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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 ever-threatening 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

Civil Wars & Global Disorder: Threats & Opportunities

September 2018

There are some thirty ongoing civil wars – Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq among the high-profile cases – with the average duration of conflict increasing over the past twenty years.

Manipulating Globalization: The Influence of Bureaucrats on Business in China

June 2018

The era of globalization saw China emerge as the world's manufacturing titan. However, the "made in China" model—with its reliance on cheap labor and thin profits—has begun to wane.

Xi Jinping Stresses Cooperation and Power – Enduring Contradiction?

May 2018

Supported by Chinese officials and authoritative commentary, President Xi Jinping continued a moderate and cooperative posture toward Southeast Asia in early 2018, reaching a highpoint in Xi’s...

Other Publications

Abe's Desperate Trip To Washington

June 2018

On June 7, 2018, Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe travels to the U.S. to meet with President Trump (the 4th such visit since the latter's election). Abe looks to influence the U.S.

A Declaration Of Peace That Leads To War

April 2018

On April 27, 2018, the leaders of the two Koreas are set to meet on the southern side of the demilitarized zone and sign a declaration of peace.

In Florida, Dark Clouds Cover the Abe-Trump Summit

April 2018

When Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and President Donald Trump meet again in the familiar surroundings of the President’s Mar-a-Lago estate, every effort will be made to convey the impression of a...

News

Gi-Wook Shin on Korea

July 2018

Gi-Wook Shin, director of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, regularly writes on Korean affairs for Korean audience.

Web-Event: E. Donahoe in 'Pulling at the Strings: Kremlin's Interference in Elections'

July 2018

Today, while the President of the United States challenged the US intelligence agencies’ conclusion on Russia’s interference in 2016 election, the Atlantic Council and the Alliance of Democracies...

From the Experts: FSI on the Helsinki Summit 2018

July 2018

Quick-Take: Helsinki 2018 with David Holloway  Q:What specific results/agreements have come out of the meeting? A: That’s not clear.  We have only the press conference to go on.  Putin mentioned a...

Events

FSI in Washington D.C. - North Korea: Now What?

July 5, 2018

Description:The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University (FSI) brings you an expert panel discussion in Washington, DC:North Korea: Now What?Stanford experts on the...

The Global Economic Order before (and after) Western Hegemony: Chinese-Middle Eastern Relations from the Silk Road to "One Belt, One Road"

June 11, 2018

The Western, or liberal, international order which emerged after World War II reflects the culmination of a centuries-long process of European, and later American, economic and political...

Multimedia

Interview with Ertharin Cousin

May 2018

Ertharin Cousin, FSE visiting fellow, sat down with FSE Deputy Director David Lobell prior to her Payne Distinguished Lecture "Food Insecurity: A 21st Century Threat to Global Security and Stability."  

Nick Clegg: Brexit and Europe - what happens now?

May 2018

"Nick Clegg: Brexit and Europe - what happens now?"Date: May 8, 2018Venue: Koret-Tauble Conference Center, Stanford UniversitySpeaker: Nick Clegg, Former Deputy Prime Minister, United Kingdom 

Eastern European Security with Bronislaw Komorowski, former president of Poland

December 2017

"Eastern European Security with Bronislaw Komorowski, former president of Poland"Date: December 1, 2017Venue: Koret-Taube Conference Center, Stanford UniversitySpeaker: Speaker: Bronislaw Komorowski, former president of Poland

People

Portrait of Prof. Andrew Walder Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Jay Bhattacharya Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Condoleezza Rice Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Political Science, Professor, Management, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar Professor of the Practice, Law
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Phillip Lipscy Center Fellow Assistant Professor, Political Science
Joseph Felter Senior Research Scholar
Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Fellow, S-APARC, Core faculty, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Yong Suk Lee Center Fellow
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Kathryn M. McDonald Senior Research Scholar Executive Director, CHP/PCOR, Senior Scholar, CHP/PCOR
Portrait of Jean Oi Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science