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FSI Director Michael McFaul introduces President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at a live video address on May 27, 2022.

FSI Director Michael McFaul Honored by the Government of Ukraine with State Award

In a show of appreciation for his support of Ukraine, Michael McFaul was awarded an Order of Merit by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
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Reflections on Mikhail Gorbachev's Life from FSI Scholars

Rose Gottemoeller, Steven Pifer, Francis Fukuyama, and Michael McFaul discuss the complex life and legacy of the last leader of the Soviet Union.
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Assessing China’s Conventional and Unconventional Challenges to U.S. National Security

Oriana Skylar Mastro offers guidance on how to identify and understand the various strategic threats presented by the still-rising superpower.

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China Hasn’t Reached the Peak of Its Power

Commentary / August 22, 2022
Why Beijing can afford to bide Its time
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SPICE Recognizes Top Students in Stanford e-Japan and the Reischauer Scholars Program

News / August 19, 2022
The Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), with generous support from the Freeman Foundation, is proud to announce the launch of a new teacher professional development opportunity for secondary school teachers in Hawaii.
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How Unmoderated Platforms Became the Frontline for Russian Propaganda

News / August 17, 2022
In an essay for Lawfare Blog, Samantha Bradshaw, Renee DiResta and Christopher Giles look at how state war propaganda in Russia is increasingly prevalent on platforms that offer minimal-moderation virality as their value proposition.
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Scott Rozelle interacts with children in a classroom in Ningxia, China.

Why "Big Data China" Is Needed Now More Than Ever: A Conversation

News / August 17, 2022
In this video short, Scott Rozelle, SCCEI Co-Director sits down with Scott Kennedy, CSIS Trustee Chair in Chinese Business, to discuss Big Data China, a new project aimed at bridging the gap between cutting-edge academic research on China and the Washington policy community.
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Meta Just Happens to Expand Messenger’s End-to-End Encryption

News / August 11, 2022
Riana Pfefferkorn of SIO spoke with Wired on Meta's expansion of end-to-end encryption in Messenger.
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History of Japanese War Brides

News / August 11, 2022
SPICE has developed free lesson plans on an important chapter of U.S. immigration history that is largely unknown.
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A Taiwanese F-5 fighter jet is seen after taking off from Chihhang Air Base on August 06, 2022 in Taitung, Taiwan.

China’s Huge Exercises Around Taiwan Were a Rehearsal, Not a Signal, Says Oriana Skylar Mastro

Commentary / August 10, 2022
Nancy Pelosi’s visit was more pretext than provocation.
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3 ways the Taiwan-China standoff could impact world markets

Commentary / August 10, 2022
The standoff between China and Taiwan (and the U.S.) has heightened tensions to their highest level in decades but — so far at least — economic observers haven’t seen a worst-case scenario.
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Banning Content Platforms is Not a Solution to Hate Speech on the Internet, Even When the Platform is Meta

News / August 9, 2022
Julie Owono, Executive Director of the Content Policy & Society Lab (CPSL) and a fellow of the Program on Democracy and the Internet (PDI) at Stanford University, on the issue of banning platforms. Authored for Just Security.
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Announcing the Honorees of the 2022 Stanford e-Fukuoka Program

News / August 9, 2022
Congratulations to student honorees Kasane Horiuchi and Mihiro Tomomatsu.
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ARD Releases July 2022 Issue of Mofeed Digest

News / August 9, 2022
The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL is pleased to announce the release of the July 2022 issue of Mofeed Digest, a periodic recap of the most important scholarly and policy publications, reports, and articles investigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the politics, economies, and societies of the Arab world.
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Were Facebook and Twitter Consistent in Labeling Misleading Posts During the 2020 Election?

News / August 7, 2022
In an essay for Lawfare Blog, Samantha Bradshaw of American University and Shelby Grossman of the Stanford Internet Observatory explore whether two key platforms, Facebook and Twitter, were internally consistent in how they applied their labels during the 2020 presidential election.
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Military Capabilities, Not Commitment, at Stake in Taiwan: Oriana Skylar Mastro Examines Fallout From Pelosi's Visit

News / August 4, 2022
Political maneuvers like Speaker Pelosi's visit to Taiwan only anger Beijing but ultimately do not address the key issue of whether the United States has the military capabilities needed to protect Taiwan, argues Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro.
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What China Wants Podcast Featuring Scott Rozelle

News / August 4, 2022
Scott Rozelle is interviewed for the "What China Wants by Sam Olson" podcast, where he discusses "The Dangers from Invisible Chine," how the massive rural population threatens the country's future.
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Anti-coup protesters sit behind makeshift shields featuring an image of military junta leader Min Aung Hliang on March 02, 2021 in Yangon, Myanmar.

Scot Marciel Testifies Before the International Parliamentary Inquiry into the Global Response to the Crisis in Myanmar

News / August 4, 2022
Even those countries and international organizations that have not supported the military junta in Myanmar have relied on flawed analysis and conventional diplomatic tools and approaches that do not fit the reality of the crisis in the country, argues Marciel, the Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow at APARC.
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Mind Farce

Blogs / August 4, 2022
An Investigation into an Inauthentic Facebook and Instagram Network Linked to an Israeli Public Relations Firm
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Scot Marciel Appointed Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

News / August 2, 2022
Marciel, a former senior U.S. diplomat, brings extensive experience in public policy focused on Southeast Asia. His appointment is based at FSI’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.
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My Experience as a Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Messenger

Blogs / August 2, 2022
Stanford e-Hiroshima alumna Rio Sasaki shares her thoughts on being part of the last generation to hear the voices of atomic bomb survivors.
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Three Stanford faculty members elected to the British Academy

News / August 2, 2022
Three Stanford scholars have been elected to the British Academy, in recognition of their achievements in the humanities and social sciences.
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Can the NPT fulfill its promise to eliminate nuclear weapons?

Commentary / August 1, 2022
Latin American countries will push again for nuclear disarmament at this month’s review conference
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Will Hallyu Swell to a Tidal Wave? Korea's Future as a Cultural Superpower

Commentary / August 1, 2022
The Korean Wave, which has unique characteristics and continues to evolve in intriguing directions, could become a first mover on the global cultural scene.
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Russia, Ukraine, and the decision to negotiate

Commentary / August 1, 2022
Ending the fighting may well require talks, but the decision to negotiate should lie with Kyiv.
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Renée DiResta of SIO testifies before the Committee on House Administration Subcommittee on Elections

News / July 28, 2022
During a hearing titled “A Growing Threat: Foreign And Domestic Sources Of Disinformation," DiResta offered expert testimony on influence operations and the spread of narratives across social and media networks.
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DHS plans to overhaul disinformation efforts to 'increase trust with the public'

Commentary / July 27, 2022
Herb Lin, a disinformation scholar at Stanford, said DHS will need to tread carefully moving forward. He worries “about any government involvement in this business” and whether “any mechanism that you set up can be made tamper proof.”
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