Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

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The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Stanford’s hub for nonpartisan, interdisciplinary research, teaching, and policy impact in international affairs.

Assessing Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

FSI scholars offer expert analysis and commentary on the Ukraine-Russia crisis.

Featured Stories

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Organizations Led by Former CDDRL Fellows Recognized with 2022 Nobel Peace Prize

Ukraine’s Center for Civil Liberties, led by alumna Oleksandra Matviichuk, and Memorial in Russia, which was led by alumnae Anna Dobrovolskaya and Tonya Lokshina, were both named as Nobel laureates.
A delegation from the NATO Parliamentary Assembly visits the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

NATO Parliamentary Delegation Joins FSI Scholars for Discussion on Ukraine and Russia

A panel of FSI scholars answered questions from the parliamentarians on the ongoing conflict and its implications for the future of Ukraine, Russia, and the global community.
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Work of FSI Scholars Takes Major Leap Forward at White House Summit on the U.S. Bioeconomy

CISAC affiliate Megan Palmer and core faculty member Drew Endy explain how a new executive order will create more opportunities to develop a robust, ethical, and equitable bioeconomy.

Recent Videos

Video Address by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at Stanford

Video Address by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at Stanford

Michael McFaul: Explaining the Causes and Consequences of Putin's Invasion of Ukraine

Michael McFaul: Explaining the Causes and Consequences of Putin's Invasion of Ukraine

Researchers Find Air Pollution Reduces Yields of Key Crops

Researchers Find Air Pollution Reduces Yields of Key Crops

Current Opportunities

FSE Fellowship

Applications for the Fall 2023 postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford’s Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE) are now open for researchers doing work related to global hunger, poverty alleviation, and environmental degradation.

Postdoctoral Fellowships at APARC

The Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center is accepting applications for a suite of fellowships in research areas relating to contemporary Japan, contemporary Asia, Southeast Asia, and the new Stanford Next Asia Policy Lab (SNAPL).

Cyber Policy Center Positions and Fellowships

The Cyber Policy Center has a variety of of opportunities for research into the abuse of the internet, developing curriculum on trust and safety, and translating research discoveries into innovations for the public good.

CDDRL Student Opportunities

The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is hiring for multiple positions in communications, research and programming. See the full listings at the link below.

Alumni Spotlight

Chelsea Berkey, MIP 2020

Master’s Program Alumni and Students Connect to Withdraw Civilians from Afghanistan

Chelsea Berkey and other Master's in International Policy alumni have gone to extraordinary lengths to help extract at-risk Afghan civilians before and after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Lina Hidalgo speaks at a community event in Houston, Texas

CDDRL Honors Graduate Lina Hidalgo Named to Time100 Next List

Hidalgo has become a prominent voice in Texas politics, and gained recognition for her leadership during the COVID-19 crisis and the 2020 elections. Alex Stamos of the Internet Observatory was also named to the list.
CISAC Honors Program alum Michael Sulmeyer

CISAC Alumni Selected for Senior Roles in Biden Administration

The CISAC Honors Program provides an opportunity for Stanford seniors of all majors who have strong academic records and interest in international security to receive honors in International Security Studies.
Geo Saba in Washington DC with Scott Sagan and Joe Felter

From CISAC Classrooms to the Halls of Congress

Geo Saba, legislative director for Congressman Ro Khanna, credits his time as a CISAC Honors student for enabling him to make a policy impact with his career.
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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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Featured Scholars

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

MLK, Jr. Centennial Professor Emeritus
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Clayborne Carson

MLK, Jr. Centennial Professor Emeritus
Founder of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University
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Larry Diamond

Mosbacher Senior Fellow in Global Democracy
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Beatriz Magaloni

FSI Senior Fellow
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Beatriz Magaloni

FSI Senior Fellow
Director, Poverty, Violence and and Governance Laboratory
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Kathryn Stoner

FSI Senior Fellow
Research at FSI
  • Research at FSI
  • Center on China's Economy and Institutions
  • Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law
  • Center on Food Security and the Environment
  • Center for International Security and Cooperation
  • Cyber Policy Center
  • The Europe Center
  • Stanford Health Policy
  • Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center
  • Stanford Center at Peking University
  • Program on Energy & Sustainable Development
  • 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 China's Economy and Institutions

The Stanford Center on China's Economy and Institutions is Stanford’s home for empirical, multidisciplinary research on China’s economy. We aim to foster path-breaking research, create transformative student experiences, and advance public understanding of China’s economy and its impact on the world.

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.

Cyber Policy Center

The Cyber Policy Center at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies is Stanford University's premier center for the interdisciplinary study of issues at the nexus of technology, governance and public policy.

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.

Educational Research Programs

FSI's research units include programs with an instructional component: the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) is committed to making FSI scholarship on global issues accessible to K–12 and community college educators and students; the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies is the only program in the world that focuses exclusively on advanced Japanese language training.