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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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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.

The Trump Tower Peace Theory

June 2017

President Donald Trump ascended to office with an estimated $3.5 billion of personal wealth tied up in his global real estate empire.

South Korea Votes for Change: What It Means for the United States

May 2017

President-elect Moon has gained office riding a wave of demand for social justice and a reform of democratic governance in South Korea.

Changing the Script at Mar-a-Lago

April 2017

Two events - the U.S.

President Trump's Asia Inbox

February 2017

Scholars at Stanford's Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies assess the strategic situation in East Asia to be unsettled, unstable, and...

Donald Trump's Trade Policy: Back to The Future

January 2017

If you want to understand the trade and industrial policy that President Donald Trump is now going to pursue, simply jump into a DeLorean time machine with Marty McFly and go back to 1985.

The Repudiation of American Internationalism and What It Means for Japan

November 2016

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has apparently decided to hold an urgent meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in New York, on his way to the Asia Pacific Economic summit in Peru.

A Silk Road for the Twenty-First Century?

November 2016

In an analysis piece for CSIS, Shorenstein APARC Distinguished Fellow Thomas Fingar examines the geopolitical, economic and developmental considerations of Xi Jinping's call for China and the...

The Logic of North Korea's Nuclear Test

September 2016

It is tempting to characterize the recent round of North Korea missile and nuclear tests as only the latest example of the provocative behavior of its brash young leader, Kim Jong Un.

Sunnylands or Rancho Mirage? ASEAN and the South China Sea

February 2016

Writing for YaleGlobal Online, Donald Emmerson examines outcomes of the U.S.-Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit that took place at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California,...

Shinzo Abe and the Reality of Japanese Democracy

August 2015

Writing for the National Bureau of Asian Research, Daniel Sneider examines Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent attempts to revise Japan’s defense guidelines.

The United States and China: Same Bed, Different Dreams, Shared Destiny

April 2015

In the third annual Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Memorial Lecture on U.S.-East Asia Relations, Thomas Fingar, Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International...

“Critical Engagement”: British Policy toward the DPRK

April 2015

"'Critical Engagement': British Policy toward the DPRK" examines the United Kingdom's policy toward the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

North Korean Human Rights: A Long Journey with Little Progress

March 2015

"North Korean Human Rights: A Long Journey with Little Progress" examines human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea) and the approaches that the European Union...

Tailored Engagement: Toward an Effective and Sustainable Inter-Korean Relations Policy

September 2014

"Tailored Engagement" is a result of research and an earlier report by faculty members and researchers at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) at Stanford University.

Japan-Korea Relations: Time for U.S. Intervention?

January 2014

Daniel Sneider writes that relations between South Korea and Japan have noticeably deteriorated in the past few months.

Regional Efforts to Advance Democracy and Human Rights in Asia: APID, the PG20, and a Possible GGAIN

November 2012

In a November 2012 issue brief published by the ASAN Institute for Policy Studies, Donald K. Emmerson examines Asia-Pacific organizations working to promote democracy and human rights in Asia.

Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis

November 2012

SummaryClimate change can reasonably be expected to increase the frequency and intensity of a variety of potentially disruptive environmental events-slowly at first, but then more quickly.

“New Beginnings” in the U.S.-ROK Alliance: Recommendations to the Obama Administration (October 2011)

October 2011

Stanford University’s Walter H.

How China views US nuclear policy

May 2011

Article Highlights Although Chinese academics and military officers praised some aspects of the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review, they continue to view US nuclear policy with suspicion.

''New Beginnings'' in the U.S.-ROK Alliance: Recommendations to the Obama Administration (released in 2010)

May 2010

Between 2009 and 2010, major new developments in and around the Korean Peninsula profoundly affected the context of U.S.-South Korean relations. The global economy, led by Northeast Asia, began...

''New Beginnings'' in the U.S.-ROK Alliance: Recommendations to the Obama Administration

March 2009

In these uncertain times, the new Obama administration has an important opportunity to transform our vitally important alliance with the Republic of Korea (ROK, or South Korea) into a broader and...

People

Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Takeo Hoshi Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Finance
Xueguang Zhou Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Karen Eggleston Senior Fellow
Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Phillip Lipscy Center Fellow Assistant Professor, Political Science
Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Fellow, S-APARC, Affiliate, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Kenji E. Kushida Research Scholar, Japan Program
Kanetaka M. Maki Research Associate, Japan Program
Hyun Seung Cho Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow, 2017-18
Samantha Vortherms Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow 2017-18
Hiroto Akai Corporate Affiliate Visiting Fellow, 2017-18, Ministry of Finance - Japan