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Lawfare Debate

The Threat of Foreign Influence Operations

Blog / October 23, 2020
A new SIO-Lawfare debate series argues the questions: What is the impact of foreign influence operations targeting the United States? Is public conversation commensurate with the threat level?
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The Missing Piece — COVID-19 Testing and School Reopening

Commentary / October 23, 2020
Stanford Health Policy's Michelle Mello and Stanford medical student Yasmin Rafiei write in this New England Journal of Medicine perspective that most school reopening plans focus on screening...
Radhika Lalit

Radhika Lalit is Leading the Charge in the Fight Against Climate Change

News / October 22, 2020
Lalit, who graduated from the Master’s in International Policy program in 2016, is making a policy impact on environmental issues in a number of ways, and recently received two awards for her efforts.
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Coronavirus Blues: The Detrimental Mental Health Effects of Prolonged Lockdowns and Uncertainty Require Attention

Commentary / October 21, 2020
Even if effective treatments and vaccines for coronavirus become available soon, we must start thinking about the mental health dimensions of national recovery.
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For sale: The Moon

Commentary / October 21, 2020
It’s official: the Moon is open for business. Last week, NASA announced that seven countries had signed its so-called Artemis Accords, a series of bilateral agreements that allow national governments...
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Paul Wise: Special Expert for the U.S. Federal Court Overseeing Treatment of Migrant Children at Border

News / October 21, 2020
With unaccompanied minors being detained in hotels during COVID-19, Stanford professor of pediatrics Paul Wise is among the few external people with full access to the facilities, detained children,...
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A Consequential Election for Ukraine

Commentary / October 20, 2020
For Americans, the November 3 presidential election will be the most significant vote in many decades. The election also will have consequences for Ukraine: Whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden sits...
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Initial Economic Damage from the COVID-19 Pandemic More Widespread Across Ages and Geographies than Initial Mortality Impacts

Q&A / October 20, 2020
Maria Polyakova and colleagues examine how the pandemic impacted individual livelihoods depending on where people live, as well as the age of coronavirus victims.
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Hope for Nuclear Arms Control?

Commentary / October 20, 2020
While concern had grown over the past several weeks about a breakdown in U.S.-Russian arms control, it appears the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and nuclear arms control more broadly may...
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Collegiality and the 2020–21 EPIC Fellows

News / October 20, 2020
On August 13 and 14, 2020, Stanford Global Studies (SGS) welcomed 12 new Education Partnership for Internationalizing Curriculum (EPIC) Fellowship Program community college instructors as members of...
Ankita Banerjea

A Day in the Life of a Master’s Student: Ankita Banerjea ‘21

Blog / October 19, 2020
On a typical Monday during Fall Quarter 2020, second-year Master’s in International Policy (MIP) student Ankita Banerjea attends class online, hikes in the Dish, and takes a yoga break.
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Loren Baker Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

News / October 19, 2020
Election to the National Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and...
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US-China rivalry: When great power competition endangers global science

Commentary / October 16, 2020
Seventeen years ago, an outbreak of SARS—a disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-1—emerged in China. Back then, a fruitful partnership emerged between the United States and China, that...
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“Atoms for Police”: The United States and the Dream of a Nuclear-Armed United Nations, 1945-62

Commentary / October 16, 2020
In commemoration of the UN’s 75th anniversary, Ryan Musto unveils the forgotten history of the dream to arm the UN with nuclear weapons and why three U.S. presidential administrations ultimately...
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Postdoctoral Fellow Spotlight: Radhika Jain on Reducing Inequalities in Health Care and Outcomes

Blog / October 15, 2020
Radhika Jain, a postdoctoral fellow with the Asia Health Policy Program, shares insights on her research into India’s health care system and how it is responding to both the COVID-19 pandemic and...
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How to Ensure a Free and Fair Election During a Pandemic

News / October 14, 2020
On the World Class Podcast, Nathaniel Persily weighs in on the risk of voter fraud, questions about mail-in ballots, and his work with the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project.
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New Fellowship on China Policy Seeks to Strengthen U.S.-China Relations

News / October 13, 2020
Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Center invites applications for the inaugural 2021-22 China Policy Fellowship from experts with research experience on issues vital to the U.S. China...
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Angel Island Immigration Station: The Hidden History

Blog / October 13, 2020
On September 2, 2020, over 160 educators from across the United States joined a webinar titled “Angel Island Immigration Station: The Hidden History.”
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Applications and Academics: Recruitment and Admissions Manager Meghan Moura Answers Questions About the Master’s in International Policy Program

Q&A / October 12, 2020
The Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy (MIP) Program is now accepting applications for the Class of 2023. Meghan Moura answers some frequently asked questions about the admissions process...
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Assessing the Conventional Military Balance Between India and China

Commentary / October 9, 2020
Oriana Skylar Mastro and Arzan Tarapore join the Observer Research Foundation’s ‘Armchair Strategist’ podcast to discuss how the Indian and Chinese militaries stack up as tensions between the two...
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Probabilities towards death: bugsplat, algorithmic assassinations, and ethical due care

Commentary / October 9, 2020
Examining Big Data, machine learning, and the life and death implications of the entanglements of human-algorithmic decision-making with respect to war and conflict, John R. Emery argues that there...
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Analysis of Twitter Takedowns Linked to Cuba, the Internet Research Agency, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand 

Blog / October 8, 2020
In this post and in the attached reports we investigate operations linked to youth organizations with ties to the Cuban government, the Internet Research Agency, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the...
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Analysis of an October 2020 Facebook Takedown Linked to U.S. Political Consultancy Rally Forge

Blog / October 8, 2020
An astroturfing operation involving fake accounts (some with AI-generated images) that left thousands of comments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Clients included Turning Point Action and...
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Analysis of an October 2020 Facebook Takedown Linked to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria

Blog / October 8, 2020
In this post and in the attached report we investigate an operation that called for the release from prison of Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.