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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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Afghans line up in two rows to board a U.S. military plane in August 2021

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...
China Climate change

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...
Old man smokes out of a pipe while sitting in a field.

The Threat to China from its Invisible Population

Blogs / December 14, 2021
Author Sam Olsen interviews Scott Rozelle about the findings in his book "Invisible China: How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China's Rise."
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What Does It Mean to Be an American?: Reflections from Students (Part 6)

Blogs / December 14, 2021
Reflections of eight students on the website “What Does It Mean to Be an American?”
Herb Lin

Responding to Fischerkeller on Initiative Persistence

Commentary / December 14, 2021
I have struggled to find something with which I disagree in Michael Fischerkeller’s response to my thought experiment adopting the 2018 U.S. Cyber Command (USCC) Command Vision. A couple of such...
Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman (Ret.)

Alexander Vindman Speaks to the Importance of Upholding Democracy at Home and Abroad

News / December 13, 2021
On the World Class Podcast, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman (Ret.) makes the case for why integrity and values are foundational to the success of democracies everywhere.
Graphic of books lined up.

The Economist Lists "Invisible China" as One of the Best Books of 2021

News / December 11, 2021
On December 11, 2021 The Economist published their list of the best books of 2021. Scott Rozelle's newest book, "Invisible China" was listed third on the line up!
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A Message from Beatriz Magaloni, REDI Task Force Chair

News / December 10, 2021
The new Chair of REDI discusses the contents of the REDI report and what we can do now.

New Continuing Studies Course with Clayborne Carson

News / December 10, 2021
Available through Stanford Continuing Studies, "American Prophet: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr." will run online for eight weeks on Thursdays from January 20 through March...
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

China Wants to Join Southeast Asia’s Nuclear-Free Zone. Why Now?

Commentary / December 9, 2021
President Xi Jinping recently announced that China wants to adhere to Southeast Asia’s nuclear-free zone “as early as possible" to become the first nuclear state to join the pact. Musto finds...
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The Platform Transparency and Accountability Act: New legislation addresses platform data secrecy

News / December 9, 2021
New legislation, informed by testimony from Nathaniel Persily, Stanford Law professor and Co-director of the Cyber Policy Center, aims to address the concerning disparity between what platforms know...
Arelena Shala, Master's in International Policy ('22)

Geospatial Intelligence as a Means of Promoting International Security

Blogs / December 9, 2021
Arelena Shala, a student in the Class of '22 of the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy (MIP) helped pioneer several new projects on geospatial intelligence gathering during her...
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Is Russia preparing for war?

Commentary / December 9, 2021
As Russia builds up forces near Ukraine, it continues to insist its troops are there simply to conduct military exercises. While exercises are routine, they have also historically been used by Russia...
Larry Diamond, center, with the Mosbacher family - Nancy, Bruce, Emily and Jack.

Larry Diamond Named Mosbacher Senior Fellow in Global Democracy at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

News / December 9, 2021
CDDRL’s Larry Diamond, a world-renowned expert on comparative democracy, is recognized for a career of impact on students, policymakers and democratic activists around the world.
Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin shaking hands

Russia-Ukraine: Biden did the Needed with Putin

Commentary / December 8, 2021
US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin spoke via video link for around two hours on December 7 in a hastily arranged virtual summit to address international concerns over a...
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Will Russia Invade Ukraine?

Commentary / December 7, 2021
All eyes are on Ukraine (including ours). Steven Pifer, a William J. Perry Research Fellow at CISAC and former ambassador to Ukraine, joins co-host Tom Collina to discuss Putin’s motivations for...
Soomin Jun, Master's in International Policy ('22)

Building Economic Resiliency in the APEC Region Post-COVID-19

Blogs / December 7, 2021
Working with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Soomin Jun (Master’s in International Policy '22) found new connections between her interests in supporting the economic development of...
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2022 Shorenstein Journalism Award Open to Nomination Entries

News / December 6, 2021
Sponsored by Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, the annual award recognizes outstanding journalists and journalism organizations for excellence in coverage of the Asia-...
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Stanford’s Program on Democracy and the Internet Launches New Initiative on Digital Technologies in Emerging Countries

News / December 6, 2021
The project will shed light on the impact of technological disruptions on emerging economies to assess and present regulatory solutions.
President Biden and Vladimir Putin

What Biden should say to Putin on Ukraine

Commentary / December 6, 2021
President Joe Biden will hold a secure video call with Russian President Vladimir Putin December 7 against the backdrop of a menacing Russian military build-up near Ukraine. U.S. intelligence...
Encina Hall and its front lawn

Call for Papers | Digital Technologies in Emerging Countries: Impacts and Responses

News / December 6, 2021
The Program on Democracy and the Internet (PDI) at Stanford’s Cyber Policy Center is soliciting papers for a new initiative called “Digital Technologies in Emerging Countries: Impacts and Responses...
Eyal Zilberman, Master's in International Policy ('22)

Impacting Online Social Discourse at the Oversight Board

Blogs / December 3, 2021
Eyal Zilberman (Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy Class of ’22) had a unique opportunity to see the challenges of regulating social media on from the inside out while working with the...
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In Bed with Embeds: How a Network Tied to IRA Operations Created Fake “Man on the Street” Content Embedded in News Articles

Blogs / December 2, 2021
In this post and in the attached report, we investigate IRA operations

Analysis of Twitter Takedowns Linked to Venezuela, Mexico, Tanzania, and China

Blogs / December 2, 2021
In this post and in the attached reports, we investigate four newly suspended Twitter operations.
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China's Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy

News / November 30, 2021
Peter Martin discusses the advent of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy in Chinese politics — is it really such a new phenomenon after all?