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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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Media Literacy and Civic Confusion: Why What We're Teaching Adds to the Problem

May 10, 2018

Abstract:In the face of information pollution, legislators in seven states have drafted bills to mandate courses in "media literacy" and “digital citizenship.” But what if the problem is not the...

The Class of '74: Congress after Watergate and the Roots of Partisanship

April 12, 2018

Sponsor:  Bill Lane Center for the American West and Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law     Abstract: John A.

Navigation by Judgment: Why and When Top Down Management of Foreign Aid Doesn’t Work

April 5, 2018

Abstract:In Navigation by Judgment (Oxford University Press, 2018) I argue that high-quality implementation of foreign aid programs often requires contextual information that cannot be seen by...

Domo-Arigato Mr. Robot: Robots and Labor in Japan

March 16, 2018

The event is jointly sponsored by the Japan Program at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. Through previously unexamined data from...

Reflections on the Future of Ukraine

March 14, 2018

Please join visiting scholar Sviatoslav Vakarchuk and Mosbacher Director of CDDRL Francis Fukuyama for a conversation on Ukraine's future success.  


March 12, 2018

Abstract:The world is in turmoil. From India to Turkey and from Poland to the United States, authoritarian populists have seized power.

Atomic Homefront: screening and discussion

March 10, 2018

The film screening of Atomic Homefront will be followed by a discussion with Human Rights Watch’s Marcos Orellana, Prof.

Eastern vs. Western Paradigms for Infrastructure Development

March 8, 2018

Speaker(s) Bio:Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and the Mosbacher Director of FSI's Center on Democracy,...

How Kenya’s Elections Went from Fraud to Hope to Sham

March 6, 2018

Co-sponsor: Center for African Studies Abstract:Join the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) in partnership with the Center for Africa Studies for a rare opportunity to...

Rescue during Atrocity Crimes

March 2, 2018

Abstract: Individuals (such as Paul Rusesabagina during the Rwandan genocide and Oskar Schindler and Raoul Wallenberg during the Holocaust) and groups (including Muslims during the Rwandan genocide...

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?

16th Annual Shorenstein Journalism Award Panel Discussion: India, the United States, and China: The New Triangle in Asia

February 27, 2018

Recent power shifts have thrown into sharp relief the U.S.-India-China triangular relationship.

Business associations and local taxation in Southeast Asia

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.

Digital transformation of democracy? Challenges and Opportunities

February 20, 2018

In this talk we will discuss the challenges and opportunities of various digital initiatives and their potential to affect democracy.

Nation-State-izing Religion: Bureaucratic Islam in Southeast Asia

February 14, 2018

Co-sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Southeast Asia ProgramTransnational Islam lacks the centralized leadership and institutions associated with Catholicism.

Leveraging Skills and Experience of Senior Professionals for Social Good: Nonprofit Innovation and Implications for Japan

February 9, 2018

The “Baby Boomer” generation (dankai no sedai) has begun to reach the age of retirement en mass.  10,000 people turn 65 every day in the United States.

History of U.S.-Japan Relations

February 9, 2018

Symposium on "History of US-Japan Relations"March 6, 2018Philippines Conference RoomShorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center (Stanford University) Program9:00am     Registration and Breakfast 9...

"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.

The Children Are All Right: Revisiting the Impact of Parental Migration in the Philippines

February 7, 2018

Using previously unexamined nationally representative data from the Philippines, this study employs detailed measures of children’s welfare and addresses biases related to endogeneity of parental...

Relapse Symptoms: the Rise of Authoritarianism in Thailand

February 6, 2018

After the Cold War, Thailand became a poster child of democratizing processes in Southeast Asia.

Conference | The Communist Century: New Studies in Revolution, Resistance and Radicalism

February 1, 2018

Conference Agenda:Friday, February 9, 20189:00am - 5:30pmStanford Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Center, 326 Galvez St.9:00-9:30 am: Breakfast9:30-9:45 am: Introductory Remarks9:45-10:45 am:...

Keynote | Communist Century: New Studies in Revolution, Resistance and Radicalism

February 1, 2018

Keynote: Thursday, February 8, 20186:00pmStanford Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Center, 326 Galvez St.

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...


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
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Photo of Anna Grzymala-Busse Anna Grzymala-Busse Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Condoleezza Rice Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Political Science, Professor, Management, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution