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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 News

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North Korea expert selected as 2018-19 Koret Fellow

July 2018

Andray Abrahamian will be the 2018-19 Koret Fellow in the Korea Program at Stanford’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC).

Gi-Wook Shin on Korea

July 2018

Gi-Wook Shin, director of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, regularly writes on Korean affairs for Korean audience.

CVID approach to North Korea's nuclear program faces significant challenges

June 2018

The recent development of the North Korea's summit diplomacy and feasibility of CVID (Complete, Verifiable and Irreversible Dismantlement) of the nuclear program have received unprecedented...

Stanford students visit Korea to experience how international policy works in practice

June 2018

Students from Ford Dorsey Master’s Program in International Policy spent a week in Korea to experience firsthand how international policy works in practice.The full article can be viewed here.

Mind the Gap: The Singapore Summit and U.S. Alliances

June 2018

“The spectacle of the Singapore Summit, the first-ever meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting U.S. president, naturally captured the world’s attention.

In Search of the Indo-Pacific: Commentary from 2018 IISS Shangri-La Dialogue

June 2018

The 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue on 1-3 June in Singapore might as well have been renamed the “Indo-Pacific Dialogue.” In the plenaries and the panels, in the Q&As, corridors, and coffee breaks,...

Beyond denuclearization, making North Korea a ‘normal state’ should be the end goal

June 2018

With the historic U.S.-North Korea summit on the immediate horizon, we must recognize that denuclearization will not and cannot be permanent or irreversible as long as there is a desire to reverse...

Applications for Travel Awards: Conference on Future Visions in Korean Studies

June 2018

The Korea Program invites junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students to apply for travel awards to attend an upcoming two-day conference organized by the Korea Program at Stanford...

Ambassador James Moriarty talks US-Taiwan relation at APARC

May 2018

Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan’s Board of Trustees James Moriarty visited Shorenstein APARC on May 3rd for a seminar titled “The United States and Taiwan: An Enduring Friendship.” The...

Stanford Panel Discusses North-South Korea Summit and What Happens Next

April 2018

On April 27, 2018, the Shorenstein APARC Korea Program held a special public panel discussion following the dramatic summit that took place but hours earlier that day between North Korea’s Kim Jong...

Sixteenth Annual Shorenstein Journalism Award Panel Highlights India’s Balancing Act between China and the United States

April 2018

Even as Indian officials watch the rise of China and recent changes to its foreign policy with apprehension, they prefer to avoid having to choose sides between the United States and China.That...

North Korea summit diplomacy

March 2018

"Moon's proposal of a trilateral summit between the two Koreas and the United States, undermining China's influence, turned out to be nothing more than a pipe dream," said researchers at the...

Members of U.S. Congress Meet with Stanford Scholars to Discuss North Korea

March 2018

Under the guidance of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program, thirteen members of Congress convened at Stanford University from March 2-5 to discuss policy options regarding the current North...

Stanford Scholar Discusses China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative

March 2018

"Xi Jinping now owns the idea [of the One Belt One Road Initiative]....It has now been writen into China’s constitution; its identified with him… If it works, he gets credit; if it doesn't get work...

Japan-Korea Relations 20 Years after the Kim-Obuchi Summit

March 2018

“…factually Japan has made many apologies; but many Koreans and Chinese at the same time feel that those apologies have not been sincere.

Shorenstein APARC Scholars Discuss Contemporary South Korea for a "World Affairs" Panel

February 2018

“I don't think [young South Koreans] necessarily want reunification,” APARC director Gi-Wook Shin tells an audience during the World Affairs panel, “Responding to North Korea: South Korea’s Olympic...

New Publication Addresses Challenges ASEAN Faces at 50

January 2018

In October 2017, twenty-two scholars from eight countries attended a workshop titled “ASEAN @ 50, Southeast Asia @ Risk: What should be done?” The workshop was designed to facilitate a frank and...

Navigating the challenges of alliance management in Korea

January 2018

In advance of talks between North Korea and South Korea, APARC’s Daniel Sneider says the most immediate threat on the peninsula actually comes from the latter.In a piece for The Hill, Sneider...

SCPKU World Leaders Forum features Mike McFaul, panelists exchange views on US-Asia Pacific future relations

December 2017

The Lee Shau Kee World Leaders Forum on “US and the Asia Pacific” was held on November 13th, 2017.

Trump's Asia Trip

November 2017

Commenting on President Trump's twelve-day trip to Asia, FSI senior fellow and director of the Southeast Asia Program at Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center Donald K.

Trump Arrives in China

November 2017

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Abe Fellows Global Forum: Confronting Climate Change

October 2017

The Japan Program hosted the Abe Fellows Global Forum, “Confronting Climate Change: What Can the U.S.

Shorenstein APARC Director Shares Observations on Social Maladies Affecting Korean Society

October 2017

In Superficial Korea, a book recently published in South Korea, Shorenstein APARC director Gi-Wook Shin shares his observations on and provides recommendations for social maladies currently...

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Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Fellow, S-APARC, Core faculty, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
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Phillip Lipscy Center Fellow Assistant Professor, Political Science
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Joyce Lee Research Professional
Kenji E. Kushida Research Scholar