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NPR's Emily Feng Recognized as the 2022 Shorenstein Journalism Honoree

At the 2022 Shorenstein Journalism Award, Feng discussed how the challenges of reporting as a foreign correspondent in China are forcing the West to reconfigure its understanding of the country and creating suspicion and mistrust.
Vladimir Putin at a Victory Day rally in Moscow.

Assessing Putin's Invasion of Ukraine

On a new season of the World Class podcast, Michael McFaul discusses recent developments of the war in Ukraine and how those will impact Ukraine's future, Russia's standing in the world, and the responses of the global community.
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Five Questions About Food Security in a Warming World

FSE Director David Lobell explains some of the system-wide challenges — and solutions — to ensuring that people around the world have access to affordable, nutritious food.

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Ukrainian forces test drive a repaired Russian tank in the Kharkiv region on September 26 2022.

The War in Ukraine Will Continue to Evolve. Here's How.

Commentary / November 28, 2022
Steven Pifer and Francis Fukuyama join Michael McFaul on the World Class podcast to discuss Ukraine’s progress in the war, Crimea’s strategic importance, and the ongoing need for Western support in the conflict.
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American Intervention - Iraq

Reluctant to Protect? The Role of Moral Reputation in Joining Military Coalitions

Commentary / November 28, 2022
How states join coalitions affects the extent to which they are perceived as blameworthy – or praiseworthy – for the outcome of that coalition.
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The Kremlin Tones Down the Nuclear Rhetoric

Commentary / November 28, 2022
As Russia’s military faltered and lost ground in its conventional war against Ukraine, concern grew in the West that Vladimir Putin might resort to nuclear weapons.
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Study: Striking Inequalities in US Infant and Maternal Health Point to Structural Racism and Access Issues

News / November 28, 2022
Research by Petra Persson and Maya Rossin-Slater on health inequality finds wealthy Black mothers and infants fare worse than the poorest white mothers and infants.
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Arrival at Schiphol of the pastor and civil rights activist Martin Luther King and his wife, on the occasion of receiving an honorary doctorate in social sciences from the VU University in Amsterdam

Explore the Lives and Shared Legacy of Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King, Jr. with Clayborne Carson

News / November 23, 2022
Available through Stanford Continuing Studies, "Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King, Jr.: Their Lives and Shared Legacy" is a new online course that will run for four weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 17 through February 9, 2023. Enrollment is open now.
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Elderly Asian woman with back pain.

Study Shows Vitamin D Does Not Reduce Statin-Associated Muscle Pain

News / November 23, 2022
Statin-associated muscle symptoms are common and may lead to discontinuation of indicated statin therapy. So cardiologist Mark Hlatky and colleagues conducted a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial of vitamin D supplementation.
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HBMS faculty, students, and alumni with Hikari Farms’ founder Akira Nagamine and wife Hideko (both seated at table) and daughter Janet (next to Hideko)

Hiroshima Business and Management School Visits the Bay Area

Blogs / November 22, 2022
“It is said,” a Japanese social theorist and educator, Yukichi Fukuzawa, wrote in his best-selling book An Encouragement of Learning (1872–76), “that heaven does not create one person above or below another.”
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Stanford Sociologist Kiyoteru Tsutsui Wins the 44th Suntory Prize for Arts and Sciences

News / November 18, 2022
The Suntory Foundation recognizes Tsutsui, the Henri H. and Tomoye Takahashi Professor and Senior Fellow in Japanese Studies at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, for his book 'Human Rights and the State.'
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Notes from the Field

Commentary / November 18, 2022
FSE Senior Fellow, Emeritus, Walter Falcon shares observations from Iowa on weather, farming, politics and more.
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Elon puts rockets into space, he’s not afraid of the FTC

News / November 17, 2022
Moderated Content host Evelyn Douek discusses Twitter’s data security problems and what this says about privacy regulation more generally with Whitney Merrill, the Data Protection Officer and Privacy Counsel at Asana and long-time privacy lawyer including as an attorney at the FTC, and Riana Pfefferkorn, a Research Scholar at the Stanford Internet Observatory.
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The Midterms Revealed the Real Challenges Facing Our Elections

Commentary / November 17, 2022
Large-scale voting fraud may be a chimera, but counting a rising number of ballots quickly will require investments in state and local election administration. Published in the Wall Street Journal.
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Participants from the Inaugural Trans-Pacific Sustainability Dialogue

Inaugural Trans-Pacific Sustainability Dialogue Spotlights Climate Finance Mobilization and Green Innovation Strategies

News / November 17, 2022
Co-organized by Stanford’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and the Ban Ki-moon Foundation for a Better Future, the inaugural Trans-Pacific Sustainability Dialogue brought together a new network of social science researchers, scientists, policymakers, and practitioners from Stanford University and across the Asia-Pacific region to accelerate action on the United Nations-adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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President Yoon Suk-yeol sits at a lunch table at the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua, Indonesia

Walking a Tightrope

Commentary / November 16, 2022
As U.S.-China tensions escalate, Korea must chart a new path.
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An elderly man sits alone on a bench.

Older Men Who Live Alone at Greater Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

News / November 16, 2022
New research shows that older men who live alone are at greater risk of managing chronic conditions and medications —a social conundrum that could lead to higher levels of cardiovascular disease.
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Who is a Slave? Health of Children at Risk Based on Inequity, Social Acceptance of Servitude

News / November 16, 2022
A new article co-authored by Health Policy PhD candidate Vincent Jappah reveals that the modern drivers of child servitude in Liberia are largely social vulnerability and cultural acceptance of the practice, rather than traditional factors based on race and ethnicity.
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Physicians or Nurse Practitioners: Evidence From the Emergency Department

News / November 15, 2022
In this National Bureau of Economic Research working paper, Stanford Health Policy's David Chan and Yiqun Chen consider the productivity of emergency room physicians vs. nurse practitioners.
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Hideto Fukudome in front of the avenue of ginkgo trees, University of Tokyo

Reflections on Education and Diversity

Blogs / November 15, 2022
“It is said,” a Japanese social theorist and educator, Yukichi Fukuzawa, wrote in his best-selling book An Encouragement of Learning (1872–76), “that heaven does not create one person above or below another.”
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The Stanford Internet Observatory Joins the Coalition for Independent Technology Research

News / November 15, 2022
SIO is now part of the new Coalition for Independent Technology Research to share independent, trustworthy research on digital technology and online harms.
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Good to Be Back Again: Reflections on the 2022 Leadership Network for Change Reunion

Blogs / November 15, 2022
Over the weekend of August 13-15, 2022, CDDRL hosted a reunion for the LNC community on campus at Stanford. It was the first global meeting and an exciting opportunity to bring together all generations of our fellows to connect, engage, and envision ways of advancing democratic development. 2018 Draper Hills alum Evan Mawarire (Zimbabwe) reflects on the experience.
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What to make of the 2022 midterm results and what it might mean for 2024

Commentary / November 11, 2022
Some takeaways from the 2022 midterms: surprising, a possible return to normalcy, and a “relief”– of sorts, Stanford scholars say.
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Stanford Medicine-led study aims to ‘STOP’ sexual harassment in biomedical research

Blogs / November 10, 2022
The NIH is funding a Stanford Medicine-led study, "Sexual harassment Training Of Principal investigators," or STOP. Through virtual, multimodal trainings that incorporate interactive gaming elements, the goal of the five-year study is to decrease sexual harassment and improve the retention of women in science. SHP Director Douglas Owens is one of the collaborators and notes, "It's crucially important that we create inclusive, welcoming environments, especially for people training in T32 programs."
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US national interests are best served by stopping Vladimir Putin in Ukraine

Commentary / November 10, 2022
Ukraine is the victim of an unprovoked and unjustified war launched by Vladimir Putin’s Russia more than eight years ago.
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‘Democracy is on the ballot’: Professors react to midterm election results

Commentary / November 9, 2022
As the results of the 2022 Midterm Elections are coming in, Stanford Professors Larry Diamond, Hakeem Jefferson, and Bruce Cain provided their insights on Tuesday night to The Daily.
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Why Elon Musk’s Twitter Purchase Is a National Security Concern

Commentary / November 9, 2022
Elon Musk’s Twitter deal reveals loopholes in U.S. national security oversight.
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