Student Programs builds on our FSI faculty-taught courses by engaging students beyond the classroom as they work in the field or in the lab with researchers and fellows.
I became particularly interested in nuclear policy after doing research for Professor Hecker and taking classes from him and others that addressed nuclear weapons.
Gabby Levikow '18
History major, Political Science minor, 2018 CISAC honors student
Managing Global Political Risk
POLECON 584, Amy Zegart
This course examines the full array of political risks confronting businesses today, from creeping expropriations to sudden shocks like national debt defaults and coups to emerging threats like cyber exploitation. Students will learn about impediments to assessing political risk and how to tackle them, develop strategies for managing political risk in a systematic way, and craft tools for mitigating the downside effects of political risk to business.
Current Issues in European Security
POLISCI 71, Michael McFaul
Russia's annexation of Crimea in Spring 2014 posed not only a threat to post-World War II Europe formed around the norm of national sovereignty, but possibly also the very real threat that Russia had awakened from its 20 years of peacefulness to once again impose its will on Eastern Europe. Is Europe again under threat from the East? In Current Issues in European Security, students will attend public events organized by Stanford's Europe Center and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
The Spirit of Democracy
THINK 51, Larry Diamond
This course provides an overview of the challenges and aspirations facing ideals of democracy. It deals both with competing visions of what democracy might be, and their actual realization not only in the US but around the world. It will begin with the debate over the American founding and move eventually to the third wave of democratization around the world in the late 20th century as well as its more recent retrenchment.