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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 ever-threatening 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

Threats, Alliances, and Electorates: Why Taiwan's Defense Spending Has Fallen as China's Has Risen

November 2015

 Over the past 20 years, the military balance between the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan has rapidly shifted.

The Economic Costs of Drug-Trafficking Violence in Mexico

December 2013

The levels of violence in Mexico have dramatically increased in the last few years due to structural changes in the drug trafficking business.

Myopic Solutions to Chronic Problems: The Need for Aid Effectiveness in Yemen

August 2013

This paper offers a close analysis of the key challenges facing the foreign aid sector in Yemen, and presents recommendations to the government of Yemen and the international donor community to...

Other Publications

Report: State Strengthening in Afghanistan

June 2016

About the ReportIn March 2015, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Chatham House, and Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law held a two-day conference...

Land Acquisition for Industrialization in West Bengal: the Tata Nano Case

December 2015

Industrial development in West Bengal is a central platform of the new Left Front government ushered in by a landslide electoral victory in 2006.

Turning the Tide: The Johannesburg Development Agency and its Role in Revitalizing the Inner City

April 2015

Driving economic growth: As a mid-level government official, how do you make progress in difficult political environments?

News

FBI confirms investigation of Trump campaign, Russia links

March 2017

In the interview for CBCNews, Kathryn Stoner, FSI/CDDRL Senior Fellow and the Director of the Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies at Stanford University, claims Russians left trails...

The Future of Globalization

February 2017

The populist backlash against globalization is being felt acutely across Europe as well as here in the US.

America: the failed state

January 2017

"The book on Trump is still not written. We must to await the coming months to see which man, the deal-maker or the extremist, comes to the fore.

Events

Empowering progress: Reformism and state-building in the Philippines

March 21, 2017

Co-sponsored by the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and the Southeast Asia Program  The Philippines is typically characterized as a weak, even patrimonial, state in which...

Preventing ISIS 3.0: Winning the Peace in Iraq

March 20, 2017

ABSTRACTThe Iraqi government, the Peshmerga, the international coalition and a consortium of militia have been winning the war against ISIS in Iraq.  The concern moving forward is whether Iraq’s...

A Holy War Made in America: The US and the 1914 Germano-Ottoman Call for Global Jihad

March 20, 2017

 ABSTRACTIn this talk, Karine Walther discusses her new book Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921. Throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as...

Projects

Leadership Academy for Development Workshops

The Leadership Academy for Development (LAD) trains government officials and business leaders from developing countries to help the private sector be a constructive force for economic growth and...
English

Taiwan Democracy Project Speaker Series

The Taiwan Democracy Project Speaker Series features talks by Taiwanese public officials, intellectuals, and scholars, and by U.S.-based scholars of Taiwan and of cross-strait relations.
English

Leadership Academy for Development

Program Overview  |  Background and Rationale  |  Training Program  |  Curriculum   |  Case Studies  |  Partnership  |  LAD Around the World  |  Lectures  | Student Testimonials | Interviews |...
English

Multimedia

The Art of Authoritarian Control in China

February 2017

Abstract:When villages in China began to introduce local elections in the 1980s it was, for many, a moment of great optimism about the prospects for local democracy in the Peoples' Republic.

How will Michael Flynn's resignation affect US-Russia relations?

February 2017

Russia expert and Stanford University senior fellow Kathryn Stoner on Russian reaction to the national security adviser's resignation. Watch the video here.

Afghanistan: U.S. Policy Options Fifteen Years after 9/11

January 2017

Abstract:Fifteen years after the American-led international military intervention, Afghanistan faces mounting security, governance, and economic challenges.  The Afghan Army and police remain highly dependent on U.S.

People

Coit D. Blacker Senior Fellow Professor, Humanities and Sciences
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
David Holloway, CISAC David Holloway Senior Fellow Professor, History, Professor, Political Science
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Terry L. Karl Professor, Political Science