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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Mofeed-19 Discusses the Pandemic's Impact on Lebanon's Sectarian Politics

May 2022

Rima Majed, Assistant Professor of Sociology at American University of Beirut, joins ARD scholars Amr Hamzawy and Hesham Sallam on the sixth episode of Mofeed-19, a 19-minute video podcast that...

Congratulations to CISAC Honors Students inducted to Phi Beta Kappa!

May 2022

Five CISAC Honors students were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Phi Beta Kappa selects students with high academic achievement who have also successfully taken classes showing a breadth of engagement...

Sanaa Seif and Sharif Abdel Kouddous Discuss Egypt's Worsening Human Rights Situation

May 2022

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL hosted a talk featuring prominent political activist Sanaa Seif and award-winning journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous, who discussed the current...

Scholars Gather to Analyze Causes, Prospects, and Challenges of China’s Common Prosperity Program

May 2022

SCCEI joins forces with the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) to convene private roundtables comprised of social science experts who conduct data-intensive research into timely issues confronting...

Everything Counts: Building a Control Regime for Nonstrategic Nuclear Warheads in Europe

May 2022

Before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Biden administration insisted in arms control talks with Russia that a follow-on agreement to the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) should...

CDDRL Congratulates Newly Elected Phi Beta Kappa Members

May 2022

Sylvie Ashford (honors class of 2021) and Carolyn Chun (honors class of 2022) are among the newest members of this prestigious academic honors society.

Off the Farm and Into the Field: Master's Students Practice Hands-on Policymaking

May 2022

The 2022 cohort of the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy has been busy this quarter getting out of the classroom and into hands-on policymaking with partner organizations in Tunisia,...

Ukraine And The Cloud Of Genocide

May 2022

When confronted with the murderous policies of the Third Reich on the eastern front in the late summer of 1941, Winston Churchill stated: “We are in the presence of a crime without a name.”

Missed diagnoses: Study highlights the importance of physician skills in health care

May 2022

Research by David Chan and Matthew Gentzkow points to how much diagnostic skills matter in patient care and how policies to boost skills can improve health care efficiency.

K-pop’s “Next Level”: Notes from the Field

May 2022

Prof. Dafna Zur shares impressions from her visit with Soo-Man Lee, founder and chief producer of SM Entertainment, and the rare opportunity to tour the Seoul-based company and see the K-pop...

What Does It Mean to Be an American?: Reflections from Students (Part 8)

May 2022

Reflections of eight students on the website “What Does It Mean to Be an American?”

Belarus has good reason for concern over Putin’s nuclear intimidation

May 2022

In a May 5 interview with the Associated Press, Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka expressed concern that the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian War could see the use of nuclear weapons. Lukashenka called...

Nuclear weapon-free zones and the issue of maritime transit in Latin America

May 2022

Why did Latin American states exclude a prohibition on maritime nuclear transit from their regional nuclear weapon-free zone (NWFZ)?

Russia Victory Day and War in Ukraine

May 2022

Norman Naimark discusses the war crimes committed in Ukraine and Putin's comments on the war during the Russia Victory Day parade.

CDDRL Honors Aluma Named Knight-Hennessy Scholar

May 2022

Carson Smith (honors class of 2018-19) is among 70 scholars in the Knight-Hennessy Scholars' fifth cohort.

Health Policy PhD Candidate Vincent Jappah Overcomes Childhood Amid Civil War Through His Determination To Get an Education

May 2022

From education in displaced persons camps to working on his PhD at Stanford Health Policy, Vincent Jappah is applying his childhood experiences during the civil war in his native Liberia toward a...

Nate Persily and Daphne Keller Give Testimony on Platform Regulation

May 2022

"We cannot live in a world where Facebook and Google know everything about us and we know next to nothing about them." – Nate Persily

How the west became less anxious about Russia’s nuclear threat

May 2022

Despite sabre-rattling US and allies believe deploying such weapons would be too risky for Moscow

In Troubled Waters: South Korea’s Democracy in Crisis

May 2022

Just as the United States experienced a crisis of democracy under the Trump administration, South Korea underwent a democratic recession during President Moon Jae-in’s time in office. The...

Barack Obama Addresses the Intersection of Online Disinformation, Regulation and Democracy at Stanford Event

May 2022

At a conference hosted by the Cyber Policy Center and Obama Foundation, former U.S. President Barack Obama delivered the keynote address about how information is created and consumed, and the threat...

CDDRL Welcomes Anti-Corruption Activist Lyubov Sobol as Visiting Scholar

May 2022

Sobol will work alongside CDDRL faculty on projects related to the opposition movement in Russia today, human rights, and the rolling back of democracy in Russia.

ARD Releases Jan-March 2022 Edition of Mofeed Digest

April 2022

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL is pleased to announce the release of the second edition of Mofeed Digest (January-March 2022), a periodic recap of the most important...

Next Steps in U.S.-China Climate Cooperation

April 2022

There are multiple, concreate areas for constructive cooperation between the United States and China as they tackle growing environmental challenges.

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Stedman Steve Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Andrew Grotto Andrew Grotto Director, Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance
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Nate Grubman Nate Grubman Postdoctoral Scholar, CDDRL