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New Forum on Contemporary Europe research project on History, Memory and Reconciliation

September 2009

In spring 2009, the Forum on Contemporary Europe (FCE) and the Division on Languages, Civilizations and Literatures (DLCL) delivered the first part of its multi-year research and public policy...

Draper Hills Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development complete training

August 2009

Rising leaders from some of the world's most challenging nations, including China, Russia, Ukraine, Iraq, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, recently completed...

Larry Diamond: How to save democracy

January 2009

Bush gave democracy promotion a bad name, Larry Diamond writes in Newsweek. The new administration needs to get it right.

Study on South African free basic electricity allowance reveals shift in demand

December 2008

PESD affiliates Stephen Davis, Alison Hughes, and Kate Louw publish findings on the impacts of the free basic electricity program in two small rural towns in South Africa.

Transitions 2009 conference to focus on action plan for President-elect Obama

November 2008

CISAC's Stephen Stedman, Bruce Jones from NYU and Carlos Pascual from the Brookings Institution will unveil a "plan for action" for President-elect Obama to tackle emerging transnational threats at...

The Effect of Global Warming on Animals and Plants: The Findings of Fourth Assesssment Report

August 2007

Over the last 100 years, the average global surface temperature has warmed ~0.75°C (~1.4°F) and is projected to rise at an escalating rate over the next century.

Finding Mandela

August 2007

Several years ago, a high-level Israeli official asked me to tell him everything I could about how the Israelis might find their Palestinian Mandela.

BP Foundation awards $7.5 million to Stanford for research on energy markets

June 2007

The BP Foundation has awarded a five-year, $7.5 million grant to Stanford University's Program on Energy and Sustainable Development to support research on modern energy markets.

BP Foundation awards $7.5 million to Stanford for research on energy markets

June 2007

The BP Foundation has awarded a five-year, $7.5 million grant to Stanford University's Program on Energy and Sustainable Development to support research on modern energy markets.

Cambridge University Press prints "Political Economy of Power Sector Reform"

March 2007

The collaborative book by experts in the political economy of energy, edited to include a provocative introduction and conclusion by David Victor and Tom Heller, looks in depth at five cases of...

Improving Teacher Preparation and Professional Development in Chile: Stanford's International Outreach Program

January 2007

The International Outreach Program at Stanford University (IOP) began as a pilot joint venture between FSI and the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning (SCIL), under the auspices of the...

Researchers publish critique of South Africa's pro-poor energy policy

August 2006

In collaboration with researchers at the Energy Research Centre at the University of Capetown, PESD researchers David Victor and Becca Elias comment on the economics of South Africa's Free Basic...

PESD Director David Victor addresses chaotic world of energy policy

May 2006

The world's energy system seems to have come unhinged. Oil is trading at record high prices because demand keeps rising even as supplies become unreliable.

Presidential Fund for Innovation in International Studies Awards New Interdisciplinary Grants Totaling $1.05 Million

April 2006

The Office of the President and the Stanford International Initiative announced on February 1, 2006, the award of eight new grants totaling $1.05 million to multidisciplinary Stanford faculty teams...

New Technological Horizons: The IDL Program's Collaboration in South Africa

April 2006

The Initiative on Distance Learning (IDL) has for six years offered courses on international security issues to Russian regional universities via distance-learning technologies.

Gideon Maltz: Zimbabwe's last chance

March 2006

In an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun on March 13, CDDRL pre-doctoral fellow Gideon Maltz argues that the international community's strategy on Zimbabwe has failed.

Stephen Walt: "Taming American Power: the Global Response to U.S. Primacy"

November 2005

"The United States is the most powerful since the Roman Empire," stated Stephen Walt, the Belfer Professor of International Affairs and academic dean of the John F.

Walter Falcon featured in the world hunger documentary ''Silent Killer: The Unfinished Campaign Against Hunger''

October 2005

The film, hosted by NPR's Scott Simon, offers a compelling examination of both the problem and solutions surrounding world hunger.

Electricity-Market Reforms and Global Climate Change

September 2005

For nearly two decades, most major developing countries have struggled to introduce market forces in their electric power systems.

"Energy Policy" to publish PESD critique of South African Free Basic Electricity

July 2005

The PESD paper explores alternatives to electric cooking in rural South African households, analyzes energy choices, and suggests more market-friendly approaches to poverty reduction.