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

Featured Stories

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The Importance of Risk Perceptions During Pandemic Shutdowns

A new Stanford study suggests that people’s perceptions of their own risks play an important role in their actions — and that shelter-in-place policies influence what they do, but not to the extent that some might think.
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Tracking China's Economic Path

In a new policy brief, the Stanford Center on China’s Economy and Institutions outlines a range of research on the world’s most populous country: education and wage disparities; workforce transformation; emissions trading; China’s one-child policy; and the effect that racism against Chinese students in America has upon their views about authoritarian rule.
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Cost-Effective and Life-Saving Treatments for Nation's Opioid Epidemic

A Stanford team of decision scientists with colleagues at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System developed a mathematical model to assess the cost-effectiveness of various interventions to treat opioid use disorder.

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Dr. Kathryn Stoner Book Talk on "Russia Resurrected"

Alumni Spotlight

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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.
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CISAC Alumni Selected for Senior Roles in New 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.
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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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Radhika Lalit is Leading the Charge in the Fight Against Climate Change

Lalit, who graduated from the Master’s in International Policy program in 2016, is making a policy impact on environmental issues in a number of ways, and recently received two awards for her efforts.

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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.