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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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