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Clock is Ticking on New START Extension

Commentary / December 3, 2020
Rose Gottemoeller, who previously served as NATO’s deputy secretary-general and as U.S. undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, has long been an advocate of a five-year...
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Ambassador John Roos and the Importance of Student-to-Student Exchange

Blog / December 1, 2020
Just over ten years after becoming the first U.S. ambassador to Japan to participate in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony in 2010, Ambassador John Roos spoke about his experiences with 26 high...
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Stanford PhD Students Investigate Racial Disparities in COVID-19

News / December 1, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Black and Hispanic populations harder than most for a variety of socioeconomic and medical reasons. Two Stanford PhD students are investigating what interventions might...
Migrant child sits on her mother’s lap, looking into the camera, as her mother reviews REAP’s survey forms with an enumerator.

Rural Parenting in an Urban Setting: Innovative Research by REAP Offers a Glimpse into the Language Environment of Rural Migrant Children in China

Blog / December 1, 2020
What a child hears before age 3 has a profound impact on their language skills development and long-term outcomes. However, little evidence exists on the language environment in which migrant...
A warship sailing in the South China Sea and a photo of three soldiers standing guard in front of a Chinese traditional building

China’s South China Sea Strategy Prioritizes Deterrence Against the US, Says Stanford Expert

News / December 1, 2020
Analysis by FSI Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro reveals that the Chinese military has taken a more active role in China’s South China Sea strategy, but not necessarily a more aggressive one.
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Reviving Nuclear Arms Control Under Biden

Commentary / November 30, 2020
The Biden presidency that begins in January will adopt some very different directions from its predecessor in foreign policy. One such area is arms control, particularly nuclear arms control with...
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Beijing’s Line on the South China Sea: “Nothing to See Here”

Commentary / November 30, 2020
China’s official denials of growing military capability in the region look a lot like gaslighting.
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Team Builds Robust Database of CA COVID-19 Public Health Orders

News / November 30, 2020
California and its 58 counties have issued more than 1,500 public health orders since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. A team of Stanford researchers has put those orders into a dataset to...
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Japan's Role Could Redefine Asia-Pacific Relations Under Biden and Suga

Commentary / November 25, 2020
President-elect Biden's early conversations with Japan's prime minister Yoshihide Suga seem to signal a renewed commitment to coordination on issues of security, environmentalism, human...
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The Reischauer Scholars Program: The Inspiration to Start an Investment Firm

Blog / November 24, 2020
The following reflection is a guest post written by Koki Mashita, an alumnus of the Reischauer Scholars Program.
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Defense In Depth

Commentary / November 23, 2020
Why U.S. Security Depends on Alliances—Now More Than Ever
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Its centre of gravity will always be in the transatlantic space

Q&A / November 23, 2020
How NATO can adapt to future challenges: Rose Gottemoeller, Former Deputy Secretary General, NATO, is interviewed in The Berlin Pulse.
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Indicting Russia's Most Destructive Cyberwar Unit: The Implications of Public Attribution

Commentary / November 23, 2020
There are three main reasons behind publicly attributing these attacks to Russia.
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SHP COVID Modeling Project Probes Secondary COVID Transmissions

Q&A / November 20, 2020
Hannah Fung — a PhD candidate in biology at the School of Humanities and Sciences and a member of the SHP COVID modeling team — talks to us about a new study that shows 17% of COVID-19 patients pass...
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There's no reason' for Trump's move to pull troops from Afghanistan

Q&A / November 20, 2020
Brett McGurk, former presidential envoy for the global coalition to defeat ISIS, joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss the last minute foreign policy moves, including the decision to draw down the number...
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The looming US withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty

Commentary / November 19, 2020
The Trump administration’s antipathy toward arms control will strike again on November 22, when the United States withdraws from the Open Skies Treaty. That is a mistake.
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Hupan Modou Foundation Wins the WISE Award for Parenting-the-Future Project

News / November 18, 2020
On October 28, 2020, our close collaborators at the Hupan Modou Foundation were awarded the WISE award in education for the Parenting-the-Future project. Professor Scott Rozelle, REAP's director...
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Stanford e-Japan: A Turning Point in My Life

Blog / November 17, 2020
The following reflection is a guest post written by Hikaru Suzuki, a 2015 alumna and honoree of the Stanford e-Japan Program, which is currently accepting applications for Spring 2021.
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China’s Rural Population Will Play an Instrumental Role in its Economic Future

News / November 17, 2020
On the World Class Podcast, Scott Rozelle explains why China’s wealth gap may make the transition from a middle- to high-income country more difficult than it seems.
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Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro Discusses How Her Scholarship and Military Career Impact One Another

Q&A / November 17, 2020
An expert on Chinese military and security issues, Mastro also talks about how her learning style informs her teaching style.
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Planetary health approaches for dry cities: water quality and heat mitigation

News / November 16, 2020
Water sensitive cities show how holistic approaches can counter the health and wellbeing problems associated with urban dryness. About 1.6 billion people live in countries with water scarcity, and...
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University Entrepreneurship Programs May Not Increase Entrepreneurship Rates, Stanford Researchers Find

News / November 13, 2020
A study by Yong Suk Lee, the deputy director of APARC’s Korea Program, and Management Science and Engineering professor Charles Eesley investigates the efficacy of two major Stanford entrepreneurship...