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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.

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Evidence of Russia-Linked Influence Operations in Africa

October 2019

Russia’s global strategy for reasserting itself as a geopolitical superpower has led to an increased presence in Africa, where it has broadened efforts to shape the continent’s politics and pursue...

Hong Kong in Turmoil: Former Chief Secretary and Scholars Discuss the Protests in Hong Kong

October 2019

On October 1st, with a massive National Day parade down Chang’an Avenue in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China celebrated the 70th anniversary of its establishment in 1949.

Video: David M. Lampton on U.S.-China Relations

October 2019

Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow David M.

When Food Insecurity Becomes a National Security Threat: A Conversation with David Beasley

October 2019

More than 820 million people around the world don’t have enough to eat and their hunger affects us all.

Xi's Dilemma and China's Challenges at 70: Q&A with Andrew Walder

October 2019

Q: China is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s rule, and of course the strategic shifts in Chinese foreign policy throughout the years are much more visible than the...

Kosovo Blue Lives Takedown

September 2019

In the course of assisting reporter Judd Legum of Popular Information on an investigation into a Ukraine-based network of Facebook Pages (recently taken down), SIO researchers uncovered a similar...

Meet the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy Class of 2021

September 2019

Representing 14 different countries, the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy (MIP) first-year class is a diverse group.

CISAC Team Releases Satellite Imaging-Based Study of North Korean Uranium Mines

September 2019

North Korea currently has only one publicly known uranium mine—the Pyongsăn uranium mining and milling complex—that serves as a first step in the country’s pathway towards nuclear weapons.Using a...

Should We Be Worried About Election Interference in 2020? Probably, says Facebook’s Former Chief Security Officer

September 2019

Alex Stamos is “extremely worried” that the upcoming U.S.

Senior Congressional Staff Visit Stanford for the Cyber and Artificial Intelligence Boot Camp

September 2019

  Congressional staffers with Herbert Lin, Andrew Grotto, Reid Hoffman, John Ethchemendy and Michael McFaul before the keynote dinner on Tuesday, August 26th The Cyber and Artificial Intelligence...

Heading for (Another) Ukraine-Russia Gas Fight?

September 2019

Twice in the past 14 years, a dispute between Ukraine and Russia has led Russia to cut off natural gas flows to Ukraine and Europe. The stage is being set for another cut-off in January.

Kelly Born to Join Cyber Policy Center as Executive Director

September 2019

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) is pleased to announce that Kelly Born has been named the first executive director of the Cyber Policy Center.

Advice for President Zelenskyy as he Prepares to Meet President Trump

August 2019

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy may meet President Donald Trump this weekend in Warsaw and is expected to travel to the United States later in the fall.  This gives Mr.

"Trilateral Framework at Risk" – APARC Director on South Korea's Decision to End Its Military Agreement with Japan

August 2019

"The Japan-South Korea relationship may not have hit rock bottom, but it could further deteriorate in the coming months," Gi-Wook Shin tells The Korea Times.

Taiwan: Presidential Election 2020 Scene Setter

August 2019

This is the first of a series of pieces we intend to publish on societies and elections at risk from online disinformation.

A ‘Democratic Depression’ Could Be Around the Corner

August 2019

Democratic institutions worldwide have reached a unique and precarious turning point, said Larry Diamond on a recent episode of the World Class podcast by the Freeman Spogli Institute for...

Mass Shootings: Public Face of a Much Larger Epidemic

August 2019

Americans have witnessed repeated mass shootings. The carnage in Texas and Ohio last weekend, which claimed 31 lives, has left the nation stunned and angry.

Draper Hills 2019 Summer Fellows Reflect on Activism, Democracy and the Importance of Collaboration

August 2019

Every summer, the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program brings together international leaders who are pioneering new approaches to advance social and political change in some of the most challenging...

As Calls for Regulation Mount, What’s Next for Tech Companies and the U.S. Government?

July 2019

As the internet has increasingly been used to weaponize information, governments and technology companies have begun to grapple with new issues surrounding free expression and privacy.Technology...

Martin Hellman Urges More Ethical Behavior at Meeting of Nobel Laureates

July 2019

Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering MARTIN HELLMAN recently served as the Heidelberg Lecturer at the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (#LINO19).The annual, week-long event occurs each...

CISAC Congratulates 2019 Honors Graduates

July 2019

Congratulations to CISAC honors program Class of 2019!

FSI Scholars Among Signatories Urging Effective U.S. Policy Toward China

July 2019

A group of more than 100 leading American Asia specialists, former U.S.

Debate Moderators Don’t Know Much About National Security

July 2019

Viewers of the Democratic presidential debates learned quite a bit this week—from Joe Biden’s views of school busing to Marianne Williamson’s plan to defeat President Donald Trump with love.

2019 CISAC Fellows Set Off on New Paths

July 2019

Where are CISAC's fellows headed this year? After a fun and challenging year together at Stanford, we wish them well as they begin new positions and explore new areas of interests.

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