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Abenomics, Seven Years In: Has It Succeeded?

News / March 13, 2019

In September 2018, Shinzo Abe won a party election, thereby securing his third consecutive term as president of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party and getting closer to becoming the longest-serving prime minister in the country’s postwar history. With his current administration now in its seventh year, Abe looks likely to continue implementing the economic policies he started in 2012, dubbed "Abenomics” and based upon “three arrows” of bold monetary policy, flexible fiscal policy, and structural reform to promote private investment.

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Shorenstein APARC Introduces New Journalism Award Selection Committee, Seeks 2019 Award Nominations

News / March 11, 2019
STANFORD, CA, March 11, 2019 — The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC), Stanford University’s hub for interdisciplinary research, education, and engagement on contemporary Asia and the sponsor of the Shorenstein Journalism Award for excellence in coverage of the Asia-Pacific, is pleased to introduce an all-new selection committee for the award, comprising diverse journalistic and Asia expertise.
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MIP Feature Friday: Isabelle Foster

Q&A / March 8, 2019

Curious as to what our current students have to say about the MIP program? Check out the first #MIPFeatureFriday featuring our graduate student, Isabelle Foster! Stay tuned every Friday for features on our MIP students and alumni. Read more about Isabelle's time with the MIP program

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Tokyo Dialogue Expands Work on Security in the Indo-Pacific Region

News / March 6, 2019

An air of uncertainty remains prevalent in the Indo-Pacific region. The South China Sea continues to be in contention, with six governments exerting claims on overlapping areas. The threat of a full-blown trade war between China and the United States puts the stability of the regional (and global) economy in question. Meanwhile, the Korean peninsula appears to swing between the brink of conflict to the possibility of dramatic diplomatic breakthroughs.

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Cyber Initiative grantees in the News, February 2019

News / March 6, 2019

Here is a selection of Cyber Initiative grantee and researcher publications and citations for February 2019:

1-30-2019:  Larry Diamond “Chinese Influence, American Interests” in The Diplomat. 

1-30-19:  Michelle Mello “Stanford’s Michelle Mello on Latest Measles Outbreak” in SLS Blogs.  

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The battle for American minds

Commentary / March 6, 2019

Congress’s annual worldwide-threat hearings are usually scary affairs, during which intelligence-agency leaders run down all the dangers confronting the United States. This year’s January assessment was especially worrisome, because the minds of American citizens were listed as key battlegrounds for geopolitical conflict for the first time.

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Financial Inclusion and Credit in Vietnam

Blog / March 5, 2019

How does the financial credit data in Vietnam work? Read about our graduate student's brief exploration into the Vietnamese credit agencies on our FSI Blog.

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The Emerging Leaders Program and SPICE: Empowering youth from Yokohama

News / March 5, 2019

Why does cellist Yo-Yo Ma refer to the Silk Road as the ‘Internet of antiquity’? What is globalization? What is economic interdependence? What are diversity and inclusion? These are some of the questions that high school students from Yokohama Science Frontier High School (YSFH) considered during a visit to the San Francisco Bay Area in January 2019.

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U.S. INCOPACOM hosts Stanford FSI faculty and fellows visit

Commentary / March 5, 2019

20 Stanford faculty and fellows from the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center recently visited INDOPACOM, providing rare opportunity for participants to talk directly with senior U.S. military leaders in the region.

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Stanford scholars examine the advantages of informal health expertise

News / March 5, 2019

 

A helpful reminder — something as simple as "Are you taking your medications?" — could conceivably prolong a life.

And now, a Stanford study provides novel, concrete evidence on the power of exposure to health-related expertise – not only in improving mortality rates and lifelong health outcomes, but also in narrowing the vexing health gap between the rich and poor.

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Machine-learning expert recommendations can influence Medicare Part D choice

News / March 4, 2019

Stanford Health Policy’s M. Kate Bundorf and Maria Polyakova developed an online decision-support tool to test whether machine-based expert recommendations would influence choice among Medicare Part D enrollees — and make it easier.

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After Hanoi: APARC and CISAC Experts Discuss the Outcome of the Trump-Kim Summit and the Future of U.S.-DPRK Diplomacy

Q&A / March 4, 2019

Following the abrupt ending of the highly anticipated second bilateral summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, APARC and CISAC scholars evaluate the result of the summit, its implications for regional relations in Northeast Asia, and the opportunities moving forward towards the goal of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

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Pakistani, Indian leaders ‘have different incentives' - Asfandyar Mir

Q&A / March 4, 2019

Political scientist Asfandyar Mir has studied security affairs in South Asia for years. Now a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, Mir explains the latest developments, old conflicts, and potential conflagrations in the ongoing crisis between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan.

RFE/RL: Where do you see the military situation moving after India and Pakistan engaged in what appears to be retaliatory air strikes and cross-border shelling?

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There’s a Silver Lining in the Clouds Over the North Korea Negotiations

Commentary / March 1, 2019
HANOI—On Thursday afternoon, as it became clear that lunch between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump was off and that there would be no signing of an agreement between their two countries, storm clouds briefly gathered over Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi.
 
In the nearby Metropole hotel, the mood had darkened as well.
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Video: KQED Newsroom Talks to Yong Suk Lee about the Trump-Kim Hanoi Summit

Commentary / March 1, 2019
Following the anticlimactic conclusion of the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, KQED Newsroom spoke with our Korea Program Deputy Director Yong Suk Lee about the surprising outcome of the summit and what's next for U.S.-DPRK diplomacy. Watch: 
 
 

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Helsinki in December? Discovering Finland’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Blog / March 1, 2019

Fog. Music. And... Saunas? Learn more about our student's adventure in Helsinki by reading the full article on Medium

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Overcoming Polarizing and Authoritarian Politics: Q&A with Murat Somer

Q&A / March 1, 2019

Michael McFaul: You recently co-edited two special journal volumes on polarization, democracy, and democratic erosion in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and in The American Behavioral Scientist. What is political polarization and what are the causes of it?

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Why Walking Away from Kim's Deal May Have Been the Right Move

Commentary / February 28, 2019

President Trump caught the world by surprise once again yesterday with a decision not to sign a deal with his North Korean counterpart, Chairman Kim Jong-un, in Hanoi, Vietnam. While walking away is a common tactic in working-level negotiation, what happened in Hanoi was a rare case and the least expected outcome.

Read the full article on Axios.

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