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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.

Recent News

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State shaming often ineffective

March 2017

When a state is “shamed” by outsiders for perceived injustices, it often proves counterproductive, resulting in worse behavior and civil rights violations, a Stanford researcher has found.Rochelle...

FBI confirms investigation of Trump campaign, Russia links

March 2017

In the interview for CBCNews, Kathryn Stoner, FSI/CDDRL Senior Fellow and the Director of the Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies at Stanford University, claims Russians left trails...

Insider threats often ignored

March 2017

Whether it’s WikiLeaks and CIA documents or nuclear thieves, the danger from insiders in high-security organizations is escalating in our Internet age.But many threats from within go unrecognized...

Head of US Pacific Command visits Shorenstein APARC

March 2017

Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM), visited the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center last Friday.

A visit to Russia's secret nuclear labs

March 2017

On February 23, 1992, less than two months after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, I landed on the tarmac in Sarov, a city the government had removed from maps to keep secret its status as a...

Renewing American Infrastructure

March 2017

The Renewing American Infrastructure Roundtable was held on February 9th and 10th, 2017 to discuss federal reforms and policy changes in the US to accelerate the improvement of our critical...

Hecker: Open dialogue with North Korea

February 2017

Jung: In your recent op-ed piece in The New York Times, you said talking to North Korea is the best option for the Trump administration.

Collaboration counts in cryptography

February 2017

When governments and scholars work together on data security, society benefits from better safeguards and protections, a U.S.

The Europe Center February 2017

February 2017

 40 Years of the Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair Professor Program at StanfordAn "Amerika-Sterne" Token2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair Professor...

Seasoned journalist analyzes US-China relations under Trump

February 2017

The future of relations between China and the United States depends on the readiness of both governments to focus on resolving shared challenges, longtime journalist John Pomfret said at the...

The Future of Globalization

February 2017

The populist backlash against globalization is being felt acutely across Europe as well as here in the US.

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...

Shorenstein APARC selects two postdoctoral fellows for 2017-18 academic year

February 2017

The Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC), in pursuit of training the next generation of scholars on contemporary Asia, has selected two postdoctoral fellows for the 2017-18 academic...

Support for international students

February 2017

Stanford University has expressed its views on the recent executive order on immigration, and is offering resources for students who could be affected.

Stories of children in Syria's civil war

February 2017

Syria's civil war has taken a devastating toll on children.Stanford freshman Emma Abdullah puts a young human face on that tragedy with her book, The Blue Box, which details the plights of Syrian...

Russia's Arctic military build-up explained

January 2017

Russia’s desire to be a great power, nuclear deterrence and naval strategies are the reasons behind its rapid Arctic military build-up, a Stanford expert says.The issue is complicated.

China's leadership power increasingly concentrated

January 2017

After Zhao Ziyang was made acting general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party in 1987, key party elder Chen Yun asked Zhao why the Politburo Standing Committee never had any meetings.

CDDRL’s Statement on President’s Travel Ban

January 2017

The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University collaborates widely with academics, policymakers and practitioners around the world to advance knowledge and...

Perry and Hecker on the Doomsday Clock moving forward

January 2017

Today, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ “doomsday clock” moved 30 seconds forward to 2 and a half minutes to midnight.

Deterrence in space key to U.S. security

January 2017

Space is more important than ever for the security of the United States, but it’s almost like the Wild West in terms of behavior, a top general said today.Air Force Gen.

Is American Democracy Strong Enough for Trump?

January 2017

"As an American citizen, I have been rather appalled, like many others, at the rise of Donald Trump.

America: the failed state

January 2017

"The book on Trump is still not written. We must to await the coming months to see which man, the deal-maker or the extremist, comes to the fore.

The Europe Center January 2017

January 2017

 Event Recap: The European Crises, Andrew Moravcsik (Princeton University) The Europe Center kicked off its winter quarter talks by continuing its series on the European Union.

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Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Condoleezza Rice Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Political Science, Professor, Management, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Karen Eggleston Senior Fellow
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Photo of Anna Grzymala-Busse Anna Grzymala-Busse Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Halperin - Board Member for FSI Philip W. Halperin FSI Advisory Board Chair, President, Silver Giving Foundation
Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Kathryn Stoner Senior Fellow
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics