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.

News

How ASEAN Can Still Help on Myanmar

September 2022

The Southeast Asian bloc must make it clear that it will not accept the military junta’s sham election.

Research Assistant Spotlight: Kerstin Norris Examines Race and Racism in Asia with Gi-Wook Shin

September 2022

MA in East Asian Studies candidate Kerstin Norris spent the summer assisting APARC and Korea Program Director Gi-Wook Shin with his research on racial tensions in Asia. Looking to pursue a PhD in...

2022-23 Lee Kong Chian National University of Singapore-Stanford Fellows to Explore Legacies of War in Southeast Asia, Islamic Law in Indonesia

September 2022

Political scientist Jacques Bertrand and social anthropologist Reza Idria will join APARC as Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Fellows on Southeast Asia for the 2022-23 academic year.

Old Events

Should War be Left to the Generals? Civil-Military Relations in India

February 3, 2022

Time:  7:30am-8:45am  California, USA 15 February 2022  3:30pm-4:45pm London, UK 15 February 2022 11:30pm-12:45am  Singapore, 15-16 February 2022 How does India’s civil-military relationship affect...

India’s Century? A Conversation with Indrani Bagchi

February 3, 2022

Time:  7:30am-8:45am  California, USA 2 March 2022  9:00pm-10:15pm New Delhi, India 2 March 2022   India’s international position has evolved sharply in the first two decades of the 21st century,...

'Hallyu' in North Korea: Can South Korean Popular Culture Bring about Real Change?

January 31, 2022

South Korean popular culture has spread to all corners of the globe, including South Korea’s closed-off neighbor to the north.

Projects

The Future of China's Economy

China’s spectacular growth over the last 40 years has slowed but remains strong, leading the world in economic recovery after the global financial crisis, and even in the current COVID-19 pandemic...
English

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

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...

The U.S. Pivots To Focus On Southeast Asia After The Fall Of Kabul

August 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris is preparing to travel to Southeast Asia, where the reaction to the Taliban's swift takeover of Kabul is amazement, Southeast Asia Program Director Donald K. Emmerson tells NPR's Southeast Asia Correspondent Julie...

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.

People

Andrew G. Walder Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Portrait of Curtis J. Milhaupt Curtis J. Milhaupt Senior Fellow, by courtesy William F. Baxter-Visa International Professor of Law
Dr. Jean C. Oi Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Dr. Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
Photo of Oriana Skylar Mastro Oriana Skylar Mastro Center Fellow
Photo of Gi-Wook Shin Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Photo of Arzan Tarapore Arzan Tarapore Research Scholar at APARC
Photo of Aidan Milliff Aidan Milliff Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow on Contemporary Asia, 2022-23
Photo of Takuya Hirata Takuya Hirata Visiting Scholar at APARC
Photo of Kazunobu Sakuma Lt. Col. Kazunobu Sakuma Visiting Scholar at APARC
Photo of Qingguo Jia Qingguo Jia Visiting Scholar at APARC, 2022-23, Payne Distinguished Fellow, 2022-23
Photo of Xiao Ren Xiao Ren Visiting Scholar at APARC, 2022-23