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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 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.

Recent Scholarly Publications

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Civil Wars & Global Disorder: Threats & Opportunities

September 2018

There are some thirty ongoing civil wars – Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq among the high-profile cases – with the average duration of conflict increasing over the past twenty years.

Weakest strongman: an interview with Harold Trinkunas

July 2018

  Nicolás Maduro may have held on to political power. But the collapse of the state he heads is continuing apace by any measure.

Manipulating Globalization: The Influence of Bureaucrats on Business in China

June 2018

The era of globalization saw China emerge as the world's manufacturing titan. However, the "made in China" model—with its reliance on cheap labor and thin profits—has begun to wane.

Xi Jinping Stresses Cooperation and Power – Enduring Contradiction?

May 2018

Supported by Chinese officials and authoritative commentary, President Xi Jinping continued a moderate and cooperative posture toward Southeast Asia in early 2018, reaching a highpoint in Xi’s...

‘The Pope’s own hand outstretched’: Holy See diplomacy as a hybrid mode of diplomatic agency

May 2018

The unconventional nature of Holy See diplomats rests in the composite character of their ecclesiastical role as the Pope’s representatives and their legal diplomatic status and commencement to...

American Foreign Policy in Transition: From Cold War Consensus to Controversy and Confusion

May 2018

In a new article for Contemporary American Review, Shorenstein APARC Distinguished Fellow Thomas Fingar examines how, twenty-five years after the demise of the Soviet Union, Americans are still...

From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia

May 2018

In 2008, when Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford and join an unlikely presidential campaign, he had no idea that he would find himself at the beating heart of one of today’s...

Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity

May 2018

From New York Times bestselling author and former U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and Stanford University professor Amy B.

Singapore and Goliath?

April 2018

Since the time of Lee Kuan Yew (1923–2015), Singapore’s leaders have refused to infer, merely from the country’s size and composition, a need to appease the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The Power of the Political in an Urbanizing International

April 2018

In this article, I argue that there is a startling resonance between Hans Morgenthau’s conception of the political and power and recent analyses of an urbanizing international realm.

International Isolation and Regional Inequality: Evidence from Sanctions on North Korea

February 2018

This paper examines how the spatial distribution of economic activity evolved within North Korea during a period of economic sanctions.

From Brain Drain to Brain Circulation and Linkage

February 2018

The development community has increased its focus on higher education over the past two decades, recognizing that education can contribute to building up a country’s capacity for participation in...

Genocide and Global and/or World History: Reflections

January 2018

Soon after Raphael Lemkin coined the term “genocide” in Axis Rule in Occupied Europe in 1944, he began working on a world history of genocide to popularize his neologism.

Ending Civil Wars: Constraints & Possibilities

December 2017

Part of an eighteen-month Academy project on Civil Wars, Violence, and International Responses, the essays in the Winter 2018 issue of Dædalus consider the impediments to ending civil wars and...

Two “Popes” to Speak for the World: The Pope and the United Nations Secretary General in World Politics

November 2017

Despite recent studies on leadership, the discipline of International Relations is still reluctant to engage in studies of individual agency in the international structure.

Superficial Korea

September 2017

In this book, Gi-Wook Shin shares his observations on and provides recommendations for social maladies currently affecting Korean society.

Mapping ASEAN’s Futures

August 2017

The future of ASEAN is necessarily unknown. Its futures, however, can be guessed with less risk of being wrong.

Trading in the Twenty-First Century: Is There a Role for the World Trade Organization?

July 2017

As the World Trade Organization (WTO) begins its third decade, its future is uncertain.

ASEAN's Futures

July 2017

The future of ASEAN is necessarily unknown. Its futures, however, can be guessed with less risk of being wrong.

Renegotiating the World Order: Institutional Change in International Relations

June 2017

Rising powers often seek to reshape the world order, triggering confrontations with those who seek to defend the status quo.

Europeans support a proportional allocation of asylum seekers

June 2017

What type of common asylum regime would Europeans support?

Support for Terrorism in Muslim Majority Countries and Implications for Immigration Policies in the West

June 2017

With elections in 2017 in key European Union states (France: presidential, April 23, second round May 7, National Assembly, June 11, second round June 18; Germany: Federal Diet, September 24;...

The Economic Costs of Drug-Trafficking Violence in Mexico

June 2017

The levels of violence in Mexico have dramatically increased in the last few years due to structural changes in the drug trafficking business.

The Limits of Institutional Reform in the United States and the Global Trade Regime

May 2017

International Politics and Institutions in Time is the definitive exploration, by a group of leading international relations scholars, of the contribution of the historical institutionalism...

People

James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Kathryn M. McDonald Senior Research Scholar Executive Director, CHP/PCOR, Senior Scholar, CHP/PCOR
Portrait of Jean Oi Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Michele Barry Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine
Takeo Hoshi Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Finance
Eileen Donahoe Adjunct Professor, CDDRL
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Image of Christophe Crombez Christophe Crombez Senior Research Scholar Senior Research Scholar, TEC
Portrait of Gi-Wook Shin Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology