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 ever-threatening 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

Forty Years of Formal—but Not yet Normal—Relations

May 2019

Ties between individuals and institutions in the United States and the People’s Republic of China have become broader, deeper, and stronger during the four decades since the establishment of formal...

North Korea in 2018: Kim’s Summit Diplomacy

February 2019

Kim Jong-un showcased a series of summit meetings throughout 2018, including the first-ever meeting of a North Korean leader with a sitting US president.

Civil Wars & Global Disorder: Threats & Opportunities

September 2018

There are some thirty ongoing civil wars – Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq among the high-profile cases – with the average duration of conflict increasing over the past twenty years.

Other Publications

Civil Wars, Intrastate Violence, and International Responses

March 2019

From October 22–23, 2018, the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative (USASI) at Stanford University, in conjunction with the Institute for China-U.S.

Shorenstein APARC Center Overview 2017-18

November 2018

Shorenstein APARC's annual overview for academic year 2017-18 is now available.Download it for information on the wide variety of Center research from the the past academic year, Shorenstein APARC...

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...

News

U.S.-China Relations Fractious, Not Fragile, Says APARC Fellow

June 2019

Forty years after the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and China, the two superpowers are competing and contesting every arena, from trade to AI research and from...

Experts Discuss Future of the International Order in East Asia

May 2019

“For seven decades our thinking about Indo-Asia-Pacific security and international cooperation issues has been underpinned by the narratives of a U.S.-led international order centered around the...

Audio: FSI Director, Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow Discuss U.S.-China Conflict

May 2019

“But as I read what the communist party, what President Xi says, I don't see the same fervor to the ideological dimension of what China is doing around the world...[compared to what] the Soviets...

Events

Emotional Labor and the Power of International Bureaucrats: The ASEAN Secretariat in Comparative Perspective

April 30, 2019

Bureaucrats become powerful when they stage emotionally calibrated performances as “servants” before state principals, earn their trust, and carve out space for action through “whispering,” ...

Second Conference on "The Political Economy of Japan under the Abe Government"

April 23, 2019

Second Conference on "The Political Economy of Japan under the Abe Government"March 1 - 2, 2019Philippines Conference RoomSponsored by: Japan Society for Promotion of Science, Japan Foundation...

Pacific Settlement of Disputes in East Asia: Inter-State Arbitration and Judicial Diplomacy

April 22, 2019

Resolution of economic disputes are well established in East Asia where economic growth and prosperity are common goals among the nations.

Projects

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

South Asia Colloquia

Launched in 2016, this series of public lectures features academics, government practitioners, and business experts who explore contemporary issues focused on the countries of South Asia—their...
English

China: Going Global

Beijing’s new Silk Road initiative links old trade corridors from Asia to Africa and Europe.
English

Multimedia

Chinese Influence: Real or Perceived?

March 2019

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

The North Korea Crisis

June 2017

Video and transcript from the joint CISAC/Shorenstein APARC panel discussion, "The North Korea Crisis," on May 30, 2017, with James Person, director of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation at the Center for Korean History and Public Policy; Gi-Wook...

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...

People

Portrait of Michael Armacost Michael H. Armacost Lecturer at APARC
Portrait of Takeo Hoshi Takeo Hoshi Senior Fellow, Professor by courtesy, Finance
Portrait of Prof. Andrew Walder Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Portrait of Phillip Lipscy Phillip Lipscy Center Fellow Assistant Professor, Political Science
Portrait of Yong Suk Lee Yong Suk Lee Center Fellow
Portrait of Jean Oi Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Headshot of Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
Portrait of Gi-Wook Shin Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Portrait of Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Shorenstein APARC Fellow, Affiliate, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Portrait of Kharis Templeman Kharis Templeman Research Scholar at APARC
Portrait of Joyce Lee Joyce Lee Research Project Manager
Kenji E. Kushida Research Scholar at APARC