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"China Daily" features Stanford research efforts in Zouping

News / March 7, 2016

China Daily has featured a longstanding Stanford research project described as instrumental towards the normalization of U.S. relations with China during the Carter administration.

Led by late professor Michel Oksenberg, a China expert who also served on the U.S. National Security Council, the project sought to examine the workings of the local government, economy and social structure of Zouping, a county in northern China. Between 1987 and 1991, the project brought more than eighty U.S. academics to that area.

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FSI scholars visit US Pacific Command Headquarters

News / February 17, 2016

Seventeen faculty members and researchers from Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies were hosted at U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) Headquarters in Hawaii for an intensive orientation on Feb. 4-5. The visit aimed to advance collaboration and to offer a deeper understanding of USPACOM’s operations to Stanford scholars who study international security and Asia.

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China’s one-child policy shift is a step forward in bigger population challenge

News / December 17, 2015

China announced plans to discontinue its “one-child policy” in October, relaxing over three decades of controversial family planning policies and changing to a universal two-child policy. This new policy is a step forward, but China’s population aging and gender imbalance will create challenges for decades, according to a leading Stanford health researcher.

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FSI scholars offer insight on historic China-Taiwan talks

Q&A / December 3, 2015

In the wake of the recent historic meeting of the leaders of China and Taiwan, the Stanford News Service asked two of the university's Asia experts about the aftermath of that meeting and its possible effects on political relations between the two countries, the military situation and Taiwan's Jan. 16 presidential and parliamentary elections.

The first presidential meeting between the leaders of the communist mainland and the democratic island, split by civil war in 1949, was held in early November on neutral territory in Singapore.

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Stanford scholars offer key takeaways from Xi's US visit

Q&A / September 28, 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the United States last week for his first state visit. Maintaining a busy schedule, Xi met with President Obama at the White House, technology leaders in Seattle and the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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Call for applications: Postdoctoral fellowship in contemporary Asia

News / September 21, 2015

The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) at Stanford University is now accepting applications for the Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellowship in Contemporary Asia, an opportunity made available to two junior scholars for research and writing on Asia.

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Gi-Wook Shin reappointed as Center director

News / September 1, 2015

Stanford professor Gi-Wook Shin has been reappointed for another term as the director of Stanford's Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC), from July 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2019. The announcement was made yesterday in an email.

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In the NYTimes, Andrew Walder talks China under Mao

Q&A / July 28, 2015

Stanford sociologist Andrew Walder spoke with Ian Johnson of the New York Times about his new book, China Under Mao: A Revolution Derailed. Featured in a Q&A, Walder argues that Mao Zedong led Communist China based more on a simplistic understanding of Stalinist ideology than on a new vision. Walder also compares Mao and current president Xi Jinping.

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China's Communist Party schools are opening to Western styles of education

News / July 27, 2015

China's Communist Party academies are drawing upon new ideas from formerly taboo places like business schools in the United States and Europe and sending delegations to absorb lessons from around the world, a Stanford scholar writes in a new book.

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Stanford experts offer insight on China's stock market dive

News / July 13, 2015

China's tight control over its economy is one reason why it is facing an economic slowdown of global implications, Stanford scholars say.

China's stock market fall is now in its third week, and share prices have lost a third of their value since mid-June, though the market is still higher than a year ago. China has the world's second-largest economy, with deep financial links to the United States.

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At Stanford, UN leader calls for global action

News / June 28, 2015

The United Nations has thus far fulfilled its charter to prevent a third world war, but with 60 million refugees, continued bloodshed with unresolved civil conflicts and terrorism spreading like cancer, the world's leading peacekeeping organization must spearhead global action, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday at Stanford on the 70th anniversary of the international organization.

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Mao left China backward but, ironically, ready for reform

News / May 6, 2015

The damage that Mao Zedong wrought in China made it much easier for that country to move away from a Soviet-style economic model and toward a new market-oriented one, a Stanford scholar says.

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Political disruptions generated economic collapses in post-communist states

News / April 13, 2015

Political fragmentation early on exacerbated the post-communist economic transitions in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, new Stanford research shows.

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Stanford scholars talk APEC 2014

Commentary / November 13, 2014

Asia-Pacific leaders recently met in Beijing at the annual APEC summit, and after two days of discussion, concluded with some significant pledges and remarkable moments. President Xi Jinping of China and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan held a landmark meeting, and the United States and China discussed two agreements that are both symbolic, and lay groundwork for regional progress, say Stanford scholars.

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Fingar challenges geopolitical myths about East Asia, calls for greater cooperation

News / October 17, 2014
Perception can often trump facts in politics, and the topic of security in East Asia isn’t exempt from this reality, exemplified by the dominance of China’s “rise” and Japan’s “ramped up” defense posture in current policy debates. Yet, those dynamics create a need as well as an opportunity for increased multilateral engagement, says Thomas Fingar, the Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
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Call for applications: Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellowship in Contemporary Asia

News / October 2, 2014

 

The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University is pleased to announce its search for two 2015–16 Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellows in Contemporary Asia. The award will be given to two junior scholars, who have completed their Ph.D. (with degree conferral and approval by August 31, 2015).

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Shorenstein APARC names new China Program associate director

News / September 12, 2014

Charlotte Lee has been named the associate director of the China Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, assuming the position in Sept. 2014.

In this new position, Lee will oversee implementation of China Program research projects and activities, including developing its seminar series and student programs.

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Shorenstein APARC changes program names

News / September 10, 2014

The Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) at Stanford University formally changed many of its program names in tandem with the website project led by our parent organization, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

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FSI fellow underscores importance of foreign area studies

News / August 12, 2014
In a recent speech, Thomas Fingar, the Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow at FSI, says foreign area and language studies programs serve to train a globally competent citizenry able to address today's transnational challenges. The longevity of those programs is imperative, he says.
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Fingar outlines context of US-China alliance

News / August 7, 2014
Thomas Fingar, the Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow at FSI, discusses the U.S.-China alliance in a recent Q&A with the Global Times. He says the United States often bears the brunt of costs associated with its collective security arrangements.
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