International Relations

International Relations

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 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.

Recent Publications

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Particulate Plutonium Released from the Fukushima Daiichi Meltdowns

November 2020

A new study reveals particles that were released from nuclear plants damaged in the devastating 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami contained small amounts of radioactive plutonium.View full article

Operational Considerations on the American Academy of Pediatrics Guidance for K-12 School Reentry

August 2020

There is general consensus among experts that K-12 schools should aim to reopen for in-person classes during the 2020-2021 school year. Globally, children constitute a low proportion of coronavirus...

Education and EdTech during COVID-19: Evidence from a Large-Scale Survey during School Closures in China

August 2020

In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, many education systems have relied on distance learning and educational technologies to an unprecedented degree.

The Impact of Computer Assisted Learning on Rural Taiwanese Children: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment

August 2020

The effectiveness of educational technology (EdTech) in improving the outcomes of poor, marginalized students has primarily been documented by studies conducted in developing countries; however,...

The Ministry of Made-up Pages: Yemen-Based Actors Impersonate Government Agencies to Spread Anti-Houthi Content

August 2020

DOWNLOAD PDF  On August 6, 2020, Facebook suspended 28 Pages, 15 Groups, 69 Facebook accounts, and ten Instagram accounts for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior.

Attacks on Public Health Officials During COVID-19

August 2020

In June 24, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom remarked on a disturbing phenomenon: health officers are “getting attacked, getting death threats, they’re being demeaned and demoralized.” At...

Partitioning the Curve — Interstate Travel Restrictions During the Covid-19 Pandemic

August 2020

Since the onset of the Covid-19 crisis in the United States, government action taken to “flatten” the curve of disease transmission has varied dramatically among states, counties, and cities.

The Deer and the Dragon: Southeast Asia and China in the 21st Century

August 2020

Southeast Asia is arguably the most diverse region in the world.

The Hidden Cost of Worker Turnover: Attributing Product Reliability to the Turnover of Factory Workers

August 2020

Product reliability is a key concern for manufacturers.

Being in North Korea

August 2020

**See our dedicated book page for more information about the book, including praise, reviews, and author commentary.**In 2010, while working on a PhD in South Korea, Andray Abrahamian visited the...

Multilateral Trade Bargaining: A First Look at the GATT Bargaining Records

July 2020

This paper empirically examines recently declassified tariff bargaining data from the GATT/WTO.

The Legal Authority for States’ Stay-at-Home Orders

July 2020

In March 2020, when many U.S.

Impact of Spectacles Wear on Uncorrected Visual Acuity among Urban Migrant Primary School Children in China: A Cluster-Randomised Clinical Trial

July 2020

Objective: To estimate the effect of providing free spectacles on uncorrected visual acuity (VA) among urban migrant Chinese school children.

Respecting Disability Rights — Toward Improved Crisis Standards of Care

July 2020

In times of emergency, many legal strictures can flex.

Can China’s Military Win the Tech War?

July 2020

As the Chinese government has set out to harness the growing strength of the Chinese technology sector to bolster its military, policymakers in the United States have reacted with mounting alarm.

Lockdowns are Protecting China’s Rural Families from COVID-19, but the Economic Burden is Heavy

July 2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in December 2019, China implemented a nationwide travel blockade and quarantine policy that required all public spaces, businesses, and schools to shut their...

Water-food-energy challenges in India: political economy of the sugar industry

July 2020

Sugar is the second largest agro-based industry in India and has a major influence on the country's water, food, and energy security.

The Challenges and Opportunities for Social Media Research

July 2020

Concluding Chapter of Social Media and Democracy: The State of the Field and Prospects for Reform (Cambridge Press, forthcoming September 2020) Nathaniel Persily and Joshua A.

“At Three Years of Age, We Can See the Future”: Cognitive Skills and the Life Cycle of Rural Chinese Children

July 2020

BACKGROUND: Although the Chinese education system has seen massive improvements over the past few decades, there are still large academic achievement gaps between rural and urban areas that...

Fight fire with finance: a randomize field experiment to curtail land-clearing fire in Indonesia

July 2020

This paper presents one of the rst randomized evaluations of collective pay-for-performance payments for ecosystem services.

Telling China’s Story: The Chinese Communist Party’s Campaign to Shape Global Narratives

July 2020

DOWNLOAD PDF An increasing number of state actors have demonstrated sophisticated abilities to carry out influence operations in both traditional and social media ecosystems simultaneously.

COVID-19 Policies: Remember Measles

July 2020

Nearly 120 million children in 37 countries are at risk of missing their measlescontaining vaccine (MCV) shots this year, as preventive and public health campaigns take a back seat to policies put...

Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age

July 2020

Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age explores one major manuscript repository’s digital presence and poses timely questions about studying books from a temporal and spatial distance via the...

South Korea's Democratic Decay

July 2020

South Korea (hereafter Korea) is following global trends as it slides toward a “democratic depression.” Both the spirit of democracy and actual liberal-democratic standards are under attack.

People

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Martha Crenshaw Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Emerita, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science, Emerita
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