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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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High expectations for Moon amid mounting challenges

May 2017

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

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.

Breathtakingly Irresponsible

May 2017

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

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...

Trump advised to send envoy to Pyongyang

May 2017

NK estimated to have ability to produce 7 nuclear bombs a yearBy Kim Jae-kyoungA world-renowned nuclear scientist said that U.S.

South Korea's election: Shorenstein APARC scholars offer insight

May 2017

Moon Jae-in was elected South Korea’s president on a pledge to address domestic inequality and to renew dialogue with North Korea.

Draper Hills Summer Fellows Class of 2017

May 2017

Miguel BronfmanNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION OFFICE ARGENTINA Sheikh Maytham Al SalmanBAHRAIN INTERFAITH BAHRAIN Isabel AmorimEDITORA ABRIL BRAZIL Yasmine FaroukCAIRO UNIVERSITYEGYPT Mohamed...

The Europe Center May 2017

May 2017

 Event Recap: Former Finnish Prime Minister, Alexander Stubb, Visits StanfordIn his April visit to Stanford University, Alexander Stubb, former Prime Minister of Finland and current member of the...

China faces its future of urbanization

May 2017

China’s growth in cities has been unprecedented over the past decade, and the urbanization policies the government put in place, while achieving notable successes, continue to face systemic...

Greatest cyber threat to democracies in ‘brain space'

April 2017

While the United States has no peers in conventional military power, it is especially vulnerable – as a free and democratic society – to cyber misinformation campaigns, a Stanford scholar says...

Shorenstein APARC Director Gi-Wook Shin comments on North Korea to Yonhap News

April 2017

Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) Director Gi-Wook Shin spoke with Yonhap News about the situation on the Korean Peninsula, following a visit to U.S.

Broad approach urged for U.S. nuclear review

April 2017

What does the future hold for the US nuclear posture under President Trump?

The Problems of Social Order and Violence in Latin America

April 2017

This talk was given during the Stanford's "Disruption: Challenges of a New Era" conference organized by Fundacion RAP,  in March 2017.

Reflections on journalism across Asia

April 2017

Emerging technologies, stemming from the heart of Silicon Valley and extending to Asia and beyond, have pushed the bounds of how stories are told by journalists and the way in which readers...

The Europe Center April 2017

April 2017

 Event Recap: First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, Visits Stanford In her April visit to Stanford University, Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National...

Indian historian: Freedom of expression key to vibrant democracy

April 2017

Protecting freedom of expression is essential to vibrant democracies and to meet the needs of people now and into the future, Indian historian Ramachandra Guha said at a Stanford event seeking to...

When science brought Americans and Russians together

April 2017

The first Russian explosive device to land on US soil wasn’t delivered by a Russian missile, as Americans feared might happen throughout the Cold War. It was delivered by FedEx.

What a border adjustment tax will and will not do

April 2017

In Nikkei Shimbun, Takeo Hoshi gave his analysis of the border adjustment tax and its potential impact on domestic and international economic policies.The article was republished with permission...

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