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Shaping a new vision for the Middle East, 37 youth to convene at Stanford summit

News / April 8, 2013
On April 13-17, the American and Middle East Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS) will convene its second annual conference bringing together 37 young people from the Middle East and the U.S. who are pioneering initiatives for social transformation.
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How real is the possibility of a North Korea conflict?

News / April 4, 2013
Tension between Pyongyang and allies the United States and South Korea has mounted in recent weeks since North Korea's February nuclear test. Shorenstein APARC experts weigh in on the possibility of conflict.
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New William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies honors a lifetime of work

News / April 3, 2013
In an homage to William J. Perry's lifetime commitment to national security, the National Defense University has renamed one of its major research centers the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, which will be known as the Perry Center.
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Students get dose of reality at refugee camps in Ethiopia

News / April 1, 2013
Stanford students working on a CISAC-UNHCR collaboration discover their classroom work for a project to improve conditions at refugee camps takes on new meaning as they meet the first refugees in the camps along Ethiopia's western border with Sudan.
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SORT vs. New START: Why the Administration is Leery of a Treaty

Commentary / April 1, 2013
Continuing his previous blog discussion on nuclear arms control efforts ("Presidents, Nuclear Reductions and the Senate", March 14, 2013) , Steven Pifer, director of the Brookings Institute Arms Control Initiative, points out that past experience with Republican senate partisanship makes alternatives to treaties the way to go for President Obama.
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Presidents, Nuclear Reductions and the Senate

Commentary / April 1, 2013
Steven Pifer, director of the Brookings Arms Control Initiative, points out that nuclear reduction efforts have not always been accomplished through treaties requiring 2/3 majority in the Senate.
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《华尔街日报》显著刊登REAP就中美两国学生创业意愿进行的调查

News / April 1, 2013
我们在中美顶级大学里对超过800位工程专业的学生进行了调查,他们都梦想开始创业,但只有3%的中国学生说他们会真的投身其中。原因何在?我们的研究表明:无论在融资渠道、创业辅导还是其他创新资源方面,他们都感觉存在着巨大的缺口。
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U.S. shale gas prompts PRB coal producers to look to Asia

Q&A / March 27, 2013
In advance of the 2013 Pacific Energy Summit, which took place April 2-4 in Vancouver, Canada, PESD Associate Director Mark Thurber spoke with the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) about how the U.S. shale gas revolution has pushed coal producers in the U.S. Powder River Basin to look to Asia for a more robust market.
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David Lobell talks about heat and hunger at ASU

News / March 26, 2013
FSE associate director David Lobell delivers a lecture on "Heat and Hunger" as part of Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability's sustainability series. He discusses crop adaptation to climate change and what we understand, particularly as it relates to food security.
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REAP's survey of would-be innovators in China and the US highlighted in the Wall Street Journal

News / March 26, 2013
We surveyed 800+ engineering students at top universities in China and the US and while they all dreamed of starting their own firm, only 3% of Chinese students said they would actually take the plunge. Why? Our study points to a wide gap in perceptions on the availability of financing, mentorship and other innovation resources.
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Satellite data play critical role in understanding yield gaps

News / March 21, 2013
According to a new study by FSE's David Lobell, satellite data can play a critical role in understanding yield gaps and meeting future crop demand. Satellite data can help overcome spatial and temporal scaling issues that challenge simulation and experiment based analyses of yield gaps, and are more available and affordable than ever.
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Stanford economist foresees challenges for Japan's economy

News / March 20, 2013
Japan's new prime minister has an ambitious plan for the country's economy. Stanford economist Takeo Hoshi foresees possible challenges in the coming years.
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Connecting with students to explore contemporary Southeast Asia

News / March 20, 2013
On March 9, Donald Emmerson joined a gathering of Stanford University students for an exploration of contemporary Southeast Asia, and its place in the world. Emmerson presented the event’s closing address.
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The troubling history of Sino-Japanese tension

News / March 20, 2013
In a new article, Daniel C. Sneider explores the troubling history of China-Japan tension. He concludes that the two countries have every reason to pull back from the brink of conflict—and most importantly, the United States serves a crucial role.
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U.S. and Asia experts seek solutions to economic aspects of aging in China and India

Q&A / March 20, 2013
How China and India resolve the challenge of supporting their elderly while maintaining economic advancement despite shrinking working-age cohorts will strongly shape their future and may provide valuable lessons. Karen Eggleton describes key issues in each country, and research finding presented during a recent Stanford-Harvard policy dialogue.
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Stanford students visit refugee camps in Ethiopia on design project

News / March 15, 2013
Four Stanford students traveled to Ethiopia, making their way to remote refugee camps along the Sudanese border to research ways in which technology and design innovation can improve conditions for refugees and their surrounding communities. The trip evolved out of a UN-CISAC project and Stanford Law School class, "Rethinking Refugee Communities."
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SPRIE co-hosts "Conscious Capitalism & Social Innovation" salon

News / March 14, 2013
More than 55 members of the Stanford community attended a "Conscious Capitalism & Social Innovation" salon on March 11 co-hosted by the Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPRIE) and the Center for Social Innovation.
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Development and health economist to join as postdoctoral fellow

News / March 14, 2013
This autumn, AHPP will welcome development and health economist Margaret Triyana as the 2013-14 Asia Health Policy Postdoctoral Fellow. Triyana will focus on analyzing the effects of rural-urban migration on children's health outcomes in China and Indonesia
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CDDRL director Larry Diamond expands democratic teachings beyond the Stanford classroom

News / March 13, 2013
In April, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond will be teaching a free 10 –week online course on comparative democratic development. The course will provide a broad and introductory survey of the political, social, cultural, economic, institutional, and international factors that foster or obstruct the development and consolidation of democracy.
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Tackling development challenges in Africa, three social entrepreneurs join Stanford community

News / March 12, 2013
In April, three social entrepreneurs working to advance social, economic, and political change in Africa will spend the spring quarter in residency at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.
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UN Security Council resolution on North Korea was a necessary but not sufficient condition

Q&A / March 8, 2013
In an interview with the South Korean daily newspaper Segye Times on March 7, David Straub said that the United Nations Security Council resolution on North Korea passed earlier in the day was a necessary but not sufficient condition to respond to North Korea's latest provocations. He urged alertness to possible conventional North Korean attacks on South Korea and said that the Obama administration would support efforts by the new South Korean government of President Park Geun-hye to engage North Korea diplomatically.
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Spring 2013 Course: IR 142 Challenging the Status Quo

News / March 7, 2013
The course is offered during the spring 2013 quarter featuring three social entrepreneurs working to advance political, economic, and social change in Africa.
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SPRIE hosts panel for Stanford Entrepreneurship Week: "How to NOT Kill Your Company"

News / March 7, 2013
Over one hundred Stanford students and alumni benefited from the collective knowledge shared by five of Silicon Valley's successful and sought after venture capitalists, advisors, and mentors at "How to NOT Kill Your Company: An Entrepreneur's Toolkit," a Stanford Entrepreneurship Week event on February 28th.
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