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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Long in the Making: The Russian Invasion of Ukraine

March 2022

A week before Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, unleashing the biggest military operation in Europe since World War II, three experts on Russia were interviewed on Zoom and...

The challenges of transferring military aircraft

March 2022

Q & A with Dr. Dean Winslow and Ben Lambeth

Russia vs. Ukraine: How does this end?

March 2022

On February 24, Vladimir Putin launched the Russian military on what he termed a “special military operation,” his euphemism for a massive invasion of Ukraine.

International Security and Cooperation on the 60th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis

March 2022

The Cuban Missile Crisis dealt not only the United States and the Soviet Union, but other countries around the world, what I call a short, sharp shock. We recognized how devastating would be the...

Contemporary humanitarians: Latin America and the ordering of responses to humanitarian crises

March 2022

The paper looks at how Brazil, Chile, and Mexico approached debates on humanitarian intervention norms in the early 2000s. These countries attempted to simultaneously address humanitarian crises...

The Weapons the West Used Against Putin

March 2022

Never before has the United States government revealed so much, in such granular detail, so fast and so relentlessly about an adversary, Amy Zegart writes. What are the implications of this new...

Opinion: Ukraine’s Nuclear Threat Today Is Nonexistent

March 2022

Trying to justify Russia’s unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that Kyiv sought to develop nuclear weapons. That is a glaring untruth, as he well knows.

Invasions Are Not Contagious

March 2022

Russia’s War in Ukraine Doesn’t Presage a Chinese Assault on Taiwan

What is Going On Inside Vladimir Putin's Head? 12 Experts Weigh In

March 2022

Russian president Vladimir Putin is keeping the world guessing as western intelligence says the invasion he ordered of Ukraine has not been as successful or as swift as he had hoped.

Politics+Media 101 Podcast on "The Battle Over Kyiv and Russian-Chinese Relations"

March 2022

CSIS Trustee Chair and SCCEI Collaborator Scott Kennedy and SCCEI Faculty Affiliate Yiqing Xu join the podcast Politics+Media 101 to discuss Russia-China relations and the possible implications the...

Overcoming Foreign Influence in Social Media

March 2022

American adversaries such as Russia and China are using cyber-enabled deception operations to spread divisive messages.

New Continuing Studies Course on Nonviolence with The World House Project's Clayborne Carson

March 2022

Enrollment is open now for "Nonviolence and Human Rights in the World House: Realizing Martin Luther King Jr.’s Vision," which will run Thursdays from April 14 through June 2.

Statement in Support of Ukraine

February 2022

We condemn in the strongest terms the unprovoked Russian assault on Ukraine.

CDDRL’s Ukrainian Alumni Reflect on Current Crisis

February 2022

Many of our program alumni have played important and influential roles in the country's political, economic, and social development, and have their own perspectives in what follows on why it is...

North Korea Is Becoming an Asset for China

February 2022

Pyongyang’s Missiles Could Fracture America’s Alliances

Nine named AAAS Fellows from Stanford and SLAC

January 2022

Paul Edwards and eight other faculty from Stanford and SLAC are among the 564 new Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

APARC Invites 2022-23 Predoctoral Fellowship Applications

January 2022

Up to three fellowships are available to Stanford Ph.D. candidates. Submissions are due by April 15, 2022.

After U.S.-Russia, NATO-Russia and OSCE Meetings, What Next?

January 2022

During the last two months of 2021, Russia created a crisis by deploying large military forces near Ukraine and demanding security guarantees from the United States and NATO.

Call for Stanford Student Applications: APARC Hiring 2022 Summer Research Assistants

January 2022

To support Stanford students working in the area of contemporary Asia, the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Center is offering research assistant positions for summer 2022. The deadline for submitting...

Jean Oi Elected Vice President of the Association for Asian Studies

January 2022

APARC’s Jean Oi, a China expert, will begin her term with the AAS in March 2022, serving on a four-year leadership ladder of vice president, president, and past president. Representing all the...

How Fake Spies Ruin Real Intelligence

January 2022

Spy-themed entertainment is standing in for adult education on the subject, and although the idea might seem far-fetched, fictional spies are actually shaping public opinion and real intelligence...

What the Ukraine-Russia Crisis Says about the Global Struggle for Democracy

January 2022

Former prime minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk joins Michael McFaul on the World Class Podcast to analyze Russia's aggression towards Ukraine and how it fits into Vladamir Putin's...

Kremlin’s unwillingness to recognize Ukraine as a sovereign state has resulted in major strategic failure for Russia, Stanford scholar says

January 2022

As Russia increases its military presence along the Ukrainian border, Stanford scholar Steven Pifer discusses what Russia hopes to achieve and why its policies toward Ukraine are backfiring.

The Legacy of January 6

January 2022

On the first anniversary of the riot at the U.S. Capitol, scholars from across FSI reflect on the ongoing ramifications the violence is having on America's domestic politics and international...

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