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Thurber talks coal in Australia

News / December 11, 2018

PESD Associate Director Mark Thurber visited Monash University in Melbourne, Australia in November where he discussed his forthcoming book, Coal (coming in May 2019 from Polity Press), in a public lecture.  Australia is the world's leading exporter of coal on an energy basis.  It is also a leader in the application of renewable energy, especially in South Australia, and it had a carbon tax from 2012 until 2014, when the Liberal Party government rescinded the policy.

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Paul Wise: Yemen's cholera epidemic hits children hardest

News / December 11, 2018

Since 2016, two severe cholera outbreaks have impacted more than 1.2 million people. Children account for 30 percent of the infections; more than 2,500 people have died.

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MIP Internship Q&A: Nancy Zhang

Q&A / December 10, 2018

Nancy Zhang is a Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy (MIP) at Stanford University in the Class of 2019. She spent this past summer working on public sectore reform in Liberia for the World Bank's Development Impact Evaluation (DIME). Funding is made available to MIP students for 10-week summer internships with organizations that work on international policy issues.

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Timothy Josling dies at age 78

News / December 10, 2018

Timothy Josling, a professor emeritus at the former Food Research Institute and an affiliate of The Europe Center known for his encyclopedic knowledge of international agricultural policy, died on Nov. 27.

Timothy Josling, a Stanford professor emeritus of agricultural economics, died at his home in Davis, California, on Nov. 27 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 78.

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Scholars Discuss Growing Evidence of China’s Interference in American Government and Society

News / December 7, 2018

While Americans may be well acquainted with China’s quest for influence through the projection of power in the diplomatic, economic, and military spheres, they are less aware of the various ways in which Beijing has more recently been exerting cultural and informational influence. According to a new report, some of these ways challenge and even undermine our democratic processes, norms, and institutions.

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Gi-Wook Shin Appointed William J. Perry Professor of Contemporary Korea

News / December 6, 2018
Stanford Korean studies expert Gi-Wook Shin has been named the William J. Perry Professor of Contemporary Korea, an endowed professorship established jointly by the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and the School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S). Shin is a professor in the Department of Sociology, senior fellow at FSI, director of the Walter H.
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A Q&A with Hank Greeley: The First Gene-Edited Babies

Q&A / December 6, 2018

Last month, He Jiankui, a Chinese researcher, announced the birth of the world’s first gene-edited babies, whose DNA had been edited to reduce the risk of HIV infection.

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Report cites concerns about Chinese influence on American institutions

News / December 5, 2018

The following report was originally published by the Hoover Institution.

Scholars from the Hoover Institution, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and other organizations today issued a report that examines China’s efforts to influence US institutions and calls for protecting American values, norms, and laws from such interference, while also warning against “demonizing” any group of people.

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New report from Stanford scholars seeks to demystify the biosecurity landscape

News / December 5, 2018

From genome editing to “hacking” the microbiome, advances in the life sciences and its associated technological revolution have already altered the biosecurity landscape, and will continue to do so. What does this new landscape look like, and how can policymakers and other stakeholders navigate this space?

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Francis Fukuyama on the Root of 'Identity' Politics

Q&A / December 4, 2018

CDDRL director Francis Fukuyama believes America's increased political polarization can be traced back to a universal desire for recognition. His latest book, "Identity," digs into the factors that gave rise to President Trump, Brexit and even violent extremist groups.

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Are 'identity politics’ really a threat to democracy?

Q&A / December 4, 2018

CDDRL Director, Francis Fukuyama talks in an interview for Al Jazeera how identity policy is hurting democracy. Watch here.

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The battle for Azov: Round 1 goes to Russia

Commentary / December 3, 2018

On November 25, Russian border patrol ships attacked and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels attempting to transit from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov via the Kerch Strait. That violated both maritime law and a 2003 Ukraine-Russia agreement that governs passage through the strait.

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South Korea’s Top Envoy to the United States Meets with Stanford Experts

News / December 1, 2018

On November 29, the Korea Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center ( APARC ) welcomed the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States, Cho Yoon-je , who joined faculty members from the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and other Stanford experts for a roundtable discussion about North Korea diplomacy and U.S.-ROK relations.

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SPICE’s Rylan Sekiguchi elected chair of the U.S.-Japan Council’s TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program

Blog / November 30, 2018

During the U.S.-Japan Council annual conference that was held in Tokyo on November 8 and 9, 2018, Rylan Sekiguchi was elected chair of the TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). The ELP identifies, cultivates, and empowers a new generation of leaders in the U.S.–Japan relationship. Emerging Leaders participate in leadership education, design and implement original USJC programming, and develop powerful, lifelong personal and professional friendships.

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Rodney Ewing awarded for distinguished public service in mineral and geologic science

News / November 30, 2018

Rodney C. Ewing, Frank Stanton professor in nuclear security and co-director at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), was awarded the Distinguished Public Service (DPS) Medal by the Mineralogical Society of America.

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Why insisting on a North Korean nuclear declaration up front is a big mistake

Commentary / November 29, 2018

My reply to the frequently asked question if Kim Jong Un will ever give up North Korea’s nuclear weapons is, “I don’t know, and most likely he doesn’t know either. But it is time to find out.” However, insisting that Kim Jong Un give a full declaration of his nuclear program up front will not work. It will breed more suspicion instead of building the trust necessary for the North to denuclearize, a process that will extend beyond the 2020 US presidential election.

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Opinion: Next Korea, Next Generation

Commentary / November 29, 2018

Researchers in the Korea Program regularly contribute to Korean media on the Korean affairs ranging from education and economics to politics and North Korea nuclear issues. The articles are in Korean language.

Rethinking North Korean Economy? (Yong Suk Lee, November 29, 2018)

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Encouraging Edge Science through NIH Funding Practices

News / November 29, 2018

Science moves forward when scientists take risks in their work and explore new, untested ideas, writes SHP's Jay Bhattacharya. For example, one of the hottest new ideas in cancer treatment involves using patients’ own immune cells to treat their cancer.

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APARC Scholar on Taiwan's Local Elections

Commentary / November 28, 2018

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party suffered a large setback in Taiwan’s local elections on November 24, 2018, with voters delivering a sharp rebuke to President Tsai Ing-wen.

We curate here commentary and analysis on the election results from Kharis Templeman, Project Manager for the Taiwan Democracy and Security Project.

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Stephen Stedman, advocate for undergraduate education, leads Stanford’s Faculty Senate

News / November 27, 2018

CDDRL Deputy Director Stephen Stedman is named a chair to the Stanford University Faculty Senate. Read more about his work, legacy, and aspirations here

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