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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

North Korea in 2018: Kim’s Summit Diplomacy

February 2019

Kim Jong-un showcased a series of summit meetings throughout 2018, including the first-ever meeting of a North Korean leader with a sitting US president.

State of Repression Iraq under Saddam Hussein

January 2019

A new account of modern Iraqi politics that overturns the conventional wisdom about its sectarian divisionsHow did Iraq become one of the most repressive dictatorships of the late twentieth century...

Chinese Influence & American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance

December 2018

For three and a half decades following the end of the Maoist era, China adhered to Deng Xiaoping’s policies of “reform and opening to the outside world” and “peaceful development.” After Deng...

Other Publications

Civil Wars, Intrastate Violence, and International Responses

March 2019

From October 22–23, 2018, the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative (USASI) at Stanford University, in conjunction with the Institute for China-U.S.

FSI Publications 2017 - 2018

December 2018

The faculty of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies enjoyed a productive period of policy-resonant scholarship spanning from winter quarter 2017 to fall quarter 2018.  This...

Shorenstein APARC Center Overview 2017-18

November 2018

Shorenstein APARC's annual overview for academic year 2017-18 is now available.Download it for information on the wide variety of Center research from the the past academic year, Shorenstein APARC...

News

China Scholars Program online course now accepting applications for Fall 2019

April 2019

Applications opened yesterday for the China Scholars Program, an intensive, college-level online course on contemporary China for U.S. high school students.

Video Interview with Postdoctoral Fellow Ketian Zhang

April 2019

We sat down with our 2018-19 Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia Ketian Zhang to discuss China's use of coercion in foreign policy; her research on  South China Sea disputes; her...

Application open for 2019 Summer Institute for High School Teachers

April 2019

SPICE is now accepting applications for the 2019 East Asia Summer Institute for High School Teachers.

Events

Cosmopolitanism and the Crisis of Social Identity

May 9, 2019

Abstract:The recent surge in nationalism and tribalism brings renewed salience to questions of identity within and across borders.

Venezuela's Crisis: Chávez, Maduro and Beyond?

April 18, 2019

Abstract:Venezuela finds itself mired in an unprecedented economic and political crisis.

Defense Without Deterrence: Indian Military Strategy in the 1965 War

April 11, 2019

EMERGING ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY ASIAA Special Seminar SeriesRSVP required by Wednesday, April 17, 2019RSVP NowABSTRACT: Why does success in combat sometimes fail to produce a stable and durable...

Projects

A New Cold War?: Sharp Power, Strategic Competition, and the Future of U.S.-China Relations

Trade conflict has exploded. The media is rife with stories of China’s unfair trade practices, cyber theft, IP theft and forced technology transfers.
English

South Asia Colloquia

Launched in 2016, this series of public lectures features academics, government practitioners, and business experts who explore contemporary issues focused on the countries of South Asia—their...
English

Multimedia

Chinese Influence: Real or Perceived?

March 2019

 Panel Debates Report Alleging Covert and Corrupting Chinese Influence in U.S.

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 

People

Amy Zegart Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Portrait of Yong Suk Lee Yong Suk Lee Center Fellow
Alex Stamos Adjunct Professor William J. Perry Fellow
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Condoleezza Rice Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Political Science, Professor, Management, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Professor of the Practice, Law
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Headshot of Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
Portrait of Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Shorenstein APARC Fellow, Affiliate, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Eileen Donahoe Lecturer, CDDRL
Dr. Chonira Enushka Aturupane Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL, Lecturer in the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy (MIP) Program
Jay Bhattacharya Senior Fellow by Courtesy Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)