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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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Poland’s right-wing government has a new prime minister. Here are the 5 things you need to know

December 2018

"The Polish  Law and Justice Party (PiS) government has a new prime minister: Mateusz Morawiecki.

How to support Iran’s protesters

January 2018

"While it is folly to underestimate the severity of the crisis in Iran, it is no less dangerous to underestimate the regime’s capacity for brutality.

Mini-Trumps are coming up all over Europe

January 2018

"Mr. Fukuyama warns that Europe is weak and divided, distracted by Brexit, the festering euro crisis, and the new autocrats of Eastern Europe.

Our Year of Living Dangerously

January 2018

"As 2018 unfolds, the domestic and international dimensions of Trump’s crisis-ridden presidency are beginning to intersect in wildly unpredictable and potentially disastrous ways.

Stanford study examines political reckoning of authoritarians in the face of crises

December 2017

In the years since World War II, as the global geopolitical map was drawn and redrawn along ideological lines, the world witnessed ascension of many authoritarians.

New Trinkunas book examines the role of armed nonstate actors in local governance

November 2017

The sovereign state is frequently held up as the legitimate source of domestic order and an important provider of public goods in any society, regardless of regime type.

Why nuclear deterrence can work on North Korea

November 2017

The same logic that kept a nuclear war from breaking out between the United States and former Soviet Union is the best strategy to now pursue with North Korea, several scholars said Tuesday at...

Listen to CISAC podcasts

November 2017

The Center for International Security and Cooperation now has more than 46 podcasts, dating all the way back to Oct. 19, 2016. Listen to them on the CISAC page on the iTunes website.

Abe Fellows Global Forum: Confronting Climate Change

October 2017

The Japan Program hosted the Abe Fellows Global Forum, “Confronting Climate Change: What Can the U.S.

Zegart on Trump, U.S. foreign policy

October 2017

Pity the professionals.

Can Bitcoin Thrive Without China?

October 2017

Bitcoin started the month of September trading at an all-time high of $4,950.

Shorenstein APARC Director Shares Observations on Social Maladies Affecting Korean Society

October 2017

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

The folly of UNESCO withdrawal

October 2017

Phillip Lipscy examines Trump administration's decision to withdraw U.S. membership from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in an article in The Hill.

The collision of civil war and threat of global pandemics

October 2017

There are 30 civil wars underway around the globe, where civilians are dealing with death and destruction as well as public health emergencies exacerbated by the deadly march of conflict.Yemen is...

Media roundtable focuses on security, defense, democracy

October 2017

Deep policy discussions between journalists and top Stanford scholars highlighted a recent media roundtable at the Hoover Institution.The event drew about 30 members of the national media from a...

Reckless hostility toward Cuba damages America's interests

October 2017

In an escalation of hostilities toward Cuba that is rapidly dismantling the Obama era détente, the Trump administration on Tuesday expelled 15 Cuban diplomats.

At 90, Perry driven by vision of a nuclear-free world

October 2017

At 90, William J. Perry has seen a lot in this world.Maybe, in fact, too much.

Stanford scholar assesses Catalonia referendum

October 2017

Sunday’s referendum vote in Catalonia, a northeast region of Spain seeking independence, was marred with violence as police forces from the Spanish government, which deemed the referendum illegal,...

Draper Hills Summer Fellowship application is open

October 2017

Video of Draper Hills Summer Fellowship: Democracy Dreamers Draper Hills Summer Fellowship Program at CDDRL is now accepting applications. Deadline is 5:00 pm PST on Wednesday, November 15, 2017...

National security focus for new CISAC fellow

September 2017

Colin Kahl, a top national security expert and veteran White House advisor, has been named to a new senior fellowship at Stanford.Starting in January 2018, Kahl will be the inaugural Steven C.

Expanded CISAC duties for Trinkunas

September 2017

As the new deputy director for the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Harold Trinkunas will assume more day-to-day management duties of the center in addition to his research...

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