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FSI scholars produce research aimed at creating a safer world and examing the consequences of security policies on institutions and society. They look at longstanding issues including nuclear nonproliferation and the conflicts between countries like North and South Korea. But their research also examines new and emerging areas that transcend traditional borders – the drug war in Mexico and expanding terrorism networks. FSI researchers look at the changing methods of warfare with a focus on biosecurity and nuclear risk. They tackle cybersecurity with an eye toward privacy concerns and explore the value of new actors like hackers.

Along with the changing face of conflict, terrorism and crime, FSI researchers study food security. They tackle the global problems of hunger, poverty and environmental degradation by generating knowledge and policy-relevant solutions. An interdisciplinary team of scholars accomplishes this mission through teaching and honing a research portfolio focused on agriculture, aquaculture, and climate change.


Recent Events

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Atomic Homefront: screening and discussion

March 10, 2018

The film screening of Atomic Homefront will be followed by a discussion with Human Rights Watch’s Marcos Orellana, Prof.

The New Barbarianism

February 23, 2018

The Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health invites you to a private screening of The New Barbarianism followed by a panel discussion with the film's executive producer and director Stephen...

Nation-State-izing Religion: Bureaucratic Islam in Southeast Asia

February 14, 2018

Co-sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Southeast Asia ProgramTransnational Islam lacks the centralized leadership and institutions associated with Catholicism.

Peacebuilding and Political Order in Post-Conflict Societies

February 14, 2018

Abstract: The conventional international approach to post-conflict intervention has fallen short of expectations despite the enormous resources devoted to the endeavor.

Chinese Investments in U.S. Venture Technology: Accessing the Crown Jewels of U.S. Innovation

February 12, 2018

Abstract: China’s participation in venture deals financing is at a record level of 10-16% of all venture deals (2015-2017) and has grown quite rapidly in the past seven years.  Technologies where...

Two Neighbors: India and China; an Indian Perspective

February 7, 2018

In this talk, Nirupama Rao, the former Indian Foreign Secretary, will address the current relationship between India and China in the light of her three-and-a-half decades of experience dealing...

Relapse Symptoms: the Rise of Authoritarianism in Thailand

February 6, 2018

After the Cold War, Thailand became a poster child of democratizing processes in Southeast Asia.

A 21st century Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

February 5, 2018

Abstract: Founded in 1945 by Manhattan Project scientists who “could not remain aloof to the consequences of their work,” the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists aimed to chronicle the dawn of the...

Taiwan's Place in the Evolving Security Environment of East Asia

January 30, 2018

Over the last dozen years, Taiwan’s democracy has deepened in important ways.

Disinformation Campaigns in Europe

January 30, 2018

Vera Zakem has been leading work at CNA Center for Stability and Development on how Russia and other actors use propaganda and disinformation to influence and target populations in Europe.

Reset of U.S. nuclear waste management strategy and policy

January 22, 2018

This talk is co-sponsored by the Precourt Institute for Energy and will take place in the Engineering Quad (see address above) from 4:30 - 5:20 PM Abstract: The U.S.

Stanford Conference on "The Political Economy of Japan under the Abe Government"

January 22, 2018

Stanford Conference on "The Political Economy of Japan under the Abe Government"February 8 - February 9, 2018Philippines Conference RoomSponsored by: Japan Society for Promotion of Science, Freeman...

FSI Student Opportunities Info Session

January 19, 2018

Calling all Stanford students! Join us to learn about FSI's student opportunities during the summer. FSI has internship positions in policy organizations in over 15 countries.

Renegotiating the World Order: Institutional Change in International Relations

December 22, 2017

Abstract: Rising powers often seek to reshape the world order, triggering confrontations with those who seek to defend the status quo.

The Long Hangover: Putin's New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past

December 14, 2017

This event is now full, and we are no longer able to accept reservations.

Rethinking National Security

December 6, 2017

Abstract: In 1945, our homeland was inviolate. Since then, we have invested trillions of dollars to improve our national security, yet we now can be destroyed in under an hour.

CANCELED - Good Grids Make Good Neighbors: Peace and Sustainability in the Post Paris World

December 5, 2017

Please note that this event is canceled. We regret the inconvenience.Abstract: Clean energy provides a number of benefits at scales from household to village to city and region.

The Legacy of John W. Lewis

November 30, 2017

Colleagues, policymakers, and other friends of John W. Lewiswill celebrate his contributions as scholar, activist and mentor. Click here for the live-stream   This event is co-sponsored by:    

Improving Recognition of Near-Miss Events

November 27, 2017

 Abstract: Despite decades of research on organizational disasters, such events remain too common.

Managing the Impact of Emerging Technologies on Strategic Stability

November 16, 2017

Abstract: Sustaining strategic stability vis-a-vis Russia and China is a long-standing U.S. national security goal.

Saudi Arabia: Can Economic Reform Succeed without Political Change?

November 15, 2017

ABSTRACTThe formation of Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption commission and the arrest of dozens of princes and former ranking officials have brought to focus the prospects for political and economic...

Eastern European Security with Bronislaw Komorowski, former president of Poland

November 14, 2017

Bronisław Komorowski, a former anti-communist opposition activist, member of Parliament, Minister of National Defence, and Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland, was President of Poland...

Russian-American Relations: Present and Future

November 14, 2017

This event has reached capacity. Please email to be placed on the waitlist.

18th Korea-U.S. West Coast Strategic Forum

November 8, 2017

In this eighteenth session of the Strategic Forum, former senior American and South Korean government officials and other leading experts will discuss current developments in the Korean Peninsula...


Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Marshall Burke Center Fellow Assistant Professor, Earth System Science
David Lobell Senior Fellow Professor, Earth System Science, William Wrigley Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Rod Ewing Rodney C. Ewing Senior Fellow Professor of Geological Sciences
Gustavo Robles Research Associate
Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar Professor of the Practice, Law
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Fellow, S-APARC, Core faculty, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Hesham Sallam Research Scholar