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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

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.

Architects of Occupation

April 2017

The Allied occupation of Japan is remembered as the "good occupation." An American-led coalition successfully turned a militaristic enemy into a stable and democratic ally.

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.

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

Draper Hills Summer Fellowship application is open

October 2017

Video of Draper Hills Summer Fellowship: Democracy Dreamers Draper Hills Summer Fellowship Program at CDDRL is now accepting applications. Deadline is 5:00 pm PST on Wednesday, November 15, 2017...

Sviatoslav Vakarchuk joins Stanford as a visiting scholar this fall

September 2017

Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is pleased to welcome Sviatoslav Vakarchuk as a visiting scholar for the fall quarter.

CDDRL's incoming pre- and postdoctoral fellows

September 2017

Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is proud to announce our three incoming fellows who will be joining us in the 2017-2018 academic year to develop...

Events

U.S.-China Rivalry and the Origins of Taiwan's Developmental State

October 1, 2017

Abstract Scholars have credited a model of state-led capitalism called the developmental state with producing the first wave of the East Asian economic miracle.

Digital Technology and Democracy: Launch of the Global Digital Policy Incubator

September 26, 2017

Michael McFaul, Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor Political Scienceand FSI Senior Fellow, Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover...

CDDRL Seminar Featuring Honor Student Awardees

May 25, 2017

 Two CDDRL honor students will present their theses at this week's CDDRL Research Seminar on Thursday, May 25, from 12-1:30. Whitney McIntosh's thesis, "France and the Internationalization of...

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

Deconstructing World Culture: The rise of legal restrictions on foreign funding to NGOs, 1994-2015

June 2017

Abstract:There is a growing backlash against the liberal and neoliberal economic, political and social ideologies that have dominated the globe since the 1980s.

Disruption: Challenges of a New Era

March 2017

CDDRL welcomed Fundacion RAP (Red de Accion Politica) March 19-March 24, for a joint conference: “Disruption: Challenges of a New Era”.

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.

People

Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
David Holloway, CISAC David Holloway Senior Fellow Professor, History, Professor, Political Science
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Fellow, S-APARC, Affiliate, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Francisco Ramirez Professor, Education