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 Publications

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CNN Perspective with Andy Grotto: Why unlocking Apple iPhones for law enforcement isn't the answer

January 2020

Despite pressure from President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr, Apple continues to stand its ground and refuses to re-engineer iPhones so law enforcement can unlock the devices....

Protecting Electoral Integrity in the Digital Age | The Report of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age

January 2020

Protecting Electoral Integrity in the Digital Age | The Report of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital AgeNew information and communication technologies (ICTs) pose...

Shorenstein APARC Center Overview 2018-19

December 2019

Shorenstein APARC's annual overview for academic year 2018-19 is now available.

Cyber Risk Research Impeded by Disciplinary Barriers

November 2019

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Manufacturing Productivity with Worker Turnover

November 2019

We find that rapid worker turnover significantly disrupts the productivity of responsive manufacturers.

The Internet’s Challenge to Democracy: Framing the Problem and Assessing Reforms

November 2019

The Program on Democracy and the Internet runs the work of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age which will produce guidelines to support democracies, particularly...

Potemkin Pages & Personas: Assessing GRU Online Operations, 2014-2019

November 2019

DOWNLOAD WHITE PAPERUpon request by the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), researchers reviewed a data set of social media posts that Facebook provided to SSCI.

Sex and gender analysis improves science and engineering

November 2019

The goal of sex and gender analysis is to promote rigorous, reproducible and responsible science.

Academic Achievement and Mental Health of Left-behind Children in Rural China

November 2019

Purpose – China’s rapid pace of urbanization has resulted in millions of rural residents migrating from rural areas to urban areas for better job opportunities.

AI Policy and China: Realities of State-Led Development

October 2019

When China's government announced its ambitions for the country’s theoretical, technological, and applied artificial intelligence development to reach a “worldleading level” by 2030, governments...

EdTech for Equity in China: Can Technology Improve Teaching for Millions of Rural Students?

October 2019

Previous literature suggests subpar teaching is a primary reason why rural Chinese students lag behind academically.

The Failure of Europe's Mainstream Parties

October 2019

The failure of mainstream political-party competition fueled the rise of populism in Europe.

Behavioral Economics and Nuclear Weapons

August 2019

Recent discoveries in psychology and neuroscience have improved our understanding of why our decision making processes fail to match standard social science assumptions about rationality.

The containment of the Islamic State: A realist case to engage a hybrid actor

July 2019

Next to military means, causing disruption and interdiction, Western and local powers also relied on policies of containment to halt the expansion of the Islamic State’s territorial strongholds....

Stimulation and Early Child Development in China: Caregiving at Arm's Length

May 2019

ABSTRACT: Objective: To provide an empirical overview of the parenting landscape in rural China, focusing on 18- to 30-month-old children and their caregivers in rural Shaanxi province.

Once, the ‘Judeo-Christian tradition’ united Americans. Now it divides them.

April 2019

Even as Notre Dame Cathedral was burning, pundits such as Ben Shapiro and Katie Hopkins began to mourn it as a “monument to Western civilization … built on the Judeo-Christian heritage” —...

Old is Not Always Better: Evidence from Five Randomized Experiments in Rural Primary Schools in China

March 2019

In recent years, researchers have begun to focus attention on trying to identify systematic factors that cause interventions to have different impacts in different contexts.

In Search of Democracy 4.0: Is Democracy as We Know It Destined to Die?

March 2019

There are plenty of indicators of doom: Donald Trump riding roughshod over U.S.

The Papal Human Rights Discourse: The Difference Pope Francis Makes

February 2019

Religious actors and their political concepts are commonly assumed to be conservative, static, and aligned with the private contemplative world.

State of Repression Iraq under Saddam Hussein

January 2019

A new account of modern Iraqi politics that overturns the conventional wisdom about its sectarian divisionsHow did Iraq become one of the most repressive dictatorships of the late twentieth century...

Parental Migration, Educational Achievement, and Mental Health of Junior High School Students in Rural China

January 2019

China's rapid development has led to an unprecedented increase in migration rates as an evergrowing number of rural residents migrate to urban areas to seek better job opportunities an help...

Probabilistic Performance Assessment vs. the Safety Case Approach

January 2019

The “safety case” approach has been developed to address the issue of evaluating the performance of a geologic repository in the face of the large uncertainty that results for evaluations that...

Evolution and Structure of the Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management

December 2018

The final disposal of nuclear waste is at the interface between the technologies of the nuclear fuel cycle that produce the waste and the natural hydrologic and geochemical cycles of geologic...

Knowledge Management for Democratic Governance of Socio-Technical Systems (Chapter in The Future of Digital Democracy. Lecture Notes in Computer Science.)

December 2018

The Digital Transformation (DX) is a broad term describing the changes and innovations brought about by the introduction of information and communication technologies into all aspects of society....

People

Jay Bhattacharya Senior Fellow by Courtesy Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Portrait of Gi-Wook Shin Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Alex Stamos Director, Stanford Internet Observatory
Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Senior Fellow , Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Lanhee J. Chen Affiliate at the Center on Democracy Development and the Rule of Law
Matthew Kohrman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Associate Professor, Anthropology
Prashant Loyalka Center Fellow, Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Education
Hesham Sallam Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director and Research Associate, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Professor of the Practice, Law