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FSI increases support for policy-oriented research

News / February 6, 2014
A new lab will support projects that focus on international policy problems, contribute to a deeper understanding of the policy implementation process and deepen student learning about those issues.
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McFaul returns to Stanford

News / February 5, 2014
When Michael McFaul steps down from his post as Washington’s ambassador to Moscow later this month, he will return to Stanford where he is a senior fellow at FSI and a former director of the institute’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Announcing his decision this week to leave Russia following the Winter Olympics, McFaul wrote on his blog that "it is time to come home."
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Opportunities for field research in rural Mexico, Guatemala

News / February 4, 2014
The internships give students the chance to work closely with FSI senior fellows focusing on health, development and governance.
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Final Kyoto-Trans Asian Dialogue examines Asia’s digital media revolution

News / February 4, 2014

The fifth and final Stanford Kyoto Trans-Asian Dialogue report considers opportunities and challenges posed by digital media across Asia and the United States including its potential as a catalyst for political, cultural, and economic change.

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Evolution of democracy in South Korea, Taiwan

News / January 30, 2014
In a new book, Gi-Wook Shin and Larry Diamond analyze the challenges and opportunities confronting the maturing democracies in South Korea and Taiwan. Much depends on the political leadership in those two countries rising above narrow interests to craft thoughtful and realistic public policies.
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FSI scholars examine evolution of democracy in South Korea, Taiwan

News / January 30, 2014
In a new book, FSI's Gi-Wook Shin and Larry Diamond analyze the challenges and opportunities confronting the maturing democracies in South Korea and Taiwan. Much depends on the political leadership in those two countries rising above narrow interests to craft thoughtful and realistic public policies.
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Vinton Cerf at Stanford talk: Cybersecurity is shared responsibility

News / January 27, 2014
Vinton G. Cerf, one of the founding architects of the Internet and vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google, delivered CISAC's annual Drell Lecture. Watch his lecture here and follow some of the comments on social media about his talk on cybsercurity.
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Caixin Column 5: How to Cure China’s Largest Epidemic

News / January 27, 2014
REAP co-director Scott Rozelle builds on a ten-part series for Caixin Magazine titled, "Inequality 2030: Glimmering Hope in China in a Future Facing Extreme Despair." In his fifth column, Rozelle explains how China's "National Nutritious School Lunch Program" became a National Free But-Not-Too-Nutritious School Lunch Program.
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Tribute to Jasper Cummeh III

News / January 26, 2014
Jasper Cummeh III ('07) from Liberia passed away on January 25, 2014 following a brief illness. Cummeh was a good friend to many and worked as an activist, researcher and mentor to young civil society members working on issues of transparency and accountability, policy analysis and advocacy. He was the senior policy director of Actions for Genuine Democratic Alternatives, a civil society organization in Liberia that is working to promote citizen participation, promote good governance and increase transparency in fiscal policy management.
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Film screening & discussion: Academy Award nominee "The Act of Killing"

News / January 24, 2014
An event sponsored by Stanford Global Studies, Stanford Program on Human Rights, and the vice provost of undergraduate education on Monday, Feb. 24.
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Stanford-SPF New Channels Dialogue 2014

News / January 23, 2014
Japan Program has launched a three-year project to create new channels of dialogue between experts and leaders from the United States and Japan under a name of "New Channels: Reinvigorating U.S.-Japan Relations."
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Diamond honored with Lyman award for alumni engagement at Stanford

News / January 23, 2014
Larry Diamond, director of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, received the 2013 Richard W. Lyman Award at a ceremony on January 22.
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Is there a `right' path for the U.S. in Syria?

Commentary / January 21, 2014

CISAC affiliate Anja Manuel argues in this blog post that for the U.S. government, the crucial issue at the upcoming meeting of the key parties to the conflict in Syria is determining if and how to intervene and provide support in a conflict where there may no longer be real "good guys" or supporters of U.S. national interests. 

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Bill Barnett: Where Are the Authentic Entrepreneurs?

Commentary / January 21, 2014
The case study of Taobao vs. eBay China taught by Stanford Graduate School of Business Professor William Barnett details how Jack Ma and Alibaba-owned Taobao defeated the global leader of e-commerce and payments in mainland China. Barnett wrote in his blog “Where are the authentic entrepreneurs?,” “…[I]t turns out that at times or in places where entrepreneurship is least likely, those few entrepreneurs who do appear are most likely to win big.” Jack Ma certainly is one of them.
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Vinton Cerf to talk about safety and security in a wired-up world

News / January 17, 2014
Vinton Cerf, who helped develop the Internet while at Stanford, delivers the 2014 Drell Lecture about safety and security in a transnational environment.
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Is a new round of economic reform kicking off in China?

News / January 15, 2014
After the Third Plenum meeting in Beijing last November, China indicated changes to its economic and security policy. Now the challenge is determining how the Chinese government will attempt its directives. Barry J. Naughton visits to consider this question during the first seminar in the SCP series “China under Xi Jinping."
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Conference report highlights future of economic development in Taiwan

News / January 15, 2014
In October 2013, CDDRL’s Taiwan Democracy Program together with partners, held a conference at Stanford University to examine the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Taiwan's future development strategy. Bringing together an impressive group of experts, the conference focused on the changing trading environment in the Asia-Pacific region. A full and abridged conference report is now available for review capturing the conference proceedings.
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Aung Zaw named 2013 Shorenstein Journalism Award recipient

News / January 14, 2014
Shorenstein APARC is pleased to announce Aung Zaw as the 2013 recipient of the Shorenstein Journalism Award. Zaw has been selected for his leadership in establishing independent media in Myanmar (Burma) and his dedication to integrity in reporting on Southeast Asia.
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China's Expanding Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

News / January 9, 2014
Many believe that successful Chinese internet firms benefit from a lot of eyeballs and traffic, but still lack a substantial monetization model. A panel at the China 2.0 conference held by Stanford Graduate School of Business on October 3, 2013 challenged this preconception and offered insights into the globalization of Chinese internet and digital companies, the development of China’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, and the shift to mobile and its implications.
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Hecker and Perry: Iran's path to nuclear peace

News / January 9, 2014
CISAC and FSI Senior Fellows Siegfried Hecker and Bill Perry argue in this New York Times OpEd Iran should concentrate on building better nuclear power plants.
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Challenge and opportunity for Myanmar as it assumes 2014 ASEAN chair

Commentary / January 8, 2014
Myanmar is chairing ASEAN in 2014, which marks the first time the country has assumed this position since its accession in 1997. The chairship offers a pivotal opportunity for Myanmar to provide leadership and display its recent progress toward liberalization. Southeast Asia Forum Director Don Emmerson considers prospects and challenges for Myanmar as its leads ASEAN.
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