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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.

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Shorenstein APARC Names 2019-20 Postdoctoral Fellows

February 2019

Shorenstein APARC is pleased to announce the selection of two scholars as postdoctoral fellows for the 2019-20 academic year.

The Second Trump-Kim Summit Must Settle the Big Questions

February 2019

“There is no detailed definition or shared agreement of what denuclearization entails....” These words were not from critics of ambivalence in the Trump administration’s nuclear negotiations with...

Winners announced for the Fall 2018 Stanford e-Japan Award

February 2019

Stanford e-Japan is an online course that teaches Japanese high school students about American society and culture and U.S.–Japan relations.

Honoring Stanford e-Tottori students

February 2019

Stanford e-Tottori is a distance-learning course sponsored by the Tottori Prefectural Board of Education and the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), Freeman...

Podcast: Elizabeth Economy on Xi Jinping’s Third Revolution and the Future of U.S.-China Relations

February 2019

In her acclaimed book The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State, Chinese domestic and foreign policy expert Elizabeth Economy argues that Xi Jinping’s dual-reform trajectories—a...

Podcast: Donald K. Emmerson on How Southeast Asian Nations Balance China-U.S. Relations

February 2019

As tension grows between China and the United States, its effects are felt across Asia. APARC's Southeast Asia Program Director Donald K.

China Program Convenes Leading Scholars to Discuss the Field of Chinese Politics in the Era of Xi Jinping and to Chart Its Future

February 2019

(From left to right): Three of the presenters during the first plenary session: Professors Mary Gallagher, University of Michigan; Melanie Manion, Duke University; and Jean Oi, Stanford University...

PODCAST: Jaw-Jaw: How Chinese Sharp Power Takes Aim at American Democracy

February 2019

Larry Diamond breaks down Beijing’s efforts to direct “sharp power” against institutions in the United States in this podcast. Listen here. 

U.S. Special Envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun Delivers First Public Address on U.S.-DPRK Diplomacy at a Shorenstein APARC Event

January 2019

The United States is prepared to pursue “simultaneously and in parallel” all of the commitments outlined at the Trump-Kim Singapore Summit, said the U.S.

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun to Speak at Shorenstein APARC Event

January 2019

JANUARY 30 UPDATE A live video stream of the discussion with Stephen Biegun will be available through Shorenstein APARC's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stanfordsaparc. Stephen Biegun, the...

Gi-Wook Shin on Korea

January 2019

Gi-Wook Shin, director of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and of the Korea Program, regularly writes on Korean affairs for Korean audience.

Whence Korean Denuclearization

January 2019

North Korea’s state-owned news agency ran a wire story with tremendous significance just before Christmas, making clear that unilateral denuclearization is not going to happen.

Only a drastic measure towards denuclearization can resolve the current stalemate with North Korea

January 2019

In a recent interview with Korea Times, Gi-Wook Shin, director of APARC, said "only a drastic measure [by North Korea] can resolve the current stalemate." Shin also urged Moon administration to...

APARC Scholars Respond to "Chinese Influence and American Interests" Report

January 2019

On November 29, 2018, a working group, co-chaired by Larry Diamond, senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and at the Hoover Institution, and Orville Schell, Arthur...

Former Presidential Envoy to Defeat ISIS Named Payne Distinguished Lecturer

January 2019

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University is pleased to announce that Brett McGurk has been appointed the next Frank E. and Arthur W.

China Studies in Beijing Program: Students Travel to Shandong Province

December 2018

As Stanford’s fall quarter draws to a close, the first cohort of students who are participating in Freeman Spogli Institute’s (FSI) inaugural overseas program in Beijing embarked on their final...

Student Explores Opportunities in China through Internship Supported by APARC

December 2018

Yvonne Lee, ’19, hopes to work full time in China someday.

Gi-Wook Shin Appointed William J. Perry Professor of Contemporary Korea

December 2018

Stanford Korean studies expert Gi-Wook Shin has been named the William J.

South Korea’s Top Envoy to the United States Meets with Stanford Experts

December 2018

On November 29, the Korea Program at the Walter H.

SPICE’s Rylan Sekiguchi elected chair of the U.S.-Japan Council’s TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program

November 2018

During the U.S.-Japan Council annual conference that was held in Tokyo on November 8 and 9, 2018, Rylan Sekiguchi was elected chair of the TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program (ELP).

Shorenstein Journalism Award Winner Anna Fifield and Expert Panel Discuss Change and Continuity in North Korea

November 2018

“I learned long ago to never predict anything about North Korea.”So began the keynote address by Anna Fifield, veteran journalist and winner of the 2018 Shorenstein Journalism Award.

Journalism Award Recipient Details Kim Jong Un's North Korea

November 2018

On November 14, APARC honored the 2018 Shorenstein Journalism Award recipient, Washington Post Beijing bureau chief Anna Fifield.

Beijing Workshop Explores Options for Interventions in Civil Wars

November 2018

Shorenstein APARC’s U.S.-Asia Security Initiative (USASI), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), and the School for International Studies at Peking University recently co-hosted the...

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