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 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.

Recent Events

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The Effects of Indonesia's Conditional Cash Transfer Program

May 8, 2014

This study analyzes the effects of Indonesia's conditional cash transfer program on the local health care market in terms of price, utilization, and quality of care.

Why Do Parents Abort Girls? Patrilocality and Its Historical Origin

January 15, 2014

Co-sponsored by the Stanford Center for International Development Recent scholarship has documented an alarming increase in the sex ratio at birth in parts of East Asia, South Asia and the Caucuses...

NHI Reform in Taiwan: Recent Developments

October 14, 2013

Co-sponsored by the Center of East Asian Studies, Stanford University Prominent health policy expert—Rachel Lu from Taiwan—will share her view on recent health policy developments in the region,...

The Impact of Migration on the Sending Country: Evidence from the Philippines

May 9, 2013

More than 215 million people—approximately 3% of the world’s population—now live outside their country of birth (United Nations, 2009).

The Impact of Water Quality on Health and Youth Education in Rural China

January 30, 2013

Providing people with safe drinking water is one of the most important health-related infrastructure programs in the world.

Battle Against HIV/AIDS in Cambodia: Successes and Challenges

May 21, 2012

More than two decades have passed since the first case of HIV infection was detected in Cambodia in 1991.

Patterns of Elderly Life Expectancy in Three Chinese Cities: Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei

April 30, 2012

Life expectancy at aged 65 is remarkably similar in the three Chinese cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Taipei, even though the cities differ in levels of socioeconomic development, health systems...

Critical Industry Studies in Cigarette Production Before, During, and After “Liberation”

March 26, 2012

Historians, health policy specialists, sociologists, anthropologists, business scholars, and other experts will meet Mar.

The Growth of Private Hospitals and Public-Private Partnerships in Asia: Good or Bad for Health?

February 13, 2012

This colloquium will discuss the state of evidence, challenges, and research agenda regarding the growth of private hospitals and public-private hospital partnerships in developing Asia.

A Mechanism for Promoting Comparative Health Policy Research in the Asia-Pacific Region

October 20, 2011

The Asia Pacific Observatory (APO) on Health Systems and Policies was established in June 2011.

Health, Gender, and Migrant Workers in China

April 21, 2011

This colloquium will feature presentations by two visiting scholars from China. First, Dr. Huijun Liu will present research on health risks associated with gender imbalance in China.

Asian Biotech: Ethics and Communities of Fate

February 3, 2011

Asian Biotech:  Ethics and Communities of Fate is the title of a new book that Prof. Ong has co-edited with Nancy N.

Comparative Policy Responses to Demographic Change in East Asia: Defining a Research Agenda

January 20, 2011

Demographic changes are profoundly shaping the political, economic, and social landscape of the Asia-Pacific region. How have individuals, families, communities, and policymakers responded?

Declining Fertility and Investment in Children: The Quality-Quantity Trade-off in Japan and East Asia

January 19, 2011

Professor Ogawa will present recent work on declining fertility and the rising cost of children in East Asian countries, using measures of investment per child from the National Transfer Accounts...

Economic and Social Implications of Population Aging in Asia

October 12, 2010

How will population aging impact the economies and social protection systems of Japan, South Korea, China, and India?

Strict Liability for Medical Malpractice? The Impact of Increasing Malpractice Liability on Obstetrician Behavior in Taiwan

April 22, 2010

The extent and existence of "defensive medicine" -- excessive medical care to defend a physician against malpractice claims -- is a perennial subject of both policy and academic debate.  For...

The Health Policy Environment in Vietnam: Observations from an Outside Insider

February 25, 2010

The health sector's successes in Vietnam have been described as "legendary" by international donors, but there is always the other side of the story.

Grassroots Empowerment: Can Models from India Spark a Revolution in Healthcare Delivery in China?

January 14, 2010

In the four years since a State Council think tank, the Development Research Center, bluntly declared the failure of three decades of healthcare reform, China has placed a high political priority...

Thailand's Universal Coverage System and Preliminary Evaluation of its Success

October 15, 2009

Thailand introduced a universal coverage program in 2001. This program is commonly known as a "30 Baht Health Reform," adding coverage for nearly 14 million more people.

Prescribing Cultures and Pharmaceutical Policy in the Asia-Pacific: A Book Launch Event

September 23, 2009

Pharmaceutical policies are interlinked globally, yet deeply rooted in local culture.

Health Care Reform Under Progressive Governments in Korea; and Late Life Inequality in Health, Work, and Economic Resources in Korea

May 7, 2009

This talk will combine presentations on the health and economic well-being of the elderly in Korea, and an attempt to evaluate the impact of health policy under a decade of progressive governments...

Changes in Taiwan's Cigarette Market After the US Forced It Open

April 23, 2009

The stated purpose of the Trade Act of 1974 was to promote free trade. Section 301 authorized the U.S.

Fast Forward: Uncertainties, Risks and Opportunities of Rapid Aging in China, Japan, and Korea

February 27, 2009

An innovative, invitation-only scenario planning exercise designed to develop a broader understanding of how population aging could affect the social, cultural, economic, and security futures of...