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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

Potemkin Pages & Personas: Assessing GRU Online Operations, 2014-2019

November 2019

DOWNLOAD WHITE PAPERUpon request by the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), researchers reviewed a data set of social media posts that Facebook provided to SSCI.

Sex and gender analysis improves science and engineering

November 2019

The goal of sex and gender analysis is to promote rigorous, reproducible and responsible science.

Academic Achievement and Mental Health of Left-behind Children in Rural China

November 2019

Purpose – China’s rapid pace of urbanization has resulted in millions of rural residents migrating from rural areas to urban areas for better job opportunities.

Other Publications

AI Policy and China: Realities of State-Led Development

October 2019

When China's government announced its ambitions for the country’s theoretical, technological, and applied artificial intelligence development to reach a “worldleading level” by 2030, governments...

Once, the ‘Judeo-Christian tradition’ united Americans. Now it divides them.

April 2019

Even as Notre Dame Cathedral was burning, pundits such as Ben Shapiro and Katie Hopkins began to mourn it as a “monument to Western civilization … built on the Judeo-Christian heritage” —...

The Papal Human Rights Discourse: The Difference Pope Francis Makes

February 2019

Religious actors and their political concepts are commonly assumed to be conservative, static, and aligned with the private contemplative world.

News

Encina Community Connects Around New Bechtel Courtyard

November 2019

A project 20 years in the making officially came to completion with the dedication of the restoration of Encina Commons and new Bechtel Courtyard on November 7.The new space will be shared by the...

Shining Light on the Threats to Democracy and Human Rights in Asia

November 2019

Around the world, democracy is in retreat.

CrashCourse: The Prevention and Treatment of Concussions

October 2019

In its 46-year history, SPICE, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), has collaborated with numerous Stanford-affiliated organizations on educational programs.

Events

Information Session - Fisher Family CDDRL Honors Program

January 18, 2020

This event is open to Stanford undergraduate students only.  The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) will be accepting applications from eligible juniors on who are...

Does Growth Require Market-Enhancing Institutions?

January 16, 2020

Abstract:Scholars and policymakers maintain that economic growth requires strong legal institutions that can ensure competitive markets.

Russian Propaganda about Syria

December 5, 2019

Co-author Renée DiResta Abstract:When protests against Syrian President Bashar Assad began in 2011, Russia made good on its decades-long alliance with Syria, providing Assad with diplomatic and...

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.
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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...
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China: Going Global

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

Prashant Loyalka Center Fellow, Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Education
Alex Stamos Director, Stanford Internet Observatory
Jay Bhattacharya Senior Fellow by Courtesy Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Professor of the Practice, Law
Philip Taubman Lecturer
Abbas Milani Adjunct Professor Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Martin Carnoy Professor, Education
Pamela Matson Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies, Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, FSE Affiliated Faculty Professor, Earth Sciences, Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute
Victor R. Fuchs Professor, Economics, Emeritus
Russell A. Berman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Comparative Literature, Professor, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
Marcus W. Feldman Professor, Biology
Robert Harrison Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, French and Italian