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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.

Other Publications

The Peace Train Leaves The Station

March 2018

In a flurry of developments that left experts stunned, the long-stalled Korean peace train has suddenly left the station.

Shorenstein APARC Center Overview 2016-17

March 2018

Shorenstein APARC's annual overview for academic year 2016-17, "Uncertain Times," is now available.Download it below for information on major Center events of the the past academic year, like the...

ASEAN @ 50, Southeast Asia @ Risk: What Should Be Done?

January 2018

In October 2017, twenty-two scholars from eight countries attended a workshop titled “ASEAN @ 50, Southeast Asia @ Risk: What should be done?” The workshop was designed to facilitate a frank and...


Members of U.S. Congress Meet with Stanford Scholars to Discuss North Korea

March 2018

Under the guidance of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program, thirteen members of Congress convened at Stanford University from March 2-5 to discuss policy options regarding the current North...

Stanford Scholar Discusses China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative

March 2018

"Xi Jinping now owns the idea [of the One Belt One Road Initiative]....It has now been writen into China’s constitution; its identified with him… If it works, he gets credit; if it doesn't get work...

Japan-Korea Relations 20 Years after the Kim-Obuchi Summit

March 2018

“…factually Japan has made many apologies; but many Koreans and Chinese at the same time feel that those apologies have not been sincere.


Does the Artifitial Intelligence Help the Japanese Labor Markets?

March 22, 2018

The event is jointly sponsored by the Japan Program at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.  Since Frey and Osborne showed that 47%...

The U.S.-Indian Partnership: A Linchpin for Asian Peace and Prosperity

March 22, 2018

No longer "estranged democracies," relations between the United States and India have been on a steady upward trajectory in recent years, though at times have fallen short of the lofty expectations...

AIIB After Two Years

March 22, 2018

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) commenced operations on January 16, 2016. The Bank has approved 24 projects totaling US$4.26 billion to date.


An Expanding Toolkit: The Evolution of Governance in China

China has undergone historic economic, social and cultural transformations since its Opening and Reform.

India Colloquia 2017-2018

*/ In 2016, the Walter H.

China: Going Global

Beijing’s new Silk Road initiative links old trade corridors from Asia to Africa and Europe.


A Conversation with the Author of "Superficial Korea"

October 2017

Dafna Zur, assistant professor of East Asian Language and Cultures at Stanford University, leads a discussion of Superficial Korea, a book by Gi-Wook Shin, professor of sociology and Shorenstein APARC director, which was recently published in...

U.S., China and Russia: Relations between the World's Great Powers

July 2017

Video from the Richard Nixon Foundation panel discussion, "U.S., China and Russia: Relations between the World's Great Powers," on July 27, 2017 with Karl Eikenberry, Thomas Fingar, David Holloway and Kathryn Stoner.

The North Korea Crisis

June 2017

Video and transcript from the joint CISAC/Shorenstein APARC panel discussion, "The North Korea Crisis," on May 30, 2017, with James Person, director of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation at the Center for Korean History and Public Policy; Gi-Wook...


Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Elin Matsumae Research Assistant
Yu Jin Woo Research Scholar
Kanetaka M. Maki Research Associate, Japan Program
Joyce Lee Research Professional
Samantha Vortherms Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow 2017-18
Natt Hongdilokkul Developing Asia Health Policy Postdoctoral Fellow, 2017-18
Ashton Seung Cho Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow, 2017-18
Hitoshi Sato Visiting Scholar
Song Yuan Visiting Scholar