Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Annual Report 2019

Explore FSI's contributions to international research, teaching and policy this year.

Letter from the Director

Dear Friends of FSI,

I am pleased to share our annual report for academic year 2018-19, highlighting the breadth and depth of scholarly research produced at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies over the last year. In addition to an impressive number of publications, conferences and other scholarly activities, FSI has made important contributions to teaching at Stanford and has continued engaging with policymakers around the world to offer rigorously researched ideas and solutions. Included below are links to our faculty output as well as our Master’s in International Policy website.

I am grateful to you and the community of donors whose gifts have made our work possible, and I hope you will share in my pride in all that we have accomplished. None of this would be achievable without your support.

I am excited to highlight the Cyber Policy Center, which was launched last June. Its program areas address topics such as cybersecurity, election security, misinformation, digital democracy and human rights, and emerging technologies. 

Some of the newest additions to the Cyber Policy Center team include: the center's co-directors, Dan Boneh and Nathaniel Persily; David Havasy, the associate director of operations; Marietje Schaake, the center's international policy director; Kate Starbird, visiting assistant professor at the Cyber Policy Center; and Kelly Born, the executive director of the Cyber Policy Center.

I also am pleased to announce that Professor Francis Fukuyama is the new director of the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy (MIP) program and will continue to serve as Mosbacher Director at CDDRL. Alongside Professor Fukuyama, Dr. Chonira Aturupane is the new associate director for academic and student affairs in the MIP program.

Read more about the new MIP leadership and their visions here.

I am delighted to add that Didi Kuo has been appointed associate director for research at CDDRL. She is also a senior research scholar at CDDRL and her interests center around American politics, democratization, clientelism, corruption and political parties.

FSI’s two undergraduate honors programs – the Fisher Family Undergraduate Honors Program on Democracy and Development at CDDRL and the Honors Program in International Security Studies at CISAC – continue to attract the best students from a wide variety of majors across Stanford (including this year at CDDRL, my own son, Cole!). These programs have become a vital training opportunity for future scholars and policymakers. Read about the class of 2019 CDDRL Undergraduate Honors students.

I am also happy to share the news that two Stanford students have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships: MIP student Cyrus Reza, ’20; and Anat Peled, ’20, co-founder and president of the Stanford International Security Undergraduate Network (SISUN), which partners with FSI’s European Security Initiative.

FSI concluded another strong year providing much-needed research, mentorship, and policy advice. We look forward to building on this success to add new areas of important research, to expand FSI’s teaching contributions at Stanford and to provide ongoing advice to policymakers on a variety of pressing challenges.

Read on to learn more about the concrete impact we have made with your support.

Thank you for your engagement with FSI.

Michael McFaul
Senior Fellow and Director, FSI
Ken Olivier and Angela Nomellini Professor of International Studies, Department of Political Science
Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

By the Numbers 2018-19


Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy

The Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy is a two-year professional graduate degree program, emphasizing the analytical tools and methods critical to decision making and leadership in international affairs. Follow the link below for more details.

Our Faculty

FSI's appointed faculty, research scholars, fellows, visiting scholars, pre- and post-docs, and undergraduate honors students collaborate on interdisciplinary research. Read our scholarly output report for details.