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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 Other Publications

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Seventeenth Korea-U.S. West Coast Strategic Forum

September 2017

The seventeenth session of the Korea-U.S.

Is the War Danger in Korea Real?

August 2017

President Donald Trump's ominous threat to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea succeeded at least in garnering the attention of not only Kim Jong Un but the globe.

The North Korean Missile Test Pushes Xi and Putin Closer

July 2017

The most dangerous impact of North Korea’s long-range missile test this past week may not have been the one in the Sea of Japan, felt in Washington, Seoul and Tokyo.

Surviving the Trump-Moon Summit

July 2017

In the days leading up to the Washington summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump, the tension in Seoul was hard to escape.

Celebrating the First 10 Years of the China Program

June 2017

The China Program at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center marks its 10th anniverary in 2017.

South Korea Votes for Change: What It Means for the United States

May 2017

President-elect Moon has gained office riding a wave of demand for social justice and a reform of democratic governance in South Korea.

Trump's North Korea Policy: Let China Do It

May 2017

Donald Trump continues to unnerve capitals and feed a media drumbeat about impending war in Korea with his vague warnings, in interviews and tweets, of “major, major conflict” on the horizon.

Changing the Script at Mar-a-Lago

April 2017

Two events - the U.S.

President Trump's Asia Inbox

February 2017

Scholars at Stanford's Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies assess the strategic situation in East Asia to be unsettled, unstable, and...

Japan's Evolving Defense Policy and U.S.-Japan Security Cooperation: Expectations versus Reality

November 2016

The inaugural U.S.-Japan security workshop, held in Tokyo, Japan, on May 19, 2016, convened senior Japanese and American policymakers, scholars and regional experts to discuss Japan's security...

The Logic of North Korea's Nuclear Test

September 2016

It is tempting to characterize the recent round of North Korea missile and nuclear tests as only the latest example of the provocative behavior of its brash young leader, Kim Jong Un.

Sixteenth Korea-U.S. West Coast Strategic Forum

August 2016

The sixteenth session of the Korea-U.S.

Indonesia’s Fishing Boat Incident and Tensions in the South China Sea: A View from the United States

April 2016

China’s building of infrastructure on land features in the South China Sea is a strategy to gain control over the area incrementally, without triggering actual war.

Advancing U.S.-Japan-ROK Trilateral Cooperation: A U.S. Perspective

March 2016

An analysis of the foundations and future of the trilateral relationship from a U.S.

Behind the Comfort Women Agreement

January 2016

The breakthrough agreement on the comfort women issue between Japan and South Korea on Dec. 28, 2015, was the culmination of at least four years of negotiations between the two governments.

Fifteenth Korea-U.S. West Coast Strategic Forum

December 2015

The fifteenth session of the Korea-U.S.

Shorenstein APARC Center Overview 2014-15

November 2015

Shorenstein APARC's center overviews provide detailed information about Shorenstein APARC's mission, history, faculty, financial support, organizational structure, projects, and programs.

Fourteenth Korea-U.S. West Coast Strategic Forum

September 2015

The fourteenth session of the Korea-U.S.

动荡世界中的安全挑战:更少敌人、更多挑战和焦虑

August 2015

A version of this paper, "Security Challenges in a Turbulent World: Fewer Enemies, More Challenges, and Greater Anxiety," delivered at the International Areas Studies Symposium at the University of...

The United States and China: Same Bed, Different Dreams, Shared Destiny

April 2015

In the third annual Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Memorial Lecture on U.S.-East Asia Relations, Thomas Fingar, Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International...

“Critical Engagement”: British Policy toward the DPRK

April 2015

"'Critical Engagement': British Policy toward the DPRK" examines the United Kingdom's policy toward the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

North Korean Human Rights: A Long Journey with Little Progress

March 2015

"North Korean Human Rights: A Long Journey with Little Progress" examines human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea) and the approaches that the European Union...

Thirteenth Korea-U.S. West Coast Strategic Forum

January 2015

The thirteenth session of the Korea-U.S.

Korean Unification: An American View

December 2014

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) remains a potentially destabilizing element of the Korean Peninsula, making it difficult to construct a regional architecture that could help...

People

Phillip Lipscy Center Fellow Assistant Professor, Political Science
Yong Suk Lee Center Fellow
Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Kenji E. Kushida Research Scholar
Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Fellow, S-APARC, Core faculty, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Takeo Hoshi Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Finance
Yu Jin Woo Research Scholar
Joyce Lee Research Professional
Kanetaka M. Maki Research Associate, Japan Program