Our Centers

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Research Centers

FSI’s research centers and programs serve as the foundation for everything we do. Each focuses on a different topic within international studies, from cybersecurity to global health, and addresses real-world problems with rigorous analysis.



The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law seeks to understand and advance the conditions for just, democratic, and sustainable development around the world. Director: Francis Fukuyama

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The Center on Food Security and the Environment addresses critical global issues of hunger, poverty and environmental degradation. Director: David Lobell

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The Center for International Security and Cooperation is Stanford University’s hub for researchers tackling some of the world's most pressing security and international cooperation issues. Co-directors: Rod Ewing and Colin Kahl

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The Europe Center at Stanford University provides an interdisciplinary platform for scholarship on the histories, cultures, institutions, and people of Europe. Director: Anna Grzymala-Busse.

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Stanford Health Policy studies critical global health problems with the goal of understanding how policies, programs and interventions can improve health. Director: Douglas Owens



The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center studies contemporary Asia, with a focus on scholarship, business, and government. Director: Gi-Wook Shin

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The Cyber Policy Center is Stanford University's premier center for the interdisciplinary study of issues at the nexus of technology, governance and public policy. Co-Directors: Nathaniel Persily and Dan Boneh

    Program on Energy and Sustainable Development
  • Program on Energy and Sustainable Development
  • Rural Education Action Program
  • Stanford Center at Peking University
  • Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education

Program on Energy and Sustainable Development

The Program on Energy and 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. Directed by Frank Wolak, the Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies in Economics, PESD studies how political and regulatory processes lead to outcomes that are more costly and less effective than they could be.

Rural Education Action Program

The Rural Education Action Program is a Stanford research organization dedicated to discovering the causes of poverty in rural China, and creating simple, yet effective solutions in education, health and nutrition policy. Director Scott Rozelle, the Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow at FSI, is a specialist in agricultural policy, poverty and inequality.

Stanford Center at Peking University

The Stanford Center at Peking University is the university's headquarters for faculty and students engaged in research, teaching, training and outreach activities in China. FSI senior fellow Jean Oi, the William Haas Professor of Chinese Politics and the director of Shorenstein APARC's China Program, serves as the Lee Kau Shee Director of SCPKU.

Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education

The Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education serves as a bridge between Stanford University and K-12 schools and community colleges by developing multidisciplinary curriculum materials on international themes. Under the leadership of director Gary Mukai, SPICE draws upon FSI research to enhance secondary education curricula on a variety of topics.