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Hong Kong in Turmoil: Former Chief Secretary and Scholars Discuss the Protests in Hong Kong

News / October 18, 2019

On October 1st, with a massive National Day parade down Chang’an Avenue in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China celebrated the 70th anniversary of its establishment in 1949. Like a split-screen T.V., however, on the other side of the border in Hong Kong, black-clad protesters wearing gas masks and goggles undertook one of the most violent protests in Hong Kong SAR since the 1997 handover.

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Historian Timothy Garton Ash Discusses What Went Wrong In Post-Communist Europe and What We Can Do About It

News / October 18, 2019

Nearly 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, historian Timothy Garton Ash spoke at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies about the long-term consequences of the revolutions and transitions that followed the end of Communist rule in countries such as Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

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Hal Sonnenfeldt, Hard-nosed Realism, and U.S.-Russian Arms Control

Commentary / October 17, 2019

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Big and exciting merger news at Stanford Health Policy

News / October 17, 2019

Stanford Medicine has announced a merger of its Division of Health Services Research from the Department of Health Research and Policy with the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research — joining together the School of Medicine’s leading researchers in the field of health policy.

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Former NATO Deputy Secretary General Named Payne Distinguished Lecturer

News / October 16, 2019

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University is pleased to announce that Rose Gottemoeller has been appointed the next Frank E. and Arthur W. Payne Distinguished Lecturer. She will spend the next three years at Stanford working with FSI’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and will simultaneously be a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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Joe Biden’s Former National Security Advisor Explains What Actually Happened Between the Former Vice President and Ukraine

News / October 15, 2019

When Colin Kahl came on board as Vice President Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor in 2014, the situation in Ukraine was one of a few “crisis issues” that Biden and his staff were tasked with ameliorating by former President Barack Obama, Kahl told Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) Director Michael McFaul on the World Class podcast.

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Mentoring workshop aims to support women economists

News / October 11, 2019

Women are underrepresented in the economics profession, as recent research and the public spotlight have shown. But changes are afoot as both men and women in the field try to understand the scope of the gender gap.

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Video: Donald K. Emmerson on Strategic Thinking in Southeast Asia

Commentary / October 9, 2019
What is strategic thinking? Are the foreign policies of some Southeast Asian states more strategic than those of others? If so, in what way, and with what implications for U.S. policy?
 
APARC's Southeast Asia Program Director Donald K.
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The Whistle-Blower Really Knows How to Write

Commentary / October 9, 2019

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SPICE Director Gary Mukai interviewed by The Education Newspaper of Japan

News / October 8, 2019

This summer, SPICE Director Dr. Gary Mukai was interviewed at Stanford by The Education Newspaper of Japan about his long experience working with American and Japanese students. In particular, the two-part feature highlighted his impactful work in education and U.S.–Japan relations over his 40-year career.

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Member of Ukrainian Parliament Sasha Ustinova Weighs In On What Really Happened with Ukraine’s Former Prosecutors General

News / October 8, 2019

As details about the July 25 phone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky continue to emerge, Oleksandra “Sasha” Ustinova — a member of the Ukrainian parliament who has been fighting corruption in the country for years — said that Ukrainians are reacting to the news differently than Americans are.

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Microsatellite data can help double impact of agricultural interventions

News / October 7, 2019

Data from microsatellites can be used to detect and double the impact of sustainable interventions in agriculture at large scales, according to a new study led by the University of Michigan.

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President Trump, Quid Pro Quos and U.S.-Ukraine Relations: Five Observations

News / October 7, 2019

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When Food Insecurity Becomes a National Security Threat: A Conversation with David Beasley

News / October 7, 2019

More than 820 million people around the world don’t have enough to eat and their hunger affects us all. “Without food security, you will have no other security,” said David Beasley, the executive director of the World Food Programme, to an audience of Stanford members and local residents on Oct. 1. 

Beasley along with predecessor Ertharin Cousin, a visiting scholar with Stanford’s Center of Food Security and the Environment, helped shape the United Nations’ anti-hunger program into the world’s largest hunger relief organization, feeding over 90 million people every year.

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CISAC's Rod Ewing to Receive Mineralogical Society of America's Distinguished Public Service Award

News / October 3, 2019

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Dueling U.S. Approaches to Ukraine Pose Risk

News / October 3, 2019

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Libya: Presidential and Parliamentary Elections Scene Setter

News / October 2, 2019

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Libya has seen continuing violence for several years, with rebel General Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan National Army (LNA) forces, controlling large swaths of the country and aiming to take control of Tripoli.

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Former Ukrainian Ambassador Steven Pifer Breaks Down the Trump-Zelensky Phone Call

News / October 2, 2019

Although the first in-person meeting between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on September 25 at the United Nations General Assembly looked like a “normal first meeting,” the question of whether Trump was pushing Zelensky during a July 25 phone call to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden remains, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer told Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) Director Michael McFaul on the World Class podcast.

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Policy Roundtable: The Future of South Asia

Commentary / October 1, 2019

Debak Das, CISAC’s MacArthur Nuclear Security Pre-doctoral Fellow, and his roundtable contributors examine the rising tensions between Pakistan and India and look at what the future might hold for the region. “Political relations in South Asia have hit rough weather,” writes Das. “So where does the nuclear relationship between India and Pakistan stand? Where do the key threats to peace in the region come from?” 

 

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In the Deepfake Era, Counterterrorism Is Harder

Commentary / October 1, 2019

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Xi's Dilemma and China's Challenges at 70: Q&A with Andrew Walder

Q&A / October 1, 2019

Q: China is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s rule, and of course the strategic shifts in Chinese foreign policy throughout the years are much more visible than the shifts in domestic policy. What have been some of the changes in that regard under Xi Jinping’s leadership?

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Global Affiliates Program Welcomes 2019-20 Fellows

News / September 30, 2019

The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center’s Global Affiliates Program is excited to welcome its new class of fellows to Stanford University:

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Scope: Tackling Caregiver Depression in Rural China: A Q&A

Q&A / September 30, 2019

After studying early childhood development in China for several years, Alexis Medina, assistant director of Stanford's Rural Education Action Program (REAP), and her colleagues were asked a question that opened up a whole new line of inquiry. 

 

Read the full Q&A with Jennifer Huber and Alexis Medina. 

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Kosovo Blue Lives Takedown

Blog / September 30, 2019

In the course of assisting reporter Judd Legum of Popular Information on an investigation into a Ukraine-based network of Facebook Pages (recently taken down), SIO researchers uncovered a similar network that appeared to be operating from Kosovo. This network, consisting of approximately 9 pages with 312,000 followers, focused predominantly on “Blue Lives Matter” content – an American social movement that expresses support for police officers.

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