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.

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Owning Handgun Associated With Dramatically Higher Risk of Suicide

June 2020

Men who own handguns are eight times more likely to die of suicide by handgun than men who don’t have one — and women who own handguns are 35 times more likely than women who don’t, according to...

The Executive Order on Platforms and Online Speech

June 2020

On May 28th, President Trump signed an executive order threatening to revoke CDA 230 protections, which would expose social media companies to increased liability for content that is posted on their...

Ziad Abu-Rish Analyzes the Trajectory of Lebanon's Uprising [VIDEO]

May 2020

In a webinar dated, May 27, 2020, Ohio University Historian Ziad Abu-Rish analyzed the trajectory of Lebanon's Uprising and the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the contemporary political scene....

Virality Project (US): Marketing meets Misinformation

May 2020

Plandemic was one step in a larger process to raise the profile of its subject.

Samer Abboud Examines the Politics of Exclusion in Syria [VIDEO]

May 2020

In a webinar dated May 12, 2020, Villanova University Scholar Samer Abboud examined the emergent "illiberal peace" in Syria.

The COVID-19 Crisis Can Be A Historic Opportunity for Morocco

May 2020

[The following article originally appeared in French in Le Soir]Over the past 20 years of exile, I returned to Morocco sporadically to visit family and friends.

Bridging “Social Distancing” Across the Pacific: Student Reflections on Cross-Cultural Online Exchange

May 2020

The following is Part 2 of a two-article series on facilitating cross-cultural online learning.

Stories in a Time of Pandemic: APARC Alumni Share Their Experiences

April 2020

We've asked some of our former scholars how COVID-19 is changing life in the many places around the world they call home...

Gi-Wook Shin Offers Analysis of 2020 Korean National Election

April 2020

The Korea Society hosts APARC's director for a timely discussion of the recent South Korean national election...

High-Speed Rail Holds Promise and Problems for China, Explains David M. Lampton

April 2020

In a new audio interview, Lampton discusses some of the challenges, uncertainties, and decisions that loom ahead of China's Belt and Road Initiative. ...

Covid-19 Crisis: Is a Showdown Between Public Health Imperatives and Civil Liberties Inevitable?

April 2020

David Studdert addresses the tradeoff between basic liberties and societal health in the current coronavirus pandemic in a New England Journal of Medicine perspective.

Bridging “Social Distancing” Across the Pacific: 6 Tips for Facilitating Cross-Cultural Online Learning

April 2020

The following is Part 1 of a two-article series on facilitating cross-cultural online learning.COVID-19 has now extended into most communities around the world, and we are only just beginning to...

Opinion: The Coronavirus Crisis Presents An Opportunity To End War In Ukraine

April 2020

In the midst of the damage to public health and the global economy, the COVID-19 crisis could present an unexpected opportunity both to resolve the only hot war in Europe and to address Russian...

APARC Announces New Fellowship and Internship Opportunities for Stanford Students

April 2020

Amid the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, students are facing summer internship cancelations and hiring freezes.

Korean Democracy Is Sinking Under the Guise of the Rule of Law

April 2020

There is a Korean expression that means “to become soaked by a drizzle without noticing.” This metaphor is a timely warning against the gradual decline of democratic norms.

Coronavirus Conspiracy Claims: What’s Behind a Chinese Diplomat’s COVID-19 Misdirection

March 2020

As scientists continue to study how the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in Wuhan, China, and around the world, the infection’s early pathways have proven fertile ground for speculation and conspiracy...

Anna Grzymala-Busse named CASBS 2020-2021 Fellow

March 2020

Five Stanford scholars will be among 38 fellows in residence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) during the 2020-21 academic year.The five fellows are MICHAEL...

Blurring the lines of media authenticity: Prigozhin-linked group funding Libyan broadcast media

March 2020

The Stanford Internet Observatory has been investigating new facets to the manipulation of the local media environment in Libya: Russian actors who are known to have previously created and...

Now It Gets Much Harder: Thomas Fingar and Jean Oi Discuss China’s Challenges in The Washington Quarterly

March 2020

In the last forty years, China has reemerged as a tremendous geopolitical, economic, and technological power on the world stage.

Zelensky’s Government Reshuffle in Ukraine Could Put Reforms at Risk

March 2020

In the most sweeping reshuffle of his government since he took office last May, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky fired his Cabinet and appointed a new prime minister earlier this month.

Shorenstein Postdoc Spotlight: Hannah Kim

March 2020

Living and studying all over East Asia, some of Hannah Kim’s most favorite activities were to meet and talk to diverse people from different backgrounds.

People

Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Professor of the Practice, Law
Norman M. Naimark Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Professor, by courtesy, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
Condoleezza Rice Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Political Science, Professor, Management, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Andrew G. Walder Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Hesham Sallam Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director and Research Associate, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Lanhee J. Chen Affiliate at the Center on Democracy Development and the Rule of Law
Philip Taubman Lecturer
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Abbas Milani Adjunct Professor Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Jay Bhattacharya Senior Fellow by Courtesy Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution