International Development

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.

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Being Clear-Eyed About Citizen Science in the Age of COVID-19

July 2020

An anthropologist explores the network of citizen monitoring capabilities that developed after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011 for what they might teach all of us about such...

Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns released particulate plutonium

July 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.

China Faces Tough Decisions and Stronger Headwinds

July 2020

China has had great success, but the era of miracle growth is over. Citizen needs and expectations are rising, and deferred reforms are riskier and more necessary, explain Jean Oi and Thomas Fingar...

Democracy in South Korea is Crumbling from Within

July 2020

South Korea is following global trends as it slides toward a “democratic depression,” warns APARC’s Gi-Wook Shin. But the dismantling of South Korean democracy by chauvinistic populism and political...

Q&A: The Data Delusion

July 2020

Protecting Individual Isn't Enough When the Harm is Collective. A Q&A with Marietje Schaake and Martin Tisne on his new paper The Data Delusion.

Stanford Team Uses Data to Help California Track & Prevent COVID-19

July 2020

A team of Stanford researchers is working with the State of California on a new COVID-19 assessment tool to help hospitals and public health officials in their pandemic preparedness planning.

Stanford Ph.D. Alumnus Wins BRICS Economic Research Award

July 2020

Dr. Adam Yao Liu, a former doctoral student of APARC China Program Director Jean Oi, has been awarded the 2020 BRICS Economic Research Award for his research on how banking systems in China are...

Experts Discuss Future U.S. Relations with North Korea Amid Escalations

July 2020

Led by APARC, a panel of scholars hosted by the Freeman Spogli Institute weighs in on the implications of recent events on the Korean peninsula and the ongoing uncertainties in charting a future...

Proposed Guidelines for Lung Cancer Screening Would Nearly Double Number of People Who Should Get Tested

July 2020

More women and African Americans would be prompted by their clinicians to get screened for lung cancer under a new recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Comparing Platform Hate Speech Policies: Reddit's Inevitable Evolution

July 2020

On Monday, June 30, 2020, Reddit updated its policy on hate speech. As part of research for a forthcoming book based on the Stanford Internet Observatory’s Trust and Safety Engineering course, we...

Michael McFaul Testifies on Russian Threat to the U.S. Before House Committee on Foreign Affairs

July 2020

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul provides testimony for a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing held in response to a U.S. intelligence report that accused Russia of paying...

Restarting Business in China After COVID-19: New Article in 'The Diplomat' Highlights Results from China Program Survey

July 2020

The survey reveals mixed progress in reopening different sectors of China's economy, but also shows that many business leaders in China are planning for some level of decoupling as access to...

How to Safely Reopen Colleges and Universities During COVID-19: Experiences From Taiwan

July 2020

Reopening colleges and universities during the COVID-10 pandemic poses a special challenge worldwide. Taiwan is one of the few countries where schools are functioning normally. In an Annals of...

Kiyoteru Tsutsui Joins FSI as a Senior Fellow

July 2020

Tsutsui, whose research focuses on social movements, globalization, human rights and political sociology, will lead the Japan Program at the Asia-Pacific Research Center.

Former Doctoral Students Win Prestigious Dissertation Awards

June 2020

Interdisciplinary environmental scholar Shiran Victoria Shen is the recipient of the Harold D. Lasswell Award and political economist Lizhi Liu is the recipient of the Ronald H. Coase Award in...

The Geopolitical Ramifications of Starlink Internet Service?

June 2020

Starlink is a space-based internet service provider that seeks to provide high-speed (40 mbps upload, 100 mbps download ), near-global coverage of the populated world by 2021—bringing this service to...

Police Reform in Brazil and Mexico: What Works, What Doesn’t, and What the U.S. Can Learn

June 2020

On the World Class Podcast, Beatriz Magaloni discusses how community-oriented policing and constitutional reform can impact violence committed by police.

Unattainable Conditions for New START Extension?

June 2020

President Donald Trump’s chief arms control envoy last week acknowledged the possibility that the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) could be extended, but he added, “only under...

Air Pollution's Connection to Infant Mortality

June 2020

The study of sub-Saharan Africa finds that a relatively small increase in airborne particles significantly increases infant mortality rates. A cost-effective solution may lie in an exotic-sounding...

Ensuring Wide Use of Coronavirus Vaccine Once We Have One

June 2020

SHP's Michelle Mello and colleagues note in this New England Journal of Medicine perspective that even when we have a clinically safe and successful vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 — only half of...

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Dr. Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
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1 RSD13 085 0052a 001 David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Sallam HS2 Hesham Sallam Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director and Research Associate, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Dr. Yong Suk Lee Yong Suk Lee Center Fellow
2015 eileen donahoe 04 web Eileen Donahoe Lecturer, CDDRL
Andrew Grotto Andrew Grotto Director, Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance
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Halperin - Board Member for FSI Philip W. Halperin FSI Advisory Board Chair, President, Silver Giving Foundation
michael mcfaul 2 Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution