Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

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The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

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

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Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler

Task Force at FSI Focuses on Racial Equity

Since its creation in the summer of 2020, the Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force has been addressing the ways in which systemic racism manifests at Stanford, at FSI and in the study of global affairs.
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Biden Administration Should Strike a New Deal with Iran

On the World Class Podcast, Abbas Milani — an expert on U.S.-Iran relations — discusses the Iranian economy, the future of Iran’s leadership, and what a potential nuclear deal could mean for the U.S.
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Tackling the Health of Women and Children in Global Conflict Settings

A new four-paper series in The Lancet exposes the far-reaching effects of modern warfare on women’s and children’s health. Stanford researchers, including SHP's Paul Wise and Eran Bendavid, have joined other academics and health-care experts in calling for an international commitment from humanitarian actors and donors to confront political and security challenges.

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January 6th and the Crisis of American Democracy

January 6th and the Crisis of American Democracy

Promoting Democracy Around the World – Is Now the Time?

Promoting Democracy Around the World – Is Now the Time?

Dr. Kathryn Stoner Book Talk on "Russia Resurrected"

Dr. Kathryn Stoner Book Talk on "Russia Resurrected"

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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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Marshall Burke

FSI Senior Fellow
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Marshall Burke

FSI Senior Fellow
Deputy Director, FSE
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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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Anna Grzymala-Busse

FSI Senior Fellow
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Anna Grzymala-Busse

FSI Senior Fellow
Director, The Europe Center
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Kathryn Stoner

FSI Senior Fellow
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Kathryn Stoner

FSI Senior Fellow
Deputy Director, FSI

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  • 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.