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"Why the Wind of Freedom Blows"

Commentary / July 9, 2013

The graduating class at Stanford University has selected Larry Diamond as the 2012 Class Day speaker. A four-decade long tradition, the class day lecture is delivered by a well-liked Stanford faculty member who addresses the graduating class together with their friends and family, one last time. The class day lecture will be held on Saturday, June 16.

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Turkey and the Arab Spring: Between Ethics and Self-Interest

Commentary / July 9, 2013

Turkey redefined its geographical security environment over the last decade by deepening its engagement with neighboring regions, especially with the Middle East. The Arab spring, however, challenged not only the authoritarian regimes in the region but also Turkish foreign policy strategy. This strategy was based on cooperation with the existing regimes and did not prioritize the democracy promotion dimension of the issue. The upheavals in the Arab world, therefore, created a dilemma between ethics and self-interest in Turkish foreign policy.

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How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy: Aid Dependence in Cambodia

Commentary / July 9, 2013

The more a country depends on aid, the more distorted are its incentives to manage its own development in sustainably beneficial ways. Cambodia, a post-conflict state that cannot refuse aid, is rife with trial-and-error donor experiments and their unintended results, including bad governance—a major impediment to rational economic growth. Massive intervention by the UN in the early 1990s did help to end the Cambodian civil war and to prepare for more representative rule.

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Maritime Issues in East Asia: Finding Peaceful Solutions

Commentary / July 9, 2013

Discussion of the current issues surrounding the sovereignty of the Diaoyutai Islets and the East China Sea peace initiative of the government of the Republic of China, Taiwan, through which ROC president Ma ying-jeou is calling for dialogue to resolve disputes over the archipelago.

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Economic Reform and Democracy in the MENA Region: A Case study of CIPE's Projects in Egypt and Lebanon

Commentary / July 9, 2013

The roots of the revolts known as the Arab Spring lie in many sources but one of the leading causes was the high rates of unemployment, low skill levels, and the growth of the youth populations. Now Arab governments are faced with the dual challenges of creating new political and economic systems that can meet the needs and demands of the peoples of their countries. This presentation will focus on the role of the private sector and the need to build an entrepreneurial eco-system that can foster rapid economic growth.

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Violent Corruption and Violent Lobbying: Logics of Cartel-State Conflict in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia

Commentary / July 9, 2013

Why have militarized crackdowns on drug cartels had wildly divergent outcomes, sometimes exacerbating cartel-state conflict, as in Mexico and, for decades, in Brazil, but sometimes reducing violence, as with Rio de Janeiro's new 'Pacification' (UPP) strategy?  CDDRL-CISAC Post Doctoral Fellow Benjamin Lessing will distinguish key logics of violence, focusing on violent corruption--cartels' use of coercive force in the negotiation of bribes.

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Building Bridges: Towards Viable Democracies in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya

Commentary / July 9, 2013

The fourth annual conference of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) organized in collaboration with the University of Tunis, El Manar and the Centre d'études maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT), took place in Tunis on March 28 and 29, 2013. The conference theme 'Building Bridges: Towards Viable Democracies in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya' examines the cornerstones of democratic transition in those countries.

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The Violence Trap: A Political-Economic Approach To the Problems of Development

Commentary / July 9, 2013

"The Violence Trap: A Political-Economic Approach to the Problems of Development" examines the problems of development – with a billion people mired in poverty and governments resistant to economic reform – economists and political scientists have proposed a wide range of development or poverty traps:  self-reinforcing mechanisms that prevent developing countries from embarking on the path of steady development. 

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Why did Japan stop growing?

News / July 8, 2013
Professor Takeo Hoshi gives a lecture on Japan's economy at Australian National University Crawford School on March 28, 2013.
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SPRIE hosts Innovation Talent Roundtable

News / July 8, 2013
On June 28, 2013, the Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPRIE) convened a circle of over 50 policymakers, executives and Stanford community members from 12 countries for an interactive roundtable on innovation talent at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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Japan Studies Program at APARC receives grant from Sasakawa Peace Foundation

News / July 8, 2013
Japan Studies Program at Shorenstein APARC has received a grant from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Japan for the New Channels project.
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War film highlights military action of one CISAC fellow

News / July 8, 2013
"The Hornet's Nest," a new documentary about a particularly deadly battle in Afghanistan, gives us a rare look at the front-line work of CISAC military fellow, U.S. Army Col. J.B. Vowell, and the father-and-son team embedded with his battalion.
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SPRIE's Associate Director innovates at 30,000 feet

News / July 3, 2013
Marguerite Gong Hancock, Associate Director of SPRIE at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, recently joined more than 100 industry leaders and innovators on a private British Airways flight from San Francisco to London. This was no ordinary flight, however...
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Cuéllar takes helm of FSI

News / July 1, 2013
Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, a Stanford law professor and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute, starts his new role as director of the institute. He succeeds Gerhard Casper, who led FSI for the past year.
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Austerity programs hurt children, say Stanford scholars

News / July 1, 2013
As governments slash programs for the poor, FSI Senior Fellow Paul Wise says there is an urgent need to discuss the impact of austerity measures on children's health.
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Rod Ewing named Frank Stanton Professor in Nuclear Security

News / June 28, 2013
The mineralogist and materials scientist is an expert on nuclear waste management and policy and is the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. He becomes the inaugural chair established with a $5 million gift from the Stanton Foundation.
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PRC-ROK summit underscores shared interests and common concerns

Commentary / June 26, 2013
Shorenstein APARC experts comment that South Korean President Park Geun-hye's visit to China this week attests to the magnitude and importance of geostrategic changes in Northeast Asia.
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Stanford's Drew Endy honored as White House Champion of Change

News / June 19, 2013
CISAC's Drew Endy has been honored at the White House as a "Champion of Change." The award is given to experts and researchers who promote the use of open scientific data and publications for the benefit of humanity. Endy was recognized for his trailblazing work as an advocate of public domain biotechnology.
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Viewing South Korea's security beyond North Korea

News / June 18, 2013
Beyond North Korea takes a unique, multi-view approach to understanding traditional and non-traditional challenges to South Korea's security, says a review in the latest edition of Pacific Affairs.
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Stanford expert on managing tensions in the South China Sea

News / June 18, 2013
SEAF director Donald K. Emmerson recently joined a panel of experts for a Center for Strategic and International Studies conference on managing tensions in the South China Sea.
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CISAC Honors students: The next generation of global thinkers

News / June 18, 2013

Join the 2013 Honors Program students on graduation day and learn more about the students and where they're headed in this interactive social media story.

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