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NPR's Emily Feng Recognized as the 2022 Shorenstein Journalism Honoree

At the 2022 Shorenstein Journalism Award, Feng discussed how the challenges of reporting as a foreign correspondent in China are forcing the West to reconfigure its understanding of the country and creating suspicion and mistrust.
Vladimir Putin at a Victory Day rally in Moscow.

Assessing Putin's Invasion of Ukraine

On a new season of the World Class podcast, Michael McFaul discusses recent developments of the war in Ukraine and how those will impact Ukraine's future, Russia's standing in the world, and the responses of the global community.
Corn damaged by drought

Five Questions About Food Security in a Warming World

FSE Director David Lobell explains some of the system-wide challenges — and solutions — to ensuring that people around the world have access to affordable, nutritious food.

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America and Ukraine Flags

We can’t afford US Congress wavering in its support for Ukraine

Commentary / October 27, 2022
Kevin McCarthy’s warning of no ‘blank check’ and progressive Democrats’ premature call for negotiations were unfortunate
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Luis Sanchez at the Summit for the Future of Central America

Bringing the Green Revolution to El Salvador

Blogs / October 26, 2022
Over the summer of 2022, Luis Sanchez worked in the Executive Office of the President Nayib Bukele and Vice President Felix Ulloa of El Salvador.
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Nuclear Mushroom

Nowhere to Hide: How a nuclear war would kill you — and almost everyone else.

Commentary / October 26, 2022
Direct radiation lasts less than a second, but its lethal level can extend over a mile in all directions from the detonation point of a modern-day nuclear weapon with an explosive yield equal to the effect of several hundred kilotons of TNT.
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Protection Against Omicron from Vaccination and Previous Infection

News / October 26, 2022
Research using data from residents and staff in the California prison systems show that vaccinations offer good protection against infection with Omicron, even among patients who had previous infections.
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View of the Himalayas from Suman Kumar's office at the National Innovation Center in Kathmandu

Building the National Innovation Center’s Partnership with the Government of Nepal

Blogs / October 26, 2022
Over the summer of 2022, Suman Kumar, MIP '23, interned at the National Innovation Center in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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Medical Malpractice Law — Doctrine and Dynamics

Commentary / October 26, 2022
David Studdert, a professor of health policy and professor of law, writes in this New England Journal of Medicine commentary that while clinicians face the specter of medical malpractice lawsuits, the number of paid claims against physicians has actually decreased by 75% in the past 20 years and looks at the the medical malpractice system and its impact on medical decision making.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping waves during a meeting.

China’s Xi Expands Power at Party Congress: Commentary Roundup

News / October 26, 2022
With Xi at the helm for a third term, we should expect to see a more assertive China and more turbulence in the regional and global order, say APARC Director Gi-Wook Shin and Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro. They offer their assessments of the outcomes of the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party and its implications for China’s trajectory and U.S.-China relations.
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CDDRL Launches Program Aimed at Strengthening Ukrainian Democracy and Development

News / October 25, 2022
The Strengthening Ukrainian Democracy and Development (SU-DD) Program, formerly the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program, is a 7-week training program for Ukrainian practitioners and policymakers.
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What Does It Mean to Be an American?: Reflections from Students (Part 9)

Blogs / October 25, 2022
Reflections of seven students on the educational website “What Does It Mean to Be an American?”
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South Korean soldiers participate in a river crossing exercise with U.S. soldiers.

Striking the Right Balance: What South Korea Can Do to Enhance Deterrence in the Taiwan Strait

News / October 25, 2022
Despite obstacles and risks, there are good reasons why South Korea should want to increase deterrence against China. In a new article, Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro and co-author Sungmin Cho chart an optimal strategy for Seoul to navigate the U.S.-China rivalry and support efforts to defend Taiwan.
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Susan Shirk speaking during the 2022 Hsieh Memorial Lecture.

Overreach and Overreaction: The Downward Spiral in the U.S.-China Relations

News / October 24, 2022
Dr. Susan Shirk joined Stanford Libraries and the Stanford Center on China’s Economy and Institutions as the featured speaker of the 2022 Dr. Sam-Chung Hsieh Memorial Lecture.
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U.S. President Joe Biden hosts a Quad Leaders Summit at the White House.

New Essay Collection Examines Minilateral Deterrence in the Indo-Pacific

News / October 24, 2022
A new Asia Policy roundtable considers whether and how minilateral groupings, such as the Quad and AUKUS, can deter coercion and aggression in the Indo-Pacific. The roundtable co-editor is APARC South Asia Research Scholar Arzan Tarapore, and it opens with an essay by Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro.
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Laborers work in field harvesting produce.

New Research Examines Benefits of Temporary Worker Visas for Seasonal Migrants to U.S.

News / October 24, 2022
A research team led by Beatriz Magaloni and Melanie Morten is gathering new data on how H-2A visas impact the economic and social outcomes of families in Mexico and small farm owners in the United States.
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The Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy Class of 2024 at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Meet the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy Class of 2024

Blogs / October 21, 2022
The 2024 class of the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy has arrived at Stanford eager to learn from our scholars and tackle policy challenges ranging from food security to cryptocurrency privacy.
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 U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau on June 26, 2022.

Creativity Key for U.S. to Best China in Infrastructure Race

Commentary / October 21, 2022
Biden's Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment can take lessons from successes involving the private sector.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping is applauded by senior members of the government and delegates.

In China, Xi Jinping Is Getting an Unprecedented Third Term. What Should the World Expect?

Commentary / October 20, 2022
Xi's plans are long term and unlikely to shift, but he can now be more aggressive than before in their pursuit.
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The Next Chapter for Hong Kong’s digital repression: Total judicial cooperation

Commentary / October 20, 2022
Charles Mok is an internet entrepreneur and IT advocate. He was formerly a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council and founded the Hong Kong chapter of the Internet Society. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University. This article appeared in OPTF.
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Beatriz Magaloni

Beatriz Magaloni Awarded the Stockholm Prize in Criminology

News / October 18, 2022
The international prize, equivalent to the Nobel in criminology, was awarded to Magaloni for her research showing that police organizations are vulnerable to populist demands.
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Stanford Program Empowers Next Generation of Public Health Experts

News / October 18, 2022
The School of Medicine's AHEaD program provides training and experience in population health research for college students who are from underrepresented and historically excluded groups in the health sciences. This summer's co-director Sherri Rose, an associate professor of health policy, says the program is intended to empower students from underrepresented populations.
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Students with Yasuhiro Fukano, Manager at the Wakayama Prefectural Board of Education, and Makiko Hirata

SPICE Launches New Course for Students in Wakayama Prefecture

Blogs / October 18, 2022
Instructor Makiko Hirata reflects on the launch of Stanford e-Wakayama, SPICE’s newest regional program in Japan.
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Would Putin Roll the Nuclear Dice?

Commentary / October 18, 2022
"The hope is that rationality would prevail, and that senior political and military leaders in Moscow, who may not be so obsessed with Ukraine, would come down on the side of caution."
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Emily Feng speaking at the 2022 Shorenstein Journalism Award.

Shorenstein Journalism Award Winner Emily Feng Examines the Consequences of China’s Information Void and the Future of China Reporting

News / October 17, 2022
The challenges facing foreign correspondents in China are forcing the West to reconfigure its understanding of the country, creating opacity that breeds suspicion and mistrust, says Emily Feng, NPR’s Beijing correspondent and recipient of the 2022 Shorenstein Journalism Award. But China seems to want the appearance of foreign media coverage without getting to the heart of what happens in the country.
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Nuclear Russia

How to Keep the Ukraine Conflict From Going Nuclear

Commentary / October 14, 2022
Putin’s menacing rhetoric has alarmed the West, but lessons learned 60 years ago in the Cuban Missile Crisis provide some reassurance
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Why Korea’s Future Depends on Its Universities

Commentary / October 13, 2022
Lessons from the United States
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The Ban Ki-moon Foundation and Stanford’s Asia-Pacific Research Center Launch Trans-Pacific Sustainability Dialogue

News / October 12, 2022
The Trans-Pacific Sustainability Dialogue convenes social science researchers and scientists from Stanford University and across the Asia-Pacific region, alongside student leaders, policymakers, and practitioners, to generate new research and policy partnerships to accelerate the implementation of the United Nations-adopted Sustainable Development Goals. The inaugural Dialogue will be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on October 27 and 28, 2022.
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