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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.

Scholarly Publications

Renegotiating the World Order: Institutional Change in International Relations

June 2017

Rising powers often seek to reshape the world order, triggering confrontations with those who seek to defend the status quo.

Divergent Memories: Opinion Leaders and the Asia-Pacific War

July 2016

No nation is free from the charge that it has a less-than-complete view of the past.

Implementing Structural Reforms in Abenomics: How to Reduce the Cost of Doing Business in Japan

August 2015

Improving the environment for business is an important part of the growth strategy of Abenomics.

Other Publications

Is the War Danger in Korea Real?

August 2017

President Donald Trump's ominous threat to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea succeeded at least in garnering the attention of not only Kim Jong Un but the globe.

The North Korean Missile Test Pushes Xi and Putin Closer

July 2017

The most dangerous impact of North Korea’s long-range missile test this past week may not have been the one in the Sea of Japan, felt in Washington, Seoul and Tokyo.

Surviving the Trump-Moon Summit

July 2017

In the days leading up to the Washington summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump, the tension in Seoul was hard to escape.

News

Abe Fellows Global Forum: Confronting Climate Change

October 2017

The Japan Program hosted the Abe Fellows Global Forum, “Confronting Climate Change: What Can the U.S.

The folly of UNESCO withdrawal

October 2017

Phillip Lipscy examines Trump administration's decision to withdraw U.S. membership from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in an article in The Hill.

Call for applications: 2018-19 Postdoctoral fellowship in contemporary Asia

September 2017

The Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) at Stanford is now accepting applications for the Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellowship in Contemporary Asia, an opportunity made available to two...

Events

Migration Policymaking in Japan: Does Citizenship Law Matter?

January 11, 2018

Japan is commonly regarded as a country that is closed against migrants. It does not allow their entries in a large size, granting restricted rights.

Circles of Compensation: Economic Growth and the Globalization of Japan

January 11, 2018

Japan grew explosively and consistently for more than a century, from the Meiji Restoration until the collapse of the economic bubble in the early 1990s.

JSPS Fellowships for Research in Japan: Information Session for Stanford University Scholars

December 11, 2017

JSPS Fellowships for Research in Japan: Information Session for Stanford University ScholarsThe Japan Society for the Promotion of Science offers fully funded fellowships to scholars with excellent...

Multimedia

Policy Challenges of Financing Longevity: Perspectives from Japan and the United States

May 2017

Video and transcript from the panel discussion, "Policy Challenges of Financing Longevity: Perspectives from Japan and the United States," on April 24, 2017, with presentations from Hirotaka Unami, senior director for policy planning and research...

One Year After Japan’s 3/11 Disaster: Reforming Japan’s Energy Sector, Governance, and Economy

August 2016

Videos and presentations from the conference "One Year After Japan’s 3/11 Disaster:  Reforming Japan’s Energy Sector,  Governance, and Economy" on Feb. 27, 2012.

Masahiko Aoki Memorial Conference

March 2016

Videos and transcripts from the four sessions at "Masahiko Aoki Memorial Conference," an event held in honor of the late Masahiko Aoki.

People

Takeo Hoshi Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Finance
Phillip Lipscy Center Fellow Assistant Professor, Political Science
Kenji E. Kushida Research Scholar
Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Fellow, S-APARC, Core faculty, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Kanetaka M. Maki Research Associate, Japan Program
Yu Jin Woo Research Scholar
Daniel C. Sneider Visiting Scholar
Meiko Kotani Administrative Associate, Japan Program
Amanda Stoeckicht Administrative Associate, Japan Program