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 ever-threatening 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.

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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...

Draper Hills Summer Fellows Class of 2017

May 2017

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Tales of freedom and justice

September 2016

The 12th annual Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program gathered 25 democracy leaders from around the developing world for a three-week training program on democracy, good governance, and the rule of...

Introducing our 2016 Draper Hills Summer Fellows

May 2016

Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law is proud to announce the 2016 class of Draper Hills Summer Fellows who were selected for their outstanding contributions to...

Four social entrepreneurs to join Stanford research community this spring

March 2012

This spring four social entrepreneurs will be descending on the Stanford campus from as far away as Bosnia, Palestine, and Kenya and as close as San Francisco, to spend the quarter at CDDRL...

The Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program on Democracy and Development is now accepting applications for the Class of 2014

September 2010

Launched in 2005, the Draper Hills Summer Fellowship on Democracy and Development Program is a three-week executive education program that is hosted annually at Stanford University's Center on...

Rising international stars: 2010 Draper Hills Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development

July 2010

Rising leaders from a diverse group of nations in transition, including China, Russia, Ukraine, Syria, Iran, Pakistan, and Nigeria arrived on July 25 for a three-week seminar with Stanford faculty,...

CDDRL Hewlett Fellowships now accepting applications

November 2009

CDDRL is now accepting applications for the 2010-2011 Hewlett Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships. Application deadline is February 1, 2010.

Draper Hills Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development complete training

August 2009

Rising leaders from some of the world's most challenging nations, including China, Russia, Ukraine, Iraq, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, recently completed...

Joshua Cohen's Program on Global Justice joins Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL)

April 2009

The Program on Global Justice, which explores issues at the intersection of political norms and global political-economic realities, has joined CDDRL, Center Director Larry Diamond announced.

Decisive gifts enable summer fellows program to continue with bold vision

September 2008

With more than a million dollars in committed new funding, CDDRL's Stanford Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development marches into its fifth year with a sustainable future and also a new name:...

Larry Diamond appointed as FSI Senior Fellow

March 2008

Larry Diamond has been appointed as a Senior Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI).

Twenty-seven Stanford Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development announced for 2007

May 2007

The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University is pleased to announce its new class of Stanford Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development.

Bright young stars pursue democracy and development, at home and abroad

January 2007

In a 1999 article profiling six of "China's bright young stars," the New York Times described Junning Liu as "one of China's most influential liberal political thinkers." Today, sitting in a...

Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law: The New Wave

April 2006

Interest in democracy, economic development, and the rule of law is clearly on the rise.