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

The Economic Costs of Drug-Trafficking Violence in Mexico

June 2017

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

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.

Aiding Latin America's Poor

October 2009

(excerpt) Social policy in Latin America has traditionally failed to benefit the poor.

News

The Problems of Social Order and Violence in Latin America

April 2017

This talk was given during the Stanford's "Disruption: Challenges of a New Era" conference organized by Fundacion RAP,  in March 2017.

Fieldwork Fail: FSI Faculty Share Lessons Learned the Hard Way

March 2016

"What do I do about the chickens?"When assistant professor of medicine Eran Bendavid began a study on livestock in African households to determine impact on childhood health, he'd already...

With a new president and an old party, Mexico faces uncertain future

July 2012

Enrique Peña Nieto was elected Mexico's president promising to curb the country's drug-related violence.

Events

Electoral Integrity, Violence and Vote-Buying

April 12, 2013

This two day workshop will bring together scholars whose research actively engages problems of electoral irregularities.  Irregularities range from high levels of pre-election violence to electoral...

The Economic Consequences of Drug Trafficking Violence in Mexico

April 11, 2013

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

CDDRL-CISAC Special Seminar: The Logic of Violence in Drug Wars: Cartel-State Conflict in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia

March 1, 2013

Abstract: Why have militarized crackdowns on drug cartels had wildly divergent outcomes, sometimes exacerbating cartel-state conflict, as in Mexico and, for decades, in Brazil, but sometimes...

Projects

Economic Consequences of Violence

The Poverty and Governance Program has an ongoing research agenda aiming to evaluate the impact of drug-related violence on economic activity.
English

Multimedia

Ivana Bentes, National Secretary of Citizenship and Culture Diversity, Brazil

June 2015

This video is presented in Portuguese. To view more media from the conference, please visit: http://cddrl.fsi.stanford.edu/multimedia/povgov-conference-2015 ----Speaker Bio:  Ivana Bentes was recently appointed as Brazil’s National Secretary of...