Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Scholarly Publications

China’s Challenges: Now It Gets Much Harder

March 2020

The easy phases of China’s quest for wealth and power are over. After forty years, every one of a set of favorable conditions has diminished or vanished, and China’s future, neither inevitable nor...

Roman Seas: A Maritime Archaeology of Eastern Mediterranean Economies

March 2020

That seafaring was fundamental to Roman prosperity in the eastern Mediterranean is beyond doubt, but a tendency by scholars to focus on the grandest long-distance movements between major cities has...

Expanding the Agnotological Toolbox: Methods of Sex and Gender Analysis (Chapter in Science and the Production of Ignorance: When the Quest for Knowledge Is Thwarted)

January 2020

An introduction to the new area of ignorance studies that examines how science produces ignorance—both actively and passively, intentionally and unintentionally.

Other Publications

CNN Perspective with Andy Grotto: Why unlocking Apple iPhones for law enforcement isn't the answer

January 2020

Despite pressure from President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr, Apple continues to stand its ground and refuses to re-engineer iPhones so law enforcement can unlock the devices....

Protecting Electoral Integrity in the Digital Age | The Report of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age

January 2020

Protecting Electoral Integrity in the Digital Age | The Report of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital AgeNew information and communication technologies (ICTs) pose...

Shorenstein APARC Center Overview 2018-19

December 2019

Shorenstein APARC's annual overview for academic year 2018-19 is now available.

News

Anna Grzymala-Busse named CASBS 2020-2021 Fellow

March 2020

Five Stanford scholars will be among 38 fellows in residence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) during the 2020-21 academic year.The five fellows are MICHAEL...

Blurring the lines of media authenticity: Prigozhin-linked group funding Libyan broadcast media

March 2020

The Stanford Internet Observatory has been investigating new facets to the manipulation of the local media environment in Libya: Russian actors who are known to have previously created and...

Now It Gets Much Harder: Thomas Fingar and Jean Oi Discuss China’s Challenges in The Washington Quarterly

March 2020

In the last forty years, China has reemerged as a tremendous geopolitical, economic, and technological power on the world stage.

Events

Do Programmatic Policies Always Win Votes? Evidence from Education Reforms in Tanzania

May 14, 2020

Abstract:Do programmatic policies always yield electoral rewards?

Democratic Discord: When Electoral Democracy Creates Social Conflict

May 7, 2020

Abstract:I label the phenomenon of democratic politicians mobilizing and exacerbating societal conflict to win votes “democratic discord.”  First, I demonstrate the concept of democratic discord...

Book Talk: Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment

April 23, 2020

Abstract:Ahmet T. Kuru will talk about his new book  Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Projects

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.
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

China: Going Global

Beijing’s new Silk Road initiative links old trade corridors from Asia to Africa and Europe.
English

Multimedia

The Rise and Implications of Identity Politics

March 2019

Black Lives Matter. Catalan independence. #MeToo. White nationalism. The Islamic State.

Chinese Influence: Real or Perceived?

February 2019

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

Scholars Corner

September 2017

Scholars Corner features videos of scholars from the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) discussing contemporary issues and research in their fields of expertise, reflecting FSI’s research interest in the problems, policies,...

People

Philip Taubman Lecturer
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Abbas Milani Adjunct Professor Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Jay Bhattacharya Senior Fellow by Courtesy Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Portrait of Gi-Wook Shin Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Lanhee J. Chen Affiliate at the Center on Democracy Development and the Rule of Law
Matthew Kohrman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Associate Professor, Anthropology
Prashant Loyalka Center Fellow, Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Education
Alex Stamos Director, Stanford Internet Observatory