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Former Asia health fellow details new approach to understanding obesity in Cambodia

News / February 21, 2014
Siyan Yi, a former fellow in the Asia Health Policy Program, co-publishes research that puts forth a new way of understanding an individual's elevated risk toward non-communicable diseases in Cambodia.
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Syncretism: The Politics of Economic Restructuring and System Reform in Japan

News / February 21, 2014
A new book from the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, coedited by Kenji E. Kushida, Kay Shimizu, and Jean C. Oi is now available.
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Stanford launches university-wide Global Development and Poverty Research Initiative

News / February 20, 2014
The initiative recognizes that the complex challenges faced by the poor in developing economies are multifaceted and require the engagement of experts from a variety of academic disciplines. The grant program is being administered by FSI and the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies.
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Carnegie's Carothers speaks on aid and politics

News / February 18, 2014
In a recent talk at CDDRL, Thomas Carothers, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment, speaks on his new book and the challenges that development aid efforts face in an increasingly political international environment.
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Pascal Lamy discusses global economic growth and the future of global governance

News / February 16, 2014
Pascal Lamy, the former Director-General of the World Trade Organization, visited Stanford University as a special guest of the The Europe Center and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies on Monday Feb. 10th.
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Unleashing MOOC Data May Spur New Waves of Education Breakthroughs

News / February 14, 2014
As the debate over the role and future of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) gathers steam, Andrew Ng, associate professor of computer science at Stanford University and cofounder of Coursera, shared his views on how MOOCs can optimize and personalize education experiences at a seminar co-hosted by the Stanford Chinese Faculty and Family Club and the China 2.0 initiative at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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Hecker receives AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy

News / February 14, 2014
CISAC Senior Fellow Siegfried Hecker is awarded AAAS's annual Science Diplomacy Award for his "lifetime commitment to using the tools of science to address the challenges of nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear terrorism and his dedication to build bridges through science."
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Korea needs a government policy to attract global talent

Commentary / February 13, 2014
"The INSEAD's Global Talent Competitiveness Index ranked Korea 66th in the degree of openness to minorities and immigrants. Korea needs a government policy to attract high-quality human capital," says Gi-Wook Shin.
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Apple and REAP Partner to Protect Student Workers in China

News / February 13, 2014
Rural Education Action Program (REAP) at Stanford University has launched a project with Apple to assess the quality of vocational schools--the main source of student workers in China. "Making our findings widely available will not only help Apple to selectively partner with good schools, but also allow hiring managers across the industry to protect and educate workers," says REAP co-director Scott Rozelle.
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Philippines military recognizes Felter for counterterrorism work

News / February 11, 2014
CISAC's Joe Felter is awarded a badge of honor by the Philippines Army in recognition of his support in forming the country’s first counterterrorism unit. The Light Reaction Battalion has been battling terrorists and rebels in the Southeast Asian nation for a decade.
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Scholars highlight Sino-Japanese security dynamics, defense infrastructure

News / February 11, 2014
The East China Sea has developed into an area of tension, driven by the larger strategic rivalry between China and Japan. Andrew Erickson and Richard Bush explored these dynamics through recent lectures that are part of two seminar series at Shorenstein APARC this quarter.
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A nuclear energy program that benefits the Iranian people

News / February 11, 2014
Siegfried Hecker and Abbas Milani argue that only a truly peaceful nuclear energy program can bring Iran the prosperity and innovation it deserves. The new Iranian leadership might be listening – their journal article was translated into Farsi and republished on an official government website, perhaps a sign of an open debate on the issue.
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Eikenberry: Are China and Japan heading toward conflict?

News / February 10, 2014
China’s declaration of the ADIZ and territorial disputes in the coastal seas of East Asia have led to growing tensions. Karl Eikenberry recently joined an expert panel at the Council on Foreign Relations to consider the regional dynamics, their impact on U.S. interests, and recommendations for preventing a crisis and how to react if prevention measures are unsuccessful.
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Activist speaks on prospect of revolution in Cambodia

News / February 7, 2014
At a CDDRL event on February 3, human rights activist Virak Ou, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, discussed the recent protests in Cambodia, addressing the potential conditions for revolution.
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FSI increases support for policy-oriented research

News / February 6, 2014
A new lab will support projects that focus on international policy problems, contribute to a deeper understanding of the policy implementation process and deepen student learning about those issues.
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McFaul returns to Stanford

News / February 5, 2014
When Michael McFaul steps down from his post as Washington’s ambassador to Moscow later this month, he will return to Stanford where he is a senior fellow at FSI and a former director of the institute’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Announcing his decision this week to leave Russia following the Winter Olympics, McFaul wrote on his blog that "it is time to come home."
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Opportunities for field research in rural Mexico, Guatemala

News / February 4, 2014
The internships give students the chance to work closely with FSI senior fellows focusing on health, development and governance.
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Final Kyoto-Trans Asian Dialogue examines Asia’s digital media revolution

News / February 4, 2014

The fifth and final Stanford Kyoto Trans-Asian Dialogue report considers opportunities and challenges posed by digital media across Asia and the United States including its potential as a catalyst for political, cultural, and economic change.

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Evolution of democracy in South Korea, Taiwan

News / January 30, 2014
In a new book, Gi-Wook Shin and Larry Diamond analyze the challenges and opportunities confronting the maturing democracies in South Korea and Taiwan. Much depends on the political leadership in those two countries rising above narrow interests to craft thoughtful and realistic public policies.
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FSI scholars examine evolution of democracy in South Korea, Taiwan

News / January 30, 2014
In a new book, FSI's Gi-Wook Shin and Larry Diamond analyze the challenges and opportunities confronting the maturing democracies in South Korea and Taiwan. Much depends on the political leadership in those two countries rising above narrow interests to craft thoughtful and realistic public policies.
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Vinton Cerf at Stanford talk: Cybersecurity is shared responsibility

News / January 27, 2014
Vinton G. Cerf, one of the founding architects of the Internet and vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google, delivered CISAC's annual Drell Lecture. Watch his lecture here and follow some of the comments on social media about his talk on cybsercurity.
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