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Portrait of Young Kyung Do, Winner of the 2020 Rothman Epidemiology Prize

Asia Health Policy Program Alum Wins Rothman Epidemiology Prize

News / June 4, 2020
Dr. Young Kyung Do, an expert in health policy and management at the Seoul National University College of Healthy Policy and the inaugural postdoctoral fellow in Asia health policy at APARC, has been...
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Strategy in the South China Sea

Commentary / June 3, 2020
Donald K. Emmerson analyzes China’s tactics in the South China Sea and how the countries of Southeast Asia are reacting to the tensions in the disputed waterway.

Digital Street Conflict

Blog / June 3, 2020
A survey of spam, state and covert activities in the U.S. during domestic unrest.

Owning Handgun Associated With Dramatically Higher Risk of Suicide

News / June 3, 2020
Men who own handguns are eight times more likely to die of suicide by handgun than men who don’t have one — and women who own handguns are 35 times more likely than women who don’t, according to...

Preventing and Managing Hospital-Based Infections During Coronavirus

News / June 2, 2020
SHP's Jason Wang and colleagues provide five key steps to managing infections in hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic in this Journal of Hospital Medicine study, drawing on lessons from...

Cybersecurity Lessons From the Pandemic, or Pandemic Lessons From Cybersecurity

Commentary / June 2, 2020
Important pandemic lessons from cybersecurity would have saved the U.S. economic and medical heartbreak had those lessons been heeded earlier.

Stanford course on human extinction and cognitive biases strikes a chord with students in time of COVID-19

Commentary / June 2, 2020
CISAC senior fellows Stephen Luby, professor of medicine, and Paul N. Edwards, director of the Program in Science, Technology and Society, teach plausible scenarios that could result in human...

Announcing the Honorees of SPICE’s 2019–20 Regional Programs in Japan

News / June 2, 2020

Since 2016, SPICE has offered regional online courses to top high school students in Japan. The first regional course was offered to high school students in Tottori Prefecture. Since then, SPICE has increased its regional online course offerings to high school students in Hiroshima Prefecture, Kawasaki City, and Oita Prefecture. These courses present creative and innovative approaches to teaching Japanese high school students about U.S. society and culture and global themes. 

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An Investigation into Domestic Nigerian Social Media Financial Scams

Blog / June 2, 2020
We identify hundreds of scam social media accounts across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and TikTok targeting individuals in Nigeria. These accounts post on compromised accounts claiming to...

The Spread of Populism Around the World is a Threat to Democracy According to New Stanford Report

News / June 2, 2020
Global populism is on the rise, and four FSI scholars are working to understand why populist parties and leaders have seen increased support in recent years.

Need To Know: Brett McGurk on America’s strategy to defeat ISIS

Commentary / June 1, 2020
US presidents tend to set maximalist objectives without necessarily providing the resourcing or laying the necessary diplomatic foundations to achieve such goals.

The Executive Order on Platforms and Online Speech

Commentary / June 1, 2020
On May 28th, President Trump signed an executive order threatening to revoke CDA 230 protections, which would expose social media companies to increased liability for content that is posted on their...

MIP Feature Friday: Olivia Seideman

Blog / May 29, 2020
Olivia is a student in the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy (MIP) program specializing in energy and the environment. Before coming to Stanford, Olivia took part in AmeriCorps, where she...

Ziad Abu-Rish Analyzes the Trajectory of Lebanon's Uprising [VIDEO]

News / May 29, 2020

In a webinar dated, May 27, 2020, Ohio University Historian Ziad Abu-Rish analyzed the trajectory of Lebanon's Uprising and the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the contemporary political scene. Abu-Rish examined the multiple crises manifesting in Lebanon today and their impact on the fate of the uprising that began in October 2019. While the currency, fiscal, and infrastructural crises were central to the making of Lebanon’s uprising, he argued, the novel strategic innovations that the protesters made were key to shaping its trajectory relative to past protests.

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Global Populisms and Their Challenges: Threats and Potential Solutions

Commentary / May 27, 2020
“Populism” has claimed enormous amounts of popular and press attention, with the Brexit vote of 2016, the election of President Donald J. Trump, and the rise of self-proclaimed populists in Europe...

Our Democracy Depends On A Safe Election in November

News / May 26, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the effects could be potentially devastating to global democracy and the upcoming U.S. election. On the World Class podcast, Larry Diamond and Nathaniel Persily...

Don’t Resume Nuclear Testing

Commentary / May 26, 2020

Virality Project (US): Marketing meets Misinformation

Blog / May 26, 2020

Plandemic was one step in a larger process to raise the profile of its subject. SIO had begun to observe an increasing number of posts about Plandemic’s subject, Judy Mikovits, beginning on April 16. For two and a half weeks, we observed a series of cross-platform moments in which Judy Mikovits – a scientist whose work was retracted by journal editors – was recast as an expert whistleblower exposing a vast government cover-up.

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MIP Feature Friday: Amélie-Sophie Vavrovsky

Blog / May 22, 2020
Amélie-Sophie Vavrovsky is a student in the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy (MIP) program specializing in cyber policy and security. Before coming to Stanford, Amélie-Sophie founded...

Stanford researchers harness satellite imagery and AI to help fight poverty in Africa

News / May 22, 2020
A new tool combines publicly accessible satellite imagery with AI to track poverty across African villages over time.
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COVID-19 in the Philippines – at a Glance

Blog / May 21, 2020
Marjorie Pajaron, assistant professor at the University of the Philippines School of Economics, describes the unfolding of the pandemic in the country and how Filipinos have coped with the evolving...