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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 Scholarly Publications

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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.

Manipulating Globalization: The Influence of Bureaucrats on Business in China

June 2018

The era of globalization saw China emerge as the world's manufacturing titan. However, the "made in China" model—with its reliance on cheap labor and thin profits—has begun to wane.

Xi Jinping Stresses Cooperation and Power – Enduring Contradiction?

May 2018

Supported by Chinese officials and authoritative commentary, President Xi Jinping continued a moderate and cooperative posture toward Southeast Asia in early 2018, reaching a highpoint in Xi’s...

American Foreign Policy in Transition: From Cold War Consensus to Controversy and Confusion

May 2018

In a new article for Contemporary American Review, Shorenstein APARC Distinguished Fellow Thomas Fingar examines how, twenty-five years after the demise of the Soviet Union, Americans are still...

Singapore and Goliath?

April 2018

Since the time of Lee Kuan Yew (1923–2015), Singapore’s leaders have refused to infer, merely from the country’s size and composition, a need to appease the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

International Isolation and Regional Inequality: Evidence from Sanctions on North Korea

February 2018

This paper examines how the spatial distribution of economic activity evolved within North Korea during a period of economic sanctions.

From Brain Drain to Brain Circulation and Linkage

February 2018

The development community has increased its focus on higher education over the past two decades, recognizing that education can contribute to building up a country’s capacity for participation in...

Ending Civil Wars: Constraints & Possibilities

December 2017

Part of an eighteen-month Academy project on Civil Wars, Violence, and International Responses, the essays in the Winter 2018 issue of Dædalus consider the impediments to ending civil wars and...

Superficial Korea

September 2017

In this book, Gi-Wook Shin shares his observations on and provides recommendations for social maladies currently affecting Korean society.

Mapping ASEAN’s Futures

August 2017

The future of ASEAN is necessarily unknown. Its futures, however, can be guessed with less risk of being wrong.

ASEAN's Futures

July 2017

The future of ASEAN is necessarily unknown. Its futures, however, can be guessed with less risk of being wrong.

Renegotiating the World Order: Institutional Change in International Relations

June 2017

Rising powers often seek to reshape the world order, triggering confrontations with those who seek to defend the status quo.

Uneasy Partnerships: China’s Engagement with Japan, the Koreas, and Russia in the Era of Reform

April 2017

Uneasy Partnerships presents the analysis and insights of practitioners and scholars who have shaped and examined China's interactions with key Northeast Asian partners.

South Korea in 2016: Political Leadership in Crisis

March 2017

South Korean President Park Geun-hye faced a leadership crisis after revelations that she relied on a confidant with no official position for key decision-making in state affairs.

ASEAN between China and America: Is It Time to Try Horsing the Cow?

February 2017

Admirers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are impressed with the fact that it continues to exist and that an outright war has never broken out between its members.

Parting Observations on American Foreign Policy

July 2016

In 2014 Ambassador Stephen W. Bosworth was a Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Walter H.

Divergent Memories: Opinion Leaders and the Asia-Pacific War

July 2016

No nation is free from the charge that it has a less-than-complete view of the past.

Organization of Disaster Aid Delivery: Spending Your Donations

April 2016

This article examines how different organizational structures in disaster aid delivery affect house aid quality.

The New Great Game: China and South and Central Asia in the Era of Reform

March 2016

China's rise has elicited envy, admiration, and fear among its neighbors. Although much has been written about this, previous coverage portrays events as determined almost entirely by Beijing.

The Evolving Sino-American Relationship and the Korea Problem

August 2015

Distrust between the United States and China continues to grow in Northeast Asia.

Implementing Structural Reforms in Abenomics: How to Reduce the Cost of Doing Business in Japan

August 2015

Improving the environment for business is an important part of the growth strategy of Abenomics.

Dynasty: The Hereditary Succession Politics of North Korea

July 2015

Scholar and senior journalist Kim Hakjoon provides a timely analysis of the rise of the Kim Il Sung family dynasty and the politics of leadership succession in Pyongyang, including Kim Jong Il’s...

China’s Place in U.S. Foreign Policy

June 2015

China has amassed great power over the past 35 years, leaving many to query: how should America evaluate the risks that China poses to its interests?

People

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
Portrait of Jean Oi Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Thomas Fingar Fellow
Yong Suk Lee Center Fellow
Portrait of Gi-Wook Shin 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
Kenji E. Kushida Research Scholar
Kharis Templeman Project Manager, Taiwan Democracy & Security Project, U.S.-Asia Security Initiative