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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 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

The North Korean Conundrum

Balancing Human Rights and Nuclear Security

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.

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

Call for Stanford Student Applications: APARC Hiring 2022 Summer Research Assistants

January 2022

To support Stanford students working in the area of contemporary Asia, the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Center is offering research assistant positions for summer 2022. The deadline for submitting...

After U.S.-Russia, NATO-Russia and OSCE Meetings, What Next?

January 2022

During the last two months of 2021, Russia created a crisis by deploying large military forces near Ukraine and demanding security guarantees from the United States and NATO.

Jean Oi Elected Vice President of the Association for Asian Studies

January 2022

APARC’s Jean Oi, a China expert, will begin her term with the AAS in March 2022, serving on a four-year leadership ladder of vice president, president, and past president. Representing all the...

Events

Democracy, Diplomacy, Geopolitics and the Future of Southeast Asia

January 11, 2022

Jakarta time: Thursday, January 27, 2022, 8:00am to 9:30am Southeast Asia is famously diverse.  Yet, all the ASEAN member states have committed themselves to ASEAN Community, including ASEAN...

Save the Date -- Gonzalo Boye

December 16, 2021

More info TBD.  

Political Entrepreneurs: The Rise of Challenger Parties in Europe

December 16, 2021

Download Transcript of Talk   Challenger parties are on the rise in Europe. Like disruptive entrepreneurs, these parties offer new policies and defy the dominance of established party brands.

Projects

The Future of China's Economy

China’s spectacular growth over the last 40 years has slowed but remains strong, leading the world in economic recovery after the global financial crisis, and even in the current COVID-19 pandemic...
English

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.
English

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...
English

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

Photo of Oriana Skylar Mastro Oriana Skylar Mastro Center Fellow
Michael Bennon Pic Michael Bennon Research Scholar, CDDRL Program Manager, Global Infrastructure Policy Research Initiative
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jensen Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Professor of the Practice, Law
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colin kahl Colin H. Kahl Senior Fellow Steven C. Házy Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Women looking straight forward Amy Zegart Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
hrmcmaster H.R. McMaster Bernard and Susan Liautaud Visiting Fellow
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2022 Michael McFaul Headshot Michael A. McFaul Director, Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution