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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 Chinese Village, Inc.

December 1988

This volume, composed of nine provocative chapters by prominent Chinese specialists, analyzes Chinese economic change — the break-up of collective farming, the growth of private commerce, and the...

The Role of the Local State in China's Transitional Economy

December 1995

Bending without Breaking, The Adaptability of Chinese Political Institutions

December 2003

Gradual change has been a hallmark of the Chinese reform experience, and China's success in its sequential approach makes it unique among the former command economies.

Other Publications

Trade and Investment Liberalization (TIL) and China's Rural Economy: Impacts and Policy Responses after China's Accession to the WTO

March 2002

China and the World Trade OrganizationOn balance, will the nation's accession to WTO help or hurt rural residents? How will they affect rural incomes? Who in the rural economy will get hurt?

Trade and Investment Liberalization (TIL) and China's Rural Economy - Section IV

March 2002

The overall goal of our paper is to explore this question of how China's policy will likely respond as the nation enters the WTO. Specifically, we will have three objectives.

Climate Change and China's Agricultural Sector: Impacts, Adaptation, and Mitigation

May 2010

Although China and the United States are the two largest emitters of greenhouse gases, China’s emissions on a per capita basis are significantly lower than those of the U.S.: in 2005, per capita...

News

Thomas Fingar analyzes China and the global system

January 2011

China occupies a significant place in the world’s U.S.-led economic and political system.

Stanford China Program inaugural event

October 2007

Please join us on Thursday, November 1 for the launch of the Stanford China Program, a new program of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC).

Climate change and China's agricultural sector

August 2010

A new issue brief by Scott Rozelle and fellow researchers Jinxia Wang and Jikun Huang concludes that climate change will have a significant effect on China's crop yields and impact its economy,...

Events

China's 17th Party Congress: Signposts for China's Future

November 30, 2007

The Chinese Communist Party's 17th Congress held in October was yet another landmark event in shaping the future leadership and policy direction of China.

China's Harmonious Society: Village Democracy, Development and "Pork Barrel Politics"

January 11, 2008

China's Harmonious Society colloquium series is co-sponsored by the Stanford China Program and the Center for East Asian Studies Since 2006, the official doctrine of China's Communist Party calls...

China's Harmonious Society: Two Overviews--Health Systems Reform and the HIV Epidemic

January 25, 2008

China's Harmonious Society colloquium seriesco-sponsored by the Stanford China Program and the Center for East Asian Studies Since 2006, the official doctrine of China's Communist Party calls for...

Projects

Social Stratification in China during an Era of Transition

In collaboration with sociologists at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the People's University of China in Beijing, Professor Andrew Walder has worked to design and field a nationally...
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China and the World

The Stanford China Program, in cooperation with the Center for East Asian Studies, will host a special series of seminars to examine China as a major political and economic actor on the world stage...
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China's Looming Challenges

The 'rise of China' has become the preoccupation of policymakers, academics, and business leaders from the United States and Japan to Europe.
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Multimedia

The United Nations at 70: A Conversation with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

June 2015

Video from the event "The United Nations at 70: A Conversation with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon" moderated by Ambassador Kathleen Stephens. The event was co-sponsored by the Walter H.

The End of an Era: Can the Consensus on Constructive Engagement with China be Sustained? Should it?

June 2016

Video and transcript from the Oksenberg Lecture on June 1, "The End of an Era: Can the Consensus on Constructive Engagement with China be Sustained?

The South China Sea: What is to be Done?

April 2017

Audio and transcript from the Shorenstein APARC China Program seminar, "The South China Sea: What is to be Done?", on March 8, 2017, with Donald K.

People

Portrait of Jean Oi Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Portrait of Prof. Andrew Walder Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Headshot of Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC