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.

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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

Do Stock Market Liberalizations Cause Investment Booms?

Peter Henry
Journal of Financial Economics, 2000 December 31, 2000

Stock market liberalizations lead private investment booms. In a sample of 11 developing countries that liberalized their stock markets, 9 experience growth rates of private investment above their non-liberalization median in the first year after liberalizing. In the second and third years after liberalization, this number is 10 of 11 and 8 of 11, respectively. The mean growth rate of private investment in the three years immediately following stock market liberalization exceeds the sample mean by 22 percentage points.

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Books

Crude Calculations: OPEC Lessons for Caspian Leaders

Terry Karl
Rowman and Littlefield, in "Energy and Conflict in Central Asia and the Caucasus", 2000 December 31, 2000

This timely study is the first to examine the relationship between competition for energy resources and the propensity for conflict in the Caspian region. Taking the discussion well beyond issues of pipeline politics and the significance of Caspian oil and gas to the global market, the book offers significant new findings concerning the impact of energy wealth on the political life and economies of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan.

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Wars, Hotel Fires, and Plane Crashes

Stephen Krasner
Review of International Studies, 2000 December 31, 2000

Alexander Wendt has drawn on an exceptional range of theoretical literature in his effort to reconceptualize the nature of the international system. His discussion of scientific realism ought to be required reading for any student of international relations, or political science for that matter. He puts to rest the notion that constructivism is necessarily postmodern, devoid of an objective referent. In John Searle's felicitous formulation it is possible to have a subjective ontology but an objective epistemology.

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Institutional Reform and Democratic Consolidation in Korea

Larry Diamond, Doh Chull Shin
Hoover Institution Press, 2000 December 31, 2000

Having undergone a transition from military authoritarian rule in 1987, Korea quickly became the most powerful democracy in East Asia other than Japan. But the onset of a major economic crisis revealed the dark side of the Korean model of democracy. With that crisis, and the subsequent election of the country's most determined opposition figure as president, serious questions have arisen about the new democracy's vitality.

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Far East Challenges to Russian Federalism: Myths and Realities

Michael A. McFaul
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in "Rapprochement or Rivalry? Russian-Chinese Relations in a Changing Asia", Sherman Garnett, 2000 December 31, 2000

The emerging relationship between China and Russia is perhaps the most important force redefining international relations in post-Cold War Asia. In recent years, Russia and China have built a strategic partnership aimed at the 21st century--a development that deeply worries some Western observers and puzzles others.

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U.S. Policy and the Global Environment

Donald Kennedy, John A. Riggs
The Aspen Institute, 2000 December 31, 2000

Prior to the 2000 election The Aspen Institute convened a distinguished group of science, business, and environment leaders as a hypothetical committee to advise the new President on global environmental policy. Experts prepared this set of policy memos to tell the President, concisely and in understandable language, "what he should know" and "what he should do" about climate change, biodiversity, population, oceans, water, food and agriculture, and other problems.

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HIV Transmission and the Cost-Effectiveness of Methadone Maintenance

GS Zaric, Paul G. Barnett, Margaret L. Brandeau
American Journal of Public Health, 2000 December 31, 2000

OBJECTIVES: This study determined the cost-effectiveness of expanding methadone maintenance treatment for heroin addiction, particularly its effect on the HIV epidemic.

METHODS: We developed a dynamic epidemic model to study the effects of increased methadone maintenance capacity on health care costs and survival, measured as quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs). We considered communities with HIV prevalence among injection drug users of 5% and 40%.

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The Effects of Science on National Economic Development, 1970-1990

Evan Schofer, Francisco Ramirez, John Meyer
American Sociological Review, 2000 December 1, 2000

Expanded scientific activity is thought to benefit national economic development through improved labor force capacities adn the creation of new knolwedge and technology. However, scientific research activity expands as a global process and reflects the penetration of societies by a general rationalistic world culture.

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Working Papers

Internet in Turkey and Pakistan: A Comparative Analysis, The

Seymour E. Goodman, Peter Wolcott
CISAC, 2000 December 1, 2000

The Global Diffusion of the Internet Project was initiated in 1997 to study the diffusion and absorption of the Internet to, and within, many diverse countries. This research has resulted in an ongoing series of reports and articles that have developed an analytic framework for evaluating the Internet within countries and applied it to more than 25 countries. (See http://mosaic.unomaha.edu/gdi.html for links to some of these reports and articles.)

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Silicon Valley Edge, The: A Habitat for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Henry S. Rowen, Marguerite Gong Hancock, Chong-Moon Lee, William F. Miller
Stanford University Press, 2000 November 1, 2000

The enormous and sustained success of Silicon Valley has excited interest around the globe. Startup companies the world over are attempting to emulate its high tech businesses, and many governments are changing their institutions in order to foster Silicon Valleys of their own. What accounts for the Valley's leading edge in innovation and entrepreneurship?

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Power and Constraint

Stephen Krasner
Chicago Journal of International Law, 2000 October 1, 2000
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Proposal for an International Convention on Cyber Crime and Terrorism, A

Abraham D. Sofaer, Seymour E. Goodman
CISAC, 2000 August 1, 2000

The information infrastructure is increasingly under attack by cyber criminals. The number, cost, and sophistication of attacks are increasing at alarming rates. Worldwide aggregate annual damage from attacks is now measured in billions of U.S. dollars. Attacks threaten the substantial and growing reliance of commerce, governments, and the public upon the information infrastructure to conduct business, carry messages, and process information. Most significant attacks are transnational by design, with victims throughout the world.

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Policy Briefs

Civil Liberties and Security in Cyberspace

Ekaterina Drozdova
CISAC, 2000 August 1, 2000

Societies are becoming more dependent on computer networks and therefore more vulnerable to cyber crime and terrorism. Measures to protect information systems are receiving increasing attention as the threat of attack grows and the nature of that threat is better understood. The primary purpose of this article is to determine what legal standards should govern the use of such measures and what nontechnical constraints are likely to be placed, or should be placed, on them.

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Working Papers

Kenyan IPP Experience, The

Anton Eberhard, Katherine Gratwick
Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Working Paper #49, 2000 August 1, 2000

Prior to the introduction of independent power projects (IPP), Kenya relied primarily on concessionary funding from multilateral and bilateral agencies to finance new power investments. In the 1990s, however, the global donor trend shifted toward private participation in infrastructure with concessionary funding being targeted at health and social services.

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Africa's Scramble for Africa: Lessons of a Continental War

Jeremy Weinstein
World Policy Journal, 2000 July 1, 2000

The war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which began in August 1998, is unprecedented-at times involving armies from eight African states. Soldiers from Chad are fighting alongside regiments from Namibia, Angola, and Zimbabwe in defense of President Laurent Kabila. And on offense, the two main rebel groups, the Congolese Assembly for Democracy (which is known by the acronym RCD) and the Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC), are backed by troops from Uganda and Rwanda. As Susan E.

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Russian Democracy -- A U.S. National Security Interest

Michael McFaul, Sarah Mendelson
Demokratizatsiya, 2000 July 1, 2000

Russian democracy and American national security are intimately intertwined. This link is not new, but it is not well understood. When the cold war ended and Soviet communism disappeared, American national security was enhanced. If dictatorship returns to Russia, the United States and its allies will once again be threatened. Containment would likely be adopted as the guiding principle of American foreign policy. The United States could find itself in an arms race with Russia. We argue here that the connection of Russian politics and U.S. security needs to be clearer in the minds of U.S.

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Russia Under Putin: One Step Forward, Two Steps Backward

Michael McFaul
Journal of Democracy, 2000 July 1, 2000

Russia's March 2000 presidential election represents one step forward and two steps back for Russian democracy. For the first time in Russia's history, power within the Kremlin has changed hands through an electoral process. The election not only took place but was conducted as constitutionally prescribed, no small achievement for a country with Russia's authoritarian history. More than two-thirds of the eligible voters participated, and they appeared to make informed choices among a range of candidates who offered competing platforms, policies, and leadership styles.

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Working Papers

Japanese Network State in U.S. Comparison: Does Embeddedness Yield Resources and Influence?, The

Jeffrey Broadbent
Shorenstein APARC, 2000 July 1, 2000

Scholars describe the East Asian--Japanese and South Korean--state as a network state that guides the private sector by means of embedded relationships (i.e., informal persuasive ties). In theoretical terms, these embedded ties represent informally institutionalized social capital. This study refines the network state thesis by comparing embedded ties with tangible resource exchanges in their effects upon political influence among political (organizational) actors in Japanese and U.S. labor politics.

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Habitat for Entrepreneurship, The

William F. Miller
Shorenstein APARC, 2000 July 1, 2000
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Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta: "One Country, Two Systems" in the Emerging Metropolitan Context

Thomas P. Rohlen
Shorenstein APARC, 2000 July 1, 2000

Published as part of the "Urban Dynamics of East Asia" Research Project.

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U.S. Experience with Managed Care and Managed Competition, The

Alain C. Enthoven
Presented at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's 50th economic conference, 2000 June 15, 2000

To understand "managed care," one needs to understand the traditional model of health care organization and finance that managed care was intended to replace. That model was aptly characterized "Guild Free Choice" by Charles Weller to indicate that "free choice" was being used as a restraint of trade to block the emergence of any form of economic competition among doctors. Its principles were: "Free choice of doctor at all times;" "free choice of treatment, i.e.

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Globalization: Sources and Effects on National States and Societies

John Meyer
International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 2000 June 1, 2000

The world polity and cultural system are relatively stateless, but they legitimate strong nation-state identities as the dominant actors. This produces very strong tendencies for the adoption of common models of modernity, despite extraordinary differences in resources and local culture. Local distinctiveness is also legitimated, so long as it is not inconsistent with homogeneity on the main dimensions of stratification and identity.

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Quality Enhancement Research Initiative for Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome: Framework and Plan

SA Bozzette, B Phillips, S Asch, AL Gifford, L Lenert, T Menke, E Ortiz, Douglas K Owens, L Deyton
HIV-QUERI Executive Committee. Medical Care., 2000 June 1, 2000
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