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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.

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Shining Light on the Threats to Democracy and Human Rights in Asia

November 2019

Around the world, democracy is in retreat.

CrashCourse: The Prevention and Treatment of Concussions

October 2019

In its 46-year history, SPICE, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), has collaborated with numerous Stanford-affiliated organizations on educational programs.

Shorenstein Journalism Award Winner Maria Ressa Describes Philippine Broken Information Ecosystem, Democratic Recession

October 2019

“This is an existential moment for global power structures, turned upside down by technology.

Stanford Alumni Weekend (October 24–27, 2019) Feature: Hiroshima Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki & SPICE’s Dr. Mariko Yoshihara Yang and a New Online Course for MBA Students in Japan

October 2019

Hiroshima Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki (MBA, 1995) and Dr. Mariko Yoshihara Yang (MA, 1995, PhD, 2000) participated on an education-focused panel at Stanford University on August 26, 2019.

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.

Centennial Concert for Yenching University - Stuart Conference Room

October 2019

In connection with the 100th anniversary of Yenching University, the opening ceremony of the Stuart Conference Room (SCR) was held at the Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU) on October 8....

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...

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.

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.

SPICE/FSI Serves as Stanford University Host of the California-Japan Governors’ Symposium

September 2019

On August 26, 2019, SPICE/FSI served as the Stanford University host of the California-Japan Governors’ Symposium, which was co-hosted by the U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) and the Silicon Valley Japan...

Honoring High School Students from Japan and the United States: A Glow for Global Peace

September 2019

On August 9, 2019, six students from SPICE’s Stanford e-Japan online course and three students from the Reischauer Scholars Program (RSP) were recognized during the 13th annual Japan Day at...

On Korean Nationalism and Its Role in the Escalating Japan-South Korea Friction

September 2019

Tension and discord in Japan-South Korea relations are nothing new, but the unfortunate, intensifying conflict between the two countries — a manifestation of right-wing Japanese nationalism and...

SCPKU Announces Newest Fellows and Graduate Seminar

September 2019

The Stanford Center at Peking University announced its newest pre-doctoral fellows and graduate seminar from July 2019 application round. SCPKU Announces Newest Fellows and Graduate Seminar Pre...

What Does Dignity Have to Do with Liberal Democracy? Listen Now

September 2019

Liberal democracy is being challenged by populist nationalist leaders and they’re fanning the flames of identity politics.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Improving Lives Through Better Vision

September 2019

After "a longtime partnership with Stanford University's Rural Education Action Program," OneSight is expanding into Rwanda and Brazil to continue our practice of providing free eyeglasses to those...

Stanford Legal Experts on the Oklahoma Opioids Verdict and Ongoing Litigation

August 2019

On August 26, Judge Thad Balkman delivered a $572 million judgment against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson for the company’s role in fueling the opioid epidemic in Oklahoma.

SPICE’s Waka Takahashi Brown Receives 2019 Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award

August 2019

SPICE’s Stanford e-Japan Manager and Instructor Waka Takahashi Brown has won the 2019 Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award for her teaching excellence with Stanford e-Japan, an online course that...

Twenty High School Students Accepted into Stanford Online Course on Modern China

August 2019

The Stanford China Scholars Program (CSP) is about to launch its fifth session this fall, with 20 high school students from across the country participating in the online course.

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...

Announcing Stanford e-China, a New Stanford University Online Course for High School Students in China

July 2019

The stars have finally aligned to enable SPICE to launch its first online course in China, Stanford e-China—an interactive, virtual class for Chinese high school students.

Professor Francis Fukuyama Will Lead the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy Program

July 2019

When current and incoming students in Stanford University’s Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy (MIP) program arrive to campus this fall, they will be the first to experience the new face...

Stanford Asia-Pacific Innovation Conference Examines New Pathways for Aging Societies

July 2019

The world is “graying” at an unprecedented rate.

Work Hard for the Sake of Future Generations, Student Speaker Tells Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy Graduates

June 2019

On the spacious new lawn outside of Encina Hall, members of the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy (MIP) Class of 2019 officially became Stanford graduates.

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Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Matthew Kohrman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Associate Professor, Anthropology
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Portrait of Prof. Andrew Walder Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Condoleezza Rice Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Political Science, Professor, Management, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Senior Fellow , Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Hesham Sallam Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director and Research Associate, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Portrait of Gi-Wook Shin Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics