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Protesters attack the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

The Legacy of January 6

Scholars from across FSI reflect on the ongoing ramifications the insurrection is having on America's domestic politics and international influence.
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Will Russia Launch a Full Military Invasion of Ukraine?

Is Russian President Putin prepared to bear the domestic and international costs of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine or will he stop at pressuring NATO and the West for political concessions?
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Community Policing: A Better Way to Improve Policing or a Bust?

A new study shows that the celebrated practice of community policing may have few, if any, positive impacts on communities in the Global South.



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Meet the Nuclear Sleuths Shaking Up U.S. Spycraft

Commentary / January 19, 2022
Armed with Internet connections rather than security clearances, scholars, hobbyists and conspiracy peddlers are forcing intelligence agencies to rethink how they do business.

The Biden Nuclear Posture Review: Defense, Offense, and Avoiding Arms Races

Commentary / January 19, 2022
President Joe Biden’s administration is conducting a missile defense review in parallel with its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). Those reviews will determine whether to adjust the nuclear and missile...
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Civiil and Human Rights: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy

Blogs / January 17, 2022
SPICE recommends the use of a short lecture—titled “Civil and Human Rights: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy” by Dr. Clayborne Carson—for high school and college levels.
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A Look at the Supreme Court Ruling on Vaccination Mandates

Q&As / January 14, 2022
Two Stanford law, labor and health experts explain the legal and health implications of the Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for large...
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Analysis: N.Korea’s 'hypersonic missile' tests raise military stakes in Asia

Commentary / January 14, 2022
"These sorts of offense-defence races have been taking place globally for many decades now, and what we consistently see is that offence has the advantage," said Cameron Tracy, a researcher...
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After U.S.-Russia, NATO-Russia and OSCE Meetings, What Next?

Commentary / January 13, 2022
During the last two months of 2021, Russia created a crisis by deploying large military forces near Ukraine and demanding security guarantees from the United States and NATO.

Call for Stanford Student Applications: APARC Hiring 2022 Summer Research Assistants

News / January 13, 2022
To support Stanford students working in the area of contemporary Asia, the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Center is offering research assistant positions for summer 2022. The deadline for submitting...
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Jean Oi Elected Vice President of the Association for Asian Studies

News / January 12, 2022
APARC’s Jean Oi, a China expert, will begin her term with the AAS in March 2022, serving on a four-year leadership ladder of vice president, president, and past president. Representing all the...
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The Missing Fragments of My Japanese Identity

Blogs / January 11, 2022
The following reflection is a guest post written by Hikaru Sean Isayama, a 2020 alumnus of the Reischauer Scholars Program.
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Key nuclear treaty review plagued by COVID delays as distrust grows

Commentary / January 10, 2022
Today’s security environment calls for a renewed commitment to nonproliferation. No country alone can reverse adverse developments in Iran and dissuade others from seeking nuclear arsenals. Effective...
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How Fake Spies Ruin Real Intelligence

Commentary / January 9, 2022
Spy-themed entertainment is standing in for adult education on the subject, and although the idea might seem far-fetched, fictional spies are actually shaping public opinion and real intelligence...
Members of the Ukrainian military carry the flag of Ukraine during the 30th anniversary of the country's independence.

What the Ukraine-Russia Crisis Says about the Global Struggle for Democracy

News / January 7, 2022
Former prime minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk joins Michael McFaul on the World Class Podcast to analyze Russia's aggression towards Ukraine and how it fits into Vladamir Putin's...
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Kremlin’s unwillingness to recognize Ukraine as a sovereign state has resulted in major strategic failure for Russia, Stanford scholar says

Q&As / January 6, 2022
As Russia increases its military presence along the Ukrainian border, Stanford scholar Steven Pifer discusses what Russia hopes to achieve and why its policies toward Ukraine are backfiring.
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Herbert Lin On Cyber Threats And Nuclear Weapons

Q&As / January 5, 2022
In this Q&A, Lin discusses his recently released book Cyber Threats and Nuclear Weapons. He explains that until this publication, the literature about cyber technology’s impact on the nuclear...
Protesters attack the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

The Legacy of the January 6 Insurrection

Commentary / January 5, 2022
On the first anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol, scholars from across FSI reflect on the ongoing ramifications the insurrection is having on America's domestic politics and...
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Welcoming Hakeem Jefferson to CDDRL

News / January 4, 2022
Jefferson, an assistant professor of political science at Stanford University, will join the center as a faculty affiliate.
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The Forces Driving Industrial Automation in China

News / January 4, 2022
"By 2016, China had the world’s largest stock of operational robots. This was a massive increase from 2010, when it trailed Japan, the United States, Germany, and South Korea. To learn why and...
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Virtual Workshop for Community College Instructors Will Explore Cyber Threat Across the U.S. Nuclear Enterprise

News / January 4, 2022
SPICE and Stanford Global Studies will offer a free virtual workshop with Dr. Herbert Lin on January 25th, 4:00pm–6:00pm.
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Europe's Defense against Russia is, and should Remain, NATO's Core Mission

Commentary / December 28, 2021
In 1991, some 50 years after NATO’s establishment for the defense of Western Europe against a Soviet military threat, the Warsaw Pact disbanded and the Soviet Union collapsed.
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Russia’s draft agreements with NATO and the United States: Intended for rejection?

Commentary / December 21, 2021
Russia maintains the world’s largest nuclear arsenal and the most powerful conventional military forces in Europe. Russian military units currently are deployed — uninvited and unwanted — in Ukraine...
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Does the Kremlin Understand Ukraine? Apparently Not

Commentary / December 21, 2021
The abject failure of Russian policy toward Ukraine over the past seven years suggests Vladimir Putin has a flawed understanding of the country.
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Will Russia launch a full military invasion of Ukraine?

Commentary / December 16, 2021
As Russian troops gather on Ukraine’s borders, the outstanding question is whether Russian President Putin is prepared to bear the domestic and international costs of a full-scale invasion or if he’...
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Master’s Program Alumni and Students Connect to Withdraw Civilians from Afghanistan

News / December 15, 2021
Chelsea Berkey and other Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy alumni have gone to extraordinary lengths to help extract at-risk Afghan civilians before and after the U.S. withdrawal from...
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Accelerating Decarbonization in China and USA through Bilateral Collaboration

News / December 15, 2021
In October 2021, Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy, SCPKU, and China Program with Peking University’s Institute of Energy held closed-door roundtables to promote China and the United States...
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Preventing Preterm Deliveries Using a Digital Approach

News / December 15, 2021
SHP researchers awarded grant to continue their clinical trial testing out a digital app they hope will prevent preterm births.