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Opioid epidemic makes eastern inroads and targets African-Americans

News / February 21, 2019

New research led by Stanford shows that not only have opioid-related deaths jumped fourfold in the last 20 years, but that those most affected by the epidemic, and where they live, has also shifted dramatically. In fact, the District of Columbia has had the fastest rate of increase in mortality from opioids, more than tripling every year since 2013.

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Extending New START is a no-brainer—And yet, we can’t count on it

Commentary / February 20, 2019

The Trump administration has finished off the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a treaty mortally wounded by Russia’s deployment of a banned intermediate-range missile. That leaves the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) as the sole agreement limiting U.S. and Russian nuclear forces.

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New study indicates that more primary care physicians lead to longer life spans

News / February 19, 2019

There is little debate over the importance of primary care physicians — the virtual quarterbacks of our medical teams running us toward the end zones in good health. New research now shows us just how important those primary care physicians are in what to many is the most important contest of all: prolonging our lives.

 

 
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Shorenstein APARC Names 2019-20 Postdoctoral Fellows

News / February 19, 2019

Shorenstein APARC is pleased to announce the selection of two scholars as postdoctoral fellows for the 2019-20 academic year. They will begin their appointments at Stanford in the coming Autumn quarter.

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The Second Trump-Kim Summit Must Settle the Big Questions

Commentary / February 19, 2019
“There is no detailed definition or shared agreement of what denuclearization entails....” These words were not from critics of ambivalence in the Trump administration’s nuclear negotiations with North Korea. Rather surprisingly, they were the words of the U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, during his speech at Stanford University last month.
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Winners announced for the Fall 2018 Stanford e-Japan Award

News / February 17, 2019

Stanford e-Japan is an online course that teaches Japanese high school students about American society and culture and U.S.–Japan relations. The course introduces students to both American and Japanese perspectives on many historical and contemporary issues. It is offered biannually by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE). The Fall 2018 cohort was the seventh group of students to complete Stanford e-Japan.

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Thurber: Why it's difficult to reduce gas flaring

News / February 13, 2019

Flaring of natural gas that can't be utilized represents both an economic loss and a major environmental problem. Writing for Energy for Growth Hub, PESD associate director Mark Thurber describes why gas flaring is stubbornly persistent around the world, and what can be done to productively use more of the gas that is currently going up in flames.

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Honoring Stanford e-Tottori students

News / February 12, 2019

Stanford e-Tottori is a distance-learning course sponsored by the Tottori Prefectural Board of Education and the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Tottori Governor Shinji Hirai and Superintendent Hitoshi Yamamoto of the Tottori Prefectural Board of Education were instrumental in its establishment.

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Podcast: Elizabeth Economy on Xi Jinping’s Third Revolution and the Future of U.S.-China Relations

News / February 11, 2019
In her acclaimed book The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State, Chinese domestic and foreign policy expert Elizabeth Economy argues that Xi Jinping’s dual-reform trajectories—a more authoritarian system at home and a more ambitious foreign policy abroad—provide Beijing with new levers of influence that the United States must learn to use to protect its own interests.
 
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North Korea in 2018: A Q&A with Siegfried Hecker

Q&A / February 11, 2019

In May 2018, Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) scholars Siegfried Hecker, Robert Carlin, and Elliot Serbin released an in-depth report analyzing the nuclear history of North Korea between 1992 and 2017 alongside a historical research-based “roadmap” for denuclearization.

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Podcast: Donald K. Emmerson on How Southeast Asian Nations Balance China-U.S. Relations

Commentary / February 8, 2019

As tension grows between China and the United States, its effects are felt across Asia. APARC's Southeast Asia Program Director Donald K.

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China Program Convenes Leading Scholars to Discuss the Field of Chinese Politics in the Era of Xi Jinping and to Chart Its Future

News / February 6, 2019

(From left to right): Three of the presenters during the first plenary session: Professors Mary Gallagher, University of Michigan; Melanie Manion, Duke University; and Jean Oi, Stanford University

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A Remedy for Government Shutdowns: “No Play, No Pay.”

Commentary / February 5, 2019

Bruce E. Cain tells The American Interest that a constitutional amendment could be just the incentive members of Congress need to compromise in the face of government shutdowns. Read it here

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PODCAST: Jaw-Jaw: How Chinese Sharp Power Takes Aim at American Democracy

Commentary / February 5, 2019

Larry Diamond breaks down Beijing’s efforts to direct “sharp power” against institutions in the United States in this podcast.

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Against Identity Politics

Commentary / February 4, 2019

Francis Fukuyama explains to Foreign Affairs that identity politics are the "New Tribalism and the Crisis of Democracy." Read it here.

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America’s misbegotten cyber strategy

Commentary / February 4, 2019

I used to think we didn’t have enough strategic documents guiding U.S. cyber policy. Now I think we have at least one too many. In September, the Trump administration published a National Cyber Strategy—proudly declaring that it was the first fully articulated cyber strategy in 15 years. This week, the annual intelligence threat hearing laid bare the fantasy world of that four-month-old document and the cold hard reality of, well, reality.

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Rhode Island adopts regulations to slow health-care costs — and they appear to work

News / February 4, 2019

As the price of health care in the United States continues to accelerate — to the consternation of both patients and providers — it’s refreshing to find one state pilot project that appears to prove that implementing mandatory price controls can actually work.

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Stacey Abrams Debates Francis Fukuyama on Identity Politics

Commentary / February 1, 2019

Stacey Abrams tells Francis Fukuyama that identity politics actually strengthen democracy. 

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U.S. Special Envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun Delivers First Public Address on U.S.-DPRK Diplomacy at a Shorenstein APARC Event

News / January 31, 2019
The United States is prepared to pursue “simultaneously and in parallel” all of the commitments outlined at the Trump-Kim Singapore Summit, said the U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun at an event hosted by Shorenstein APARC on Thursday, January 31.
 
Biegun's remarks, delivered as he prepares to travel to South Korea for meetings with North and South Korean officials, were his first public address since he began his appointment in August 2018. On behalf of U.S.
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PESD runs workshop for Brazil's electricity regulator

News / January 29, 2019

Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) Director Frank Wolak and Associate Director Mark Thurber conducted a workshop on December 3-4 in 

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凤凰网公益: Stanford Professor Focuses on Education in Rural China

News / January 29, 2019

Author Chen Ying writes about Professor Scott Rozelle and REAP's projects supporting youth in rural China. Read full text here.  

罗斯高,斯坦福大学教授,发展经济学家。扎根中国农村近40年,是不折不扣的中国通。近十年来,罗斯高教授和他中国的同事在贫困农村开展一系列针对农村儿童的研究,并设计干预实验寻求解决方案...

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The blame game begins over the INF Treaty’s demise, and Washington is losing

Commentary / January 25, 2019

In December, Secretary of State Pompeo said Russia had 60 days to come back into compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Otherwise, the United States would suspend its treaty obligations.

The clock runs out on February 2. Unfortunately, U.S. and Russian officials, already anticipating the treaty’s demise, have turned to finger-pointing…and Washington is losing the blame game.

CHARGES OF TREATY VIOLATIONS

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