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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 Scholarly Publications

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South Korea in 2016: Political Leadership in Crisis

March 2017

South Korean President Park Geun-hye faced a leadership crisis after revelations that she relied on a confidant with no official position for key decision-making in state affairs.

ASEAN between China and America: Is It Time to Try Horsing the Cow?

February 2017

Admirers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are impressed with the fact that it continues to exist and that an outright war has never broken out between its members.

How Trump Can Play Nice With Russia, Without Selling Out America

January 2017

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump was a whirlwind of vagaries and contradictions when it came to foreign policy, making it difficult to predict how his new administration will...

Trading in the Twenty-First Century: Is There a Role for the World Trade Organization?

January 2017

As the World Trade Organization begins its third decade, its future is less certain than at any point in its history.

Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy

January 2017

Are nuclear weapons useful for coercive diplomacy?

Genocide: A World History (New Oxford World History)

December 2016

Genocide occurs in every time period and on every continent. Using the 1948 U.N.

The Tropical Oil Crop Revolution: Food, Feed, Fuel, and Forests

November 2016

Over the last two decades global production of soybean and palm oil seeds have increased enormously.

Ungoverned Spaces: Alternatives to state authority in an era of softened sovereignty (edited volume)

November 2016

"Ungoverned spaces" are often cited as key threats to national and international security and are increasingly targeted by the international community for external interventions—both armed and...

Aspirational Power: Brazil on the long road to global influence

November 2016

Aspirational Power examines Brazil as an emerging power.

American Crossings: Border Politics in the Western Hemisphere (edited volume)

November 2016

In American Crossings, nine scholars consider the complicated modern history of borders in the Western Hemisphere, examining borders as geopolitical boundaries, key locations for internal security,...

Aristotelian Equality and International Cooperation: Europeans Prefer a Proportional Asylum Regime

September 2016

What type of asylum regime do European citizens support?

Parting Observations on American Foreign Policy

July 2016

In 2014 Ambassador Stephen W. Bosworth was a Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Walter H.

Cold war isomorphism: Communist regimes and the West European model of worker participation

July 2016

In studies of cultural globalisation, the influence of communist regimes on Western Europe has remained under-theorised and little explored.

Divergent Memories: Opinion Leaders and the Asia-Pacific War

July 2016

No nation is free from the charge that it has a less-than-complete view of the past.

Doomed to Cooperate

June 2016

Doomed to Cooperate tells the remarkable story of nuclear scientists from two former enemy nations, Russia and the United States, who reached across political, geographic, and cultural divides to...

China's Security Agenda Transcends the South China Sea

June 2016

In 2013, China president Xi Jinping launched a massive reclamation and construction campaign on seven reefs in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

The Pivot before the Pivot: U.S. Strategy to Preserve the Power Balance in Asia

May 2016

The United States’ strategic reorientation toward the Asia Pacific began not under the Barack Obama administration, but under the George W. Bush administration.

Organization of Disaster Aid Delivery: Spending Your Donations

April 2016

This article examines how different organizational structures in disaster aid delivery affect house aid quality.

TTIP and Agriculture: Another Transatlantic Chicken War?

April 2016

In 1963 the United States and Europe (EU) were engaged in the infamous Chicken War over new tariffs introduced in Europe.

The New Great Game: China and South and Central Asia in the Era of Reform

March 2016

China's rise has elicited envy, admiration, and fear among its neighbors. Although much has been written about this, previous coverage portrays events as determined almost entirely by Beijing.

Migration and Integration: New Models for Mobility and Coexistence

January 2016

Globalization has led to new forms, and dynamics, of migration and mobility.

Global non-linear effect of temperature on economic production

November 2015

Growing evidence demonstrates that climatic conditions can have a profound impact on the functioning of modern human societies, but effects on economic activity appear inconsistent.

Threats, Alliances, and Electorates: Why Taiwan's Defense Spending Has Fallen as China's Has Risen

November 2015

 Over the past 20 years, the military balance between the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan has rapidly shifted.

Two Roads to Belgrade: The United States, Great Britain, and the First Nonaligned Conference

September 2015

In 1961, at the height of the Berlin crisis, the United States and Great Britain simultaneously struggled to adopt effective policies toward the first meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in...

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David Holloway, CISAC David Holloway Senior Fellow Professor, History, Professor, Political Science
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 Associate 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
Takeo Hoshi Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Finance
Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Jay Bhattacharya Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
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
Michele Barry Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine