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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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Cautious optimism over return of Japan's conservative party

News / February 27, 2013
Amidst optimism about the return to power of Japan's conservative Liberal Democratic Party, there is also cause for caution, says Daniel Sneider.
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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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Agricultural climate adaptation can mitigate too

News / February 26, 2013
Adapting to climate change or mitigating climate change – which would you choose to invest your cash in? A new study shows that when it comes to agriculture, adaptation measures can also generate significant mitigation effects, making them a highly worthwhile investment.
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Funding research in the world's poorest places

News / February 25, 2013
FSI's Global Underdevelopment Action Fund fuels interdisciplinary work across Stanford and helps put researchers in the field where they're trying to solve some of the world's toughest problems.
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Stanford scientists help shed light on key component of China's pollution problem

News / February 25, 2013
A new study co-authored by FSE affiliated faculty Peter Vitousek reveals, among other findings, that amounts of nitrogen deposited on land and water in China by way of rain, dust and other carriers increased by 60 percent annually from the 1980s to the 2000s, with profound consequences for the country’s people and ecosystems.
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The historical roots of ethnic conflict in India

News / February 21, 2013
Stopping ethnic violence in India begins with understanding the history behind it, says Ajay Verghese, a current Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow. His research explores the roots of conflict in two demographically similar regions of Rajasthan.
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New Stanford project on entrepreneurship after the Arab Spring

News / February 20, 2013
CDDRL's Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University is pleased to announce the launch of a new research project on entrepreneurship after the Arab Spring. The project, led by Dr. Amr Adly who has just joined ARD from Egypt, focuses on addressing ways to overcome the barriers facing entrepreneurs in Egypt and Tunisia.
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A Soon-To-Be Global Nuclear Leader? The European Union in Global Nuclear Politics

Commentary / February 19, 2013
Since its inception, the European Union has come under criticism that it has consistently shied away from taking full-fledged global political and security responsibilities despite its role as an economic powerhouse on the world stage. Francesca Giovannini, TEC and CISAC Post-Doctoral Fellow, discusses how this is now changing, with the EU clearly taking the lead in global nuclear governance and how this assumption of a global leadership role presents both opportunities and challenges within the EU.
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A cloud over EUs legacy in Afghanistan?

Commentary / February 19, 2013
Training the Afghan National Police (ANP) has been the centerpiece of the EU's engagement in Afghanistan since 2007. What began as a German-led police training mission in 2002 became an EU-led mission in February 2007, christened EUPOL. After 6 years, and with the close of the international military combat mission in Afghanistan looming ahead in 2014, TEC Anna Lindh Fellow and Visiting Researcher Christian Tygesen discusses what is likely to be the legacy left behind by EUPOL.
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Latest research examines link between violence and economic growth

News / February 19, 2013
In a report for the Inter-American Development Bank, CDDRL's Program on Poverty and Governance research team explores the relationships between economic outputs and drug trafficking violence in Mexico.
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(Un)Covering North Korea at Stanford

News / February 14, 2013
Just hours ahead of North Korea's most recent nuclear test, an event which pushed the country once again into headlines around the world, a panel gathered at Stanford to discuss the challenges journalists face uncovering facts about North Korea.
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Debating the future of food in Africa

News / February 13, 2013
Africa owns 60% of the world’s uncultivated land suited for crop production, but accounts for 30% of the world’s malnourished and only 3% of global agricultural exports. If there is one thing global agricultural policy experts Paul Collier and Derek Byerlee can agree on, it’s that Africa’s food system is struggling.
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North Korea conducts third nuclear test

News / February 12, 2013
North Korea has conducted its third underground nuclear test. Shorenstein APARC Korea experts weigh in on the event, which is drawing criticism from Beijing to Washington, DC.
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Victims' Reparation: What Lessons Can We Take From the International Criminal Court?

Commentary / February 12, 2013
In a piece for the The Stanford Daily, Nadejda Marques, manager of the Program on Human Rights at the CDDRL, writes about victims' reparations and the experience at the International Criminal Court.
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North Korea keeps its pledge to conduct nuclear test

News / February 12, 2013
North Korea keeps its pledge to conduct a third underground nuclear test. We ask our experts to weigh in on the detonation condemned by the White House as destabilizing.
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Stanford law professor, security expert to lead FSI

News / February 11, 2013
When Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar takes the helm of FSI in July, he'll oversee the institute's 11 research centers and programs along with a variety of undergraduate and graduate education initiatives on international affairs. His leadership will be marked by a commitment to build on FSI’s interdisciplinary approach to solving some of the world’s biggest problems.
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SEAF welcomes new Lee Kong Chian Fellow and visiting scholar

News / February 8, 2013
SEAF is delighted to welcome two new visitors. Tim Forsyth, the current Lee Kong Chian Fellow, is a specialist in environment and development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dominik Müller, a visiting scholar, is a researcher with the Department of Anthropology at Goethe-University Frankfurt.
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Stanford economist discusses future of Japan's monetary policy

News / February 8, 2013
The governor of the Bank of Japan, the country's central bank, recently announced he will be stepping down before his term expires. Stanford economist Takeo Hoshi spoke with Quartz on the future of Japan’s monetary policy.
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Misguided “Oil Scarcity Ideology” Has Distorted US National Security Policy

News / February 8, 2013
The “peak oil” fallacy is not new; in fact it has long inflicted real harm in the geopolitical sphere despite persistent evidence of its falsity. Roger Stern, Research Assistant Professor of Energy at the University of Tulsa’s Collins College of Business, describes in a new PESD working paper how “oil scarcity ideology” influenced US national security policy in profoundly detrimental ways from 1909 to 1980.
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REAP-China Director Discusses China's First Policy Document for 2013

News / February 7, 2013
REAP-China director Linxiu Zhang discusses China's emphasis on rural-urban integration and accelerating agricultural modernization as outlined in the country's first policy document for 2013. Issued by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council annually, the document is an indicator of the country's policy priorities.
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Divided Memories now available in paperback and electronic format

News / February 5, 2013
Divided Memories, Shorenstein APARC's groundbreaking study of textbook depictions of World War Two, is now available in paperback and electronic (Kindle) format.
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REAP-China Director Appears on CCTV to Discuss China's First Policy Document for 2013

News / February 4, 2013
For the tenth year in a row, the first policy document of the year of the Communist Party of China focuses on agricultural and rural development. REAP-China director Linxiu Zhang appears on CCTV to discuss urbanization and the impact on rural farmers, migrant workers, and the environment.
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