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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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David Straub does not foresee an easy tenure for President Park Geun-hye

News / March 6, 2013
KSP associate director David Straub joined a panel organized by The Korea Society on February 28 to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the new South Korean government of President Park Geun-hye.
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Corn getting thirstier with climate change

News / March 5, 2013
A new study led by FSE associate director David Lobell finds water stress may be the main culprit behind diminishing crop yields at higher temperatures. The paper appeared in the March online edition of Nature Climate Change.
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Stanford conference to explore right to information and technology

News / March 4, 2013
On March 11-12, the Program on Liberation Technology at CDDRL is convening a conference to examine digital tools and their impact on the development of democratic development. Hosted in partnership with U.C. Berkeley’s Data and Democracy Initiative, the two-day conference will bring together academics, practitioners, and policy-makers.
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International banking standards in the US, Japan, and the EU

News / March 4, 2013
Based on research conducted at Stanford, a working paper by Minoru Aosaki explores economic impacts and policy challenges related to Basel III, the new international standard of banking regulation, in the United States, Japan, and the European Union.
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ARD conference takes place in Tunis, March 28-29

News / March 4, 2013
The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy is holding its fourth annual conference in Tunis on March 28-29. This year's conference theme 'Building Bridges: Towards Viable Democracies in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya' examines the cornerstones of democratic transition in those countries. It will address: - Constitution drafting - National dialogues and civil society - Political coalitions and Islamism - Political participation and pluralism - Economic policy - Arab relations with the USA and Europe
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40 Years of promoting the study of China in schools

News / March 4, 2013
Tthe efforts of the Stanford Program on International and Cross Cultural Education (SPICE) to internationalize the K-12 classroom span a broad range of topics - security, the arts, the environment, global health, and international relations. With the dawn of 2013, SPICE looks back to its roots and celebrates 40 years of promoting the study of China.
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Despite significant reform, gaps remain in China's health care system

News / February 28, 2013
Despite significant efforts to reform health care in China, says Karen Eggleston, coverage is "wide but shallow." Eggleston has written about the Chinese government's ambitious reforms.
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SPRIE welcomes new staff member

News / February 27, 2013
The Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPRIE) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business is excited to welcome Rustin Crandall as an Administrative Associate.
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