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President Zelenskky addresses Stanford students and community members via a live video address in the CEMEX auditorium.

President Zelenskyy Speaks to Stanford Students in Special Video Address

It was FSI's honor to welcome back the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, back to Stanford virtually for a special video on Ukraine's fight against Russia in its war for independence, freedom and global democracy.
President Barack Obama at the “Challenges to Democracy in the Digital Information Realm" conference.

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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North Korea’s Geopolitics, South Korea’s Pop Culture Wave Take Center Stage at Korea Program’s 20th Anniversary Conference

The Korea Program at Shorenstein APARC commemorated its 20-year anniversary with a two-day conference that brought together leaders from academia, government, and the K-pop industry.

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Gary Mukai and Norman Mineta at Convención Panamericana Nikkei (COPANI) XX, San Francisco, September 20, 2019

Secretary Norman Mineta and His Contributions to SPICE

Blogs / June 7, 2022
The late Secretary Mineta was unwavering in his commitment to SPICE’s efforts to educate students about civil liberties and equality.
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Rethinking China’s Influence in Southeast Asia: The Role of Non-State Actors and Unintended Consequences

News / June 7, 2022
Departing from international relations scholarship and popular media accounts that tend to portray China as a great power intent on establishing a sphere of influence in Southeast Asia, Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Fellow on Southeast Asia Enze Han argues for conceptualizing China as an unconventional great power whose diverse actors, particularly non-state ones, impact its influence in the region.
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NATO-Russia: It’s time to suspend the Founding Act

Commentary / June 7, 2022
During a period of greater hope for Russia tempered by uncertainties, President Bill Clinton sought both to enlarge NATO and build a strategic partnership between the Alliance and Moscow.
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Students and faculty from the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy gather outside of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Encina Hall, Stanford University.

A Look Back at Two Years as a Master's of International Policy Student

Blogs / June 7, 2022
As the 2022 cohort of Master’s in International Policy students prepares to graduate, four classmates — Sylvie Ashford, David Sprauge, Shirin Kashani, and Mikk Raud — reflect on their experiences being part of the FSI community.
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The U.S. isn’t getting ahead of the cyber threat, experts say

Commentary / June 6, 2022
Network experts, including Herb Lin, say the U.S. is just as vulnerable – or even more vulnerable – to cyber attacks.
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CDDRL honors class of 2022 with Steve Stedman, Sako Fisher, and Didi Kuo

Graduating CDDRL Honors Students Recognized for Outstanding Theses

News / June 6, 2022
Adrian Scheibler ('22) is a recipient of the 2022 Firestone Medal and Michal Skreta ('22) has won the CDDRL Outstanding Thesis Award.
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Some disagree that it is 100 seconds to midnight. These undergrads held a debate

Commentary / June 2, 2022
Every year, a few hundred idealistic, nerdy college students compete in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.
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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has eroded the nuclear taboo

Commentary / June 2, 2022
In 1999 Nina Tannenwald, a political scientist at Brown University, wrote a paper analyzing something she had observed among generals, politicians and strategists: the “nuclear taboo”.
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CDDRL Postdoctoral Fellow Recognized for Exceptional Papers

News / June 2, 2022
Aytug Sasmaz is the recipient of the Harvard Department of Government’s Edward M. Chase Prize and the POP Best Paper Award from the American Political Science Association.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin Meeting with members of the Government (via videoconference).

Why Putin’s betrayal of Ukraine could trigger nuclear proliferation

Commentary / June 1, 2022
On June 1, 1996, two trains arrived in Russia transporting the last nuclear warheads that had been deployed in Ukraine when the Soviet Union collapsed.
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President Zelenskky addresses Stanford students and community members via a live video address in the CEMEX auditorium.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Calls on Students to Lead as Future Ambassadors in a Special Video Address at Stanford

News / June 1, 2022
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke to the Stanford community in a special video address about his country’s war against Russia for independence, freedom, and global democracy, which he said requires the continued support of all the people of the free world.
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Governance in California

Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law Releases Policy and Scenario Report on the Future of California's Governance

News / June 1, 2022
The research team led by Francis Fukuyama and Michael Bennon examined where California has been, where it’s at, and where it’s headed when it comes to possible scenarios and policy alternatives for the future.
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Local people on rice terraces at Longji, Guilin, China.

Less air pollution leads to higher crop yields, Stanford-led study shows

News / June 1, 2022
New analysis shows crop yields could increase by about 25% in China and up to 10% in other parts of the world if emissions of a common air pollutant decreased by about half.
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New report analyzes dynamics on alt-platform Gab

Blogs / June 1, 2022
Gab was founded in 2016 as an uncensored alternative to mainstream social media platforms. Stanford Internet Observatory’s latest report looks at behaviors and dynamics across the platform.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the South Korean parliament via video link.

In the Wake of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine, Korea Should Join Its Peers in Defending the Liberal International Order

Commentary / June 1, 2022
It is difficult to anticipate how the geopolitical storm set off by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may develop. What is certain is that the international order will not be the same, and this change will have significant repercussions for South Korea.
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Will Democracies Remain United As Putin Intensifies His Destruction of Ukraine?

Q&As / May 31, 2022
CISAC Senior Fellow Norman Naimark discusses in Background Briefing with Ian Masters.
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Stanford Global Studies hosts Education Partnership for Internationalizing Curriculum (EPIC) Symposium

SPICE’s Jonas Edman Moderates Panel of Community College Instructors

Blogs / May 31, 2022
Stanford Global Studies hosts Education Partnership for Internationalizing Curriculum (EPIC) Symposium.
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A young woman looks at memorial for those killed in the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting.

The Lasting Impact of School Shootings on Those Who Survive Them

News / May 31, 2022
Maya Rossin-Slater and colleagues write in The Conversation that their research shows survivors of school shootings like the one in Uvalde, Texas, suffer long-term health, economic and financial burdens from their trauma.
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Honor guards prepare to raise the Taiwan flag in the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall square.

Biden Says We’ve Got Taiwan’s Back. But Do We?

Commentary / May 31, 2022
Many will applaud Mr. Biden for standing up for democratic Taiwan in the face of Chinese threats. But he could be putting the island in greater danger, and the United States may not be able to come to the rescue.
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Technicians load an experiment at the Advanced Test Reactor on the Idaho National Laboratory site.

Stanford-led research finds small modular reactors will exacerbate challenges of highly radioactive nuclear waste

News / May 30, 2022
Small modular reactors, long touted as the future of nuclear energy, will actually generate more radioactive waste than conventional nuclear power plants, according to research from Stanford and the University of British Columbia.
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North Korea’s Geopolitics, South Korea’s Pop Culture Wave Take Center Stage at Korea Program’s 20th Anniversary Conference

News / May 27, 2022
The Korea Program at Stanford’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center marked its 20-year anniversary with a two-day conference that gathered eminent leaders from academia, government, and the K-pop industry, including former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and global star SUHO, leader of K-pop group EXO.
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A current security imperative: the US role in the Marshall Islands

Commentary / May 25, 2022
Rose Gottemoeller, former undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, remembers the painful history of Castle Bravo—the largest and most catastrophic US nuclear weapons test conducted in the Marshall Islands during the Cold War—and urges the United States to finish the compact extension with the three island nations to contain China’s growing influence in the Pacific.
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North Korea’s Evolving Nuclear Doctrine: An Interview with Siegfried Hecker

Q&As / May 24, 2022
North Korean officials, including Kim Jong Un, have made several statements in recent months that begin to bring clarity to the country’s evolving nuclear doctrine. Within those statements, there has been a notable emphasis on the role of tactical nuclear weapons (TNWs) in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (or, North Korea’s) larger nuclear strategy and the potential for early nuclear use should conflict break out on the Korean Peninsula.
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The Gwangju Uprising

Gi-Wook Shin on Gwangju and South Korea’s Democracy

Commentary / May 24, 2022
“The tragic outcome was a brutal wakeup call to Korean democratic movements.”
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Empowering the Next Generation of Japanese Leaders

News / May 24, 2022
Yanai Scholars, Stanford e-Japan alumni, and EducationUSA representatives highlight a special session for the Spring 2022 Stanford e-Japan students.
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