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The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Stanford University's premier research institute for the study of international affairs

WHAT WE DO
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What we Do

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Research

FSI is a hub for Stanford scholars who want to work across disciplines on research that has international impact. Our topics include governance, security, global health, energy and international development.

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Teaching

Our faculty teach more than 65 classes a year, and mentor students through guided research. FSI is also home to the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy, a two-year master's degree.

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Policy

Our work provides context for decision-making in Washington, Geneva, Beijing and beyond. FSI's International Policy Lab helps ensure that our faculty's research has real-world impact.

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  • Research at FSI
  • Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law
  • Center on Food Security and the Environment
  • Center for International Security and Cooperation
  • The Europe Center
  • Stanford Health Policy
  • Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center
  • Stanford Center at Peking University
  • Program on Energy & Sustainable Development
  • Rural Education Action Program
  • Educational Research Programs

Research at FSI

Our interdisciplinary research centers and programs serve as the foundation for all the scholarly work that FSI produces. They enable faculty from a broad variety of backgrounds to take "deep dives" into complex challenges, producing the rigorous research that FSI is known for. 

Our Research Topics:

Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law

The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law bridges the worlds of scholarship, policy and practice to understand and advance the conditions for just, democratic, and sustainable development around the world.

Center on Food Security and the Environment

The Center on Food Security and the Environment addresses critical global issues of hunger, poverty and environmental degradation.

Center for International Security and Cooperation

The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is Stanford University’s hub for researchers tackling some of the world's most pressing security and international cooperation issues.

The Europe Center

The Europe Center at Stanford University provides an interdisciplinary platform for scholarship on the histories, cultures, institutions, and people of Europe.

Stanford Health Policy

Stanford Health Policy studies critical global health problems with the goal of understanding how policies, programs and interventions can improve health.

Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center

Shorenstein APARC is focused on the interdisciplinary study of contemporary Asia. Our research spans the realms of scholarship, business, and government.

Stanford Center at Peking University

SCPKU is Stanford's headquarters for faculty and students engaged in research, teaching, training and outreach activities in China.

Program on Energy & Sustainable Development

PESD is an international, interdisciplinary program that draws on the fields of economics, political science, law, and management to investigate how real energy markets work.

Rural Education Action Program

REAP is dedicated to discovering the causes of poverty in rural China, and creating simple, yet effective solutions in education, health and nutrition policy.

Educational Research Programs

FSI's research units include programs with an instructional component. The Stanford Program on Cross-cultural and Internation Education (SPICE) develops K-12 curricula based on our research; the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies is the only program in the world that focuses exclusively on advanced Japanese language training.

Featured Scholars

FSI is home to approximately 150 researchers, including 49 appointed faculty. Our scholars include world-renowned political theorists, physicians, former ambassadors and Cabinet members, nuclear physicists, economists and generals.
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Colin Kahl

Co-director of CISAC
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Colin Kahl

Co-director of CISAC
FSI Senior Fellow
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Marshall Burke

Center Fellow, FSE
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Marshall Burke

Center Fellow, FSE
Assistant Professor of Earth System Science
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David Lobell

Deputy Director of FSE
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David Lobell

Deputy Director of FSE
Professor of Earth System Science
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Anna Grzymala-Busse

FSI Senior Fellow
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Anna Grzymala-Busse

FSI Senior Fellow
Michelle and Kevin Douglas Professor of International Studies

FSI By the Numbers

150 Researchers
48 Research programs
49 Appointed faculty
43 Disciplines studied
25 Fellowships offered

News & Events

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Events

Thu Dec 13
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

The Hell of Good Intentions: America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy

William J. Perry Conference Room, Encina Hall, 2nd Floor, 616 Serra St, Stanford, CA 94305
Thu Dec 27
Thu Jan 10
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Dual Labor Markets and Economic Globalization: Theory and Evidence from Japanese Manufacturing

Philippines Conference Room Encina Hall, 3rd Floor 616 Serra Street, Stanford, CA 94305
Thu Jan 10
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

What Do Donors Want?

William J. Perry Conference Room, Encina Hall, 2nd Floor, 616 Serra St, Stanford, CA 94305
Tue Jan 15
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Indonesia: Democratic Hopes, Institutional Woes

Philippines Conference Room Encina Hall, 3rd Floor 616 Serra Street, Stanford, CA 94305