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Mariko Yang-Yoshihara Empowers Girls in Japan with STEAM Education

Blogs / October 26, 2021
SPICE’s Yang-Yoshihara aims to level the playing field and raise self-efficacy for all genders.
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Would the United States Come to Taiwan's Defense?

Commentary / October 25, 2021
On CNN's GPS with Fareed Zakaria, APARC Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro shares insights about China's aspirations to take Taiwan by force and the United States' role, should a...
C.I.A. Director William Burns speaks to students at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.

C.I.A. Director William Burns Encourages Students to Pursue Public Service with Humility and Open Minds

News / October 25, 2021
Director Burns shared how he is applying the lessons he learned as a diplomat to make the intelligence community an effective organization for the challenges facing policymakers today.
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A Hypothetical Command Vision Statement for a Fictional PLA Cyber Command

Commentary / October 22, 2021
In 2018, U.S. Cyber Command released its Command Vision statement, advancing “defend forward” and “persistent engagement” as new elements in the United States’ approach to advancing its security...
Herb Lin

The nation’s last line of defense is controlled by really, really old technology

Commentary / October 22, 2021
The oldest information system the government operates might also be the most crucial one. No, not the IRS master file system. It’s the technology that controls nuclear weapons. It dates to the 1950s...
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Does AUKUS Violate the Pledge of a Nuclear-Free South Pacific? China Thinks It Might.

Commentary / October 22, 2021
China is tapping into broader anti-nuclear sentiment in the region to attack Australia’s nuclear submarine deal.
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Effectiveness of the COVID-19 Vaccine in One California Prison

News / October 20, 2021
The latest study by the Stanford Health Policy COVID-19 modeling team shows that vaccination continues to provide powerful protection from the delta variant, even among people who have been infected...
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Stanford Researchers Document Progress, Missed Opportunities in Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake

News / October 20, 2021
Unequal COVID-19 vaccination rates in the United States have compounded existing disparities in cases, hospitalizations and deaths among Black and Hispanic populations. SHP researchers quantify how...

Balance of Power: Surprise China Missile Test

Commentary / October 19, 2021
APARC Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro shares insights about China's hypersonic missile capabilities, and the implications of further military buildup.
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Reconnecting Under the Trees: An RSP Alumni Lunch Gathering at Stanford

Blogs / October 19, 2021
Alumni of the Reischauer Scholars Program recently met at Stanford University over Japanese bentos and sushi.
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The Standstill Conundrum: The Advent of Second-Strike Vulnerability and Options to Address It

Commentary / October 18, 2021
Emerging and disruptive technologies spell an uncertain future for second-strike retaliatory forces. New sensors and big data analysis may render mobile missiles and submarines vulnerable to...
Cameron Tracy

China's hypersonic missile test 'wake up call' for US

Commentary / October 18, 2021
The nuclear-capable missile flew through low-orbit space and circled the earth before landing about 40 km off target.
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Don’t Celebrate Microsoft for Pulling LinkedIn Out of China Just Yet

Commentary / October 15, 2021
From Graham Webster in Slate
Burmese journalist Swe Win

‘There Is No Space Left for Any Freedom’: Shorenstein Journalism Award Recipient Swe Win Depicts Myanmar’s Return into Darkness

News / October 15, 2021
Amidst the crisis in Myanmar, Burmese investigative journalist Swe Win, editor-in-chief of the independent news outlet Myanmar Now, continues to lead the newsroom from exile while his team is in...
Chito Gascón

Remembering Chito Gascón

News / October 12, 2021
A member of the inaugural Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program cohort in 2005, Chito died from COVID-19 on October 9, 2021.
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Growing Climate Solutions

Q&As / October 12, 2021
Stanford scientists discuss climate-smart agriculture
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Opening Ceremony Held for Stanford e-Kawasaki

Blogs / October 12, 2021
Kawasaki Mayor Norihiko Fukuda makes welcoming comments.
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For Doctors, Taking Medical Advice Is Sometimes a Hard Pill to Swallow

News / October 12, 2021
Doctors often complain that patients don’t follow instructions. But when it comes to their own medical care, physicians do not necessarily do a better job than their patients.
The Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy class of 2023

Meet the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy Class of 2023

Blogs / October 8, 2021
The 2023 class of the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy are finally here on campus and ready to dive into two years of learning, research and policy projects at the Freeman Spogli...
Protesters participate in a rally oppose a planned visit by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi near the Chinese Embassy on November 25, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea.

The Rise of Anti-Chinese Sentiments in South Korea: Political and Security Implications

Commentary / October 7, 2021
APARC and Korea Program Director Gi-Wook Shin shares insights on rising anti-China sentiments in South Korea and their implications for the upcoming South Korean presidential election.
Joseph Biden

Go Bold or Go Home: The Nuclear Posture Review Must Give Biden Real Options

Commentary / October 7, 2021
The NPR must position President Biden to right-size America's nuclear forces and pursue arms control negotiations.
Oleksiy Honcharuk

Oleksiy Honcharuk Appointed the Bernard and Susan Liautaud Visiting Fellow

News / October 7, 2021
Honcharuk, formerly the prime minister of Ukraine, will focus on examining what Western allies can do to support Ukraine in its struggle to thrive as a democracy in Eastern Europe while at Stanford.
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Opening Ceremony Held for Stanford e-Kobe

Blogs / October 6, 2021
SPICE launches Stanford e-Kobe, its newest regional course in Japan.
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Mofeed-19 Looks at Reporting on COVID-19 in Egypt

News / October 6, 2021
The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL, in partnership with the Arab Studies Institute, is pleased to announce the release of the third episode of Mofeed-19, a 19-minute video...
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Steven Pifer: Ukraine and NATO — don’t ask, do

Commentary / October 5, 2021
Senior Ukrainian officials have voiced concern that NATO has provided no clarity regarding Ukraine’s membership prospects. Specifically, when might Kyiv receive a membership action plan, known as...