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.

Recent Events

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Dividing ASEAN while Claiming the South China Sea: Chinese Financial Power Projection in Southeast Asia

November 5, 2018

Four member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have made territorial claims in the South China Sea that conflict with China’s professed entitlement to all of the “islands...

2018 Holiday Party

October 22, 2018

Management, Faculty Productivity, and Student Learning in India

October 18, 2018

The idea that good management practices matter for organizational performance is widely accepted.

How and Why Did the Opposition Win in Malaysia? Lessons for Semi-Authoritarian Asia

October 18, 2018

Malaysia's ruling National Front (BN) coalition ran one of the most durable authoritarian governments in the world.

Why Xi Jinping’s Anti-Corruption Campaign Has Undermined Chinese Citizens’ Regime Support?

October 12, 2018

Populist leaders around the world often fight against corruption in an effort to win public support.

Independence and Governance in Singapore: The Highest Stage of Colonialism?

October 11, 2018

Singapore’s government is widely seen as competent, honest, and meritocratic—an exceptional case of post-colonial governance.  Nor can any elected incumbent party anywhere match Singapore’s People...

Gangsters and Masters: Criminality and Politics in Malaysia

September 18, 2018

In Malaysia, criminality is a highly political question, and that is mainly why local scholarship on the topic is rare.

Shadows on the Wall: Legislative Politics in Post-Reform Vietnam

September 14, 2018

Recent scholarship suggests that, under authoritarian regimes, quasi-democratic institutions such as elections and legislatures—the velvet gloves of autocratic rule—actually enable political...

From Within and Without: Taiwan’s New Security Challenges

August 24, 2018

From Within and Without: Taiwan’s New Security Challenges Since 2016, Beijing’s pressure campaign on Taiwan has threatened the island’s international space and domestic tranquility.

The Taiwan Relations Act: Too Much or Too Little?

August 24, 2018

The Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) was enacted by Congress on April 10, 1979, and has served as the formal basis for U.S.-Taiwan relations ever since.

The Psychology of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un: The Measure of a Man

July 30, 2018

Dr. Kenneth Dekleva's talk is one of the first times that a leadership analysis/political psychology profile of North Korea's Kim Jong Un has been presented in an academic setting.

17th Annual Shorenstein Journalism Award Panel Discussion: How North Korea Is, and Isn't, Changing under Kim Jong Un

May 22, 2018

RSVP NowA common assumption is that North Korea is a "Hermit Kingdom" that froze in time some decades ago.

Research Presentations (session 5 of 5) - Cao, Ito and Kato

May 21, 2018

The format of this presentation is each of the three speakers will have approximately 15 minutes to present their research.  This will be followed by a short period of 5-10 minutes for any...

Research Presentations (session 4 of 5) - Nomura, Raveendran, and Watanabe

May 14, 2018

The format of this presentation is each of the three speakers will have approximately 15 minutes to present their research.  This will be followed by a short period of 5-10 minutes for any...

Research Presentations (session 3 of 5) - Akai, Inoshita, and Chen

May 10, 2018

The formate of this presentation is each of the three speakers will have approximately 15 minutes to present their research.  This will be followed by a short period of 5-10 minutes for any...

Incentivizing Restraint in the South China Sea

May 2, 2018

How does Southeast Asia incentivize a major power like China to exercise restraint, particularly in the ongoing dispute in the South China Sea (SCS)? Prof.

The United States and Taiwan: An Enduring Partnership

April 17, 2018

The Taiwan Relations Act, along with the three U.S.-China joint communiques, remains the foundation for U.S.

Game Changer?: Elimination of Term Limits and Xi Jinping's Power

April 10, 2018

Please note: RSVP's are full for this event.

Research Presentations (session 1 of 5) - Morishige, Nishinaka, and Ryou

April 9, 2018

The format of this presentation is each of the three speakers will have approximately 15 minutes to present their research.

Research Presentations (session 2 of 5) - Lu, Okamoto and Watanabe

April 9, 2018

The format of this presentation is each of the three speakers will have approximately 15 minutes to present their research.

Hate Spin: Disinformation Campaigns and Identity Politics in Asia

March 27, 2018

Hate propaganda has been a feature of politics in India, Indonesia, and other Asian democracies long before the recent surge in interest in so-called “fake news” and intolerant populism in the West...

The U.S.-Indian Partnership: A Linchpin for Asian Peace and Prosperity

March 22, 2018

No longer "estranged democracies," relations between the United States and India have been on a steady upward trajectory in recent years, though at times have fallen short of the lofty expectations...

The AIIB After Two Years

March 22, 2018

For directions to the Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center, please click here.The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) commenced operations on January 16, 2016.

People

Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Fellow, S-APARC, Core faculty, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Takeo Hoshi Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Finance
Portrait of Prof. Andrew Walder Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Phillip Lipscy Center Fellow Assistant Professor, Political Science
Yong Suk Lee Center Fellow
Portrait of Jean Oi Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Thomas Fingar Fellow
Kenji E. Kushida Research Scholar
Kharis Templeman Project Manager, Taiwan Democracy & Security Project, U.S.-Asia Security Initiative
Joyce Lee Research Project Manager