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FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Scholarly Publications

"Political Logic of Poverty Relief" Electoral Strategies and Social Policy in Mexico

June 2017

Poverty relief programs are shaped by politics.

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.

The Impact of Holy Land Crusades on State Formation: War Mobilization, Trade Integration, and Political Development in Medieval Europe

November 2016

*/ Lisa Blaydes and Christopher Paik explore the impact the Holy Land Crusaders in Cambridge International Organization, as the most significant forms of military mobilization during the medieval...

Other Publications

Banking on your neighbours: Savings groups and financial intermediation among the poor

May 2018

Informal savings and borrowing institutions are a way to intermediate between savers and borrowers in the developing world.

Public Broadcasting in Ukraine: What Does it Take to Break Decades of Inertia and an Avalanche of Resistance?

July 2017

On March 25, 2014 Zurab Alasania became the newly appointed Head of NTKU (National TV Company of Ukraine) and faced the challenges of creating a public broadcasting institution.

Conference Report: Coalition Against Corruption [Jan. 2014]

January 2015

CoCo 2014 was the inaugural edition of the Coalition against Corruption (CoCo) conference co-hosted by The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University, Janaagraha...

News

CDDRL Students Graduate from Fisher Family Honors Program

June 2018

Each year the Center offers an interdisciplinary honors program, through which students write a thesis related to the topics of democracy, development and the rule of law.

CDDRL's Stephen Stedman receives Stanford’s 2018 Dinkelspiel award

June 2018

CDDRL Deputy Director Stephen J. Stedman received the 2018 Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award For Outstanding Service to Undergraduate Education.

Why We Find Self-Driving Cars So Scary

May 2018

"Take note, Elon Musk: Even if autonomous cars are safer overall, the public will accept the new technology only when it fails in predictable and reasonable ways," writes Jerry Kaplan in The Wall...

Events

A Brief History of Security

June 7, 2018

Speaker(s) Bio: Stephen Stedman is a Freeman Spogli senior fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and FSI, an affiliated faculty member at CISAC, and professor of...

CDDRL Weekly Research Seminar featuring Honor Student Awardees

May 31, 2018

TITLE:  The China Wide Web:  The information Dilemma and the Domestsication of  Cyberspace Qitong Tom CaoMajor:  Political Science; Computer Science (minor); MS&E (Computational Social Science)...

Learning Lessons? A Comparison of Planning for the Occupations of Japan and Iraq

May 24, 2018

Abstract:In 2002 and 2003, Americans pointed to Japan after the Second World War as a model which proved that enemy countries could be remade into stable democratic allies through short military...

Projects

Improving Teacher Quality in Mexico

Teaching is a core element of the educational process and a significant body of literature demonstrates that good teachers matter a lot for improving student academic achievement.
English

Political Participation, Pluralism, and Citizenship Rights in the Arab World

Processes of democratic transition in today’s Arab world carry with them both challenges and opportunities for pluralism and citizenship rights, particularly with respect to the political...
English

Networks of Fear: The Dynamics of Extortion in Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency

We study the dynamics and logic of extortion in Mexico’s drug war.
English

Multimedia

The Dynamics of Extortion in Mexico’s War on Drugs

April 2017

Abstract:This paper provides an account of the strategies of extortion and co-optation used by drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) toward civil society in Mexico.

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

Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar Professor of the Practice, Law
Matthew Kohrman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Associate Professor, Anthropology
Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Fellow, S-APARC, Core faculty, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Hesham Sallam Research Scholar
Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Abbas Milani Adjunct Professor Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Photo of Anna Grzymala-Busse Anna Grzymala-Busse Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow