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 News

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Scot Marciel Testifies Before the International Parliamentary Inquiry into the Global Response to the Crisis in Myanmar

August 2022

Even those countries and international organizations that have not supported the military junta in Myanmar have relied on flawed analysis and conventional diplomatic tools and approaches that do not...

Military Capabilities, Not Commitment, at Stake in Taiwan: Oriana Skylar Mastro Examines Fallout From Pelosi's Visit

August 2022

Political maneuvers like Speaker Pelosi's visit to Taiwan only anger Beijing but ultimately do not address the key issue of whether the United States has the military capabilities needed to...

Scot Marciel Appointed Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

August 2022

Marciel, a former senior U.S. diplomat, brings extensive experience in public policy focused on Southeast Asia. His appointment is based at FSI’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.

One. More. Time. It’s not about NATO

July 2022

Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin had a number of reasons for invading Ukraine in February and starting the largest military conflict in Europe since World War II.  Putin sought to portray the pre-...

Fixing Intelligence Failures: The Last Shah, the United States, and the View from Somewhere

July 2022

Introducing a new conceptual framework for intelligence analysts, South Asia Research Scholar Arzan Tarapore offers an alternative to traditional intelligence-gathering axioms that helps explain the...

Is America Too Troubled to Be Mindful of Indonesia?

July 2022

For long-term Jakarta and Washington relations, what will matter is not who will attend the 2022 G20 summit in Bali. It will be the names and plans of the Indonesians and Americans who will run and...

Brexit was 10,000 years in the making, Stanford historian says in new book

July 2022

What Britain’s geography means to the British people is key to understanding why they voted to leave the European Union, Stanford classics Professor Ian Morris asserts.

Reflections on the Assassination of Former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe

July 2022

Abe was one of the most transformative political leaders in modern Japanese history, and his passing will change Japanese politics in a number of ways, most immediately shaking up internal politics...

Pushing Back on Putin: The Fight for Democracy Within Russia

July 2022

Lyubov Sobol, an activist and current visiting scholar at CDDRL, explains the roots of Russia's pro-democracy movement and the importance of its success to Russia, Ukraine, and the future...

ARD Releases June 2022 Issue of Mofeed Digest

July 2022

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL is pleased to announce the release of the June 2022 issue of Mofeed Digest, a periodic recap of the most important scholarly and policy...

Sanne Verschuren awarded the 2022 Kenneth Waltz Outstanding Dissertation Award

July 2022

Dr. Sanne Verschuren has been awarded the 2022 Kenneth Waltz Outstanding Dissertation Award from the International Security Section of the American Political Science Association for her dissertation...

In Southeast Asia, the United States Needs to Up its Economic Game

July 2022

The harsh reality is that, even with still-strong security partnerships, it is hard to imagine the US being able to sustain its overall influence in the region if it continues to lose ground...

Abortion disinformation is growing and dangerously divisive

July 2022

The abortion issue, both polarizing and emotional, is a perfect vessel for spreading divisive falsehoods.

Dr. Siegfried Hecker named by the Carnegie Corporation of New York on its annual list of Great Immigrants

June 2022

Carnegie Corporation of New York announced its annual list of Great Immigrants today, honoring 34 naturalized citizens whose influence and actions have strengthened our society and our democracy.

Meet the 2022 Draper Hills Summer Fellows

June 2022

Fellows will arrive at Stanford at the end of July to begin the three-week training program that provides a forum for civil society leaders to exchange experiences and receive academic and policy...

Has the Russia-Ukraine war blown up the global nuclear order?

June 2022

The Russian nuclear saber-rattling that has accompanied the invasion of Ukraine represents a level of nuclear risk unprecedented since the end of the Cold War.

FSI’s Visiting Fellowship in Israel Studies Brings Or Rabinowitz to the Center for International Security and Cooperation

June 2022

Dr. Or Rabinowitz of Hebrew University, Jerusalem, whose research explores how nuclear technology interacts with decision-making, strategy, and diplomacy, will come to Stanford in the 2022-2023...

What if Russia Uses Nuclear Weapon in Ukraine?

June 2022

A look at the grim scenarios—and the U.S. playbook for each

U.S.-Russia relations, one year after Geneva

June 2022

The June 16, 2021 meeting in Geneva between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a positive impulse to a bilateral U.S.-Russia relationship that was plumbing post-Cold...

ARD Releases May 2022 Issue of Mofeed Digest

June 2022

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL is pleased to announce the release of the May 2022 issue of Mofeed Digest, a periodic recap of the most important scholarly and policy...

NATO-Russia: It’s time to suspend the Founding Act

June 2022

During a period of greater hope for Russia tempered by uncertainties, President Bill Clinton sought both to enlarge NATO and build a strategic partnership between the Alliance and Moscow.

A Look Back at Two Years as a Master's of International Policy Student

June 2022

As the 2022 cohort of Master’s in International Policy students prepares to graduate, four classmates — Sylvie Ashford, David Sprauge, Shirin Kashani, and Mikk Raud — reflect on their experiences...

Rethinking China’s Influence in Southeast Asia: The Role of Non-State Actors and Unintended Consequences

June 2022

Departing from international relations scholarship and popular media accounts that tend to portray China as a great power intent on establishing a sphere of influence in Southeast Asia, Lee Kong...

Some disagree that it is 100 seconds to midnight. These undergrads held a debate

June 2022

Every year, a few hundred idealistic, nerdy college students compete in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.

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