Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Recent Events

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American Affective Polarization in Comparative Perspective

May 27, 2021

  About this Event:  American political observers express increasing concern about affective polarization (i.e., partisans’ resentment toward political opponents).

Understanding Radical American Partisanship

May 13, 2021

About the Event:  Political violence is rising in the United States, alarming citizens and leaders alike. How many Americans endorse partisan violence and other forms of extreme hostility?

The Global Infrastructure Gap: Potential, Perils, and a Framework for Distinction

May 12, 2021

About the Event:  Poor countries lack infrastructure services: 1.2 billion people have no electricity, and 1 billion live more than 2 kilometers from an all-weather road.

Gandhi's Gift: How Nonviolent Protests Fail and Succeed

May 6, 2021

About this Event: In this book project, we walk in the footsteps of the pioneers of the nonviolent approach to provide a reinterpretation of the histories of the great movements of the twentieth...

Dress Codes: how the laws of fashion made history

April 29, 2021

About the Event: Even in today’s more informal world, dress codes still determine what we wear, when we wear it—and what our clothing means.

Power to the Parents? Decentralization and Representation

April 22, 2021

About the Event:  Decentralization and community-driven development programs have become increasingly common policies to attempt to improve the distribution of public goods across low- and middle...

Refraction and the Rise of the Strategist

April 15, 2021

About this Event: There is no shortage of scholarship on the rise of strategic experts—campaign strategists, consultants, and the like—in Western politics.

The Election, the Riot, and the New President: Japanese Views on the Transition from Trump to Biden

April 13, 2021

This event is part of Shorenstein APARC's spring webinar series "The United States in the Biden Era: Views from Asia." American politics, especially presidential elections, have always drawn...

The Tokyo Olympics, COVID-19, and Governance and Gender in Japanese Sports

April 12, 2021

The Tokyo Olympics-Paralympics Games are scheduled to open in late July with various adjustments to address concerns about COVID-19 such as no foreign visitors to watch the game.

Privilege and Punishment in the Courts

April 8, 2021

About the Event:   The number of Americans arrested, brought to court, and incarcerated has skyrocketed in recent decades.

Governance in weakly governed states

April 1, 2021

About the Speaker: Stephen Krasner is the Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations.

This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends: A Conversation with Andrew Grotto and Nicole Perlroth

March 30, 2021

On Wednesday, May 26 at 10 am pacific time, please join Andrew Grotto, Director of Stanford’s Program on Geopolitics, Technology and Governance, for a conversation with Nicole Perlroth, New York...

The Biden-Suga Summit and the Future of the Free and Open Indo-Pacific

March 29, 2021

Prime Minister Suga becomes the first foreign leader to visit President Biden in the White House on April 16th.

Antitrust and the Tech Platforms

March 16, 2021

The United States has arguably seen more significant antitrust developments in the last few months than over the past twenty years. Last December the U.S.

Haves and Have Nots: How Power Shapes Nuclear Regimes

March 11, 2021

The REDI Task Force invites you to the next event in our "Critical Conversations: Race in Global Affairs" series, featuring a panel moderated by Professor Gabrielle Hecht on inequality in nuclear...

Do Programmatic Policies Always Win Votes?

March 11, 2021

About the Event: Do programmatic policies always yield electoral rewards?

The Long Fuse: Misinformation and the 2020 election

February 25, 2021

Please join us on Wednesday March 3, 2020 from 3:00-4:30 pm EST (12:00-1:30 PST) for The Long Fuse: Misinformation in the 2020 Election, the public launch of a comprehensive report tracking mis-...

Constraining Dictatorship

February 25, 2021

**Please note all CDDRL events are scheduled using the Pacific Time Zone About the Event: This book examines the creation and consequences of executive constraints in authoritarian regimes.

E2EE platforms and health misinformation

February 19, 2021

End-to-end encrypted (E2EE) communications have been around for decades, but the deployment of default E2EE on billion-user platforms has new impacts for user privacy and safety.

Making Hong Kong China

February 18, 2021

**Please note all CDDRL events are scheduled using the Pacific Time Zone About the Event:  How can one of the world’s most free-wheeling cities transition from a vibrant global center of culture...

The Frontiers of Disaster Prevention in the Era of Great Disasters: Ten Years after the Great East Japan Earthquake. 東日本大震災から10年を経て

February 17, 2021

This event is co-sponsored with the generous support of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the Japan Society of Northern California, and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern...

Myanmar’s New Coup: Comparing, Historicizing, and Theorizing

February 11, 2021

**Please note all CDDRL events are scheduled using the Pacific Time Zone About the Event: The paradox of analyzing politics in Myanmar is never knowing whether or not events should surprise us....

Promoting Democracy Around the World – Is Now the Time?

February 9, 2021

REGISTER HERE   The United States has historically played an important role in promoting democracy to countries across the globe. But is the role of the U.S.

Transnational Policy Challenges in the Bay of Bengal

February 5, 2021

  4:00-5:00pm California, 18-February 2021 7:00-8:00pm Washington DC, 18-February 2021 3:00-4:00am  Kenya, 19-February 2021 11:00am-12:00pm Sydney, Australia 19-February 2021   The Bay of Bengal,...

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jensen Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Professor of the Practice, Law
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Anat R. Admati Anat R. Admati Affiliated Faculty George G.C. Parker Professor of Finance and Economics at Stanford University Graduate School of Business (GSB), Senior Fellow, SIEPR, Director of the GSB Corporations and Society Initiative , Professor by Courtesy, Department of Management Science and Engineering and Department of Economics