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International Development

FSI researchers consider international development from a variety of angles. They analyze ideas such as how public action and good governance are cornerstones of economic prosperity in Mexico and how investments in high school education will improve China’s economy.

They are looking at novel technological interventions to improve rural livelihoods, like the development implications of solar power-generated crop growing in Northern Benin.

FSI academics also assess which political processes yield better access to public services, particularly in developing countries. With a focus on health care, researchers have studied the political incentives to embrace UNICEF’s child survival efforts and how a well-run anti-alcohol policy in Russia affected mortality rates.

FSI’s work on international development also includes training the next generation of leaders through pre- and post-doctoral fellowships as well as the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program.

Recent Events

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Information Session - Fisher Family CDDRL Honors Program

January 18, 2020

This event is open to Stanford undergraduate students only.  The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) will be accepting applications from eligible juniors on who are...

Global Food Security Symposium Series | India's Transition: Was Coleridge Right?

November 8, 2019

...water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink...Join Stanford's Center on Food Security and the Environment for a lecture and reception with Dr.

Inside the Five-Sided Box

November 5, 2019

This event is co-sponsored with The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Click here to RSVP Livestream: Please click here to join the livestream. Abstract: The world’s largest...

Indonesian Foreign Policy 2019-2024: Promise vs. Practice

October 23, 2019

On 20 October 2019, Indonesia’s president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo began his second five-year term in office.  In his first successful presidential campaign in 2014, he promised to transform the...

Last Days of the Mighty Mekong

October 8, 2019

Celebrated for its natural beauty and its abundance of wildlife, the Mekong River runs thousands of miles through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

Shaping Ideology and Institutions: Economic Incentives and Slavery in the US South

October 8, 2019

 Part of the Economic History Seminar Series, co-sponsored by The Europe Center. 

Russia, The West and Sanctions

September 27, 2019

Click here to RSVP Livestream: This event will not be live-streamed or recorded. Abstract: The West’s sanctions regime on Russia is unprecedented.

Interpreting U.S.-China Trade War: Background, Negotiations and Consequences

September 27, 2019

Interpreting U.S.-China Trade War: Background, Negotiations and ConsequencesSince March 2018, the US–China trade conflict has escalated from a tariff war to a technology war, and a strategic...

Authoritarian Legitimation and Insecure Collective Identity: Lessons From Putin’s Russia

September 20, 2019

/*-->*/ Livestream: This event will not be live-streamed or recorded. Abstract: This study brings together social identity theory and the literature on ontological security in international...

A Conversation with David Beasley: Challenges of 21st Century Humanitarian Response

September 10, 2019

Please join us for a conversation with United Nations World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley, who will discuss "Challenges of 21st Century Humanitarian Response." The conversation...

The Struggle for Political Change in the Arab World

September 9, 2019

DAY 1: Friday October 11 8:30 – 9:00am         Breakfast 9:00 – 9:15am         Introductory Remarks 9:15 – 11:15am       Panel 1: The Boundaries of Authoritarianism post-Arab UprisingsAmr Hamzawy,...

Conversation on Iraq and American Grand Strategy

September 9, 2019

Abstract: We have learned a great deal about Iraq since the fateful decision to invade the country in 2003.

Beyond “Bots and Trolls” — Understanding Disinformation as Collaborative Work

September 6, 2019

Abstract: Russia’s challenge to the West includes information operations (e.g., disinformation, political propaganda, and other forms of online manipulation) aimed at destabilizing the common...

Fighting to End Hunger at Home & Abroad: Ambassador Ertharin Cousin shares her journey & lessons learned

May 22, 2019

Fighting to End Hunger at Home & Abroad:  Ambassador Ertharin Cousin shares her journey & lessons learnedA Conversation in Global Health with Ertharin CousinFSI Payne Distinguished Lecturer...

Ill Winds: Book Launch and Discussion with Larry Diamond

May 20, 2019

Please join Larry Diamond, Senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs and the Hoover Institution for the launch of his latest book, "Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from...

Haunted By Chaos: China's Grand Strategy From Mao Zedong To Xi Jinping

May 6, 2019

Abstract: Before the CCP came to power, China lay broken. Today it is a force on the global stage, but its leaders remain haunted by the past.

Does credit affect stock trading? Evidence from the South Sea Bubble

April 30, 2019

This workshop is part of the Economic History Workshop series in the Department of Economics and is co-sponsored by The Europe Center.

Emotional Labor and the Power of International Bureaucrats: The ASEAN Secretariat in Comparative Perspective

April 30, 2019

Bureaucrats become powerful when they stage emotionally calibrated performances as “servants” before state principals, earn their trust, and carve out space for action through “whispering,” ...

The Making of Social Democracy: The Economic and Electoral Consequences of Norway’s 1936 School Reform (with Acemoglu, Pekkarinen and Sarvamak)

April 30, 2019

This workshop is part of the Economic History Workshop series in the Department of Economics and is co-sponsored by The Europe Center.

JIIA-Stanford Symposium: “The Past, Present, and Future International Order in East Asia”

April 5, 2019

The JIIA-Stanford Symposium"The Past, Present, and Future International Order in East Asia" May 10, 2019Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, Stanford UniversitySponsored and organized by the...

Killing the Chicken to Scare the Monkey: Explaining Coercion by China in the South China Sea

March 26, 2019

Despite adverse implications for its image, when it comes to territorial disputes, China has been willing to employ coercion.

Trilateral Cooperation in the Shadow of a Nuclear North Korea

March 12, 2019

Abstract: My research investigates the formal institutionalization of inter-governmental cooperation among the three major Northeast Asian powers – China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea—in the...

A New Approach to Economic Development

February 8, 2019

AbstractFrom the point of view of institutional economics, growth is related to the implementation and enforcement of property rights.

Brexit, Euroscepticism and the Future of European Integration

February 7, 2019

To listen to the audio recording of this talk, please visit our multimedia page. The European Union (EU) is facing one of the rockiest periods in its existence.

People

Portrait of Prof. Andrew Walder Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Professor of the Practice, Law
Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Gustavo Robles Research Scholar, CDDRL
Portrait of Yong Suk Lee Yong Suk Lee Center Fellow
Rosamond L. Naylor Senior Fellow William Wrigley Professor of Earth System Science, Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor, by courtesy, Economics, Senior Fellow and Founding Director, Center on Food Security and the Environment
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Grant Miller Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Rod Ewing Rodney C. Ewing Senior Fellow Professor of Geological Sciences
Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Saumitra Jha Senior Fellow, FSI, Associate Professor of Political Economy, GSB