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FSI Director Michael McFaul introduces President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at a live video address on May 27, 2022.

FSI Director Michael McFaul Honored by the Government of Ukraine with State Award

In a show of appreciation for his support of Ukraine, Michael McFaul was awarded an Order of Merit by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
President Ronald Reagan shakes hands with Mikhail Gorbachev.

Reflections on Mikhail Gorbachev's Life from FSI Scholars

Rose Gottemoeller, Steven Pifer, Francis Fukuyama, and Michael McFaul discuss the complex life and legacy of the last leader of the Soviet Union.
Chinese soldier in Beijing

Assessing China’s Conventional and Unconventional Challenges to U.S. National Security

Oriana Skylar Mastro offers guidance on how to identify and understand the various strategic threats presented by the still-rising superpower.

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Elderly woman scoops water in Shanxi province.

In China’s Rapidly Ageing Society, Elderly Rural Residents Must Not Be Left to Fend for Themselves

News / September 23, 2022
Author Lijia Zhang quotes Scott Rozelle in her opinion piece in the South China Morning Post looking at how China’s ageing problem is particularly acute in rural areas, where elderly residents often have no children around to care for them and pensions are too low to live on.
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Migrant Agricultural Workers in Truck and Waiting in Line for a Day’s Work in the Field, Florida, 1939, by Marion Post Wolcott

This Land Is Your Land: The Great Depression, Migrant Farm Workers, and the Legacy of the New Deal

Blogs / September 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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Soldier of the Indian Army looks upwards

A Risky New Status Quo

Commentary / September 22, 2022
The tentative conciliatory steps between nuclear-armed rivals at the LAC are important, but come with riders for India.
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A political cartoon encouraging Indians to boycott Chinese products

My Heart Belongs to Kashmir

Blogs / September 21, 2022
An Analysis of a Pro-Indian Army Covert Influence Operation on Twitter
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The flags of Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) members in ASEAN headquarter at Jalan Sisingamangaraja No.70A, South Jakarta, Indonesia. From left the flags of: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thail

How ASEAN Can Still Help on Myanmar

Commentary / September 21, 2022
The Southeast Asian bloc must make it clear that it will not accept the military junta’s sham election.
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Rose Gottemoeller

Rose Gottemoeller testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee

News / September 20, 2022
Rose Gottemoeller's main takeaways from her opening statement while testifying before the SASC
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Honorees of SPICE’s 2021–2022 regional programs in Japan

SPICE Honors Top Students from 2021–2022 Regional Programs in Japan

News / September 20, 2022
Congratulations to the student honorees from Fukuoka Prefecture, Hiroshima Prefecture, Kawasaki City, Kobe City, Oita Prefecture, and Tottori Prefecture.
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Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Ukraine made recent battlefield gains. How will Putin retaliate?

Commentary / September 19, 2022
Ukraine's battlefield victories are a reason for celebration. But could it could also usher in another dangerous phase — with Russia's President Vladimir Putin lashing out in other ways.
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Animated robots in factory

"China's Bot Boom" Article in The Wire Quotes SCCEI Scholars

News / September 18, 2022
"Can robot-driven advanced manufacturing be a panacea for China’s slowing economy? China sure hopes so." The Wire China author Isabella Borshoff quotes SCCEI co-directors Hongbin Li and Scott Rozelle in pursuit of the answer.
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Biden celebration at White House for passage of Inflation Reduction Act 2022

How the Inflation Reduction Act Impacts Health Policy

Q&As / September 16, 2022
Michelle Mello — a professor of heath policy and law — attended the Sept. 13 gathering at the White House to celebrate the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act 2022. She was invited for her contributions on Medicare price negotiation modeling for the landmark piece of legislation. In this Q&A, she discusses the bill's impact on health policy.
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Kerstin Norris

Research Assistant Spotlight: Kerstin Norris Examines Race and Racism in Asia with Gi-Wook Shin

Q&As / September 16, 2022
MA in East Asian Studies candidate Kerstin Norris spent the summer assisting APARC and Korea Program Director Gi-Wook Shin with his research on racial tensions in Asia. Looking to pursue a PhD in Sociology, Norris found tremendous value in a collaborative academic environment. We spoke with Norris about her experience as a research assistant and her time working with Dr. Shin.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin

Putin's Disaster in Ukraine

Commentary / September 15, 2022
On Vladimir Putin’s order, the Russian army launched a new invasion of Ukraine in February. That has inflicted tragedy on Ukrainians but, seven months later, has also proved a catastrophe for Russia.
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 South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol waves a national flag during the celebration of the 77th National Liberation Day at Presidential House on August 15, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea.

The Path Ahead for Yoon

Commentary / September 15, 2022
How Korea’s New President Can Recover from His First 100 Days of Struggles
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Washington Monument, Washington, United States

Honors Students to Meet with Top-Level Policy Makers in Washington, D.C.

Blogs / September 14, 2022
From September 18 through 24, the Fisher Family Honors Program class of 2023 will attend CDDRL's annual Honors College, gaining firsthand exposure to how the federal government, policy organizations, and think tanks work to advance democracy and development around the world.
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Hana Kameyama, Miyu Kato, and Yuta Muraki

Winners Announced for the Spring 2022 Stanford e-Japan Award

News / September 13, 2022
Congratulations to our newest student honorees.
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2022-23 Lee Kong Chian National University of Singapore-Stanford Fellows to Explore Legacies of War in Southeast Asia, Islamic Law in Indonesia

News / September 13, 2022
Political scientist Jacques Bertrand and social anthropologist Reza Idria will join APARC as Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Fellows on Southeast Asia for the 2022-23 academic year.
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Stephen Kotkin joins the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies as a senior fellow working at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.

Russian History Expert Stephen Kotkin Appointed FSI Senior Fellow

News / September 12, 2022
Kotkin’s research interests include authoritarianism, geopolitics, global political economy, and modernism in the arts and politics.
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2022–23 Applications Now Open: Stanford/SPICE East Asia Seminars for Teachers in Hawai‘i

News / September 12, 2022
High school teachers across the state of Hawai‘i are eligible to apply. The application deadline is October 14.
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Jerome He

Research Assistant Spotlight: Jerome He Examines Great Power Competition with Oriana Skylar Mastro

Q&As / September 9, 2022
Political Science major Jerome He ‘24, spent the summer assisting APARC Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro. He leveraged the opportunity to expand his knowledge of Chinese security issues and refine his research acumen. We spoke with He about his experience as a research assistant and his time working for Dr. Mastro.
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Margaret Levi, Senior Fellow at FSI

Political Scientist Margaret Levi Joins CDDRL

News / September 8, 2022
Levi, whose research focuses on how to improve citizen confidence in governmental and organizational leadership, has been appointed a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
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Doctor and nurse working on computer together. Female medical professionals are wearing uniforms. They are standing in hospital corridor.

Incentivizing Quality of Care: New Study Shows Positive Outcomes in Taiwan’s Pay-for-Performance Diabetes Care Program

News / September 6, 2022
In the first study to evaluate pay-for-performance implementation at a hospital system in Taiwan, APARC’s Asia Health Policy Program Director Karen Eggleston and co-authors reveal how incentive-based measures to ensure continuity and quality of care resulted in positive health outcomes.
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Project 17 co-founders and executive directors hold up the number “17” during a Zoom meeting

China Scholars Program and Stanford e-China Alumnae Launch Project 17

Blogs / September 6, 2022
Project 17 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization connecting students around the world to address the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.
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Six Stanford students sitting on grassy field

Spring 2023 Applications Now Open: Stanford Online Courses for High School Students on China, Korea, and Japan

News / September 5, 2022
Subtitle: Students with a strong interest in East Asia or international relations are encouraged to apply. Applications are due October 31.
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President Ronald Reagan shakes hands with Mikhail Gorbachev.

Reflections on Mikhail Gorbachev's Life from FSI Scholars

News / September 2, 2022
Rose Gottemoeller, Steven Pifer, Francis Fukuyama, and Michael McFaul discuss the complex life and legacy of the last leader of the Soviet Union.
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