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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.

History Textbooks and the Wars in Asia: Divided Memories

December 2011

Over the past fifteen years Northeast Asia has witnessed growing intraregional exchanges and interactions, especially in the realms of culture and economy.

Political Change in China: Comparisons with Taiwan

June 2008

How might China become a democracy? And what lessons, if any, might Taiwan's experience of democratization hold for China's future?

Other Publications

Conference Report: The Politics of Polarization in Taiwan [Oct. 2014]

December 2014

Over the past year and more, Taiwan’s political elite has been deadlocked over the question of deepening economic relations with the People’s Republic of China.

Stop Ignoring Taiwan

May 2012

In an article for Foreign Policy, Karl Eikenberry makes the case for the United States to invigorate its relations with Taiwan and outlines the work needed to make this a reality and stabilize...

News

FSI scholars offer insight on historic China-Taiwan talks

December 2015

In the wake of the recent historic meeting of the leaders of China and Taiwan, the Stanford News Service asked two of the university's Asia experts about the aftermath of that meeting and its...

Events

Taiwan's Defense Policy in the Trump Era

May 1, 2017

This event is co-sponsored by the Taiwan Democracy Project and the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative. AbstractTaiwan's defense policy faces several daunting challenges.

Taiwan's Democratic Development: Reflections on the Ma Ying-jeou Era

February 23, 2017

The eight-year presidency of Ma Ying-jeou (2008-2016) in Taiwan left a complex legacy of political achievements, confrontations, and disappointments that defies easy characterization.

Taiwan's Foreign Policy in a New Era

January 30, 2017

AbstractDr. Tien will reflect on security and economic trends in the Asia-Pacific region, and speak about Taiwan's foreign policy strategy in light of these trends. BioDr.

Projects

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.
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Taiwan and the TPP: A Re-Evaluation

April 2016

This half-day symposium brought together scholars and practitioners to reconsider Taiwan's prospects for entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership in light of the conclusion of negotiations in October 2015 and the election of a new president and...