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

Drivers of Innovation

Entrepreneurship, Education, and Finance in Asia

Japan Decides 2017: The Japanese General Election (Book Chapter)

May 2018

This third volume in the Japan Decides series remains the premier venue for scholarly research on Japanese elections.

The Future of Blockchain: How it will impact finance, industry, and society (Book Chapter)

October 2017

Kenji Kushida's new book chapter, "Blockchain, a Silicon Valley Vantage on its Potential and Challenges" was published in new book, "The Future of Blockchain: How it will impact finance, industry,...

Other Publications

Break Through: Women in Silicon Valley, Womenomics in Japan Final Report

October 2018

On August 9, 2018, the Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center (APARC) hosted a conference, “Break Through: Women in Silicon Valley, Womenomics in Japan" with support from the Acceleration Program...

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.

News

APARC Invites Fall 2023 Asia Studies Fellowship Applications

September 2022

The Center offers a suite of fellowships for Asia researchers to begin fall quarter 2023. These include postdoctoral fellowships on contemporary Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, inaugural...

Reflections on the Assassination of Former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe

July 2022

Abe was one of the most transformative political leaders in modern Japanese history, and his passing will change Japanese politics in a number of ways, most immediately shaking up internal politics...

APARC Invites 2022-23 Predoctoral Fellowship Applications

January 2022

Up to three fellowships are available to Stanford Ph.D. candidates. Submissions are due by April 15, 2022.

Old Events

What's Next for the U.S.-Japan-South Korea Partnership? Security and Economic Cooperation in a New Era

November 2, 2021

To watch the recording of the event, click here. This event is co-hosted with the East Asia Institute (EAI) in Korea.

Japan’s Energy Policy in Flux: The Uncertain Future of Renewables, Nuclear Energy, and Carbon Neutrality

September 27, 2021

This is a virtual event. Please click here to register and generate a link to the talk.  The link will be unique to you; please save it and do not share with others. November 9, 4-5 p.m.

Japan under Prime Minister Kishida: The LDP Presidential Election and the Upcoming House of Representatives Election

September 27, 2021

This is a virtual event. Please click here to register and generate a link to the talk.  The link will be unique to you; please save it and do not share it with others.

Multimedia

Policy Challenges of Financing Longevity: Perspectives from Japan and the United States

May 2017

Video and transcript from the panel discussion, "Policy Challenges of Financing Longevity: Perspectives from Japan and the United States," on April 24, 2017, with presentations from Hirotaka Unami, senior director for policy planning and research...

One Year After Japan’s 3/11 Disaster: Reforming Japan’s Energy Sector, Governance, and Economy

August 2016

Videos and presentations from the conference "One Year After Japan’s 3/11 Disaster:  Reforming Japan’s Energy Sector,  Governance, and Economy" on Feb. 27, 2012.

Masahiko Aoki Memorial Conference

March 2016

Videos and transcripts from the four sessions at "Masahiko Aoki Memorial Conference," an event held in honor of the late Masahiko Aoki.