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.

Scholarly Publications

The PLA’s Evolving Role in China’s South China Sea Strategy

December 2020

During the past eight months of the global COVID pandemic, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been active in promoting China’s claims in the South China Sea.  This essay evaluates PLA...

Fateful Decisions: Choices That Will Shape China's Future

May 2020

Explore our series of multimedia interviews and Q&As with the contributors to this volume:  China Faces Tough Decisions and Stronger Headwinds China’s Incentives to Work Within the U.S.-led...

China’s Challenges: Now It Gets Much Harder

March 2020

The easy phases of China’s quest for wealth and power are over. After forty years, every one of a set of favorable conditions has diminished or vanished, and China’s future, neither inevitable nor...

Other Publications

The Precarious State of Cross-Strait Deterrence

Statement before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on “Deterring PRC Aggression Toward Taiwan”

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.

News

In Defense of AUKUS

October 2021

This is not only about nuclear-powered submarines; it is about a strengthened US commitment to Australia.

APARC Announces 2022-23 Fellowships for Asia Specialists

September 2021

The Center offers fellowships for postdoctoral scholars specializing in contemporary Asia, Japan, and Asia health policy and for experts on Southeast Asia.

Navigating Chinese Investment, Trade, and Technology: The New Economy Conference

June 2021

Ambassador Craig Allen, David Cheng, James Green, and Anja Manuel explore the role of Chinese economic activity in California in the context of the greater US-Chinese relationship.

Events

Kurt M. Campbell and Laura Rosenberger on U.S.-China Relations: 2021 Oksenberg Conference

May 6, 2021

Please note that the event end time has changed to 1 PM (PT) due to a last-minute schedule conflict for our speakers. This is a virtual event.

Perfect Storm: Climate Change in Asia—Fall 2021 Webinar Series Kickoff with Mr. Ban Ki-moon and Prof. Nicole Ardoin

December 4, 2020

Fall 2021 Webinar Series Kickoff with Mr. Ban Ki-moon and Prof. Nicole Ardoin September 28, 5-6 p.m. California time/ September 29, 9-10 a.m.

The Biden Presidency and U.S. Asia Policy

December 4, 2020

"America is back, ready to lead the world, not retreat from it,” declared President-elect Joe Biden as he unveiled his foreign policy team on November 24.

Projects

Biden’s America, Xi’s China: What’s Now & What’s Next?

The United States just experienced a historic election, electing Joseph R. Biden as its 46th president.
English

The PRC at 70: Past, Present -- and Future?

IMPORTANT EVENT UPDATE: In keeping with Stanford University's March 3 message to the campus community on COVID-19 and current recommendations of the CDC, the China Program is making modifications...
English

A New Cold War?: Sharp Power, Strategic Competition, and the Future of U.S.-China Relations

Trade conflict has exploded. The media is rife with stories of China’s unfair trade practices, cyber theft, IP theft and forced technology transfers.
English

Multimedia

Oriana Skylar Mastro Discusses China's Naval Capacity on the BBC World Service

September 2021

Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro joined BBC World Service's The Real Story host Ritula Shah and a panel of experts to discuss China's naval might and its military modernization program (the interview with Mastro starts at 24:00)  China has...

China’s Belt, Road, and Beyond: State Mobilization and Localized Implementation

October 2020

Most people attribute the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to Beijing’s imperialist ambitions.

Chinese Influence: Real or Perceived?

February 2019

Panel Debates Report Alleging Covert and Corrupting Chinese Influence in U.S.

People

Dr. Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
Dr. Jean C. Oi Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
oriana mastro 1 Oriana Skylar Mastro Center Fellow
Andrew G. Walder Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
WalterCarl WEB Carl Walter Visiting Scholar at APARC