International Development

International Development

FSI researchers consider international development from a variety of angles. They analyze ideas such as how public action and good governance are cornerstones of economic prosperity in Mexico and how investments in high school education will improve China’s economy.

They are looking at novel technological interventions to improve rural livelihoods, like the development implications of solar power-generated crop growing in Northern Benin.

FSI academics also assess which political processes yield better access to public services, particularly in developing countries. With a focus on health care, researchers have studied the political incentives to embrace UNICEF’s child survival efforts and how a well-run anti-alcohol policy in Russia affected mortality rates.

FSI’s work on international development also includes training the next generation of leaders through pre- and post-doctoral fellowships as well as the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program.

Recent Events

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Egyptian Governance and the Pandemic

September 16, 2020

ABSTRACT This talk is based on the co-authors' recent paper "How Much Will the Pandemic Change Egyptian Governance and for How Long?" The Egyptian regime has reacted in an unexpected way to the...

The United States: From Reluctant Democracy Support in the Middle East to Authoritarian Enabler

April 13, 2020

ABSTRACTDemocracy promotion has been a longstanding goal of US foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere. President George W.

The Struggle for Political Change in the Arab World

September 9, 2019

DAY 1: Friday October 11 8:30 – 9:00am         Breakfast 9:00 – 9:15am         Introductory Remarks 9:15 – 11:15am       Panel 1: The Boundaries of Authoritarianism post-Arab UprisingsAmr Hamzawy,...

Political Contestation and New Social Forces in the Middle East and North Africa

March 9, 2018

Please note: Registration for the conference is open only to Stanford University affiliates. A valid SUNet ID is required to register. Click here to register.

Saudi Arabia: Can Economic Reform Succeed without Political Change?

November 15, 2017

ABSTRACTThe formation of Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption commission and the arrest of dozens of princes and former ranking officials have brought to focus the prospects for political and economic...

Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic Charity in Egypt

April 27, 2015

Abstract:Islamic charities occupied a critical space in Mubarak-era Egypt.

The Tunisian Transition and the Challenge of Youth Alienation

April 21, 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.

Egypt’s Bread Intifada: On the Subject of the People

February 17, 2015

Abstract:Over the last four years of upheaval in the Arab world, the notion of “the people,” Egyptian and otherwise, has proven profoundly resilient.  It is these “people”—as individuals and a...

“Protest Soundscapes in the Middle East”

December 3, 2013

Abstract: The Tahrir and Gezi Park protests were, amongst many other things, moments of energetic artistic creativity, in the sound world as well as other domains.

Reforming the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Post-revolutionary Egypt and Tunisia

October 23, 2013

Abstract: The seminar session will present findings from a new study on the entrepreneurship ecosystem in post-revolutionary Egypt and Tunisia.

Summer of 2013: A Focus on Egypt and Turkey

October 22, 2013

The Mediterranean Studies Forum presents a panel discussion about the popular protests and recent developments in the Middle East.

Egypt's Stalled Transition: A Roundtable Discussion

October 3, 2013

Lina Khatib is the co-founding Head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.

The Political Determinants of Health in the Arab World

May 30, 2013

Lina Khatib is the co-founding Head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.

A discussion about economic formalization in the MENA region

April 12, 2013

Abstract: Does formalization really matter for developing economies?

Challenges of Egypt's Transition: Politics, Economics, and Protest

April 11, 2013

This special panel will address the challenges facing Egypt's transition today. Dr.

ARD Annual Conference: Building Bridges: Towards Viable Democracies in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya

March 28, 2013

Fourth annual conference of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) organized in collaboration with the University of Tunis, El Manar and the Centre d'études maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT)....

Islamism vs. Secularism: The Arab Spring, Phase 2

March 6, 2013

This event is co-sponsored by the Arab Studies Table Abstract: Ahmed Benchemsi, a Stanford visiting scholar and award-winning Moroccan journalist, will introduce "FreeArabs.com".

Challenges of Private Sector Development in the Middle East and North Africa

February 21, 2013

Abstract: The roots of the revolts known as the Arab Spring lie in many sources but one of the leading causes was the high rates of unemployment, low skill levels, and the growth of the youth...

The Egyptian Revolution, Two Years Later: A Civil Society Perspective

February 11, 2013

This event is presented by CDDRL and the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy Esraa Abdel Fattah is Vice-Chairman at the Egyptian Democratic Academy.

Visualizing Political Struggle in the Middle East

January 24, 2013

Abstract: Marking the publication of Lina Khatib's latest book Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle, this seminar focuses on the evolution of political...

Visualizing Political Struggle in the Middle East

November 29, 2012

Abstract: Marking the publication of Lina Khatib's latest book Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle, this seminar focuses on the evolution of political...

Turkey and the Arab Spring: Between Ethics and Self-Interest

November 15, 2012

Abstract: Turkey redefined its geographical security environment over the last decade by deepening its engagement with neighboring regions, especially with the Middle East.

Democratization and Freedom of Speech: A Focus on Turkey, Arab World, and Ukraine

October 30, 2012

Co-sponsored by CDDRL Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, the Europe Center, Stanford Humanities Center, and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies More info: http://www.stanford.edu/group...

The Arab Uprising

October 25, 2012

Abstract: Nearly two years after the Tunisian uprisings launched a massive wave of regional protest across the Arab world, many important and highly contested questions remain.

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