarked for health improvements reaches those who need it most. And FSI’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center has published on the need for strong South Korean leadership in dealing with its ever-threatening northern neighbor.

FSI researchers also look at the citizens who drive international relations, studying the effects of migration and how borders shape people’s lives. Meanwhile FSI students are very much involved in this area, working with the United Nations in Ethiopia to rethink refugee communities.

Trade is also a key component of international relations, with FSI approaching the topic from a slew of angles and states. The economy of trade is rife for study, with an APARC event on the implications of more open trade policies in Japan, and FSI researchers making sense of who would benefit from a free trade zone between the European Union and the United States.

Scholarly Publications

International Isolation and Regional Inequality: Evidence from Sanctions on North Korea

February 2018

This paper examines how the spatial distribution of economic activity evolved within North Korea during a period of economic sanctions.

From Brain Drain to Brain Circulation and Linkage

February 2018

The development community has increased its focus on higher education over the past two decades, recognizing that education can contribute to building up a country’s capacity for participation in...

Superficial Korea

September 2017

In this book, Gi-Wook Shin shares his observations on and provides recommendations for social maladies currently affecting Korean society.

Other Publications

The Peace Train Leaves The Station

March 2018

In a flurry of developments that left experts stunned, the long-stalled Korean peace train has suddenly left the station.

ASEAN @ 50, Southeast Asia @ Risk: What Should Be Done?

January 2018

In October 2017, twenty-two scholars from eight countries attended a workshop titled “ASEAN @ 50, Southeast Asia @ Risk: What should be done?” The workshop was designed to facilitate a frank and...

Global Europe: Rethinking migration, democracy, and what sustains Europe at home at abroad

December 2017

The "Brexit" has been seen as a major blow that changes the future of Europe, at the time when nationalist and separatist movements seem most ascendant, and the EU seems to be the toxic subject for...


Members of U.S. Congress Meet with Stanford Scholars to Discuss North Korea

March 2018

Under the guidance of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program, thirteen members of Congress convened at Stanford University from March 2-5 to discuss policy options regarding the current North...

Connecting Stanford University and Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

March 2018

Since the mid-19th century, the United States has had strong—albeit sometimes tense—historic ties with Kanagawa Prefecture. In 1853, U.S. Commodore Matthew C.

Stanford Scholar Discusses China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative

March 2018

"Xi Jinping now owns the idea [of the One Belt One Road Initiative]....It has now been writen into China’s constitution; its identified with him… If it works, he gets credit; if it doesn't get work...


Inviting Intervention

April 19, 2018

Abstract:Foreign intervention sometimes enters by domestic invitation.

Navigation by Judgment: Why and When Top Down Management of Foreign Aid Doesn’t Work

April 5, 2018

Abstract:In Navigation by Judgment (Oxford University Press, 2018) I argue that high-quality implementation of foreign aid programs often requires contextual information that cannot be seen by...

AIIB After Two Years

March 22, 2018

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) commenced operations on January 16, 2016. The Bank has approved 24 projects totaling US$4.26 billion to date.


India Colloquia 2017-2018

*/ In 2016, the Walter H.

China: Going Global

Beijing’s new Silk Road initiative links old trade corridors from Asia to Africa and Europe.

A New India? The Impact of Twenty-Five Years of Reforms

In 2014, Indian voters gave Narendra Modi and the BJP a mandate to accelerate India’s economic reforms and revitalize its foreign relations, in particular with the United States and with partners...


Eastern European Security with Bronislaw Komorowski, former president of Poland

December 2017

"Eastern European Security with Bronislaw Komorowski, former president of Poland"Date: December 1, 2017Venue: Koret-Taube Conference Center, Stanford UniversitySpeaker: Speaker: Bronislaw Komorowski, former president of Poland

Russian-American Relations: Present and Future

December 2017

"Russian-American Relations: Present and Future "Date: December 1, 2017Venue: GSB Common, Stanford UniversitySpeaker: Anatoly Antonov, Russian Ambassador to the U.S. 

100 Shades of Red

October 2017

"100 Shades of Red"Date: October 10, 2017Venue:  William J. Perry Conference Room, Encina Hall, Stanford UniversitySpeaker: Mikhail Zygar, Russian Journalist 


James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Kathryn M. McDonald Senior Research Scholar Executive Director, CHP/PCOR, Senior Scholar, CHP/PCOR
Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
David Lobell Senior Fellow Professor, Earth System Science, William Wrigley Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Kenji E. Kushida Research Scholar
Kharis Templeman Project Manager, Taiwan Democracy & Security Project, U.S.-Asia Security Initiative
Jerry Kaplan Adjunct Professor
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Image of Christophe Crombez Christophe Crombez Senior Research Scholar Senior Research Scholar, TEC
Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology