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President Zelenskyy Speaks to Stanford Students in Special Video Address

Lyubov Sobol, an activist and visiting scholar at CDDRL, explains why the success of Russia's pro-democracy movement is important for geopolitical stability.
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Protecting Reproductive Health Information Health Information Post-Roe v. Wade

Michelle Mello warns that the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and end federal protections for abortion could also expose women's' personal health data in court.
Shinzo Abe speaking from a lectern

Reflections on the Assassination of Former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe

Abe was one of the most transformative political leaders in modern Japanese history, and his passing will unquestionably shake-up Japanese politics, says Kiyoteru Tsutsui

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Anti-coup protesters hold improvised weapons during a protest in Yangon on April 3, 2021.

Shining a Light on Myanmar’s Multidimensional Crises

News / June 29, 2022
As the devastating effects of the coup in Myanmar and post-coup conflicts have resulted in escalating humanitarian emergencies, APARC’s Southeast Asia Program and Asia Health Policy Program examine the shifting contours of war and the prospects for a better future for Myanmar’s people.
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Nuclear Chess

Has the Russia-Ukraine war blown up the global nuclear order?

Commentary / June 29, 2022
The Russian nuclear saber-rattling that has accompanied the invasion of Ukraine represents a level of nuclear risk unprecedented since the end of the Cold War.
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Local High School Students Connect with Stanford Security Experts

Blogs / June 28, 2022
High school students from San Jose and Salinas Valley met online with scholars from Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation for the inaugural International Security Symposium.
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Or Rabinowitz, Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

FSI’s Visiting Fellowship in Israel Studies Brings Or Rabinowitz to the Center for International Security and Cooperation

News / June 28, 2022
Dr. Or Rabinowitz of Hebrew University, Jerusalem, whose research explores how nuclear technology interacts with decision-making, strategy, and diplomacy, will come to Stanford in the 2022-2023 academic year as a Visiting Associate Professor.
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Collage of the Independence Monument in Kyiv and the Beijing skyline.

Deciphering China's Ukraine Calculus

News / June 24, 2022
China’s rhetoric and actions toward Ukraine are shaped by domestic politics and prior decisions about protecting its national interests and finding opportunities in the crisis, says Shorenstein APARC Fellow Thomas Fingar.
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Rare Earth Elements in Materials Science

News / June 24, 2022
A vast array of critical new technologies rely on rare earth metals, a group of elements that are difficult to mine because they are so well dispersed in the earth and often contain radioactive elements such as thorium and uranium.
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Research and Perspective: Small Modular Reactors

Q&As / June 23, 2022
A recent study has found small modular reactors (SMRs) may actually produce more radioactive waste than larger conventional nuclear power reactors has drawn reaction from vendors and supporters of SMRs. In a recent interview, Lindsay Krall, Allison Macfarlane and Rod Ewing elaborated on the fuller context of and industry reaction to their study.
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January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol

Will the Jan. 6 hearings make a difference? Stanford scholar discusses how they might shift public perception

Q&As / June 22, 2022
The hearings will be a test for the Republican Party, and whether or not it can successfully disavow its extremist wing, says Stanford scholar.
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Shipping containers on a boat in China

Special Connections for Common Coffers: How Patron-Client Relationships Help China Fulfill Its Revenue Imperative

News / June 22, 2022
Understanding the complex connections between the Chinese state and favored private firms is important for scholars and experts who wish to examine China’s corporate restructuring. In a new study, researchers including APARC’s Jean Oi trace the political connections between the state and firms and address the puzzle of why China continues to favor its remaining SOEs even when they are less profitable.
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President Suzanne Puanani Vares-Lum with Gary Mukai

SPICE and the East-West Center: A 34-Year History

Blogs / June 21, 2022
SPICE will host a 2022 teacher summer institute at the East-West Center, continuing its longstanding relationship with the Center.
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Alisal High School Students

Stanford University gives Salinas students rare opportunity to learn about global issues

News / June 20, 2022
To help give young people a better understanding of the world around them, Stanford University is educating high school students on national security and world issues.
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Russia and Nuclear Weapons

What if Russia Uses Nuclear Weapon in Ukraine?

Commentary / June 20, 2022
A look at the grim scenarios—and the U.S. playbook for each
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U.S.-Russia relations, one year after Geneva

Commentary / June 16, 2022
The June 16, 2021 meeting in Geneva between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a positive impulse to a bilateral U.S.-Russia relationship that was plumbing post-Cold War depths. Both sides made modest progress in the following months, only to be wholly derailed by Putin’s war of choice against Ukraine. It will be a long time before the U.S.-Russia relationship can approach anything that resembles “normal.”
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Problems with Revisionism: A Conceptual Framework for Assessing Chinese Intentions

News / June 15, 2022
Deciphering China’s intentions is a pressing task for U.S. scholars and policymakers, yet there is a lack of consensus about what China plans to accomplish. In a new study that reviews the existing English and Chinese language literature on intentions and revisionism, Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro offers five propositions to allow for a more productive and data-driven approach to understanding Beijing’s intentions.
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The 2022 graduating class of the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy.

A Return to In-person Graduation for the 2022 Master’s in International Policy Class

News / June 14, 2022
After two years of online ceremonies due to the pandemic, the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy program celebrated with a fully in-person graduation ceremony for the 2022 graduating class.
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ARD Releases May 2022 Issue of Mofeed Digest

News / June 14, 2022
The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL is pleased to announce the release of the May 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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Announcing the Honorees of SPICE’s 2021–22 Regional Programs in Japan

News / June 14, 2022
Congratulations to the ten student honorees from Hiroshima Prefecture, Kawasaki City, Kobe City, Oita Prefecture, and Tottori Prefecture.
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Kari Bingen discusses Indian national security

APARC’s South Asia Initiative Sets Forth a New Agenda for Indian Competitiveness

News / June 13, 2022
The inaugural conference of APARC's South Asia Initiative convened experts from the public and private sectors to examine the role that critical and emerging technologies can play in India’s national security and generate new pathways for U.S.-India cooperation.
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CISAC Honors Class 2022

Congratulations to Our CISAC Honors Graduates

News / June 13, 2022
On Friday, June 10th, 2022, we celebrated the accomplishments of the students in the Honors Program in International Security Studies.
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Class of 2022 graduate Soomin Jun addresses classmates at their graduation ceremony

'Stand Up for Your Values and Ideas' says MIP Class of 2022 Student Speaker

News / June 13, 2022
Soomin Jun, a member of the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy Class of 2022, urged fellow graduates to remain humble and do good for each other and those in their communities.
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Preparing US Quarantine Stations for the Next Pandemic

News / June 13, 2022
Stanford Medicine's Jason Wang and Michele Barry sit on an expert committee of the National Academies examining ways the CDC's national quarantine network can better prepare for the next pandemic.
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Zac Stoor '22

News / June 12, 2022
Zac Stoor is graduating this year with a degree in political science and minors in global studies (with a specialization in European studies) and international relations.
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Amelia O'Donohue '22

News / June 12, 2022
Amelia O'Donohue is graduating this year with a degree in earth systems and a minor in global studies (with a specialization in European studies).
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Investigation Into the ‘Dirty List’ of Slave Labor in Brazil Focus of Prize-Winning Thesis

News / June 9, 2022
Maria Clara Rodrigues worked with SHP's Grant Miller at the Stanford Human Trafficking Data Lab to uncover ways in which politically connected predators of human trafficking often avoid punishment.
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Putin and Xi

Oksenberg Conference Panelists Discuss Origins, Limits, and Implications of Sino-Russian “Friendship without Limits”

News / June 8, 2022
Three weeks before Russian troops invaded Ukraine, China and Russia announced that their 2019 “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership of Coordination in a New Era” had been upgraded to a “friendship without limits.” Chinese, Russian, and third country commentators used even more inflated rhetoric to describe the relationship and predict its implications for the United States, the liberal order, and Taiwan. APARC’s 2022 Oksenberg Conference examined the origins, objectives, and implications of the much-vaunted relationship.
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