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 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

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...

Qatar's Foreign Policy: The Limits of Pragmatism

March 2013

Qatar has become an Arab country with a high international profile and an ambitious foreign policy, particularly as a result of its role in the Arab Spring.

Public Diplomacy 2.0

December 2012

Other Publications

Necessary Risks: How a New U.S. Administration Can (Finally) Give Us the Middle East Policy We Need

October 2008

At the root of current Middle Eastern foreign policy debates on topics ranging from Iran to Iraq to Israel, is a more fundamental challenge for American policy makers: how to combat the general...

News

Voices from Syria Narrate Stories of Revolution and Conflict

February 2018

How can we make sense of the tragedy in Syria?

Noura Erakat analyzes the political and legal contexts of the 2014 Gaza war [VIDEO]

May 2015

As part of the Arab Reform and Democracy Program's speaker series, George Mason University scholar Noura Erakat examined the political and legal contexts for the 2014 Gaza war. In July and August...

Paul Amar examines social militarization in Egypt and Brazil [VIDEO]

April 2015

As part of the Arab Reform and Democracy Program's speaker series, UC Santa Barbara Political Scientist Paul Amar discussed his book The Security Archipelago, winner of the 2014 Charles Taylor Book...

Events

Not Always Stand Divided: Islamists and Secular Rivals in Tunisia

February 21, 2019

This event is co-sponsored with The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.Abstract:Why were Islamists less polarizing in Tunisia than their counterparts in Egypt after the downfall of the autocratic...

The Khashoggi Affair and Saudi Arabia’s War Against Dissent

October 23, 2018

This event will be livestreamed.

Jordan and the Arab Uprisings

October 10, 2018

ABSTRACTIn 2011, as the Arab uprisings spread across the Middle East, Jordan remained more stable than any of its neighbors.

Projects

Safadi-Stanford Initiative for Policy Innovation

Purpose of SSIPI The Safadi-Stanford Initiative for Policy Innovation (SSIPI) initiative is a partnership between the Safadi Foundation USA and the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford...
English

American Public Diplomacy towards the Arab World in the Digital Age

Discourse on American public diplomacy has been traditionally focused on use of the broadcast media by the US government, such as Voice of America, to reach out to audiences in the Middle East and...
English

Multimedia

The Paradoxes of Political Aid in the Arab World

May 2015

AbstractEuropean and US-based scholars and practitioners have debated the purposes and sometimes the (limited) macro-effects of programs designed to promote transitions from authoritarianism to democracy in Middle East countries.

The Tunisian Transition and the Challenge of Youth Alienation

April 2015

 AbstractSocial and economic grievances of Tunisian youth played a major role in igniting the uprising in Tunisia, and more generally, the so-called Arab Spring.

People

Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Katherine Welsh Administrative Associate, CDDRL