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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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Hong Kong in Turmoil: Former Chief Secretary and Scholars Discuss the Protests in Hong Kong

October 2019

On October 1st, with a massive National Day parade down Chang’an Avenue in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China celebrated the 70th anniversary of its establishment in 1949.

Centennial Concert for Yenching University - Stuart Conference Room

October 2019

In connection with the 100th anniversary of Yenching University, the opening ceremony of the Stuart Conference Room (SCR) was held at the Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU) on October 8....

President Trump, Quid Pro Quos and U.S.-Ukraine Relations: Five Observations

October 2019

/*-->*/ Over the past two weeks, a CIA whistleblower’s complaint, a White House record of a July 25 telephone conversation between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky,...

Dueling U.S. Approaches to Ukraine Pose Risk

October 2019

/*-->*/ CISAC’s Steven Pifer, former U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine, looks at the dueling US foreign policies toward Ukraine – one aimed at U.S.

Xi's Dilemma and China's Challenges at 70: Q&A with Andrew Walder

October 2019

Q: China is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s rule, and of course the strategic shifts in Chinese foreign policy throughout the years are much more visible than the...

Meet the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy Class of 2021

September 2019

Representing 14 different countries, the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy (MIP) first-year class is a diverse group.

Should We Be Worried About Election Interference in 2020? Probably, says Facebook’s Former Chief Security Officer

September 2019

Alex Stamos is “extremely worried” that the upcoming U.S.

SPICE/FSI Serves as Stanford University Host of the California-Japan Governors’ Symposium

September 2019

On August 26, 2019, SPICE/FSI served as the Stanford University host of the California-Japan Governors’ Symposium, which was co-hosted by the U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) and the Silicon Valley Japan...

Beyond the Great Wall: Embracing Rheology and China

September 2019

In my mind, the Great Wall of China is an unprecedented feat of engineering that symbolizes an epic transformation - a structure that once was meant to keep people out, now welcomes millions into...

Heading for (Another) Ukraine-Russia Gas Fight?

September 2019

Twice in the past 14 years, a dispute between Ukraine and Russia has led Russia to cut off natural gas flows to Ukraine and Europe. The stage is being set for another cut-off in January.

"Trilateral Framework at Risk" – APARC Director on South Korea's Decision to End Its Military Agreement with Japan

August 2019

"The Japan-South Korea relationship may not have hit rock bottom, but it could further deteriorate in the coming months," Gi-Wook Shin tells The Korea Times.

A ‘Democratic Depression’ Could Be Around the Corner

August 2019

Democratic institutions worldwide have reached a unique and precarious turning point, said Larry Diamond on a recent episode of the World Class podcast by the Freeman Spogli Institute for...

SPICE’s Waka Takahashi Brown Receives 2019 Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award

August 2019

SPICE’s Stanford e-Japan Manager and Instructor Waka Takahashi Brown has won the 2019 Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award for her teaching excellence with Stanford e-Japan, an online course that...

The U.S. Has a Role to Play in the Escalating Hong Kong Crisis – as a Moderating Force

August 2019

"Washington is not the ‘black hand’ Beijing believes it to be. But neither should it wash its hands of the crisis, as Trump has apparently done"

Twenty High School Students Accepted into Stanford Online Course on Modern China

August 2019

The Stanford China Scholars Program (CSP) is about to launch its fifth session this fall, with 20 high school students from across the country participating in the online course.

Two Experts to Join the Korea Program as Koret Fellows in Korean Studies

August 2019

The Korea Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center is pleased to welcome Robert R.

Unpacking the Escalating U.S.-China Conflict: Q&A with David M. Lampton

August 2019

The U.S.-China relationship is in a dangerous downward spiral.

Draper Hills 2019 Summer Fellows Reflect on Activism, Democracy and the Importance of Collaboration

August 2019

Every summer, the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program brings together international leaders who are pioneering new approaches to advance social and political change in some of the most challenging...

Announcing Stanford e-China, a New Stanford University Online Course for High School Students in China

July 2019

The stars have finally aligned to enable SPICE to launch its first online course in China, Stanford e-China—an interactive, virtual class for Chinese high school students.

What it Takes for U.S. Foreign Policy to Succeed in the Middle East

July 2019

Brett McGurk, the former Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, has had a busy summer.

High School Teachers Convene at Stanford University for SPICE Summer Institute

July 2019

Last week, 23 educators from across North America gathered at Stanford University for the 2019 East Asia Summer Institute for High School Teachers, a teacher professional development seminar...

8th Annual Korean Studies Writing Prize Awarded

July 2019

Taehwa Hong (BA '21 International Relations) has been awarded the 8th annual Korea Program Prize for Writing in Korean Studies for his paper, "North Korea in the Soviet-Albanian Dispute." Yong Suk...

U.S. Foreign Policy to Restrict Abortion Funding Results in More Abortions

June 2019

A foreign policy enacted by American presidents opposing abortion results in less funding for family planning and birth control, leading to more unwanted pregnancies, according to new research by...

SCPKU Summer Seminar: Chinese Corporations: A Case Study Workshop

June 2019

The SCPKU summer workshop, "Chinese Corporations: A Case Study Workshop" led by Prof. Andrew Walder (Stanford) and Prof. Zheng Lu (Tsinghua) convened in Beijing on June 17th,  2019.

People

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
Headshot of Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
Amy Zegart Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Jerry Kaplan Lecturer, CDDRL, Research Affiliate, CDDRL
H.R. McMaster Bernard and Susan Liautaud Visiting 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
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics