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FSI's research on the origins, character and consequences of government institutions spans continents and academic disciplines. The institute’s senior fellows and their colleagues across Stanford examine the principles of public administration and implementation. Their work focuses on how maternal health care is delivered in rural China, how public action can create wealth and eliminate poverty, and why U.S. immigration reform keeps stalling. Looking more broadly at these issues, FSI’s Governance Project works on measuring the quality of governance and assessing a country’s ability to deliver public services.

FSI’s work includes comparative studies of how institutions help resolve policy and societal issues. Scholars aim to clearly define and make sense of the rule of law, examining how it is invoked and applied around the world. One project explores how authoritarian and democratic regimes can encourage or suppress economic development. Meanwhile, the European Governance project looks at governance issues on a single continent.

FSI researchers also investigate government services – trying to understand and measure how they work, whom they serve and how good they are. They assess energy services aimed at helping the poorest people around the world and explore public opinion on torture policies. The Children in Crisis project addresses how child health interventions interact with political reform. Specific research on governance, organizations and security capitalizes on FSI's longstanding interests and looks at how governance and organizational issues affect a nation’s ability to address security and international cooperation.

Recent Other Publications

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Americans and Their Military, Drifting Apart

May 2013

Stanford's Karl Eikenberry and David Kennedy discuss the implications of America's switch to an all-volunteer force.

Crowdsourcing for Democracy: New Era in Policy-Making

December 2012

By drawing on several cases around the world, this book illuminates the role of crowdsourcing in policy-making.

La Geografía Electoral de 2012 (México)

October 2012

On July 1, over 50 million Mexicans went to the polls to elect the next President of the Republic.

Stop Ignoring Taiwan

May 2012

In an article for Foreign Policy, Karl Eikenberry makes the case for the United States to invigorate its relations with Taiwan and outlines the work needed to make this a reality and stabilize...

Necessary Risks: How a New U.S. Administration Can (Finally) Give Us the Middle East Policy We Need

October 2008

At the root of current Middle Eastern foreign policy debates on topics ranging from Iran to Iraq to Israel, is a more fundamental challenge for American policy makers: how to combat the general...

U.S.-Russia Relations in the Aftermath of the Georgia Crisis

September 2008

Russia's invasion of Georgia last month seriously undermined peace and security in Europe for the first time in years.

Strategic Leadership: Framework for a 21st Century National Security Strategy

July 2008

The next president of the United States must forge a new national security strategy in a world marked by enormous tumult and change and at a time when America's international standing and strategic...

New Day New Way: U.S. Foreign Assistance for the 21st Century

June 2008

U.S. foreign assistance—the rationale behind it, the amount we give, its orientation and organization—has changed dramatically in the last decade.

The Fear Factor: Putin's Political Legacy

March 2008

Yes, the Putin era was good for most Russians. But it could have been better. Russia's presidential vote on March 2 will be the least competitive election in Russia's post-Soviet history.

The Right Way to Engage Iran

December 2007

Small Democratic Step

December 2007

Excerpt For the last eight years of Vladimir Putin's presidency, friends of mine who either worked for or were simply sympathetic to the Kremlin have argued at various times that Russia was a ...

New Russia, new threat

September 2007

A Diplomatic Offensive for Iraq

June 2007

While the debate to "surge" or "withdraw" troops continues, Larry Diamond, Coordinator of the Democracy Program at CDDRL, along with Carlos Pascual, writes on the need for a diplomatic strategy to...

Russia: Rebuilding the Iron Curtain

May 2007

As an eternal optimist, I have for decades been one of those who believed that Russia could make the transition from communism to democracy, a development which in turn would help to integrate...

Should Democracy Be Promoted or Demoted?

January 2007

Francis Fukuyama and Michael McFaul present an argument for continued American efforts to promote democracy and a plan to strengthen policy tools for those efforts.

U.S. Policy on Human Rights in Russia

February 2006

Now, the Russian government's s retreat from democracy, as well as its actions to undermine human rights protections have become regular topics in Washington, therefore our topic could not be more...

American Interests and UN Reform: Report of the Task Force on the United Nations

June 2005

This report on the United Nations is a call for action. It is a call for concrete action now. In December 2004, the U.S.

Democracy and Human Development in the Broader Middle East: A Transatlantic Strategy for Partnership

December 2004

The report presented here is the result of several months of meetings and debate.

Re-engaging Russia and Russians: A New Agenda for American Foreign Policy

October 2004

U.S.-Russian relations are adrift. After a promising start, George W.

Russia's Transition to Democracy and U.S.-Russia Relations: Unfinished Business

September 2003

... Our hearing today is also intended to look at the current United States-Russia relationship.

Real Putin, The

July 2003

Who is Vladimir Putin?

How to Look Credible in Promoting Liberty

June 2003

George W. Bush wants Americans and the world to believe that the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime two months ago represented a defeat for tyranny and a victory for liberty.

How to Reinvigorate the Relationship

May 2003

To most analysts of international affairs, whether based in London, Moscow or Washington, President Vladimir Putin's behavior during the run up to the U.S.-led war in Iraq was very predictable....

People

Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Kathryn Stoner Deputy Director, Senior Fellow
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
David Holloway, CISAC David Holloway Senior Fellow Professor, History, Professor, Political Science
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Saumitra Jha Senior Fellow, FSI, Associate Professor of Political Economy, GSB
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law