Regional Expertise

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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.”
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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.

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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

Carbon in the classroom: Lessons from a simulation of California’s electricity market under a stringent cap and trade system

Mark C. Thurber, Frank Wolak
The Electricity Journal, 2013 August 4, 2013

This paper summarizes the lessons learned from implementing a realistic, game-based simulation of California’s electricity market with a cap-and-trade market for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fixed-price forward financial contracts for energy. Sophisticated market participants competed to maximize their returns under stressed (high carbon price) market conditions. Our simulation exhibited volatile carbon prices that could be influenced by strategic behavior of market participants.

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Working Papers

Myopic Solutions to Chronic Problems: The Need for Aid Effectiveness in Yemen

Fatima Abo al-Asrar
CDDRL Working Papers, 2013 August 1, 2013

This paper offers a close analysis of the key challenges facing the foreign aid sector in Yemen, and presents recommendations to the government of Yemen and the international donor community to make aid to Yemen more effective.

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Books

Japan under the DPJ: The Politics of Transition and Governance

Kenji E. Kushida, Phillip Lipscy
Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, 2013 July 30, 2013

The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) came to power in 2009 with a commanding majority, ending fifty years of almost uninterrupted Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) rule. Then, in 2012, just over three years later, the DPJ lost power in an equally stunning landslide loss to the LDP. This volume examines the DPJ’s remarkable ascendance, its policies once in power, and its dramatic fall.

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Working Papers

The Political Economy of Transatlantic Free Trade

Timothy E. Josling, Christophe Crombez
2013 July 17, 2013

On July 8th, 2013, the United States and the European Union started negotiations on the  Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), which is to create a free trade area.  In this working paper, Tim Josling and Christophe Crombez study the prospects for such a transatlantic free trade area, starting with the background behind why the T-TIP is on the agenda now and what areas of trade are being negotiated.  They analyze who stands to benefit from such a trade and investment agreement, how long it might take to reach such an agreement, and what factors might influence its acceptab

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Transparency and timeliness: the monitoring of agricultural policies in the WTO using OECD data

Timothy E. Josling, Klaus Mittenzwei
World Trade Review, 2013 July 1, 2013

Transparency in the multilateral trade system is fundamental. Monitoring the compliance of WTO members with their obligations is an important part of that transparency, and timeliness in the notification of compliance is crucial. In the case of domestic support to agriculture, the notifications of compliance with obligations has been slow and opaque. But another database exists that could both illuminate the extent to which policy instruments are correctly notified and provide a convenient way to ensure timely ‘pre-notifications’ in the event that delays occur in the future.

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Kishore's World

Donald K. Emmerson
Journal of Democracy, 2013 July 1, 2013
"Kishore Mahbubani is well known and well credentialed. The widely published dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore has been listed among the 'top 100 global thinkers' by Foreign Policy magazine not once but thrice—in 2005, 2010, and 2011. In praising one of Mahbubani’s books, Harvard professor Larry Summers stated that 'there is no more thoughtful observer of Asia, the United States, and their interaction than Kishore Mahbubani.'”
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Industrial Policy Reconsidered in a Digital World

Kenji E. Kushida, John Zysman
Japan Spotlight, 2013 July 1, 2013

In our current era, the advent of digital technologies and accelerating globalization is driving ever-faster commoditization of firms and products.  With rapidly improving Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tools, manufacturing is decomposed with finer granularity, and corporate functions can be outsourced and offshored more than ever before.  Services can be unbundled into activities that can be taken apart, reconfigured, and transformed with the application of algorithms.  Overall, firms are experiencing accelerating shifts in the sweet-spot for markets and business models in

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Commentary

U.S Government Surveillance: Bad for Silicon Valley, Bad for Democracy Around the World

Christopher Jon Sprigman, Jennifer Granick
The Atlantic, 2013 June 28, 2013

The University of Virginia's Christopher Jon Sprigman and CISAC's Jennifer Granick reveal how foreigners living in the United States do not have the same privacy protections as U.S. citizens, and are frequently subjected to legal wiretapping of e-mail, phone calls, and other electronic activity. They argue that amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act reworded language to allow for surveillance of any foreigner as long as it relates to foreign affairs. 

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My Personal Journey at the Nuclear Brink

William J. Perry
European Leadership Network, 2013 June 17, 2013

CISAC Faculty Member and former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry tells the story of how he became a nuclear weapons abolitionist. He recounts six personal experiences that led him to turn away from his lifelong career of developing and managing nuclear weapons, and pursue the goal of eliminating them.

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A Chance to Defuse North Korea

Gi-Wook Shin, Thomas Fingar, David Straub
The New York Times, 2013 June 5, 2013

On Friday, June 7, President Obama will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a series of talks to address major issues between the two countries. The talks offer a rare, informal opportunity to discuss heightened concerns about North Korea and a growing U.S. military presence in Northeast Asia.

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Requiem for a Realist: Remembering the nuclear strategist

Scott Sagan
Foreign Policy, 2013 May 15, 2013

Scott Sagan, in this piece for Foreign Policy, remembers his longtime friend and colleague Kenneth Waltz. Waltz passed away on May 13. Sagan praised his work, noting that the realist perspective on the stabilizing effects of nuclear weapons struck a chord with international experts and strategists, even though his views were not popular in the United States. Waltz's contributions to the debate about nuclear weapons have left an enguring legacy. 

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Journal Articles

Have the poor always been less likely to migrate? Evidence from inheritance practices during the Age of Mass Migration

Ran Abramitzky, Leah Platt Boustan, Katherine Eriksson
Journal of Development Economics, 2013 May 1, 2013

Using novel data on 50,000 Norwegian men, we study the effect of wealth on the probability of internal or international migration during the Age of Mass Migration (1850–1913), a time when the US maintained an open border to European immigrants. We do so by exploiting variation in parental wealth and in expected inheritance by birth order, gender composition of siblings, and region. We find that wealth discouraged migration in this era, suggesting that the poor could be more likely to move if migration restrictions were lifted today.

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Pakistan's Foreign Policy Calibration

Rifaat Hussain
The Jinnah Insitute, 2013 May 1, 2013

Following Pakistan's historic elections held in May 2013, CISAC Visiting Scholar Rifaat Hussein discusses next steps for Islamabad's foreign policy, particularly in relations with India, a new nuclear policy shift, and a more stable presence in South Asia. 

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Books

The Role of Agriculture in China's Development: Performance, policy determinants of success, and lessons for Africa

Jikun Huang, Scott Rozelle
Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford University, 2013 April 17, 2013

The lost decades for China in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s look remarkably like the lost decades of Africa in the 1980s and 1990s. Poor land rights, weak incentives, incomplete markets and inappropriate investment portfolios. However, China burst out of its stagnation in the 1980s and has enjoyed three decades of remarkable growth. In this paper we examine the record of the development of China’s food economy and identify the policies that helped generate the growth and transformation of agriculture.

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Working Papers

The Ethnic Question: How Do We Integrate Today's Immigrants In Our Globalized World

Roland Hsu
, 2013 April 1, 2013

We live in a period of unprecedented scope of immigration and globalization, facing great numbers of peoples, and also cultural and social difference and strains on welfare economies.  Recent headlines in the U.S.

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Economic Research on Elderly Health and Implications for Analysis of Aging China

Jun Wang, Qiong Zhang, Ying Chen
Asia Health Policy Program working paper # 34, 2013 March 27, 2013

"Old while not affluent" situation, together with an unsustainable high investment rate and high dependency on foreign trade, spurs hot debates on the challenges of a fast-aging population and the exploitation of the second demographic dividend in today’s China. Literature related to elderly health in countries other than China often starts with medical concepts and then dwells on economic issues, mainly focusing on socioeconomic, behavioral, and environmental factors and their effects on the health of the elderly.

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Providing Quality Infrastructure in Rural Villages: The Case of Rural Roads in China

Ho Lun Wong, Renfu Luo, Linxiu Zhang, Scott Rozelle
Journal of Development Economics, 2013 March 14, 2013

When seeking to build high quality and cost-effective infrastructure in rural villages, a fundamental question is: Who is better at doing so? Should the village leadership or a government agency above the village finance and/or manage the construction of the infrastructure project? To answer this question, we surveyed all rural road projects in 101 villages in rural China between 2003 and 2007 and measured the quality and per kilometer cost of each road. According to our analysis, road quality was higher when more of the project funds came from the government agency above.

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Policy Briefs

The North Korea Problem and the Necessity for South Korean Leadership

Gi-Wook Shin, Karl Eikenberry, Thomas Fingar, Daniel C. Sneider, David Straub
Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, 2013 March 4, 2013

This report by scholars and policy experts at Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center is based in part on (1) their research for a Yonhap News Agency-sponsored symposium on Northeast Asia security in Seoul in early February, when they also held meetings with then-President Lee Myung-bak and President-elect Park Geun-hye and her chief foreign policy advisers, as well as with leading South Korean progressive intellectuals; and (2) a workshop on North Korea policy at Stanford University on February 14–15, supported by the Koret Foundation of San Francisco, which included top current and former U.S., South Korean, and UN officials and leading academic experts on the Korea problem.

The publication of "The North Korea Problem" was made possible by the generosity of the Koret Foundation of San Francisco, CA.

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Qatar's Foreign Policy: The Limits of Pragmatism

Lina Khatib
International Affairs, 2013 March 1, 2013

Qatar has become an Arab country with a high international profile and an ambitious foreign policy, particularly as a result of its role in the Arab Spring. It has cultivated a reputation as a political mediator and a key source of foreign aid. Following the Libyan uprising, Qatar demonstrated further political adaptability in leading regional action against the Gaddafi regime.

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Climate adaptation as mitigation: the case of agricultural investments

David Lobell, Uris Lantz C Baldos, Thomas Hertel
Environmental Research Letters, 2013 February 12, 2013

Successful adaptation of agriculture to ongoing climate changes would help to maintain productivity growth and thereby reduce pressure to bring new lands into agriculture. In this paper we investigate the potential co-benefits of adaptation in terms of the avoided emissions from land use change. A model of global agricultural trade and land use, called SIMPLE, is utilized to link adaptation investments, yield growth rates, land conversion rates, and land use emissions.

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Commentary

Hillary Clinton's mixed legacy at State

Anja Manuel
The San Francisco Chronicle, 2013 February 8, 2013

CISAC Affiliate Anja Manuel discusses the legacy that Hillary Clinton left as secretary of state, and places Clinton's achievements and failures in context with other domestic and foreign forces.   

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Tough Witness

Amy Zegart
Foreign Policy, 2013 February 8, 2013

CISAC Faculty Member Amy Zegart discusses the confirmation hearings of CIA Director nominee John Brennan. Brennan has been subjected to increased scrutiny due to a leaked Obama administration paper concerning drone strikes. Zegart called Brennan's performance a "masterpiece of political maneuvering."

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Books

African food systems to 2030: Toward inclusive business models

Derek Byerlee, Steve Haggblade
Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford University, 2013 February 5, 2013

Rapid population growth, urbanization and rising incomes will present an unprecedented opportunity for growth of commercial agriculture and agribusiness in coming years. The value of food consumed in urban areas is set to expand by four times to 2030, but given evidence of a continuing decline in competitiveness much of this could be sourced from imports even in countries with an apparent comparative advantage in agriculture.

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A comparative institutional analysis of the Fukushima nuclear disaster: Lessons and policy implications

Masahiko Aoki, Geoffrey Rothwell
Energy Policy, 2013 February 1, 2013

This paper analyzes the causes, responses, and consequences of the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident (March 2011) by comparing these with Three Mile Island (March 1979) and Chernobyl (April 1986). We identify three generic modes of organizational coordination: modular, vertical, and horizontal. By relying on comparative institutional analysis, we compare the modes' performance characteristics in terms of short-term and long-term coordination, preparedness for shocks, and responsiveness to shocks.

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