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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Putting Emotion Back Into 9/11

August 2021

For coming generations of students, September 11 is history rather than memory. How does that affect how they learn about it?

Kathryn Stoner Named Mosbacher Director of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law

August 2021

Stoner, a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and Professor of Political Science (by courtesy) at Stanford, will lead the Center’s efforts to understand how...

Data and Knowledge Must be Protected Against Cyber Attack

August 2021

In a new piece in the Financial Times, Marietje Schaake argues that protection for critical infrastructure is too often awarded using outdated criteria

Climate change is an infrastructure problem

August 2021

A map of electric vehicle chargers shows one reason why. Most of America’s 107,000 gas stations can fill several cars every five or 10 minutes at multiple pumps. Not so for electric vehicle chargers...

Steven Pifer: President Zelensky comes to Washington

August 2021

President Volodymyr Zelensky visits Washington next week, with the highlight being a White House call on President Joe Biden. That offers the opportunity to reinvigorate the U.S.-Ukraine relationship...

Aftershocks: Pandemic Politics and the End of the Old International Order

August 2021

Thomas Wright and Colin Kahl detail the COVID-19 pandemic as the greatest shock to world order since World War II, with millions infected and killed, the worst economic crash since the Great...

Fostering the Entrepreneurs and Innovators of Tomorrow

August 2021

On August 11, 2021, SPICE honored the top students in the 2020 Stanford e-Entrepreneurship Japan Program in a virtual ceremony.

A combination of failures

August 2021

Why 3.6m pounds of nuclear waste is buried on a popular California beach. Rod Ewing comments.

The Significance of Kamala Harris’ Vietnam Trip: Interview with Donald K. Emmerson

August 2021

Emmerson talks to VnExpress about the implications of Harris’ visit to Hanoi, the first such visit by a U.S. vice president.

Student Spotlight: Ma’ili Yee Illuminates a Vision for Building the Blue Pacific Continent

August 2021

With support from Shorenstein APARC’s Diversity Grant, coterminal student Ma’ili Yee (BA ’20, MA ’21) reveals how Pacific island nations are responding to the U.S.-China rivalry by developing a...

Wildfire smoke exposure during pregnancy increases preterm birth risk, Stanford study finds

August 2021

Smoke from wildfires may have contributed to thousands of additional premature births in California between 2007 and 2012. The findings underscore the value of reducing the risk of big, extreme...

Students zoom around the world as summer interns

August 2021

During the 2020-21 academic year, 49 Stanford students, including TEC's Zac Stoor, worked in virtual internships in 19 countries through the university’s Global Studies Internship Program.

Global Democracy Leaders Gather Virtually for the 2021 Draper Hills Summer Fellowship

August 2021

For the next two weeks, Fellows will participate in workshops led by an interdisciplinary team of faculty to study new theories and approaches to democratic development.

CISAC names 2021-22 fellows and researchers

August 2021

The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is pleased to welcome the fellows and researchers who will be joining us for the 2021-22 academic year. These scholars will spend the...

The U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Fall of Kabul: A Q&A with Allen Weiner

August 2021

National security law expert Allen Weiner, a research affiliate at CDDRL and CISAC, discusses the U.S. mission to Afghanistan, its withdrawal and consequences moving forward.

Japan Day: Recognizing Top Students in Stanford e-Japan and the Reischauer Scholars Program

August 2021

Congratulations to the 2020 Stanford e-Japan and 2021 RSP honorees.

The National Science Foundation Awards 3M to Collaborative UW and Stanford Team

August 2021

A new grant aims to support a collaborative team of both Stanford and University of Washington researchers, as they explore new areas of study in the mis- and disinformation field.

ARD Launches CARDs Interview Series

August 2021

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL is pleased to announce the launch of an interview series titled “Conversations on Arab Reform and Democracy” (CARDs).

Do As Docs Say, Not As They Do

August 2021

Does having more health information actually change behavior? Freakonomics Radio host Bapu Jena talks to SHP's Maria Polyakova and her colleague Petra Persson to explore whether doctors make...

A class project shines new light on an Iranian nuclear facility

August 2021

Two women use machine learning and satellite images to analyze activity from afar

Topologies and Tribulations of Gettr

August 2021

A month in the life of a new alt-network

DEI-related Project Update, Summer and Fall 2021

August 2021

Read about SPICE's recent and current DEI-related efforts.

Tackling COVID-19 Among Prison Populations in California and Beyond

August 2021

The SHP prison project team is out with two more studies to help prisons prevent and reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

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