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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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First Lady Michelle Obama visits SCPKU

News / March 22, 2014
The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, spoke at SCPKU today and said study abroad allows students to realize that countries all have a stake in each other's success. Following her remarks, she held a conversation with students on the Stanford campus via SCPKU's Highly Immersive Classroom.
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Michelle Obama promotes study abroad during speech at Stanford center in Beijing

News / March 22, 2014
Speaking at the Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing on Saturday, Michelle Obama said study abroad allows students to realize that countries all have a stake in each other's success. Following her remarks, she held a conversation with students on the Stanford campus via a high-tech videoconference.
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How Stanford uses technology to spread education

News / March 21, 2014
While visiting SCPKU, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama used the Highly Immersive Classroom to connect students there with students at Stanford University. Garth Saloner, Dean of Stanford's Graduate School of Business, talks about how Stanford uses technology to spread education.
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Long-time aid worker evaluates disability policy in North Korea

News / March 20, 2014
Katharina Zellweger, visiting scholar at CISAC and former Pantech Fellow at Shorenstein APARC, produces a new working paper on disability policy in the DPKR, leveraging experiences from her 20-year career in humanitarian aid there. She attempts to provide an informed, balanced view of what it means to live with disabilities in a changing North Korea.
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Rethinking Libya’s Political Isolation Law

News / March 18, 2014
In a recently released paper titled “Rethinking Libya’s Political Isolation Law" co-produced by Brookings Doha Center and ARD, Roman David and Houda Mzioudet examine the controversy over Libya’s Political Isolation Law that passed in May 2013 and its likely effects. The Brookings Doha Center-Stanford Project on Arab Transitions aims to generate comprehensive analysis of the conditions affecting democratization and good governance during the period of Arab transition.
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Eyes on Crimea, China makes its move

Commentary / March 17, 2014
As the world is distracted by events in Crimea and the missing Malaysian jet, Donald K. Emmerson says that China could hardly have chosen a better time to blockade Phillipine ships and extend its hold over disputed territories. He argues that China is reinforcing its two-track approach: hosting futile discussions in ASEAN, while simultaneously, changing conditions in the South China Sea.
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Growth in Drug Treatment Has Led to More Innovation

Commentary / March 17, 2014
Insurance coverage for addiction treatment has been expanded more in the past five months than in the preceding five decades. Contrary to the common complaint that nothing is changing in the “war on drugs”, the U.S. has never been closer to providing universal addiction treatment on demand.
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Crop yields likely to fall with rising temperatures

News / March 17, 2014
FSE’s David Lobell finds that an increase of more than two degrees Celsius in average global temperature is likely to cause yields of wheat, rice and maize to fall throughout the 21st century. Early adaptation could increase projected yields by up to 15 percent.
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Stanford researchers launch new approach to health policy in India

News / March 17, 2014
Grant Miller and Nomita Divi are spearheading the Stanford India Health Policy Initiative, a program that rethinks health care in India. The initiative’s focus comes from the people who regularly confront problems with the country's health care services and strives to understand why patients and providers don’t always make seemingly logical decisions.
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Zegart: Feinstein-CIA fracas is a blow for the intelligence agency

Q&As / March 13, 2014
CISAC Co-Director Amy Zegart calls accusations by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein that the CIA may have violated the U.S. Constitution "an extraordinary moment" for relations between Congress and the intelligence agency.
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NSA phone records yield private medical, financial and legal data

News / March 13, 2014
Two computer science graduate students, including CISAC cybersecurity fellow Jonathan Mayer, have found that the NSA's mass collection of phone records can yield much more information about people's private lives than the U.S. government claims. New research shows how "metadata" surveillance can be used to identify information about callers including medical conditions, financial and legal connections, and even whether they own a gun.
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Listen to FSI's Karl Eikenberry's take on U.S. foreign policy today

News / March 13, 2014
FSI fellow and former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry talks to WUNC North Carolina Public Radio about the current state of American foreign policy. He believes the humanities can provide an innovative approach to modern diplomacy.
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Reflecting on a childhood shaped by immigration policy

News / March 13, 2014

On February 27, 2014, Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) co-hosted an event, "Legacies of the Bracero Program, 1942-1964," during which ten former braceros were recognized by SPICE, FSI, and the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS).

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Diamond on democratic development and key global issues

News / March 11, 2014
In a two-part interview with “WorldDenver Talks”, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond discusses democratic development, current events in Ukraine, liberation technology and the role of social media. “WorldDenver Talks” is a series that features one-on-one interviews with international visitors and experts on the critical global issues.
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Burmese journalist critically examines Myanmar’s reforms, receives award at Stanford

News / March 11, 2014
Aung Zaw, founding editor of The Irrawaddy newsmagazine, received the 2013 Shorenstein Journalism Award on March 6 and joined a panel of experts to consider Myanmar’s democratic transition.
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Eyeglasses Boost Test Scores in Rural China

News / March 11, 2014
Test scores jump following a massive effort by FSI's Rural Education Action Program to screen the vision of 20,000 children in rural China. REAP scholars partnered with Chinese ophthalmologists and scores of graduate students to orchestrate the massive project, the first to examine vision problems in rural China.
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FSI Implementation Lab puts focus on international policy in practice

News / March 10, 2014
FSI's new International Policy Implementation Lab will support a project led by CISAC political scientist Scott Sagan that uses online polling to better gauge the public’s tolerance for the use of nuclear weapons under certain scenarios.
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FSI Implementation Lab puts focus on international policy in practice

News / March 7, 2014
The International Policy Implementation Lab will bolster research, teaching and long-term engagement with urgent problems around the world. The lab, which is being supported in part with an initial $2 million gift from two anonymous donors, launches by supporting six projects led by Stanford faculty. Another round of funding will be available later this year.
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Stanford experts weigh in on the Ukrainian crisis

News / March 4, 2014
From the November 2013 public protests in Kiev to Crimea's breakaway from Ukraine, FSI scholars have been monitoring developments throughout the region. Since stepping down last month as Washington’s ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul has returned to Stanford where he continues to analyze the unfolding crisis. Follow McFaul, Kathryn Stoner, Stephen Krasner, Norman Naimark and Gail Lapidus as the FSI senior fellows share their expertise and insights into the situation.
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Task force hopes to curb misuse of digital tools to exploit children

News / March 4, 2014
CISAC affiliate John Villasenor goes before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs to present a report by the Digital Economy Task Force on efforts to combat the misuse of digital technology to exploit children. The task force was convened by the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children and Thomson Reuters to spur a global policy debate about the issue.
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Stanford scholar discusses Putin’s search for greatness

News / March 3, 2014
In a piece for Foreign Affairs, FSI Senior Fellow Kathryn Stoner discusses Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a show of force by Russian President Vladimir Putin to re-establish the country as a superpower for a domestic and international audience. Stoner argues that there is little the West can do about the annex of Crimea without risking a third World War.
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Zegart argues grand strategy is misguided in post-9/11 world

News / March 3, 2014
Political scientist and CISAC Co-director Amy Zegart argues that the notion of an American foreign policy grand strategy in the post-9/11 world is a relic of Cold War thinking. Today's threats are much more complex and shifting than ever before.
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Caixin Column 6: A Tale of Two Travesties

News / March 3, 2014
REAP co-director Scott Rozelle builds on a ten-part series for Caixin Magazine titled, "Inequality 2030: Glimmering Hope in China in a Future Facing Extreme Despair." In his sixth column, Rozelle asks why rural China continues to be plagued by poor vision and intestinal worms.
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Fukuyama compares governance in China and U.S.

News / February 28, 2014
In a recent blog article in The Huffington Post, Francis Fukuyama compares the triumphs and pitfalls of Chinese and U.S. models of governance, acknowledging the necessity for China to establish a formal legal system with better accountability.
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