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Arabic Conversation Session with Zahera Harb

May 19, 2014

*Open only to Stanford students.*  Speaker Bio:  Zahera Harb is one of the six 2013-2014 FSI-Humanities Center International Visitors and will be in residence at Stanford in May 2014.

Imagining Global Health with Justice

February 13, 2014

AbstractThe scope and complexity of global health can be overwhelming, making it difficult to form an inspiring and unified vision for the future.

Redistribution and Group Participation: Comparative Experimental Evidence from Africa and the UK

January 30, 2014

Abstract: We design an original laboratory experiment to investigate whether redistributive actions hinder the formation of Pareto-improving groups.

The Limits of Counterinsurgency Doctrine in Afghanistan

January 23, 2014

Speaker bio: Karl Eikenberry is the William J.

ICC Speaker Series- Carla Ferstman

February 13, 2013

The Program on Human Rights will host the Sanela Diana Jenkins International Human Rights Speaker Series, a weekly series featuring presentations by leading scholars, activists and experts on the...

The World Bank and IFC's Doing Business Project: A Template for Promoting Economic Reforms?

January 31, 2013

Abstract: The World Bank and IFC's Doing Business project has used indicators capturing important dimensions of the business environment to catalyze reforms in a large number of countries.

Old Regime Conservative Parties and their Surprising Contributions to Democratization: Lessons from the Historical Rise of Democracy in Europe

January 17, 2013

Abstract: Political parties that represent old regime interests in moments of democratization are normally thought exclusively to play a "negative" role, blocking democracy and only conceding it...

The Transition to Afghan Sovereignty: Assessing Progress and Identifying Challenges

January 31, 2012

Ten years into the war in Afghanistan, Payne Distinguished Lecturer Lt. Gen. Karl W. Eikenberry, the former U.S.

Making the Resource Curse Disappear: A re-examination of Haber and Menaldo’s “Do Natural Resources Fuel Authoritarianism"

January 26, 2012

Abstract:   Haber and Menaldo (2011) claim there is little evidence that oil is harmful to democracy, and that previous studies to the contrary were corrupted by omitted variable bias.

Building a Rule of Law in Afghanistan

January 12, 2012

Karl Eikenberry is the Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University (FSI).   Within FSI he is an affiliated faculty member with the...

How Does Democracy Lead to Transparency?: Enacting Freedom of Information Laws around the World

November 17, 2011

Abstract That democratic governments tend to be more transparent than autocracies is a relatively well-established fact.

Reports from the Bleeding Edge: What Journalism in Syria, China and Iran tell us about Silicon Valley's Future

November 11, 2011

Abstract The Internet is now approaching near-ubiquity as a method for gathering, distributing and obtaining the news.

From conditionality to civil protest: the changing political dynamics in Africa

November 9, 2011

Joint Africa Table/CDDRL seminar Andrew M.

Digital Townhall from Cairo

April 4, 2011

Egyptian activists made history in February 2011 when they overturned a thirty-year dictatorship, in part thanks to their mastery of social media.

Sanela Diana Jenkins HR Series : The Justification of Human Rights

February 16, 2011

John Tasioulas joined the University of College London in January 2011 as the Quain Professor of Jurisprudence.

Sanela Diana Jenkins HR Series : Human Rights : Rhetoric or Reality?

February 9, 2011

Madeleine Rees qualified as a lawyer in 1990 and became a partner in a large law firm in the UK in 1994 specializing in discrimination law, particularly in the area of employment, and public and...

Economic Modernization in Late British India: Hindu-Muslim Differences

November 4, 2010

The Muslims of South Asia made the transition to modern economic life more slowly than the region’s Hindus.

Principle, Pragmatism or Prostitution? Speaking Human Rights to Global Finance

November 1, 2010

Professor David Kinley holds the Chair in Human Rights Law at University of Sydney, and is the Law Faculty's Associate-Dean (International).

Stressed by Strife: ASEAN from Pattaya to Preah Vihear

April 26, 2010

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is Asia’s most resilient regional organization.  Its ambitious new charter aims to foster, in a dynamic but disparate region, a triply integrated...

Participatory Development in East Africa's Largest Slum: The Carolina For Kibera Story

April 6, 2010

Carolina for Kibera (CFK) inspires and nurtures youth leaders in the slum of Kibera, Kenya through a unique model of participatory development.  CFK recognizes the youth of Kibera as resilient,...

Toleration and Politics

February 19, 2010

Daniel Markovits is Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He works in the philosophical foundations of private law, moral and political philosophy, and behavioral economics.

Does the Law Have a Sense of Humor?

February 11, 2010

Albie Sach’s career in human rights activism started at the age of seventeen, when as a second year law student at the University of Cape Town, he took part in the Defiance of Unjust Laws Campaign....

Explaining Vote Choice in Africa's Emerging Democracies

May 5, 2009

In this paper, we study the voting behavior of Africans in seven countries currently ranked as "free" by Freedom House International.

The European Union - entering the big league?

April 25, 2008

The European Union has been described as "an economic giant but a political pygmy".


Saumitra Jha Senior Fellow, FSI, Associate Professor of Political Economy, GSB