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.
Our faculty teach more than 65 classes a year, and mentor students through guided research. FSI is also home to the Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies, a two-year master's degree.
Our work provides context for decision-making in Washington, Geneva, Beijing and beyond. FSI's Policy Implementation Lab helps ensure that our faculty's research has real-world impact.
Listen to FSI's podcast on critical global issues, featuring FSI director Michael McFaul.
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.
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.
The Center on Food Security and the Environment addresses critical global issues of hunger, poverty and environmental degradation.
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 at Stanford University provides an interdisciplinary platform for scholarship on the histories, cultures, institutions, and people of Europe.
Stanford Health Policy studies critical global health problems with the goal of understanding how policies, programs and interventions can improve health.
Shorenstein APARC is focused on the interdisciplinary study of contemporary Asia. Our research spans the realms of scholarship, business, and government.
SCPKU is Stanford's headquarters for faculty and students engaged in research, teaching, training and outreach activities in China.
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.
REAP is dedicated to discovering the causes of poverty in rural China, and creating simple, yet effective solutions in education, health and nutrition policy.
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.