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Governance

FSI's research on the origins, character and consequences of government institutions spans continents and academic disciplines. The institute’s senior fellows and their colleagues across Stanford examine the principles of public administration and implementation. Their work focuses on how maternal health care is delivered in rural China, how public action can create wealth and eliminate poverty, and why U.S. immigration reform keeps stalling. Looking more broadly at these issues, FSI’s Governance Project works on measuring the quality of governance and assessing a country’s ability to deliver public services.

FSI’s work includes comparative studies of how institutions help resolve policy and societal issues. Scholars aim to clearly define and make sense of the rule of law, examining how it is invoked and applied around the world. One project explores how authoritarian and democratic regimes can encourage or suppress economic development. Meanwhile, the European Governance project looks at governance issues on a single continent.

FSI researchers also investigate government services – trying to understand and measure how they work, whom they serve and how good they are. They assess energy services aimed at helping the poorest people around the world and explore public opinion on torture policies. The Children in Crisis project addresses how child health interventions interact with political reform. Specific research on governance, organizations and security capitalizes on FSI's longstanding interests and looks at how governance and organizational issues affect a nation’s ability to address security and international cooperation.

Scholarly Publications

Computer Science Skills Across China, India, Russia, and the United States

March 2019

We assess and compare computer science skills among final-year computer science undergraduates (seniors) in four major economic and political powers that produce approximately half of the science,...

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...

Bytes, Bombs, and Spies - The Strategic Dimensions of Offensive Cyber Operations

January 2019

Offensive cyber operations have become increasingly important elements of U.S. national security policy.

Other Publications

Luxury or Priority? Ethiopia Wants a Light Rail

February 2019

The Ethiopian government is planning on constructing the country’s first light rail in its capital city Addis Ababa.

Strengthened scientific support for the Endangerment Finding for atmospheric greenhouse gases

February 2019

We assess scientific evidence that has emerged since the U.S.

Choosing the Japanese Way: Thilawa Special Economic Zone in Myanmar

January 2019

From 1962 onward, Myanmar was a military dictatorship.

News

Identity Politics – The Demand for Dignity and the Nation State’s Future

March 2019

Watch Francis Fukuyama's lecture he gave in Vienna in March, 2019 on Identity and the Nation State’s Future as part of The ERSTE Foundation Tipping Point Talks 2019. Full video here.

U.S.-China Trade Dispute Likely to Morph into Technology War, Says President of the U.S.-China Business Council

March 2019

U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators remain engaged in intensive talks, although it is yet to be seen whether and when they can strike a final deal.

The common denominator to improving health in developing countries: Democracy

March 2019

A new study led by Stanford Health Policy's Tara Templin and the Council on Foreign Relations suggests that a better way to measure the role of democracy in public health is to examine the causes...

Events

U.S.-China Economic Tensions and Their Implications

April 17, 2019

 Rising US-China economic tensions are normal and were to be expected as China modernized.

The Populist Citizen

March 14, 2019

Abstract:To what extent do European citizens have a populist view of politics? Under what conditions are these populist attitudes more prevalent?

On the Brink: A New Cold War with China

March 13, 2019

Experts talk about a new Cold War between China and the United States.

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

Research Seminar Series

The CISAC Research Seminar Series features speakers that present on topics related to international security and their policy implications.
English

Multimedia

Chinese Influence: Real or Perceived?

March 2019

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

Food Insecurity: A 21st Century Threat to Global Security and Stability

May 2018

Ertharin Cousin, Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Visiting Fellow at the Center on Food Security and the Environment, presented her ongoing research on food insecurity as a global threat on...

Cybersecurity

May 2018

Data breaches. Malware. Theft of corporate secrets. Hacking of elections. As the world’s information has moved more and more online, so have the world’s crime, terrorists, and clandestine operations.

People

Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Portrait of Gi-Wook Shin Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Kathryn Stoner Deputy Director, Senior Fellow Senior Fellow
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Portrait of Phillip Lipscy Phillip Lipscy Center Fellow Assistant Professor, Political Science
Abbas Milani Adjunct Professor Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Portrait of Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Shorenstein APARC Fellow, Affiliate, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Hesham Sallam Research Scholar Associate Director and Research Associate, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Eileen Donahoe Adjunct Professor, CDDRL
Colin H. Kahl Senior Fellow Steven C. Házy Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Halperin - Board Member for FSI Philip W. Halperin FSI Advisory Board Chair, President, Silver Giving Foundation
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science