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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.

Apply for the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy

The application for admission into the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy is now open for matriculation in Autumn 2022. Learn more about the admissions process and upcoming events.

Featured Stories

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Community Policing: A Better Way to Improve Policing or a Bust?

New research reveals that community policing should be seen as an incremental reform that can make a difference in well-resourced police departments with strong incentives to be responsive to citizen concerns.
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Americans are More Aligned on Taking Action on Climate Change than Expected

New research shows that when given the opportunity to discuss climate change in a substantive way, the majority of Americans are open to taking proactive measures to address the global climate crisis.
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Reassessing China’s Capabilities and Goals for Strategic Competition

On the World Class podcast, Oriana Skylar Mastro argues that in order to set effective policy toward China, the United States needs to better understand how and why China is projecting power.

Recent Videos

Student Programs: How Do You "FSI"?

Student Programs: How Do You "FSI"?

A Conversation with C.I.A. Director William Burns

A Conversation with C.I.A. Director William Burns

Address by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Address by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Current Opportunities

Global Programs

Current students can apply for a global policy internship, research assistantship, student initiative funding and conference or research grants.

CISAC Fellowships

An unparalleled opportunity for scholars and professionals to explore complex international problems and innovative solutions in a collegial and collaborative environment.

FSE Postdoctoral Fellowship

Awarded to young scholars focused on research related to global hunger, poverty alleviation, and environmental degradation.

PACS Postdoctoral Fellowship

A one year postdoctoral appointment for promising new scholars interesting in working with the directors of the Program on Democracy and the Internet (PDI) on their research.

Fellowships at CDDRL

Open to pre- and postdoctoral students working in any of the four program areas of democracy, development, evaluating the efficacy of democracy promotion, and rule of law.

Contemporary Asia Fellowships

A variety of area-specific opportunities for postdocs researching contemporary Japan, Asia health policy, Southeast Asia or contemporary Asia.

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.
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.
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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.
Radhika Lalit

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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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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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
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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.