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The Future of Global Nuclear Power Through the Eyes of Young Russian and American Professionals

News / June 24, 2019

As we witness the increasingly detrimental effects of global climate change, the role that nuclear power could play globally to mitigate its effects continues to be debated. The series of articles featured in the Bulletin in December 2016 aired a broad spectrum of opinions, ranging in assessment of the role of nuclear power from insignificant to mandatory.

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Challenges to parties in the United States and beyond

Commentary / June 24, 2019

"Does democracy require parties, and if so, what are the consequences of weaker parties on democratic governance?" - writes Didi Kuo. Read here.

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Dr. George Rosenkranz Prize winners honor his legacy

News / June 24, 2019

Dr. George Rosenkranz —a world-renowned scientist who devoted his life to improving global health and established a prize to foster innovative research among emerging Stanford scholars — leaves behind an extraordinary legacy of science and humanitarianism.

Rosenkranz was 102 when he died Sunday after a prolific scientific career, one that would forever change the course of women’s reproductive lives.

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The Global Crisis of Liberal Democracy with Larry Diamond

Commentary / June 20, 2019

Larry Diamond looks at the global and domestic threats to the principles of liberal democracy for The Brian Lehrer Show. Listen here.

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Cina and the Global Challenge to Democracy

Commentary / June 20, 2019

 Larry Diamond discusses the Chinese Communist Party’s range of influence and interference activities that target the public, civic, and social institutions of democracies, including subnational governments, universities, think tanks, media, corporations, and ethnic Chinese communities.

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At Stanford, US and Russian Young Professionals Meet on Nuclear Topics in 5th Meeting

News / June 20, 2019

In early May, CISAC convened the fifth Young Professional Nuclear Forum (YPNF), a program sponsored by the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and the Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute (MEPhI). The program brought together a lively group of young Russians and Americans working on nuclear issues over three days.

Since 2016, the forum has alternated between Moscow and Stanford.  

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Thurber featured on CSIS podcast

News / June 18, 2019

 

On June 17, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) Associate Director Mark Thurber talked with Nikos Tsafos from CSIS (Center for Strategic & International Studies) on the CSIS Energy 360° podcast.  During the podcast, Thurber discussed his new book, Coal, and the geopolitics and economics of continued coal use in energy versus the needs and concerns at the local, national, and global levels.

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How to Win the Technology Race with China

News / June 18, 2019

The following is a summary of Anja Manuel’s TEDx Palo Alto Talk on May 24, 2019

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Faculty Summer Reading Recommendations 2019

News / June 17, 2019

From political power in Britain, China, and New York City to robots and morality, APARC faculty draw inspiration for their work from a wide range of sources. Several of them share here what’s on their nightstand or e-book device this summer.

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Meet the Inaugural Class of Stanford Health Policy Undergraduate Research Fellows

News / June 14, 2019

Meet the six Stanford undergraduates chosen for the inaugural class of Stanford Health Policy Undergraduate Research Fellows. From a variety of disciplines, they will spend this summer partnered with SHP faculty to work on research projects. 

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The 2020 Election is a Big Test for Democracies Worldwide

News / June 12, 2019

Did the Russian-affiliated groups that interfered with the 2016 U.S. presidential election want to be caught?

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U.S.-China Relations Fractious, Not Fragile, Says APARC Fellow

News / June 12, 2019

Forty years after the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and China, the two superpowers are competing and contesting every arena, from trade to AI research and from space exploration to maritime rights. Instead of what Americans referred to as engagement and Chinese called reform and opening, many experts and analysts now characterize the relations between the two countries as dangerously brittle. Some see a new kind of Cold War in the making.

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USPSTF: Americans 15-65 should be screened for HIV; those at risk offered prevention drug

News / June 11, 2019

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issues two final recommendations: All Americans 15 to 65 should be screened for HIV and those at high risk offered prevention drug. 

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Stop the Low-Yield Trident Nuclear Warhead

Commentary / June 11, 2019

On Tuesday [June 4], the House Subcommittee on Strategic Forces debated the draft Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

It voted out, on party lines, language that prohibits deployment of a low-yield warhead on the Trident D5 submarine-launched ballistic missile.  That makes sense:  The rationale for the warhead is dubious, and the weapon likely would never be selected for use.

Read the rest at The Hill

 

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'Securing American Elections' Report Offers a Policy Road Map

News / June 11, 2019

Despite the severity of the attack on the 2016 U.S. presidential election, there has been no bipartisan, independent commission to investigate what can be done to prevent election interference in the future — until now.

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Thurber speaks in DC on coal-gas competition

News / June 11, 2019
Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) Associate Director Mark Thurber was a panelist at the 2019 Energy Security Workshop in Washington, D.C., where he spoke about why LNG (liquefied natural gas) struggles to compete with coal.
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Seasons Of The RSP: An Online Teacher's Reflection on Teaching About Japan

Blog / June 10, 2019

Since joining SPICE in 2005, my annual calendar has revolved around not spring flowers, caterpillars dangling from trees, and falling leaves around the beautiful Stanford campus, but the schedule of the Reischauer Scholars Program (RSP), Stanford’s online course on Japan and U.S.–Japan relations for U.S. high school students. As the manager and instructor of the RSP, I have had the pleasure (and truly, the honor) of teaching this online course for 14 years.

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Decades of Being Wrong About China Should Teach Us Something

Commentary / June 8, 2019

Thirty years ago this week, I watched the news from Beijing and started shredding my bedding. It was the night before my college graduation, I had been studying Chinese politics, and news had broken that college students just like us had been gunned down in Tiananmen Square after weeks of peaceful and exhilarating democracy protests—carried on international TV. In the iconic square where Mao Zedong had proclaimed the People’s Republic decades before, bespectacled students from China’s best universities had camped out, putting up posters with slogans of freedom in Chinese and English.

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MIP Feature Friday: Kate Gasparro

Blog / June 7, 2019

How does a Ph.D. student in Stanford’s Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) program decide to also complete an international policy degree? Read our FSI blog to learn more about our alumna, Kate Gasparro, who did just that! #MIPFeatureFriday

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NATO’s Ukraine Challenge

Commentary / June 6, 2019

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visited Brussels on June 4 and 5, where he met with the leadership of the European Union and NATO. He reaffirmed Kyiv’s goal of integrating into both institutions—goals enshrined earlier this year as strategic objectives in Ukraine’s constitution.

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Opposition Party Building and Electoral Competition in Authoritarian Regimes: The Case of Malaysia

Blog / May 31, 2019
As a 2018-19 Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, I have been working on my book manuscript Pathways to Power: Opposition Party and Coalition Building in Multiethnic Malaysia. The book examines the dilemmas faced by opposition parties in authoritarian regimes as they try to build electoral and political power.
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