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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 Other Publications

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Our allies are afraid. Here’s how Trump can reassure them.

November 2017

Around the world, our allies are worried.

The Happiest Graph on Earth

October 2017

No one would expect sunshine and smiles from an organization called the National Intelligence Council.

Left Behind in the Brexit Capital?

October 2017

"Here's what the end of globalization looks like," a headline in Business Insider thundered at the end of 2016 before laying out a doom-and-gloom scenario in the wake of the Trans-Pacific...

Islam, Islamism And US Strategy In Maritime Southeast Asia

September 2017

Maritime Southeast Asia, the area circumscribed by the Malaysian peninsula, the Indonesian archipelago and the Philippines, is vital to US strategic concerns for two primary reasons.

Global roots of India’s freedom struggle

August 2017

The Ghadar movement cultivated strong ties of solidarity with Egyptian, Irish, and other anti-colonial movements.

Is the War Danger in Korea Real?

August 2017

President Donald Trump's ominous threat to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea succeeded at least in garnering the attention of not only Kim Jong Un but the globe.

Africa in post-Brexit Europe

August 2017

Some see the popular vote in the UK to withdraw from the European Union as a major blow that diminishes the future of Europe.

Trump Vs. Merkel: Friends Or Frenemies?

July 2017

The vitality of relations between Berlin and Washington has long served as a litmus test for the overall health of the Atlantic alliance, which makes the current rhetorical skirmishing between the...

The Magnitsky Act - Russian lawyer in Trump Jr. meeting lobbied against it; why does Putin hate it so much?

July 2017

Sergei Magnitsky was a thirty-seven year old Russian lawyer and auditor who worked for Hermitage Capital Management, a firm founded in 1996 by Bill Browder, the grandson of the famous leader of the...

Why deciding to ‘move forward’ with Putin is a big mistake

July 2017

In his readout of the first meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praised the desire of both presidents to forget about the past —...

The North Korean Missile Test Pushes Xi and Putin Closer

July 2017

The most dangerous impact of North Korea’s long-range missile test this past week may not have been the one in the Sea of Japan, felt in Washington, Seoul and Tokyo.

Surviving the Trump-Moon Summit

July 2017

In the days leading up to the Washington summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump, the tension in Seoul was hard to escape.

The West And The Battle Of Ideas

June 2017

By most measures, the West ought to declare victory in the process of globalization.

A German chancellor like no other

June 2017

Helmut Kohl, the long-serving German leader who reunified his country after the fall of the Berlin Wall and championed Europe’s integration, died on Friday at 87.

South Korea Votes for Change: What It Means for the United States

May 2017

President-elect Moon has gained office riding a wave of demand for social justice and a reform of democratic governance in South Korea.

Trump's North Korea Policy: Let China Do It

May 2017

Donald Trump continues to unnerve capitals and feed a media drumbeat about impending war in Korea with his vague warnings, in interviews and tweets, of “major, major conflict” on the horizon.

Changing the Script at Mar-a-Lago

April 2017

Two events - the U.S.

France Isn't Good For The Jews

April 2017

Born into a Jewish family in Algeria in 1948, Bernard-Henri Lévy was raised in Paris, where he enrolled in the elite Ecole Normale in the embattled year of 1968.

Europe after Brexit

March 2017

Austria is perhaps the most dramatic example of this process. In the parliamentary elections of 2013, the Five Star Movement came in second, with 25 percent of the vote.

President Trump's Asia Inbox

February 2017

Scholars at Stanford's Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies assess the strategic situation in East Asia to be unsettled, unstable, and...

The Wrong Way to Stop Terrorism

February 2017

On January 27, true to his campaign promise to suspend Muslim immigration, U.S.

Allies First, Mr. President

January 2017

Here’s how Donald Trump can reassure our alliesthatthe United States won’t abandon its friends.

Ten Proposals On The Middle East For The New U.S. Administration

January 2017

The new administration will inherit a Middle East foreign policy in tatters. The aspirations of President Obama’s Cairo speech of 2009 have not been met.

US-Russia rift threatens science ties that keep us safe

December 2016

Siegfried Hecker describes Russia's systematic termination of nuclear cooperation with the United States and the harmful consequences that this could have for both countries.

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Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Jay Bhattacharya Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Phillip Lipscy Center Fellow Assistant Professor, Political Science
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Yong Suk Lee Center Fellow
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Norman M. Naimark Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Professor, by courtesy, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science