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FSI Director Michael McFaul introduces President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at a live video address on May 27, 2022.

FSI Director Michael McFaul Honored by the Government of Ukraine with State Award

In a show of appreciation for his support of Ukraine, Michael McFaul was awarded an Order of Merit by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
President Ronald Reagan shakes hands with Mikhail Gorbachev.

Reflections on Mikhail Gorbachev's Life from FSI Scholars

Rose Gottemoeller, Steven Pifer, Francis Fukuyama, and Michael McFaul discuss the complex life and legacy of the last leader of the Soviet Union.
Chinese soldier in Beijing

Assessing China’s Conventional and Unconventional Challenges to U.S. National Security

Oriana Skylar Mastro offers guidance on how to identify and understand the various strategic threats presented by the still-rising superpower.

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Washington DC capitol buildings.

US-China Business Council President Shares Insights on US-China Relations in Private Roundtable

News / September 28, 2022
SCCEI hosted a private roundtable discussion with the president of the US-China Business Council, Craig Allen, and a select group of Stanford faculty and business leaders, discussing technology competition and the shifting business environment between the US and China.
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Group photo of 2022-23 Global Affiliates

Global Affiliates Program Welcomes 2022-23 Fellows

News / September 27, 2022
Each year, the Global Affiliates Program hosts at APARC a cohort of qualified personnel nominated by our affiliate members, who send their talent to Stanford as visiting fellows for a year of research and enrichment.
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Dr. Ignacio Ornelas with Joe Garcia Kapp

Joe Garcia Kapp: Chicano/Latino Football Trailblazer

Blogs / September 27, 2022
SPICE develops lesson on legendary football player from East Salinas, California, who never forgot his roots.
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Iran

Protests in Iran are part of a ‘long, almost Sisyphean, struggle’ for freedom and equality, Stanford scholar says

News / September 26, 2022
Abbas Milani, founding director of Stanford’s Iranian Studies Program, discusses how the most recent protests sweeping cities and villages across Iran are part of an enduring fight to advance women’s rights and equality.
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Elderly woman scoops water in Shanxi province.

In China’s Rapidly Ageing Society, Elderly Rural Residents Must Not Be Left to Fend for Themselves

News / September 23, 2022
Author Lijia Zhang quotes Scott Rozelle in her opinion piece in the South China Morning Post looking at how China’s ageing problem is particularly acute in rural areas, where elderly residents often have no children around to care for them and pensions are too low to live on.
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CDDRL honors students in the Contemplative Court at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Honors College Day 5: Exploring the Past and Planning for Our Future

Blogs / September 23, 2022
This is the fifth and final story in a series of blog posts written by the Fisher Family Honors Program class of 2023 detailing their experiences in Washington, D.C. for CDDRL's annual Honors College.
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Soldier of the Indian Army looks upwards

A Risky New Status Quo

Commentary / September 22, 2022
The tentative conciliatory steps between nuclear-armed rivals at the LAC are important, but come with riders for India.
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Migrant Agricultural Workers in Truck and Waiting in Line for a Day’s Work in the Field, Florida, 1939, by Marion Post Wolcott

This Land Is Your Land: The Great Depression, Migrant Farm Workers, and the Legacy of the New Deal

Blogs / September 22, 2022
“It is said,” a Japanese social theorist and educator, Yukichi Fukuzawa, wrote in his best-selling book An Encouragement of Learning (1872–76), “that heaven does not create one person above or below another.”
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CDDRL honors students at the Lincoln Memorial

Honors College Day 4: The Ins and Outs of Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law

Blogs / September 22, 2022
This is the fourth in a series of blog posts written by the Fisher Family Honors Program class of 2023 detailing their experiences in Washington, D.C. for CDDRL's annual Honors College.
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A political cartoon encouraging Indians to boycott Chinese products

My Heart Belongs to Kashmir

Blogs / September 21, 2022
An Analysis of a Pro-Indian Army Covert Influence Operation on Twitter
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The flags of Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) members in ASEAN headquarter at Jalan Sisingamangaraja No.70A, South Jakarta, Indonesia. From left the flags of: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thail

How ASEAN Can Still Help on Myanmar

Commentary / September 21, 2022
The Southeast Asian bloc must make it clear that it will not accept the military junta’s sham election.
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CDDRL honors students at Brookings Institution

Honors College Day 3: Inspiring Research

Blogs / September 21, 2022
This is the third in a series of blog posts written by the Fisher Family Honors Program class of 2023 detailing their experiences in Washington, D.C. for CDDRL's annual Honors College.
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Rose Gottemoeller

Rose Gottemoeller testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee

News / September 20, 2022
Rose Gottemoeller's main takeaways from her opening statement while testifying before the SASC
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CDDRL honors students the the White House

Honors College Day 2: In The Rooms Where (Democracy) Happens

Blogs / September 20, 2022
This is the second in a series of blog posts written by the Fisher Family Honors Program class of 2023 detailing their experiences in Washington, D.C. for CDDRL's annual Honors College.
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Honorees of SPICE’s 2021–2022 regional programs in Japan

SPICE Honors Top Students from 2021–2022 Regional Programs in Japan

News / September 20, 2022
Congratulations to the student honorees from Fukuoka Prefecture, Hiroshima Prefecture, Kawasaki City, Kobe City, Oita Prefecture, and Tottori Prefecture.
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Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Ukraine made recent battlefield gains. How will Putin retaliate?

Commentary / September 19, 2022
Ukraine's battlefield victories are a reason for celebration. But could it could also usher in another dangerous phase — with Russia's President Vladimir Putin lashing out in other ways.
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CDDRL Honors Students at NED in Washington, DC

Honors College Day 1: Promoting Democracy at Home and Abroad

Blogs / September 19, 2022
This is the first in a series of blog posts written by the Fisher Family Honors Program class of 2023 detailing their experiences in Washington, D.C. for CDDRL's annual Honors College.
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Animated robots in factory

"China's Bot Boom" Article in The Wire Quotes SCCEI Scholars

News / September 18, 2022
"Can robot-driven advanced manufacturing be a panacea for China’s slowing economy? China sure hopes so." The Wire China author Isabella Borshoff quotes SCCEI co-directors Hongbin Li and Scott Rozelle in pursuit of the answer.
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Biden celebration at White House for passage of Inflation Reduction Act 2022

How the Inflation Reduction Act Impacts Health Policy

Q&As / September 16, 2022
Michelle Mello — a professor of heath policy and law — attended the Sept. 13 gathering at the White House to celebrate the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act 2022. She was invited for her contributions on Medicare price negotiation modeling for the landmark piece of legislation. In this Q&A, she discusses the bill's impact on health policy.
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Kerstin Norris

Research Assistant Spotlight: Kerstin Norris Examines Race and Racism in Asia with Gi-Wook Shin

Q&As / September 16, 2022
MA in East Asian Studies candidate Kerstin Norris spent the summer assisting APARC and Korea Program Director Gi-Wook Shin with his research on racial tensions in Asia. Looking to pursue a PhD in Sociology, Norris found tremendous value in a collaborative academic environment. We spoke with Norris about her experience as a research assistant and her time working with Dr. Shin.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin

Putin's Disaster in Ukraine

Commentary / September 15, 2022
On Vladimir Putin’s order, the Russian army launched a new invasion of Ukraine in February. That has inflicted tragedy on Ukrainians but, seven months later, has also proved a catastrophe for Russia.
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 South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol waves a national flag during the celebration of the 77th National Liberation Day at Presidential House on August 15, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea.

The Path Ahead for Yoon

Commentary / September 15, 2022
How Korea’s New President Can Recover from His First 100 Days of Struggles
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Washington Monument, Washington, United States

Honors Students to Meet with Top-Level Policy Makers in Washington, D.C.

News / September 14, 2022
From September 18 through 24, the Fisher Family Honors Program class of 2023 will attend CDDRL's annual Honors College, gaining firsthand exposure to how the federal government, policy organizations, and think tanks work to advance democracy and development around the world.
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Hana Kameyama, Miyu Kato, and Yuta Muraki

Winners Announced for the Spring 2022 Stanford e-Japan Award

News / September 13, 2022
Congratulations to our newest student honorees.
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