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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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Will Putin Miscalculate? 

Commentary / November 18, 2021
Europe currently faces several crises exploited or instigated by Russia.  Speculation runs rampant regarding what Vladimir Putin hopes to achieve.  He should take care not to overplay his hand.
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New Study Shows Support for Paid Family Leave Grew During Pandemic

News / November 18, 2021
In a blow to arguments that a federal paid leave law would harm small businesses, a new study co-authored by SHP's Maya Rossin-Slater finds that support for paid leave among small employers is...
Grandfather and granddaughter sit in home in rural China.

Rural Poverty is the Biggest Obstacle to China's Rise, Says Economist Scott Rozelle

News / November 18, 2021
Katrin Buchenbacher from Neue Zürcher Zeitung interviewed Scott Rozelle about his recent book on China's rural population.
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Aspen Digital's Commission on Information Disorder Releases Their Final Report

News / November 17, 2021
The report is the culmination of work by Aspen Digita's Commission on Information Disorder, with guidance from Stanford Cyber's Renee DiResta, Alex Stamos, Daphne Keller, Nate Persily and...
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James X. Dempsey of GTG Publishes New Book on Cybersecurity

News / November 17, 2021
Almost as swiftly as cybersecurity has emerged as a major corporate and public policy concern, a body of cybersecurity law has developed. This body of law is not systematic. Like all things digital,...
"Engaging China: Fifty Years of Sino-American Relations" book cover

Engaging China: Fifty Years of Sino-American Relations

News / November 16, 2021
Was the strategy of engagement with China worthwhile? Experts Mary Bullock, Thomas Fingar, David M. Lampton, and Anne Thurston discuss their recent release, "Engaging China: Fifty Years of Sino-...
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'Xi Jinping '100 per cent' can be trusted': US warned over Taiwan independence

Commentary / November 16, 2021
China’s President Xi Jinping can “100 per cent” be trusted and warned western nations would be making a “big mistake” if they didn’t take the superpower’s threats to forcefully retake Taiwan...
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Teaching Diverse Perspectives on the Vietnam War

Blogs / November 16, 2021
On Veterans Day 2021, SPICE Director Gary Mukai reflects on some lesser-known stories of Vietnam War veterans.
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US Global Ransomware Summit: More Needs to be Done

Commentary / November 15, 2021
The US Justice Department’s arrest of several affiliates of the Russian-speaking REvil ransomware group comes a month after Washington hosted a virtual international summit on ransomware attacks. The...
Data graph lines over cityscape in China.

SCCEI Launches New Impact Initiative with the China Briefs

News / November 15, 2021
The SCCEI China Briefs are short features that translate top-quality academic research into evidence-based insights for those interested in China and U.S.-China relations. Released twice a month,...
BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 01: Chinese rocket launchers are seen at a parade to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 , at Tiananmen Square on October 1, 2019 in Beijing, China.

What are hypersonic missiles and why do they matter?

Commentary / November 15, 2021
Following a recent test in China, Cameron Tracy talks to the BBC about a new breed of hypersonic missiles and whether they will make the world a more dangerous place.
Chaeri Park, Master's in International Policy ('22)

Bridging Cyber Issues in Asia and the U.S. as an Intern at the Asia Society Policy Institute

Blogs / November 14, 2021
During her summer internship with the Asia Policy Institute, Chaeri Park (Master's in International Policy '22) focused on how nations in Southeast Asia are working bilaterally, regionally...
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Biden, Xi Will Want To Diminish Exaggerated Characterizations of Bilateral Friction, Stanford Scholar Says

Q&As / November 12, 2021
In this Q&A, Stanford scholar Thomas Fingar discusses what to expect when President Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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Egypt Scholar Reexamines 2011 Uprising in New Book

News / November 11, 2021
The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL hosted a talk featuring Mona El-Ghobashy, Clinical Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies at New York University, who discussed her latest book...
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Brazil Election Scene Setter

Blogs / November 11, 2021
This is the fourth of a series of pieces we have published on societies and elections at risk from online disinformation. The politically-fueled disinformation engine in Brazil puts the country in...
Oriana Skylar Mastro and Air Force Members

Stanford Scholar Combines Military Service and Academic Research

News / November 11, 2021
Oriana Skylar Mastro has built two careers simultaneously: one as an academic, the other, as a service member in the U.S. Air Force.
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America's Future in Taiwan

Commentary / November 10, 2021
Intensifying threats of a military conflict over Taiwan have brought uncertainty to the stability of regional security for Southeast Asia, according to Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro on radio...
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REDI Task Force Letter in Support of Hakeem Jefferson

News / November 9, 2021
A message from REDI Task Force Chair, Beatriz Magaloni
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A Gateway to Collaboration: SPICE/Stanford and CASEER/University of Tokyo

Blogs / November 9, 2021
The SPICE/Stanford–CASEER/UTokyo Lecture Series provides a platform to share current educational research and practice.
Global Affiliates

Global Affiliates Program Welcomes 2021-22 Fellows

News / November 9, 2021
Each year, the Global Affiliates Program hosts at APARC a cohort of qualified personnel nominated by our affiliate members, who send their talent to Stanford as visiting fellows for a year of...
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Letter in Support of Hakeem Jefferson

News / November 9, 2021
Faculty members in Stanford’s political science department, and members of the department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEI), offer their perspective on the recent attacks on their...
 A woman at a desk in a village medical clinic in China.

Strengthening the Frontline: How Primary Health Care Improves Net Value in Chronic Disease Management

News / November 8, 2021
Empirical evidence by Karen Eggleston and colleagues suggests that better primary health care management of chronic disease in rural China can reduce spending while contributing to better health.
Vladamir Putin and Xi Jinping shake hands.

Understanding the Global Rise of Authoritarianism

News / November 8, 2021
National security analyst and veteran podcaster Ben Rhodes joins Michael McFaul on World Class to discuss his new book, After the Fall: Being American in the World We've Made, and the reasons...
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What a house cat can teach us about cybersecurity

Commentary / November 7, 2021
The nation spends billions of dollars on cybersecurity measures, and yet we seem unable to get ahead of this problem. Why are our computers so hard to protect? An experience with a house cat...
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Foreign Policy: The U.S. is Still Beating China in Human Capital—For Now

News / November 4, 2021
Authors Ryan Hass and Jude Blanchette highlight Scott Rozelle's research on the human capital criss in rural China.

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