Policy Impact

Stamos Testimony

Policy Impact

At FSI, our scholars don't just study pressing global challenges, they make a difference in the real world.

World-Class Research, Real-World Impact

At FSI, we aspire not only to study global problems, but also to solve them. Our research is delivered to those who have the ability to make change in several ways: we provide policy advice through Congressional testimony; we engage policymakers in person and in small groups; we form research-policy partnerships with governments; we host public events to share research with policy actors in Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley, and around the world; and engage with news and social media in order to inform the public debate.

We also know that impact requires policymakers capable of affecting change. That's why we train policymakers in the U.S. and worldwide, and prepare the next generation of policymakers through undergraduate programs as well as our Master's in International Policy.

Finally, many FSI scholars have been policymakers themselves, making an impact in the field and then bringing real-world experience with them to strengthen FSI's work.

There is a benefit to researching and studying policy here at Stanford – it affords us a unique perspective because of the distance from D.C., and allows us to take a longer view on current world affairs. Below are a few examples of how we are building the bridges to ensure our research flows to policy professionals all around the world.

I appreciate your interest in our work. Please reach out to us if you'd like to learn more or connect with an FSI scholar.

Sincerely, 

Michael McFaul
Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House, 2009-2012
U.S. Ambassador to Russia, 2012-2014

Congressional Testimony

Karen Eggleston speaking to an online panel.

China’s Use of Technology in its Healthcare System

Asia health policy expert Karen Eggleston provides testimony for a U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission hearing on China's domestic healthcare infrastructure and the use of technology in its healthcare system amid COVID-19.
Michael McFaul testimony

The Russian Threat to U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul provides testimony for a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing held in response to a U.S. intelligence report that accused Russia of paying bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan.
Megan Palmer testifies at a Senate subcommittee hearing

Securing U.S. Leadership in the Bioeconomy

Dr. Megan Palmer testifies before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation's Subcommittee on Science, Oceans, Fisheries, and Weather about the bioeconomy, the federal government’s role in the bioeconomy, and the potential risks from such research.
Stamos Testimony

Artificial Intelligence and Counterterrorism: Possibilities and Limitations

Alex Stamos testifies before the House Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism on the Possibilities and Limitations of Artificial Intelligence for Counterterrorism.

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Engaging Policymakers

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Talking Election Security in the Nation’s Capital

On the heels of their 108-page report recommending ways to prevent meddling in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, two of the co-authors, Alex Stamos and Nathaniel Persily, landed in Washington, D.C. to share their findings with policymakers.
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Going Outside the Bubble to Understand Threats to Democracy

Deputy Administrator of USAID Bonnie Glick met with FSI scholars to discuss threats to democracy.
Stephen Biegun delivers remarks at Stanford at a Shorenstein APARC event.

U.S. Special Envoy for North Korea Delivers First Public Address on U.S.-DPRK Diplomacy

The Asia-Pacific Research Center hosted Stephen Biegun as he prepared to travel to meeting with North and South Korean officials.
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Senior Congressional Staff Visit Stanford for the Cyber and Artificial Intelligence Boot Camp

A bipartisan group of congressional staffers took part in the Cyber and Artificial Intelligence Boot Camp last week, bringing industry experts together to explore the ever changing technology landscape and its effect on policy issues.

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Policy Research Partnerships

Healthy Elections Project

Healthy Elections Project

The Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project was developed to ensure that the 2020 election can proceed with integrity, safety, and equal access.
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Election Integrity Partnership

The EIP is a coalition of research entities whose objective is to detect and mitigate the impact of attempts to prevent or deter people from voting or to delegitimize election results.
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New Impact Lab Supports Renewable Energy Integration

The Program on Energy and Sustainable Development and the California Public Utilities Commission are partnering to design and implement next-generation policies and regulations that support California's ambitious renewable energy goals.
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Upscaling China's Government

Researchers at the Rural Education Program work with Chinese government officials from project conception to the last day of data collection to ensure research projects aligns with government priorities and local needs.

Policy Relevant Research

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'Securing American Elections' Report Offers a Policy Road Map

FSI scholars urges policymakers, in both government and the private sector, to act immediately in order to protect the integrity and independence of U.S. elections, particularly in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.
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Recommendations to Safeguard Democratic Elections Around the World

FSI scholars make a number of recommendations as to how best to tackle the threats posed by social media to free and fair elections.
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Global Populisms and Their Challenges

FSI scholars explain the nature of the threat and potential solutions for the rise of global populism.

See all of our policy-relevant white papers and reports.

Students and Alumni

Master's students Mariann Varga and Elani Owen work together at a laptop.

Improving Living Conditions in Niger

The Niger State Government adopted a policy proposal from Master's students Elani Owen and Mariann Varga aimed at increasing government accountability in the city of Suleja.
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Draper Hills Fellows Reflect on Activism, Democracy and the Importance of Collaboration

Five fellows describe the impact of the Draper Hills program on their work and activism on the frontlines of democratic change around the world.
Geo Saba in Washington DC with Scott Sagan and Joe Felter

From CISAC Classrooms to the Halls of Congress

Geo Saba, legislative director for Congressman Ro Khanna, credits his time as a CISAC Honors student for enabling him to make a policy impact with his career.
Radhika Lalit

Alumna is Leading the Charge in the Fight Against Climate Change

Radhika Lalit is making a policy impact on environmental issues in a number of ways, and recently received two awards for her efforts.

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Policymaker-Academics

FSI is home to many scholars who served in government, the military and international organizations such as the United Nations.

Colin Kahl speaks with a television reporter in Encina Hall following an event on US-Iran relations in January 2020.

Scholars in the Media

FSI's experts engage with news, print, and social media in order to inform the public debate.

Contact: Ari Chasnoff, Associate Director for Communications