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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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PODCAST: China and the Global Challenges to Democracy: A Conversation with Larry Diamond

April 2019

In this episode of the Power 3.0 podcast, Larry Diamond discusses the Chinese Communist Party's range of influence and interference in activities that target the public, civic, and social...

China Scholars Program online course now accepting applications for Fall 2019

April 2019

Applications opened yesterday for the China Scholars Program, an intensive, college-level online course on contemporary China for U.S. high school students.

Application open for 2019 Summer Institute for High School Teachers

April 2019

SPICE is now accepting applications for the 2019 East Asia Summer Institute for High School Teachers.

China Is Pushing Back Against Taiwan for These Three Reasons

April 2019

On March 31, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that two Chinese Air Force (PLAAF) J-11 jets crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait.

Video Interview with Postdoctoral Fellow Ketian Zhang

April 2019

We sat down with our 2018-19 Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia Ketian Zhang to discuss China's use of coercion in foreign policy; her research on  South China Sea disputes; her...

Audio: APARC Scholars on China’s Belt and Road Initiative

April 2019

APARC's Direcror of the Southeast Asia Program Donald K. Emmerson, Center Fellow Thomas Fingar, and Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow David M.

INTERVIEW: A Conversation with Francis Fukuyama

March 2019

Yoshikazu Kato, Adjunct Associate Professor of Asia Global Institute, talks with Francis Fukuyama about his work, Political Order and Political Decay: From Industrial Revolution to the...

AIT Director Addresses Significance of Taiwan Relations Act's 40th Anniversary

March 2019

On March 4, Brent Christensen, Director of the American Institute in Taiwan’s Taipei office, delivered the keynote speech at the Taiwan Democracy and Security Project's annual workshop.

Karl Eikenberry Discusses the Second Report of the Task Force on U.S.-China Policy and Its Recommendations for Managing the Increasingly Competitive U.S.-China Relationship

March 2019

Three years into the Trump administration, “the United States and the People’s Republic of China find their bilateral relationship at a dangerous crossroads,” write Orville Schell of the Asia...

Five years after Crimea’s illegal annexation, the issue is no closer to resolution

March 2019

March 18 marks the fifth anniversary of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, which capped the most blatant land grab in Europe since World War II.

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...

“From Cold War to Hot Peace: An Ambassador in Putin’s Russia,” a book talk for educators by Ambassador Michael McFaul

March 2019

On January 18, 2019, Stanford Global Studies and the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) hosted a book talk by Professor Michael McFaul.

The Emerging Leaders Program and SPICE: Empowering youth from Yokohama

March 2019

Why does cellist Yo-Yo Ma refer to the Silk Road as the ‘Internet of antiquity’? What is globalization? What is economic interdependence? What are diversity and inclusion?

U.S. INCOPACOM hosts Stanford FSI faculty and fellows visit

March 2019

20 Stanford faculty and fellows from the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center recently visited INDOPACOM, providing rare opportunity for participants to talk directly with senior U.S.

There’s a Silver Lining in the Clouds Over the North Korea Negotiations

March 2019

HANOI—On Thursday afternoon, as it became clear that lunch between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S.

Video: KQED Newsroom Talks to Yong Suk Lee about the Trump-Kim Hanoi Summit

March 2019

Following the anticlimactic conclusion of the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, KQED Newsroom spoke with our Korea Program Deputy Director Yong Suk Lee about the surprising outcome of the summit and what...

Helsinki in December? Discovering Finland’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

March 2019

Fog. Music. And... Saunas? Learn more about our student's adventure in Helsinki by reading the full article on Medium. 

Why Walking Away from Kim's Deal May Have Been the Right Move

February 2019

President Trump caught the world by surprise once again yesterday with a decision not to sign a deal with his North Korean counterpart, Chairman Kim Jong-un, in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The Chemistry Between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un

February 2019

At first glance U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seem like an unlikely pair.

Video Interview with Koret Fellow Andray Abrahamian

February 2019

We sat down with our 2018-19 Koret Fellow in Korean Studies Andray Abrahamian to discuss North Korea denuclearization and the approaching Trump-Kim second summit in Hanoi; Abrahamian's work with...

Success of Second Trump-Kim Summit Will Lie in the Details

February 2019

This post was originally published on Axios.While President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s June 2018 meeting ended with a broad statement — committing to “establish new U.S.-DPRK...

Transcript: Andrew Kim on North Korea Denuclearization and U.S.-DPRK Diplomacy

February 2019

Prices for Denuclearization of North KoreaAndrew KimRemarks delivered at Stanford’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center | February 22, 2019  We have a long history of negotiating with...

EXCERPT: Larry Summers on the Future of U.S. - China Relations

February 2019

Read an excerpt of an address delivered by Larry Summers, the Charles W.

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Colin H. Kahl Senior Fellow Steven C. Házy Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Norman M. Naimark Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Professor, by courtesy, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
Portrait of Michael Armacost Michael H. Armacost Lecturer at APARC
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Kenneth F. Scheve Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Alex Stamos Adjunct Professor William J. Perry Fellow
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Condoleezza Rice Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Political Science, Professor, Management, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Professor of the Practice, Law