Regional Expertise

Regional Expertise on display at Draper Hills event

Regional Expertise

In addition to the most pressing issues of the day, scholars at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies focus their research on many regions of the world, from Beijing to Brazil.

Research Spotlight

President Moon Jae In of South Korea during his inauguration proceedings.

South Korea's Democratic Decay

South Korea is following global trends as it slides toward a “democratic depression.” Both the spirit of democracy and actual liberal-democratic standards are under attack.
Cover of the book 'The Deer and the Dragon: Southeast Asia and China in the 21st Century"

The Deer and the Dragon: Southeast Asia and China in the 21st Century

Southeast Asian and Chinese perceptions of each other are examined using survey research and by asking whether China views the region as its “strategic backyard.”
Vincent Barletta book cover

Rhythm: Form and Dispossession

Author Vincent Barletta explores rhythm as a primordial and physical binding force that establishes order and form in the ancient world, as the anatomy of lived experience in early modern Europe, and as a subject of aesthetic and ethical questioning in the twentieth century.

Featured Faculty

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Karen Eggleston

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
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Karen Eggleston

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Deputy Director, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center
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Scott Rozelle

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
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Scott Rozelle

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Co-Director, Rural Education Action Program
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Beatriz Magaloni

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
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Beatriz Magaloni

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Professor of Political Science
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Yong Suk Lee

Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
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Yong Suk Lee

Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Deputy Director, Korea Program at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center

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Journal Articles

The View from Somewhere: Lessons from the Intelligence Failure in Iran

Arzan Tarapore
Intelligence and National Security, 2022 July 19, 2022
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Nancy Bernkopf Tucker: Scholar and Public Servant

Thomas Fingar
International Security Studies Forum, 2022 July 12, 2022
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China’s Grand Strategy

Oriana Skylar Mastro
Asia Policy, 2022 January 27, 2022

Oriana Skylar Mastro reviews Rush Doshi’s book The Long Game: China’s Grand Strategy to Displace American Order (New York: Oxford University Press, 2021).

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The Standstill Conundrum: The Advent of Second-Strike Vulnerability and Options to Address It

Rose Gottemoeller
The Texas National Security Review, 2021 October 1, 2021

Emerging and disruptive technologies spell an uncertain future for second-strike retaliatory forces. New sensors and big data analysis may render mobile missiles and submarines vulnerable to detection. I call this development the “standstill conundrum”: States will no longer be able to assure a nuclear response should they be hit by a nuclear first strike. If the nuclear weapons states can manage this vulnerability, however, they might be able to escape its worst effects. “Managing” could mean shoring up nuclear deterrence; it could mean focusing more on defenses; or it could mean negotiating to ensure continued viability of second-strike deterrent forces.

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Expect the Unexpected When Learning the Scholar’s Craft

Kathryn Stoner
H-Diplo, 2021 September 28, 2021

Part of an essay series on Learning the Scholar’s Craft: Reflections of Historians and International Relations Scholars

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Commentary

Democracy and Autocracy, Volume 19(2), September 2021

Jean Lachapelle, Hesham Sallam, Amr Hamzawy, Toby Matthiesen, Ayça Alemdaroğlu, Gönül Tol, Lisa Blaydes, Benjamin Schuetze, Dana El Kurd
Democracy and Autocracy Organized Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA), 2021 September 13, 2021

September 2021 issue of the Democracy and Autocracy newsletter, dedicated to the theme "The International Aftermath of the Arab Spring."

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Books

The Oxford Handbook of Peaceful Change in International Relations

Harold Trinkunas, T.V. Paul, Deborah Welch Larson, Anders Wivel, Ralf Emmers
2021 August 31, 2021

With the rapid rise of China and the relative decline of the United States, the topic of power transition conflicts is back in popular and scholarly attention.

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Indian Ocean Strategic Futures

Arzan Tarapore, David Brewster
Asia Policy, 2021 July 29, 2021

Re-examining assumptions of capability and intent

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Policy Briefs

Mitigating the Risk of a China–India Conflict

Arzan Tarapore
Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 2021 June 29, 2021
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Family History and Attitudes toward Out-Groups

Elisa Dinas, Vicky Fouka, Alain Schläpfer
2021 April 30, 2021
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White Papers

Reversing the Tide: Towards a New US Strategy to Support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism

Task Force on US Strategy to Support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism
2021 April 16, 2021

Report of the Task Force on US Strategy to Support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism

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Making the Internet Safe for Democracy

Francis Fukuyama
2021 April 16, 2021

Journal of Democracy from Volume 32, Number 2, April 2021 | Johns Hopkins University Press

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Testimonies

The Precarious State of Cross-Strait Deterrence

Oriana Skylar Mastro
2021 February 18, 2021

Statement before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on “Deterring PRC Aggression Toward Taiwan”

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Reports

SIPR Fall 2020

2021 January 26, 2021

Volume 5, Issue 2

Authors: Steven Pifer, Min Byung Chae, Natasha Lock, Iris H-Y Chiu, Andreas Kokkinis, Andrea Miglionico, Saraphin Dhanani, and Samuel P. LeRoy.

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Teach What You Preach: A Comprehensive Guide to the Policy Memo as a Methods Teaching Tool

Oriana Skylar Mastro
Journal of Political Science Education, 2021 January 26, 2021

The policy memo is particularly suited for introducing basic methodological concepts to upper-division undergraduate students of political science, argues Oriana Skylar Mastro.

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Building Strategic Leverage in the Indian Ocean Region

Arzan Tarapore
The Washington Quarterly, 2020 December 11, 2020

The United States and its likeminded partners, particularly India — if four constraints are more realistically accounted for — and other members of the Quad, can more effectively mitigate the risks of Chinese military expansion by building “strategic leverage” along these four lines of effort in the Indian Ocean region.

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The PLA’s Evolving Role in China’s South China Sea Strategy

Oriana Skylar Mastro, Oriana Skylar Mastro
China Leadership Monitor, 2020 December 1, 2020

During the past eight months of the global COVID pandemic, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been active in promoting China’s claims in the South China Sea.  This essay evaluates PLA statements, military exercises and operations, and deployment of relevant platforms and weapons in the South China Sea during this period. I leverage Chinese-language sources in addition to my own operational knowledge from over a decade of military experience to provide greater context for these activities.

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Books

The Oxford World History of Empire: Volume One: The Imperial Experience

Edited by Peter Fibiger Bang, C. A. Bayly, Walter Scheidel
2020 November 30, 2020
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