Society

Society

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.

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Stanford Experts Publish Recommendations to Safeguard Democratic Elections Around the World

February 2020

A Q&A with Professor Stephen Stedman, who serves as the Secretary General of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age.Stephen Stedman, a Senior Fellow at the...

A Season of Caesars

December 2019

"Ideologically, today’s autocrats are a more motley and pragmatic crew.

The Impeachment Conundrum

November 2019

The Democrats are facing a dilemma: If they defend democratic norms by acting to remove President Trump from office, they risk getting dragged into a polarizing style of politics that works to his...

Can Egypt’s Democratic Hopes Be Revived?

November 2019

In today’s Egypt, commitment to democracy appears scarce among actors both within the regime and in civil society, and public-opinion polls further suggest that demands for democratic governance...

Macron versus the Yellow Vests

October 2019

Since November 2018, a grassroots revolt of the forgotten lower middle classes from France’s far-flung suburbs and rural areas has risen against high taxes; social injustice; and the elites,...

ARD Conference Examines Authoritarian Upgrading, Popular Uprisings and Foreign Interventions in the Middle East

October 2019

CDDRL’s Program on Arab Reform and Democracy held its annual conference at Stanford University on October 11 and 12, titled “The Struggle for Political Change in the Arab World.” The conference is...

America in One Room

October 2019

Are we really more divided than ever, politically? The results of 'America in One Room' show we're not.

What Does Dignity Have to Do with Liberal Democracy? Listen Now

September 2019

Liberal democracy is being challenged by populist nationalist leaders and they’re fanning the flames of identity politics.

Draper Hills 2019 Summer Fellows Reflect on Activism, Democracy and the Importance of Collaboration

August 2019

Every summer, the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program brings together international leaders who are pioneering new approaches to advance social and political change in some of the most challenging...

PODCAST: China and the Global Challenges to Democracy: A Conversation with Larry Diamond

April 2019

In this episode of the Power 3.0 podcast, Larry Diamond discusses the Chinese Communist Party's range of influence and interference in activities that target the public, civic, and social...

Foreign governments are fed up with social media - and threatening prison for tech employees

April 2019

Eileen Donahoe discusses the likely implications of government regulations a foreseeable criminal consequences on big tech companies in the piece by David Ingram for NBC News.   Read it here.

The Machines That Will Read Your Mind

April 2019

Jerry Kaplan discusses in The Wall Street Journal the emergence of even more sophisticated brain scans that are combining with artificial intelligence to produce tools that can track thoughts, test...

PODCAST: So what is RT exactly?

April 2019

Global Digital Policy Incubator’s Associate Director for Research, Megan Metzger, was on the Stats + Stories podcast speaking about RT news online, and how it fits into the Russian state’s...

VIDEO: Why the rise of populist nationalism is dangerous - Francis Fukuyama

March 2019

Francis Fukuyama tells News24 how the rise of populism – also in South Africa – might impact society in future.Watch it here.

VIDEO: Francis Fukuyama: This is what SA must do to recover and thrive

March 2019

Francis Fukuyama tells News24 that South Africa must ensure that its institutions are protected and remain committed to its constitution if it is to overcome the last decade and become competitive...

BOOK REVIEW: A Grand Fresco: The Origins of Political Order

March 2019

Global Inequality reviews Francis Fukuyama's book, "The Origins of Political Order."Read it here.

Identity Politics – The Demand for Dignity and the Nation State’s Future

March 2019

Watch Francis Fukuyama's lecture he gave in Vienna in March, 2019 on Identity and the Nation State’s Future as part of The ERSTE Foundation Tipping Point Talks 2019. Full video here.

REVIEW: Francis Fukuyama at deBalie in Amsterdam

March 2019

ArtsTalk Magazine reviews Francis Fukuyama's lecture at deBalie in Amsterdam and his discussion of the tension between dignity and democracy.Read it here.

LECTURE: Francis Fukuyama on Identity Politics: The Demand for Dignity and the Nation State's Future

March 2019

Watch a livestream of Francis Fukuyama's lecture given on Thursday, March 7th at the ERSTE Foundation's Tipping Point Talks of 2019. Watch it here.

The Long Freedom Slump

February 2019

Larry Diamond explains to the American Interest that while democracy is not declining, developing countries are taking a turn for the worse. Read it here.

PODCAST: Francis Fukuyama on Identity Politics

February 2019

The Partially Examined Life interviews Francis Fukuyama on his 2018 book 'Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment.Listen to part one here. 

Against Identity Politics

February 2019

Francis Fukuyama explains to Foreign Affairs that identity politics are the "New Tribalism and the Crisis of Democracy." Read it here.

Stacey Abrams Debates Francis Fukuyama on Identity Politics

February 2019

Stacey Abrams tells Francis Fukuyama that identity politics actually strengthen democracy. Read it here. 

A Hinge in History?

January 2019

Larry Diamond writes in the American Interest that we are living in dangerous times and may be on the brink of a domestic constitutional crisis. Read it here.

People

Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Hesham Sallam Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director and Research Associate, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Professor of the Practice, Law
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Abbas Milani Adjunct Professor Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Senior Fellow , Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Lanhee J. Chen Affiliate at the Center on Democracy Development and the Rule of Law
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Matthew Kohrman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Associate Professor, Anthropology
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
John Meyer Professor, Sociology, Emeritus