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.

Recent Events

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Authoritarian Regimes React to Recent Challenges to Democracy in the U.S.

June 10, 2020

As street protests in the U.S. grew in strength in support of racial justice, authoritarian regimes around the world offered their own interpretations of events to their people back home.

POSTPONED: Do Programmatic Policies Always Win Votes? Evidence from Education Reforms in Tanzania

May 14, 2020

Abstract:Do programmatic policies always yield electoral rewards?

European Elections and Party Advertisements in the Digital Age

March 30, 2020

Speaker Bio: Laura Jakli is a Pre-doctoral Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, and a Ph.D.

Universality to Plurality: Values in Japanese Foreign Policy

March 30, 2020

Speaker Bio:Maiko Ichihara is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Law and the School of International and Public Policy at Hitotsubashi University, Japan, and a Visiting Scholar at the...

Lunch Seminar Series | Protecting Electoral Integrity in the Digital Age: The Report of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age

February 25, 2020

Join Stephen Stedman, Nathaniel Persily, the Cyber Policy Center, and the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) in an enlightening exploration of the recent report,...

Globalization, International Norms and Capacity Building

February 20, 2020

Abstract:At any given moment there are hundreds of international negotiations being undertaken in numerous institutions and forums, touching upon every legal and social aspect, including cyber,...

CANCELED: Deliberative democracy and Constitutional amendment in Mongolia

February 13, 2020

 CANCELLED Moderator:  Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow, Center on Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law (CDDRL)Comments: James Fishkin, Director of Stanford's Center for Deliberative Democracy ...

Putin vs. The Internet

February 6, 2020

This event is co-sponsored with the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/cPaeCJiRWuM About this Event: In 2011, the impact of the Arab Spring...

Resurrecting Compliance in Assessing Law’s Impact on Behavior

February 6, 2020

Abstract:Legal compliance has gotten a bad rap in international relations research.

Justice as Checks and Balances: Indigenous Claims in the Courts of Colonial Mexico

January 30, 2020

Abstract:Why did colonial powers establish courts to address Indigenous grievances?

Information Session - Fisher Family CDDRL Honors Program

January 18, 2020

This event is open to Stanford undergraduate students only.  The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) will be accepting applications from eligible juniors on who are...

State Capture in China?

October 17, 2019

Abstract:The dynamic game between political and business elites in both democratic and non-democratic countries has received much attention since the rise of the super-rich in global politics.

30 Years on From the Velvet Revolutions of 1989: Time For a New Liberation?

August 30, 2019

WE HAVE REACHED VENUE CAPACITYREGISTRATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTEDPLEASE CHECK BACK FOR VIDEO/LIVE STREAM OF THIS EVENT30 years ago, communist rule ended across central Europe in a dramatic...

Ill Winds: Book Launch and Discussion with Larry Diamond

May 20, 2019

Please join Larry Diamond, Senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs and the Hoover Institution for the launch of his latest book, "Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from...

Cosmopolitanism and the Crisis of Social Identity

May 9, 2019

Abstract:The recent surge in nationalism and tribalism brings renewed salience to questions of identity within and across borders.

Venezuela's Crisis: Chávez, Maduro and Beyond?

April 18, 2019

Abstract:Venezuela finds itself mired in an unprecedented economic and political crisis.

Getting China Right: Reassessing Chinese Power and U.S. Policy in Asia

February 25, 2019

 EMERGING ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY ASIAA Special Seminar SeriesRSVP required by February 22, 2019 at: https://goo.gl/forms/ZCwcHC0qTec2rzj63VALID STANFORD ID CARD MUST BE PRESENTED UPON ARRIVAL...

Not Always Stand Divided: Islamists and Secular Rivals in Tunisia

February 21, 2019

This event is co-sponsored with The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.Abstract:Why were Islamists less polarizing in Tunisia than their counterparts in Egypt after the downfall of the autocratic...

Defending Free Assembly in the Digital World: A Roundtable with the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly and Association

January 28, 2019

Stanford’s Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the HANDA Center for Human Rights and International Justice, UC...

Myth-making as Nation-building in Contemporary Russia

January 24, 2019

Abstract:Ever since the Millennium Message, Putin's first presidential speech on January 1, 2000, the Kremlin's political architects have cultivated a narrative of Russia as a unique nation on a...

Information Session - Fisher Family CDDRL Honors Program

January 18, 2019

This event is open to Stanford undergraduate students only.  The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is currently accepting applications from eligible juniors due February...

Domination and Resistance: The State and University in Post-Revolutionary Iran

December 6, 2018

Abstract:The Islamization of universities has been the cornerstone of the Iranian regime’s higher educational policy since its ascent to power in 1979.

Indonesia: Democratic Hopes, Institutional Woes

December 6, 2018

Co-sponsored by the Southeast Asia Program andthe Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law Indonesia features Southeast Asia’s most vibrant and dynamic democracy, but debilitating...

Special Nov. 28 Event: Russia's Latest Attack on Ukraine, What does it mean for Ukraine and for the West?

November 28, 2018

On November 25, Russian border patrol ships rammed a Ukrainian naval tug and then fired upon and seized it along with two Ukrainian gunboats that were legally attempting to pass through the Kerch...

People

krasner Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
blaydes2 Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
jerry kaplan headshot 7 Jerry Kaplan Lecturer, CDDRL, Research Affiliate, CDDRL
Fearon James James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Larry Diamond hs Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Martinezweb Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
chonira Chonira Aturupane Senior Research Scholar, Associate Director for Academic and Student Affairs, Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy
michael mcfaul 2 Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
weinstein Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
yff 2013 3281 med Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
lanhee chen 2017 headshot reduced size Lanhee J. Chen Affiliate at the Center on Democracy Development and the Rule of Law
jensen Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Professor of the Practice, Law