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FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Recent Events

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Using Mass Media to Change Law Enforcement Norms on Human Trafficking in Nepal

March 1, 2018

Abstract:What are the e ffects of mass media campaigns on the norms and behaviors of police officers as pertains to human tra fficking?

Business associations and local taxation in the Philippines

February 22, 2018

Abstract:At their best, decentralizing reforms make government more accountable to citizens and empower local governments to invest in their own development.

"How's (our) Democracy? Compared to What?"

February 8, 2018

Abstract:Fukuyama (1989) was right: a centuries-old argument about government should be over. Liberal democracy is the best regime known to us.

Will Liberal Democracy Survive the 21st Century?

January 31, 2018

Sponsored by: Stanford University Libraries, Hoover Institution,Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law Even before the 2016 election campaign, political polarization and filter...

Sectarian Inclusion in Post-Conflict Policing

January 25, 2018

Abstract:Societies with deep-seated ethnic or religious divisions pose a challenge for governance: how can a single set of political institutions govern a fragmented population peacefully and...

Sectarian Inclusion in Post-Conflict Policing

January 11, 2018

Abstract:Societies with deep-seated ethnic or religious divisions pose a challenge for governance: how can a single set of political institutions govern a fragmented population peacefully and...

Land Rents and Vote Buying in China’s Village Elections

January 9, 2018

Susan Whiting is Associate Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Associate Professor of Law and International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle.  She specializes in Chinese...

Media Politics in China: Improvising Power Under Authoritarianism

January 9, 2018

Maria Repnikova is a scholar of global communication, with a comparative focus on China and Russia.

“Thugs-for-Hire”: Subcontracting of State Coercion and State Capacity in China

December 21, 2017

This paper introduces the concept of "Thugs-For-Hire" (TFH) as a form of third-party state coercion.

The Promise and Limitations of Non-Violent Civil Disobedience: Lessons from India's Struggle for Independence

December 15, 2017

Professor Jha will present an overview of a book project, joint with Rikhil Bhavnani, that examines the promise and limitations of non-violent civil disobedience as a means for peaceful political...

Islam, Trade and City Growth before the 19th Century

December 7, 2017

Abstract:In the year 1200, many of the largest cities in Western Europe were inhabited by just tens of thousands of individuals while Middle Eastern and Central Asia cities had upwards to 100,000...

Fake News in the 2016 Election

November 30, 2017

Abstract:The factually dubious for-profit articles known as “fake news” were read and shared by millions of people during the 2016 U.S.

Online Disinformation during Crisis Events

November 16, 2017

Abstract:Since 2013, my collaborators and I have conducted research on how rumors and misinformation spread through social media during crisis events.

For Safety or Profits

November 9, 2017

Abstract:This paper provides evidence that innovative multinational firms attempt to use health and safety regulations to eliminate cheaper, generic products from the market, even when they...

Experience on demand

November 8, 2017

Abstract: In this talk, based on his new book “Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality is, How it Works, and What it Can Do,” Bailenson draws upon two decades spent researching the psychological...

The Global Landscape of In-Service Teacher Professional Development Programs: The Gap between Evidence & Practice

November 8, 2017

About the Topic: We review evidence on the characteristics of the most effective teacher professional development (PD) programs, present new data from around the world on the actual characteristics...

Reflections on Korean Democracy

October 27, 2017

Hak-kyu Sohn, a career politician and the former chairman of the South Korea's Democratic Party, will share his insights into Korean democracy based on his decades of experience in politics.As a...

Theories of Development and External State Building

October 19, 2017

Abstract:Modernization theory, institutional capacity, and rational choice institutionalism are the three candidate theories that explain how rich democratic states got to be rich and democratic....

The Future of Asia: Voices from Asia’s Next Generation

October 16, 2017

Asia’s transformation presents both challenges and opportunities at international, regional, and domestic levels.

The Rise of Duterte: A Populist Revolt against Elite Democracy

October 13, 2017

Co-sponsored by the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Center for East Asian Studies, and the Southeast Asia Program Who is Rodrigo Duterte?  How did he become president of the...

The Sovereignty Wars: America and the World

October 12, 2017

Abstract:Few Ideas are as sacred in American politics as sovereignty.

Civil Wars, Global Disorder, and the Future of the International System

October 11, 2017

Join Amb. Karl Eikenberry, Prof.

Hospitality or Human Rights? Indonesia Welcomes the Rohingya

October 11, 2017

Indonesia has not signed the 1951 Refugee Convention and does not offer legal pathways for the permanent integration of refugees into its society.

Identity and Identity Politics

October 5, 2017

Abstract:The concept of identity is a modern one in which individuals and groups seek recognition of the dignity of a hidden inner self.

People

Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Abbas Milani Adjunct Professor Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Fellow, S-APARC, Core faculty, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Jay Bhattacharya Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar Professor of the Practice, Law
Matthew Kohrman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Associate Professor, Anthropology
Michele Barry Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine
Hesham Sallam Research Scholar
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