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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.

Recent Publications

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Ability Tracking and Social Trust in China's Rural Secondary School System

June 2018

The goal of this paper is to describe and analyze the relationship between ability tracking and student social trust, in the context of low-income students in developing countries.

Atomic Homefront: a film about struggling to live with Manhattan Project radioactive waste

June 2018

Abstract: This commentary reviews and discusses HBO’s new documentary, Atomic Homefront, which shows how communities are still struggling to live with radiation from radioactive waste generated...

Unequal Access to College in China: How Far Have Poor, Rural Students Been Left Behind?

May 2018

In the 1990s, rural youth from poor counties in China had limited access to college.

Banking on your neighbours: Savings groups and financial intermediation among the poor

May 2018

Informal savings and borrowing institutions are a way to intermediate between savers and borrowers in the developing world.

‘The Pope’s own hand outstretched’: Holy See diplomacy as a hybrid mode of diplomatic agency

May 2018

The unconventional nature of Holy See diplomats rests in the composite character of their ecclesiastical role as the Pope’s representatives and their legal diplomatic status and commencement to...

American Foreign Policy in Transition: From Cold War Consensus to Controversy and Confusion

May 2018

In a new article for Contemporary American Review, Shorenstein APARC Distinguished Fellow Thomas Fingar examines how, twenty-five years after the demise of the Soviet Union, Americans are still...

Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution

April 2018

We have long understood the Industrial Revolution as a triumphant story of innovation and technology.

The Power of the Political in an Urbanizing International

April 2018

In this article, I argue that there is a startling resonance between Hans Morgenthau’s conception of the political and power and recent analyses of an urbanizing international realm.

The persistence of entrepreneurship and innovative immigrants

March 2018

Ethnicity and immigration status may play a role in entrepreneurship and innovation, yet the impact of university entrepreneurship education on this relationship is under-explored.

Geography, Uncertainty, and Polarization

March 2018

Using new data on roll-call voting of US state legislators and public opinion in their districts, we explain how ideological polarization of voters within districts can lead to legislative...

Assessing the Quality of Upper-Secondary Vocational Education and Training: Evidence from China

March 2018

An increasing number of policymakers in developing countries have made the mass expansion of upper-secondary vocational education and training (VET) a top priority.

The decline in bank-led corporate restructuring in Japan: 1981-2010

March 2018

Using a unique dataset on all major corporate restructuring events in Japan between 1981 and 2010, we assess changes in the role of the main bank in guiding corporate turarounds, and the economic...

Cheap fights, credible threats: The future of armed drones and coercion

February 2018

Drones are considered poor coercion tools: They cannot operate in contested airspace and they offer low-cost fights instead of more credible, costly signals.

From Brain Drain to Brain Circulation and Linkage

February 2018

The development community has increased its focus on higher education over the past two decades, recognizing that education can contribute to building up a country’s capacity for participation in...

Zouping Revisited: Adaptive Governance in a Chinese County

February 2018

China has undergone dramatic change in its economic institutions in recent years, but surprisingly little change politically.

Has Abenomics Succeeded in Raising Japan's Inward Foreign Direct Investment?

January 2018

Japan is known to have an exceptionally low level of inward foreign direct investment (FDI). The promotion of inward FDI is one of the policy goals of Abenomics structural reforms.

Beyond Engaged Literature: Samir El-Youssef's The Illusion of Return

December 2017

A feature of contemporary politics is the tendency to focus primarily onnarratives , as if the story lines were more important than the events.

Red Leviathan: Authority and Violence in Revolutionary Political Culture

December 2017

As Mao euphemistically remarked, revolutions are not dinner parties. Violence is to be expected when political regimes are overturned.

“BRAAAM!”: The Sound that Invaded the Hollywood Soundtrack

December 2017

How Inception changed the way we listen to movies.

Two “Popes” to Speak for the World: The Pope and the United Nations Secretary General in World Politics

November 2017

Despite recent studies on leadership, the discipline of International Relations is still reluctant to engage in studies of individual agency in the international structure.

Left Behind in the Brexit Capital?

October 2017

"Here's what the end of globalization looks like," a headline in Business Insider thundered at the end of 2016 before laying out a doom-and-gloom scenario in the wake of the Trans-Pacific...

Global Populisms and Their Impact

October 2017

Populism is on the rise: but to understand this phenomenon, we should first clearly conceptualize it and recognize that populism takes on different forms in various historical and political...

Superficial Korea

September 2017

In this book, Gi-Wook Shin shares his observations on and provides recommendations for social maladies currently affecting Korean society.

Mortality In Rural China Declined As Health Insurance Coverage Increased, But No Evidence The Two Are Linked

September 2017

Health insurance holds the promise of improving population health and survival and protecting people from catastrophic health spending.

People

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
Prashant Loyalka Center Fellow, Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Education
Alex Stamos Adjunct Professor Visiting Scholar, Hoover Institution, Director, Stanford Internet Observatory
W. Richard Scott Professor, Sociology, Emeritus
James J. Sheehan Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Emeritus
Glenn M. Chertow Professor, Medicine
Barbara van Schewick Associate Professor, Law
Nathaniel Persily Co-director, Cyber Policy Center, Senior Fellow Professor, Law, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science, Professor, by courtesy, Communication