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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.

Recent Events

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Managing the Impact of Emerging Technologies on Strategic Stability

November 16, 2017

Abstract: Sustaining strategic stability vis-a-vis Russia and China is a long-standing U.S. national security goal.

Russian-American Relations: Present and Future

November 14, 2017

NOTE: Due to the overwhelming response for this event, we have moved it to the GSB Common, a larger venue, located at the Schwab Residential Center. Relations between the two countries are at the...

18th Korea-U.S. West Coast Strategic Forum

November 8, 2017

In this eighteenth session of the Strategic Forum, former senior American and South Korean government officials and other leading experts will discuss current developments in the Korean Peninsula...

17th Korea-U.S. West Coast Strategic Forum

November 8, 2017

In this seventeenth session of the Strategic Forum, former senior American and South Korean government officials and other leading experts will discuss current developments in the Korean Peninsula...

FSI Student Programs Info Session

October 31, 2017

Join us for a conversation with FSI Director, Michael McFaul, as he showcases all the ways to get involved in student programs at FSI.

By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783

October 18, 2017

Soon after the American Revolution, certain of the founders began to recognize the strategic significance of Asia and the Pacific and the vast material and cultural resources at stake there.

The Future of Asia: Voices from Asia’s Next Generation

October 16, 2017

Asia’s transformation presents both challenges and opportunities at international, regional, and domestic levels.

Civil Wars, Global Disorder, and the Future of the International System

October 11, 2017

Join Amb. Karl Eikenberry, Prof.

Hospitality or Human Rights? Indonesia Welcomes the Rohingya

October 11, 2017

Indonesia has not signed the 1951 Refugee Convention and does not offer legal pathways for the permanent integration of refugees into its society.

Populism as a Problem of Social Integration

October 9, 2017

We contend that contemporary support for populist parties stems from a set of economic and cultural developments that have severed the connections that usually bind people to their society....

The State of Democracy, at Home and Abroad

October 6, 2017

World-renowned political scientists at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies discuss the state of democracy in the U.S. and around the world.

U.S.-China Rivalry and the Origins of Taiwan's Developmental State

October 1, 2017

Abstract Scholars have credited a model of state-led capitalism called the developmental state with producing the first wave of the East Asian economic miracle.

Human Autonomy in the Age of Automation: Envisioning 2045

September 29, 2017

The conference is brought to you by the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center Japan Program's Stanford Silicon Valley-New Japan Project and Mistletoe, Inc.This event is at full capacity.

Digital Technology and Democracy: Launch of the Global Digital Policy Incubator

September 26, 2017

Michael McFaul, Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor Political Scienceand FSI Senior Fellow, Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover...

GROW: Using Artificial Intelligence to Screen Human Intelligence

September 25, 2017

GROW is an automated solution to evaluate job candidates, developed by Tokyo-based people analytics startup, Institution for a Global Society (IGS).

A Conversation with the Author of "Superficial Korea"

September 22, 2017

In Superficial Korea, a book recently published in South Korea, Gi-Wook Shin, professor of sociology and Shorenstein APARC director, shares his observations on and provides recommendations for...

Bargaining Success in the Reform of the Eurozone

September 19, 2017

Between 2010 and 2015, EU governments negotiated consecutive reforms to the governance of the eurozone which, taken together, represent perhaps the most significant deepening of European...

International Engagement Fair

September 11, 2017

The International Engagement Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, from 3pm to 6pm on the Crothers lawn hosted by the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI), Global Engineering Programs (GEP)...

Abe Fellows Global Forum: Confronting Climate Change

September 5, 2017

Hurricane Harvey and Irma have brought home to everyone the impact of climate change on our economy, our society, and our daily lives.

Nuclear power development in China and why should we cooperate?

August 16, 2017

Abstract: Mainland China has undergone a rapid development of nuclear power during the last two decades. The reactors under construction or soon to be constructed there include some of the world's...

CDDRL Seminar Featuring Honor Student Awardees

May 25, 2017

 Two CDDRL honor students will present their theses at this week's CDDRL Research Seminar on Thursday, May 25, from 12-1:30. Whitney McIntosh's thesis, "France and the Internationalization of...

CANCELLED -- Deliberative Polling in Mongolia: From Urban Governance to Constitutional Amendments

May 23, 2017

Speaker(s) Bio:Zandanshatar Gombojav, Member of Parliament, having recently served as the General Secretary of the Mongolian People's Party, Mongolia's largest party by membership.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Perspectives from Chile

May 12, 2017

Chile, being positioned on the Pacific-facing rim of South America, has a natural tendency toward Asia, not only geographically, but also politically, culturally and economically.

People

Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Takeo Hoshi Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Finance
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Condoleezza Rice Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Political Science, Professor, Management, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
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
Michele Barry Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine
Kenneth F. Scheve Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
David Holloway, CISAC David Holloway Senior Fellow Professor, History, Professor, Political Science
Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Marshall Burke Center Fellow Assistant Professor, Earth System Science
Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science