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Ambassador Locke: Free and open internet key to innovation, economy

News / May 1, 2013
"Countries that restrict free and open access to the internet are really walling themselves off from the progress of the next century," says Ambassador Locke at China 2.0 event in Beijing
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Stanford scholars: Lessons learned from the Afghanistan War

News / May 1, 2013
With the Taliban now open to peace talks, a political end to the war in Afghanistan appears in sight. A number of Stanford scholars have been closely involved with the war - as diplomats, soldiers, analysts and educators. In this video they discuss lessons learned from America's second-longest war and talk about what's next for Afghanistan.
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SPRIE's Marguerite Hancock on Innovator Flight to London

News / April 30, 2013
This Spring British Airways unveiled UnGrounded, an innovation lab in the sky bringing 100 tech innovators together to discuss industry's talent gap and design a solution that will accelerate innovation in communities around the world.
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CISAC Administrative Manager Homidi’s long road to Stanford

News / April 29, 2013
Ahmad Homidi's unassuming manner belies the turmoil he lived through as a child. He and his family fled the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, forcing his parents to start from scratch as refugees in the United States. His story is a study in fresh starts.
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Shorenstein APARC announces 2013-14 postdoctoral fellows

News / April 25, 2013
Shorenstein APARC postdoctoral fellowships offer recent graduates a year of "breathing space" at Stanford before they launch their academic careers. The Center looks forward to welcoming its latest group of extraordinary postdoctoral fellows this autumn.
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Thirty years connecting Asia with Stanford University

News / April 24, 2013
A visionary group of Stanford scholars established a pioneering organization three decades ago to address the need for research on Asia that reached across departments, from sociology to engineering, and looked at Asia in a regional context.
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Scott Rozelle on How Agriculture Vitalized China's Economy

News / April 24, 2013
Over the last thirty years, China’s rural income per capita has risen an astounding 20 times. Millions have been lifted out of poverty and have moved from the rural sector to China's thriving big cities. China expert Scott Rozelle credits this remarkable growth to the government's decision to put land in the hands of farmers, deregulate markets, and heavily invest in the agricultural sector.
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Assessing the Syrian health crisis: the case of Lebanon

Commentary / April 19, 2013
In a piece for The Lancet, co-authored by CDDRL scholar Rajaie S. Batniji, the authors warn that the failure of the international community to address the crisis in Syria threatens health systems in Lebanon and other neighbouring nations.
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SPRIE Hosts China 2.0 Beijing Forum Featuring Keynotes by Gary Locke & Joseph Chen

News / April 19, 2013
The Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPRIE) of the Stanford Graduate School of Business hosted a China 2.0 Forum in Beijing on Friday, April 12, 2013 at the Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU).
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Summer fellow pushes for regional cooperation on environmental governance in Latin America and the Caribbean

Q&A / April 18, 2013
Andrea Sanhueza, a 2012 Draper Hills Summer fellow, shares her success story of how a group of civil society organizations helped advocate for improved environmental governance cooperation across government and civil society in Latin America and the Caribbean region.
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Video: Learn more about China 2.0

News / April 17, 2013
A video introduction to SPRIE's China 2.0 initiative with highlights from speakers at past events was shown at the China 2.0 Beijing 2013 Forum at SCPKU on April 12, 2013.
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Market Monitoring in the US Energy Market by Frank Wolak /FSR Monthly Interview

Q&A / April 16, 2013
During a visit to Toulouse, France to present at “The Economics of Energy Markets” conference at the Toulouse School of Economics, PESD Director Frank Wolak was interviewed by Professor Jean-Michel Glachant of the Florence School Regulation about his work monitoring wholesale electricity markets.
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Video: Understanding the limits of crops under extreme heat

News / April 16, 2013
FSE associate director David Lobell delivers a lecture on "Understanding the limits of crops (and models) under extreme heat" as part of UC Davis' Climate-Smart Agriculture conference. Lobell's talk begins at 51:00.
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Political Scientists and Historians in Search of the Bomb

Commentary / April 15, 2013

Stanford's Scott Sagan and Columbia's Kenneth Waltz respond to a critique of nuclear proliferation theories presented in their book The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: An Enduring Debate. This paper demonstrates the enduring, and lively, debate about nuclear theory and policymaking. 

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Overseas Filipino Workers become economic heroes

Q&A / April 15, 2013
To their family members and to the Philippine government, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are the country's “new heroes.” Postdoctoral fellow Marjorie Pajaron talks about her research on the significant economic benefit of OFW remittances.
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Failing Civics

Commentary / April 12, 2013

As Jordan strives to build a university system in line with its ambitious economic goals, tribal violence on campus remains a stumbling block.

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Sagan honored by ISA as Distinguished Security Scholar

News / April 12, 2013
Colleagues and former students join the International Studies Association to praise Scott Sagan as he wins the annual Distinguished Scholar in International Security Studies award.
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Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow wins dissertation award

News / April 11, 2013
Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow Jaeeun Kim’s dissertation Colonial Migration and Transborder Membership Politics in Twentieth-Century Korea has won the American Sociological Association's Theda Skocpol Award in the area of comparative and historical sociology.
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Hecker responds to NKorea's intent to expand nuclear arsenal

Q&A / April 10, 2013
North Korea says it will restart its nuclear facilities, including its nuclear reactor in Yongbyon, which had been mothballed since 2007. CISAC's Siegfried Hecker -- who has visited North Korea numerous times and was given a tour of its uranium enrichment facility in 2010 -- and considers the consequences in this Q&A.
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ROC President Ma to give video address at Stanford University

News / April 10, 2013
On April 15, the Democracy in Taiwan Project at Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law will host a special event featuring the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Ma Ying-jeou.
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