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Barack Obama Addresses Online Disinformation, Regulation and Democracy

The former president was the keynote speaker at a symposium on disinformation and its effects on democracy hosted by the Stanford Cyber Policy Center and Obama Foundation.
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Korea Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Conference Spotlighting South Korean Wave, North Korean Geopolitics

The Korea Program at Shorenstein APARC will commemorate its 20-year anniversary with a two-day conference featuring speakers from the K-pop industry, academia, and government.
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A History of Unity: A Look at FSI’s Special Relationship with Ukraine

FSI's long history of building friendships and creating engagement with Ukrainian scholars and civil leaders is more important now than it's ever been.

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The Russia-Ukraine War: A Setback for Arms Control

Commentary / May 23, 2022
The Russia-Ukraine war is entering its fourth month, with no end in sight.  The Kremlin seems intent on achieving a victory on the battlefield, while relations between the West and Russia plummet to new lows.  One casualty:  U.S.-Russian arms control negotiations.
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CISAC names 2022-23 fellows

News / May 23, 2022
The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is pleased to welcome the fellows who will be joining us for the 2022-23 academic year. These scholars will spend the academic year generating new knowledge across a range of topics that can help all of us build a safer world.
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Which Yoon Should Biden Expect at the Upcoming South Korea-U.S. Summit?

Commentary / May 20, 2022
Yoon has been compared to Biden’s own nemesis, Donald Trump, but he is far from a political iconoclast.
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ARD Releases April 2022 Issue of Mofeed Digest

News / May 18, 2022
The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL is pleased to announce the release of the April 2022 issue of Mofeed Digest, a periodic recap of the most important scholarly and policy publications, reports, and articles investigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the politics, economies, and societies of the Arab world.
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Should the Government Regulate Social Media?

Commentary / May 18, 2022
Government regulation to prevent the spread of misinformation and disinformation is neither desirable nor feasible.
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Mofeed-19 Discusses the Pandemic's Impact on Lebanon's Sectarian Politics

News / May 17, 2022
Rima Majed, Assistant Professor of Sociology at American University of Beirut, joins ARD scholars Amr Hamzawy and Hesham Sallam on the sixth episode of Mofeed-19, a 19-minute video podcast that discusses research efforts pertaining to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Arab world.
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SHP Welcomes 2 New Knight-Hennessy Scholars to PhD Program

News / May 17, 2022
The new Knight-Hennessy Scholars are both working toward improving health equity here at home and around the world.
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Russians allegedly storm Ukrainian ISP, blackmail it to switch to Russian networks

Commentary / May 16, 2022
Ukraine’s state communications agency said Friday that Russian forces had invaded a Kherson-based Internet company and disconnected all equipment, threatening to confiscate it if the company did not connect to Russian networks.
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Congratulations to CISAC Honors Students inducted to Phi Beta Kappa!

News / May 13, 2022
Five CISAC Honors students were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Phi Beta Kappa selects students with high academic achievement who have also successfully taken classes showing a breadth of engagement across the humanities and arts; the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics; and the social sciences.
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Sanaa Seif and Sharif Abdel Kouddous Discuss Egypt's Worsening Human Rights Situation

News / May 13, 2022
The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL hosted a talk featuring prominent political activist Sanaa Seif and award-winning journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous, who discussed the current political conditions in Egypt, the massive expansion of the carceral state under the rule of Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi and the country’s role within the geopolitical shifts reshaping the region.
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Scholars Gather to Analyze Causes, Prospects, and Challenges of China’s Common Prosperity Program

News / May 11, 2022
SCCEI joins forces with the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) to convene private roundtables comprised of social science experts who conduct data-intensive research into timely issues confronting China’s economy. Following the private roundtable discussion, ASPI issued a new report titled "China’s Common Prosperity Program: Causes, Challenges, and Implications," authored by ASPI’s Senior Fellow Guoguang Wu. The full report and a brief synopsis of the report are linked below.
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Everything Counts: Building a Control Regime for Nonstrategic Nuclear Warheads in Europe

News / May 11, 2022
Before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Biden administration insisted in arms control talks with Russia that a follow-on agreement to the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) should cover all nuclear weapons and that such an agreement should focus on the nuclear warheads themselves.
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CDDRL Congratulates Newly Elected Phi Beta Kappa Members

News / May 11, 2022
Sylvie Ashford (honors class of 2021) and Carolyn Chun (honors class of 2022) are among the newest members of this prestigious academic honors society.
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Belarus has good reason for concern over Putin’s nuclear intimidation

Commentary / May 10, 2022
In a May 5 interview with the Associated Press, Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka expressed concern that the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian War could see the use of nuclear weapons. Lukashenka called such use “unacceptable because it’s right next to us.” He has good reason for concern.
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K-pop’s “Next Level”: Notes from the Field

News / May 10, 2022
Prof. Dafna Zur shares impressions from her visit with Soo-Man Lee, founder and chief producer of SM Entertainment, and the rare opportunity to tour the Seoul-based company and see the K-pop megastars-in-training. The preliminary results of this fieldwork, part of a documentary on K-pop, will be aired during the Korea Program's 20th Anniversary conference.
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Ukraine And The Cloud Of Genocide

Commentary / May 10, 2022
When confronted with the murderous policies of the Third Reich on the eastern front in the late summer of 1941, Winston Churchill stated: “We are in the presence of a crime without a name.”
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Students from the 2022 cohort of the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy have been working all over the world with policy partners as part of their capstone projects.

Off the Farm and Into the Field: Master's Students Practice Hands-on Policymaking

Blogs / May 10, 2022
The 2022 cohort of the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy has been busy this quarter getting out of the classroom and into hands-on policymaking with partner organizations in Tunisia, Estonia, India and beyond.
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Missed diagnoses: Study highlights the importance of physician skills in health care

News / May 10, 2022
Research by David Chan and Matthew Gentzkow points to how much diagnostic skills matter in patient care and how policies to boost skills can improve health care efficiency.
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What Does It Mean to Be an American?: Reflections from Students (Part 8)

Blogs / May 10, 2022
Reflections of eight students on the website “What Does It Mean to Be an American?”
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Russia Victory Day and War in Ukraine

Q&As / May 9, 2022
Norman Naimark discusses the war crimes committed in Ukraine and Putin's comments on the war during the Russia Victory Day parade.
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CDDRL Honors Aluma Named Knight-Hennessy Scholar

News / May 9, 2022
Carson Smith (honors class of 2018-19) is among 70 scholars in the Knight-Hennessy Scholars' fifth cohort.
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Nuclear weapon-free zones and the issue of maritime transit in Latin America

News / May 9, 2022
Why did Latin American states exclude a prohibition on maritime nuclear transit from their regional nuclear weapon-free zone (NWFZ)?
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Nate Persily and Daphne Keller Give Testimony on Platform Regulation

News / May 5, 2022
"We cannot live in a world where Facebook and Google know everything about us and we know next to nothing about them." – Nate Persily
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How the west became less anxious about Russia’s nuclear threat

Q&As / May 5, 2022
Despite sabre-rattling US and allies believe deploying such weapons would be too risky for Moscow
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Health Policy PhD Candidate Vincent Jappah Overcomes Childhood Amid Civil War Through His Determination To Get an Education

Q&As / May 5, 2022
From education in displaced persons camps to working on his PhD at Stanford Health Policy, Vincent Jappah is applying his childhood experiences during the civil war in his native Liberia toward a career helping to bring quality health care to all corners of the world.
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