International Relations

International Relations

FSI researchers strive to understand how countries relate to one another, and what policies are needed to achieve global stability and prosperity. International relations experts focus on the challenging U.S.-Russian relationship, the alliance between the U.S. and Japan and the limitations of America’s counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan.

Foreign aid is also examined by scholars trying to understand whether money earmarked for health improvements reaches those who need it most. And FSI’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center has published on the need for strong South Korean leadership in dealing with its northern neighbor.

FSI researchers also look at the citizens who drive international relations, studying the effects of migration and how borders shape people’s lives. Meanwhile FSI students are very much involved in this area, working with the United Nations in Ethiopia to rethink refugee communities.

Trade is also a key component of international relations, with FSI approaching the topic from a slew of angles and states. The economy of trade is rife for study, with an APARC event on the implications of more open trade policies in Japan, and FSI researchers making sense of who would benefit from a free trade zone between the European Union and the United States.

Scholarly Publications


July 2019

"未來很長時間內將難以出現堪與本書媲美的作品"─ 麥克法夸爾(Roderick MacFarquhar)1949 年,毛澤東在內戰失敗的邊緣贏得勝利;七年後,他卻在勝利的邊緣一再遭遇慘敗。無論毛澤東想做什麼,他的初衷與事態的走向總是背道而馳,他的每一種對策,都導向更大的災難…原因何在?本書以社會結構關係為主線,敘述1949–1976 年間毛澤東革命政權的興衰。

Countering Sanctions: The Unequal Geographic Impact of Economic Sanctions in North Korea

August 2014

This paper examines how an autocratic regime domestically counters the impact of economic sanctions.

Other Publications

Wartime History Issues in Asia: Pathways to Reconciliation

May 2014

“Wartime History Issues in Asia: Pathways to Reconciliation,” a Track II dialogue held at Stanford University on May 11-13, 2014, convened academic experts from Asia, the United States and Europe...

Old Events

CANCELLED: Balancing Collective Prosperity and Security in Asia

April 30, 2015

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED Asia's regional institutions have arisen in response to myriad changes in the economic, political, and security environments facing member states.

South Korea's Rise: Economic Development, Power, and Foreign Relations

April 27, 2015

In the 1950s, South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world. Its international trade was minimal and foreign ties were also limited.


From Boom to Bust, and Back? The Media and the Japanese Economy

March 2015

Video and transcript from the event "From Boom to Bust, and Back?

Good Governance in South Korea: Mobilizing Citizens through Engaged Communication

October 2014

Video and transcript from the seminar, "Good Governance in South Korea: Mobilizing Citizens through Engaged Communication" with Park Won Soon, Mayor of Seoul, South Korea on Sept. 25, 2014. The event was hosted by the Walter H.

The Impact of Migration on the Sending Country: Evidence from the Philippines

May 2013

More than 215 million people—approximately 3% of the world’s population—now live outside their country of birth (United Nations, 2009).


James Ellis James O. Ellis Jr. Affiliate
man in black suit smiling Raj Shah Affiliate