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FSI's research on the origins, character and consequences of government institutions spans continents and academic disciplines. The institute’s senior fellows and their colleagues across Stanford examine the principles of public administration and implementation. Their work focuses on how maternal health care is delivered in rural China, how public action can create wealth and eliminate poverty, and why U.S. immigration reform keeps stalling. Looking more broadly at these issues, FSI’s Governance Project works on measuring the quality of governance and assessing a country’s ability to deliver public services.

FSI’s work includes comparative studies of how institutions help resolve policy and societal issues. Scholars aim to clearly define and make sense of the rule of law, examining how it is invoked and applied around the world. One project explores how authoritarian and democratic regimes can encourage or suppress economic development. Meanwhile, the European Governance project looks at governance issues on a single continent.

FSI researchers also investigate government services – trying to understand and measure how they work, whom they serve and how good they are. They assess energy services aimed at helping the poorest people around the world and explore public opinion on torture policies. The Children in Crisis project addresses how child health interventions interact with political reform. Specific research on governance, organizations and security capitalizes on FSI's longstanding interests and looks at how governance and organizational issues affect a nation’s ability to address security and international cooperation.

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U.S.-Russian teamwork kept nuclear weapons safe

July 2017

“Nuclear weapons stink when taken apart,” a Russian nuclear weapons engineer told his audience.

The nuclear weapons ban treaty: Opportunities lost

July 2017

On July 7, almost 72 years after the first atomic bomb was detonated in the New Mexico desert, 122 nations voted at the United Nations headquarters in New York to permanently ban nuclear weapons...

Macron, Brexit and the Future of European Politics

July 2017

 Patrick Chamorel, senior resident scholar at the Stanford Center in Washington DC, weighs in on the geopolitical impact of the French and UK elections in a Scholars' Circle interview.  Joining the...

Shorenstein APARC experts assess the Trump-Moon summit, bilateral challenges

July 2017

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S.

CISAC fellows: What they're doing next

June 2017

The CISAC Fellowship Program is training and educating the next generation of thought leaders and policy makers in international security.Our fellows spend the academic year engaged in research and...

Breaking down Brexit

June 2017

Christophe Crombez, Stanford Senior Research Scholar at The Europe Center, talks about the global effects of Brexit on World AffairsTo listen to the conversation in its entirety, please visit the...

I still believe in progress

June 2017

"The year 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of one of Francis Fukuyama’s most famous works, The End of History and the Last Man, which argued that the worldwide spread of liberal...

Congratulations CISAC Honors Class of 2017

June 2017

Congratulations to CISAC honors program Class of 2017!

Artificial intelligence expert joins CDDRL’s ranks

June 2017

 CDDRL is pleased to announce that Jerry Kaplan, who teaches social and economic impact of artificial intelligence in the Stanford computer science department, has been appointed to the position of...

China Program's 10th Anniversary Conference: Panelists exchange views on China's future

June 2017

Countries like the Asian “tigers” that experienced rapid economic growth inevitably encounter slowdowns that signal a fundamental shift in their economies.

Hecker's book wins national award

June 2017

Siegfried Hecker won a national award this week from the American Association for State and Local History for his book, Doomed to Cooperate. Subtitled "How American and Russian Scientists Joined...

Amy Zegart on James Comey's testimony

June 2017

Imagine that two years ago, you sequestered a jury of 12 Americans, kept them in a news-free zone, and brought them today to hear former FBI Director James Comey testify before the Senate...

Hub for global digital policy launches at Stanford

June 2017

 The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University announced today that it has launched the Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi). GDPi’s mission is to help...

Shorenstein APARC publishes joint report on North Korea's economy, approaches to analysis

June 2017

North Korea’s economy continues to move ahead despite years of isolation and international trade restrictions.

US Pacific Command hosts Stanford group for Asia security dialogue

May 2017

The mission of the Department of Defense (DoD) in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region recently became a bit clearer for 22 faculty and military fellows from Stanford, the Massachusetts Institute of...

High expectations for Moon amid mounting challenges

May 2017

As expected, Moon Jae-in has been elected as South Korea’s 19th president.

Breathtakingly Irresponsible

May 2017

Watch the video of Larry Diamond analyzing the latest intelligence sharing events for Democracy Now. 

A Least Worst Option on North Korea

May 2017

"If the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons were easy to solve, the problem would have been solved long ago.

How bad Is disclosing 'code word' information?

May 2017

Today The Washington Post dropped the bombshell that President Trump had revealed classified information about the Islamic State to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian ambassador...

Japan's shift in the nuclear debate explained

May 2017

Japan is an increasingly divided country between elites and the public as it grapples with whether it should acquire nuclear weapons itself and not rely on America’s protection, a Stanford scholar...

Hecker: North Korean nuclear program can't be stopped with weapons

May 2017

By Elisabeth EavesSiegfried Hecker has the rare distinction of being an American who has visited both North Korean and Russian nuclear facilities.

Korea experts encouraged by Moon Jae-in election win, hopeful over prospects for inter-Korean dialogue

May 2017

Researchers from the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) said they are optimistic about the election of South Korean president Moon Jae-in who assumed office last week following waves...

Welcoming the class of 2018 undergraduate honors students

May 2017

The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University is pleased to announce the 2018 class of undergraduate senior honors students.Honors students spend three...

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James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
David Holloway, CISAC David Holloway Senior Fellow Professor, History, Professor, Political Science
Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Xueguang Zhou Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Takeo Hoshi Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Finance
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Coit D. Blacker Senior Fellow Professor, Humanities and Sciences
Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science