International Relations

International Relations

FSI researchers strive to understand how countries relate to one another, and what policies are needed to achieve global stability and prosperity. International relations experts focus on the challenging U.S.-Russian relationship, the alliance between the U.S. and Japan and the limitations of America’s counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan.

Foreign aid is also examined by scholars trying to understand whether money earmarked for health improvements reaches those who need it most. And FSI’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center has published on the need for strong South Korean leadership in dealing with its northern neighbor.

FSI researchers also look at the citizens who drive international relations, studying the effects of migration and how borders shape people’s lives. Meanwhile FSI students are very much involved in this area, working with the United Nations in Ethiopia to rethink refugee communities.

Trade is also a key component of international relations, with FSI approaching the topic from a slew of angles and states. The economy of trade is rife for study, with an APARC event on the implications of more open trade policies in Japan, and FSI researchers making sense of who would benefit from a free trade zone between the European Union and the United States.

Scholarly Publications

Expect the Unexpected When Learning the Scholar’s Craft

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

The Oxford Handbook of Peaceful Change in International Relations

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.

Indian Ocean Strategic Futures

Re-examining assumptions of capability and intent

Other Publications

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

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

News

‘There Is No Space Left for Any Freedom’: Shorenstein Journalism Award Recipient Swe Win Depicts Myanmar’s Return into Darkness

October 2021

Amidst the crisis in Myanmar, Burmese investigative journalist Swe Win, editor-in-chief of the independent news outlet Myanmar Now, continues to lead the newsroom from exile while his team is in...

Go Bold or Go Home: The Nuclear Posture Review Must Give Biden Real Options

October 2021

The NPR must position President Biden to right-size America's nuclear forces and pursue arms control negotiations.

In Defense of AUKUS

October 2021

This is not only about nuclear-powered submarines; it is about a strengthened US commitment to Australia.

Events

Fisher Family CDDRL Honors Program Information Session AY 22-23

December 1, 2021

The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) will be accepting applications from eligible juniors on who are interested in writing their senior thesis on a subject touching...

Book Launch: The North Korean Conundrum

October 13, 2021

This is a joint event with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.

Projects

Biden’s America, Xi’s China: What’s Now & What’s Next?

The United States just experienced a historic election, electing Joseph R. Biden as its 46th president.
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The PRC at 70: Past, Present -- and Future?

IMPORTANT EVENT UPDATE: In keeping with Stanford University's March 3 message to the campus community on COVID-19 and current recommendations of the CDC, the China Program is making modifications...
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Russian Power and Purpose in the 21st Century Seminars

The Project on Russian Power and Purpose convenes faculty seminars and open events in which speakers and experts discuss the context and drivers of Kremlin strategy.
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Multimedia

Oriana Skylar Mastro Discusses China's Naval Capacity on the BBC World Service

September 2021

Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro joined BBC World Service's The Real Story host Ritula Shah and a panel of experts to discuss China's naval might and its military modernization program (the interview with Mastro starts at 24:00)  China has...

The U.S. Pivots To Focus On Southeast Asia After The Fall Of Kabul

August 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris is preparing to travel to Southeast Asia, where the reaction to the Taliban's swift takeover of Kabul is amazement, Southeast Asia Program Director Donald K. Emmerson tells NPR's Southeast Asia Correspondent Julie...

From Cold War to Hot Peace

April 2021

Professor Michael McFaul discusses his book, "From Cold War to Hot Peace: A U.S. Ambassador in Putin's Russia," outlining the current state of U.S.–Russia relations and introducing three possible explanations for it.

People

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Michael Bennon Pic Michael Bennon Research Scholar, CDDRL Program Manager, Global Infrastructure Policy Research Initiative
Portrait of Curtis J. Milhaupt Curtis J. Milhaupt Senior Fellow, by courtesy William F. Baxter-Visa International Professor of Law
Martha Crenshaw Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Emerita, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science, Emerita
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Dr. Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
thumbnail ddo photo Joseph Felter Lecturer
Fearon James James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
jerry kaplan headshot 7 Jerry Kaplan Adjunct Lecturer, CDDRL, Research Affiliate, CDDRL
Dr. Jean C. Oi Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Portrait of Gi-Wook Shin Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
hrmcmaster H.R. McMaster Bernard and Susan Liautaud Visiting Fellow