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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The Importance of Risk Perceptions During Pandemic Shutdowns

May 2021

A new Stanford study suggests that people’s perceptions of their own risks play an important role in their actions — and that shelter-in-place policies influence what they do, but not to the extent...

One Face, Many Names: An Investigation into Fake NGOs and Media Outlets Linked to Harouna Douamba on and off Facebook

May 2021

A Facebook takedown exposes a network of NGO and media entities linked to Harouna Douamba.

The Crisis after the Crisis: How Ladakh Will Shape India’s Competition with China

May 2021

The border crisis in Ladakh may end in war or peace — or it may never end.

How SPICE’s China Scholars Program Accelerated My Love for International Relations

May 2021

The following reflection is a guest post written by Santiago Calderon, an alumnus of the China Scholars Program, which is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2021 course.

Why North Korean Human Rights Matter: Book Talk with Robert R. King

April 2021

In his new book, "Patterns of Impunity," Ambassador King, the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights from 2009 to 2017, shines a spotlight on the North Korean human rights crisis...

When Beijing Goes to Washington: Autocratic Lobbying Influence in Democracies

April 2021

Professor Erin Baggot Carter tells us how autocratic lobbying affects political outcomes and media coverage in democracies.

How COVID-19 Disproportionately Impacts People with Chronic Conditions in India

April 2021

A collaborative study by a group of researchers including APARC’s Karen Eggleston documents the adverse effects of COVID-19 on people with chronic conditions in India, particularly among poor, rural...

The Conversation: If China’s Middle Class Continues to Thrive and Grow, What Will it Mean for the Rest of the World?

April 2021

Amitrajeet Batabyal quotes Scott Rozelle in his article discussing China's status as a middle-income nation and their possible rise to high-income.

Swe Win, Editor-in-Chief of Myanmar Now, to Receive 2021 Shorenstein Journalism Award

April 2021

An esteemed investigative journalist and human rights defender, Swe Win is the recipient of the twentieth Shorenstein Award. He currently leads the editorial team of the independent news agency...

The first 100 days: Breaking with Trump on Russia

April 2021

President Joe Biden is the first president since the Cold War to begin his term not seeking closer relations with Russia; there will be no “reset.”

Predoctoral Spotlight: Shan Huang on Development and Urban Politics in Hong Kong

April 2021

Meet Shan Huang, a Stanford doctoral candidate in anthropology and a 2020-21 APARC predoctoral fellow, whose dissertation provides an ethnographic account of Hong Kong’s political culture in the post...

U.S. and Japan Gear Up for a New Era of Competition with China

April 2021

The time is near when other Asian nations will have to pick a side in the great power competition between the United States and China, says Japan Program Director Kiyoteru Tsutsui.

David D. Laitin awarded 2021 Johan Skytte Prize

April 2021

The Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science, known by many as the “Nobel Prize in Political Science,” is being awarded for the 27th consecutive year. This year’s recipient is David D. Laitin, for his...

US Slaps Russia With Sanctions Plus For SolarWinds Hack

April 2021

The White House Executive Order comes on the same day that CISA and CNMF issue SolarWinds-related malware analysis and NSA-CISA-FBI issue a joint advisory warning of ongoing SVR exploitation of known...

Using the UN to Create Accountability for Human Rights Crimes in North Korea

April 2021

Experts on human rights agree that the UN needs to work through multiple channels to support ongoing investigations and build evidence for future litigations in order to create accountability and...

Nord Stream 2: Background, objections, and possible outcomes

April 2021

Nord Stream 2 is an almost-finished natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. The Biden administration opposes it and has come under congressional pressure to invoke sanctions to prevent its...

Partner, Competitor, and Challenger: Thoughts on the Future of America’s China Strategy

April 2021

Ryan Hass, Michael H. Armacost Chair in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, discusses the future of US-China relations. Can we find room for cooperation in this contentious...

Steven Pifer: An important trip to Paris

April 2021

President Volodymyr Zelensky reportedly will soon travel to Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron. That is a trip very much worth making.

People

scott rozelle new headshot Scott Rozelle Senior Fellow Helen F. Farnsworth Endowed Professorship, Co-director, SCCEI
karen 0320 cropprd Karen Eggleston Senior Fellow
Dr. Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
yff 2013 3281 med Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow Director, Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Herb Lin Herbert Lin Senior Research Scholar
Fafchamps Photo Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
Amr Hamzawy Headshot Amr Hamzawy Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL
jerry kaplan headshot 7 Jerry Kaplan Adjunct Lecturer, CDDRL, Research Affiliate, CDDRL
sgsb 0644 saumitra jhart web preview Saumitra Jha Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Research Affiliate at the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Associate Professor of Political Economy, GSB Senior Fellow, SIEPR
Chonira Aturupane Headshot Chonira Aturupane Senior Research Scholar, Associate Director for Academic and Student Affairs, Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy
ayca Ayça Alemdaroğlu Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director, Program on Turkey
oriana mastro 1 Oriana Skylar Mastro Center Fellow