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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The Soft War That America Is Losing

January 2021

The US depends far more on its soft power than authoritarian China does. Once it is lost, it is hard to get back.

New Administration Inherits a Democracy in Crisis, Explains FSI Panel

January 2021

Scholars say there is much work to be done to restore confidence in democracy in America and around the world.

A Proposal for a Commission on the Capitol Siege

January 2021

On Jan. 6, the U.S. Capitol was assaulted and occupied for the first time since 1814. Five people were killed, including a Capitol Police officer. Two Republican Representatives have introduced a...

APARC Experts on the Outlook for U.S.-Asia Policy Under the Biden Administration

January 2021

Ahead of President-elect Biden’s inauguration and on the heels of the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob that has left America shaken, an APARC-wide expert panel provides a region-by-...

What’s Behind the Increase in ADHD?

January 2021

New research by SHP's Maya Rossin-Slater shows that borderline ADHD diagnoses appear to be behind the dramatic increase in the number of cases in the last few decades. Those cases also appear to...

How to Investigate Wikipedia: Our Process

January 2021

Wikipedia celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. This blog post, the second of two, looks at how open source investigators can conduct research on Wikipedia.

Josh Cobler '20

January 2021

Longer-Term Cybersecurity Implications of the Occupation of the Capitol—Beware of Fake Leaks

January 2021

Inside the U.S. Capitol last week, laptops from the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Jeff Merkley, and other devices were taken, presumably by the occupiers. These devices are now in...

Stanford Scholars React to Capitol Hill Takeover

January 2021

FSI scholars reflect on the occupation of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and suggest what needs to happen next to preserve democracy.

Yesterday's Violence at the U.S. Capitol

January 2021

A message from FSI Director Michael McFaul and Deputy Director Kathryn Stoner on the January 6 violence at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

Inauthentic Editing: Changing Wikipedia to Win Elections and Influence People

January 2021

Wikipedia celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. This is the first of two blog posts exploring the use, misuse, and ultimate resilience of this open, community-edited platform.

Statement from CDDRL Leadership on the Events of Jan. 6

January 2021

The leadership of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law would like to express its horror and dismay at the violent attack on Congress that occurred on January 6, as well as the...

How to Mitigate the Risks of Chinese Military Expansion in the Indian Ocean Region

January 2021

China’s expanding military capacity in the Indian Ocean region poses risks for the United States and its partners, writes South Asia Research Scholar Arzan Tarapore in 'The Washington Quarterly...

All Eyes on Georgia, an Election Battleground -- Again | Q&A with Jonathan Rodden

January 2021

By May Wong || It’s been a long election season, and it’s still not over. Two pivotal runoffs on Jan. 5 in Georgia will determine which party will control the U.S. Senate, as well as the fate of...

An Alternative Dose Distribution Of Tight COVID-19 Vaccine Supply

January 2021

SHP's Joshua Salomon and colleagues offer an alternative approach to COVID-19 vaccine distribution — modeling a flexible strategy that would result in an additional 23% to 29% of COVID-19 cases...

Japan's Challenges in the Next Year are Greater than its Opportunities

January 2021

Surging coronavirus cases and ongoing political scandals have docked Suga's approval ratings, but successfully handling the upcoming Olympics and taking further strides with the United States,...

Let's Keep it the 'Free and Open' Indo-Pacific

January 2021

Both Japan's Suga and the incoming Biden adminstration should maintain the language of the "free and open Indo-Pacific" for consistency and to signal their ongoing commitment to...

New Study of Gun Violence in Schools Identifies Long-Term Harms

January 2021

The most comprehensive study of American children who experience gun violence at school finds they are less likely to graduate from high school or enroll in college — and less likely to hold a job as...

Japan's Three Most Consequential Events of 2020

January 2021

Abe's resignation, the COVID-19 pandemic, and delaying the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic games have disrupted Japan's efforts to re-establish itself as a strong leader, both domestically and...

Years later, still unclear why US staff in Cuba, China experienced strange symptoms

December 2020

A National Academies panel commissioned by the State Department shed new light on a disturbing and still mysterious episode. Employees in the Cuban embassy reported headaches, pressure, nausea,...

Everybody Spies in Cyberspace. The U.S. Must Plan Accordingly.

December 2020

Because all countries engage in espionage, intrusions like Russia’s latest data hack are devilishly hard to deter.

People

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