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Obama awards Sidney Drell National Medal of Science

News / February 1, 2013
President Barack Obama awards CISAC's founding science co-director Sidney Drell the National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed by the government on scientists, inventors and engineers.
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CISAC welcomes microbiologist David Relman as co-director

News / January 30, 2013
David Relman, a Stanford microbiologist and professor of infectious diseases, has taken up the mantle as CISAC co-director alongside Stanford law professor Tino Cuéllar, both of whom intend to broaden the center’s research in biosecurity and the life sciences.
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Symposium on Northeast Asia security, Seoul

News / January 29, 2013
The security of Northeast Asia has important global implications beyond the region. The Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and the Yonhap News Agency co-sponsored a symposium in Seoul on Feb. 5 to address current security issues, looking also within the context of recent leadership changes.
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Carnegie awards CISAC $1 million grant for research and training

News / January 29, 2013
Carnegie Corporation of New York, the foundation that promotes "real and permanent good," has awarded a $1 million grant to CISAC to fund research and training on international peace and security issues.
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Do State-Owned Companies Have Inside Access to the World’s Oil and Gas Resources?

News / January 28, 2013
In a public lecture at the University of Tulsa, PESD associate director Mark Thurber critically considers the idea that national oil companies (NOCs) are elbowing aside private players, both on their home turf and abroad. Live feed at 5 pm PST on January 28, 2013.
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Forming lasting bonds through Corporate Affiliates

News / January 28, 2013
Norihiko Ishiguro, who spoke September 2012 at an alumni reception in Tokyo, shares memories from his experience as a member of one of the earliest groups of Corporate Affiliates Visiting Fellows, and offers wisdom for future fellows.
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Stanford's David Straub on North Korean nuclear program

News / January 25, 2013
The United Nations Security Council recently adopted a resolution in response to North Korea's December 2012 rocket launch. David Straub discusses the North Korean nuclear program, and Pyongyang's rhetoric against South Korea and the United States.
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Japan's monetary policy moving in right direction, but more needed

Commentary / January 23, 2013
Japan's monetary policy is moving in the right direction, said Takeo Hoshi in a recent Nikkei op-ed, but the independence of the central bank should be protected. Moreover, he said, fiscal stimulus could run the risk of a debt crisis, and it will take more than expansionary macroeconomic policy to restore growth.
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Interactive cartoon introduces cybersecurity fellows, their work

News / January 22, 2013
CISAC is expanding its research into cybersecurity and for the first time has three fellows devoted to Internet freedom, privacy and government controls: Jonathan Mayer, Andrew Woods and Tim Junio.
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U.N. leader kicks off Shorenstein APARC thirtieth anniversary

News / January 18, 2013
Despite a troubling tally of crises around the world, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hopeful about the future, and says he gains inspiration from the younger generation. His Jan. 17 talk at Stanford kicked off Shorenstein APARC's thirtieth anniversary activities.
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The American pivot in Southeast Asia

Commentary / January 18, 2013
"As much as China is front and center for the United States and Asia, the American pivot is not all about the dragon. It is also very much about the 10 member states of ASEAN," says Donald K. Emmerson in a recent opinion article.
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Korea's new leadership should promote country abroad

Commentary / January 18, 2013
Korea's new presidential administration should embrace the opportunity to provide more foreign aid, and to raise the profile of Korean technology and culture abroad, said Gi-Wook Shin in a recent Dong-A Ilbo op-ed.
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Failure to protect democracy in Mali opened path for grave atrocities

Commentary / January 16, 2013
As French troops deployed to Mali this week to push back Islamist rebels, CDDRL Post-Doctoral Fellow Landry Signé writes in the New York Times that the failure to restore democracy sooner has descended the country into a devilish civil war with grave humanitarian consequences. Signé argues that Mali's West African neighbors and the international community should have acted earlier to restore peace and security to a country long recognized for its democratic stability.
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Corporate Affiliates Visiting Fellows reflect on first quarter at Stanford

News / January 15, 2013
From the moment Corporate Affiliates Program Visiting Fellows step onto the Stanford campus, they enter a different world. Many consider it to be the experience of a lifetime. Shorenstein APARC recently caught up with three 2012-13 Visiting Fellows to talk about their first quarter at Stanford.
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Benin solar market garden project one of five most hopeful energy projects of 2012

News / January 15, 2013
FSE's Benin solar market garden project was picked as one of the most five hopeful energy stories of 2012 by National Geographic. Jennifer Burney, FSE fellow and lead on the Benin project, is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. FSE began its partnership with the Solar Electric Light Fund in 2007 and continues to work together to spread the technology into new villages in West Africa.
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Stanford welcomes new Japan Studies director, program poised for growth

News / January 14, 2013
Stanford, with strong expertise in Japan's economics and politics, is poised to become a U.S. leader in Japan Studies. Takeo Hoshi, the Henri H. and Tomoye Takahashi Senior Fellow in Japanese Studies, has joined the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center as the director of its Japan Studies Program.
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Obama and the betrayal of democracy in Bahrain

Commentary / January 9, 2013
In a piece for The Atlantic, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond shines light on the Obama administration's betrayal of democracy in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain. As security interests outweigh moral principles, Diamond details how the U.S. has turned its back on human rights activists and their popular aspirations for democracy. One such activist is Abduljalil al-Singance, a 2007 Draper Hills Summer Fellow, who was tortured at the hands of the Bahraini regime and recently sentenced to life imprisonment.
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Google CEO visits North Korea

News / January 8, 2013
As North Korea observers puzzled over Google CEO Eric Schmidt's plan to visit the country, Daniel Sneider commented on the possible reasons and implications for the trip.
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Qatar's involvement in Libya

Commentary / January 7, 2013
Lina Khatib comments on Qatari foreign policy with special reference to Libya in a piece published by the World Peace Foundation on the WPF Blog.
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Crowdsourcing for Democracy: New Era in Policy-Making

News / January 1, 2013
Our visiting scholar, Tanja Aitamurto, has published a book 'Crowd sourcing for democracy'. The book looks at the role of crowdsourcing in policy-making and deals with the evolution of crowdsourcing in its multitude of forms from innovation challenges to crowd funding. It also serves as a handbook with practical advice for successful crowdsourcing in a variety of public domains.
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Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy

News / January 1, 2013
Liberation Technology brings together cutting-edge scholarship from scholars and practitioners at the forefront of this burgeoning field of study. An introductory section defines the debate with a foundational piece on liberation technology and is then followed by essays discussing the popular dichotomy of "liberation" versus "control" with regard to the Internet and the sociopolitical dimensions of such controls. Additional chapters delve into the cases of individual countries: China, Egypt, Iran, and Tunisia.
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Digital campaign strategists of Obama & Romney to engage in an exciting discussion

News / January 1, 2013
Architects of the digital campaign of Obama and Romney will join the author of "The victory lab" to discuss the role of technology in US Presidential election 2012 on Feb 13, 2013.
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