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 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.

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Using the UN to Create Accountability for Human Rights Crimes in North Korea

April 2021

Experts on human rights agree that the UN needs to work through multiple channels to support ongoing investigations and build evidence for future litigations in order to create accountability and...

New Book by Thomas Fingar Offers Guidance to Government Appointees

April 2021

Drawing on his experience implementing one of the most comprehensive reforms to the national security establishment, APARC Fellow Thomas Fingar provides newly appointed government officials with a...

Gi-Wook Shin Discusses South Korean Ruling Party’s Local Election Losses on CNBC

April 2021

“The South Korean people gave the Moon administration a red card,” says APARC Director Gi-Wook Shin, predicting that containing soaring housing prices and other domestic challenges will be the...

Tenth Annual Writing Prize in Korean Studies

April 2021

The competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The award carries a $1,000 cash prize.

China’s Dangerous Double Game in North Korea

April 2021

Biden must force Beijing to cooperate fully with Washington or pivot to obvious obstruction writes FSI Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro in her latest op-ed for Foreign Affairs.

ASEAN Centrality and the Way Forward: Donald Emmerson on Endgame

April 2021

On the Endgame podcast, Southeast Asia Program Director Donald K. Emmerson discusses the history and politics that have shaped Indonesia in the past and how that context now affects the country'...

No Credible Military Defense of Taiwan: Oriana Skylar Mastro on the Munk Debates Podcast

March 2021

The United States can no longer rely solely on its own military capability or influence to deter Chinese aggression against Taiwan, argues Oriana Skylar Mastro on a new episode of the Munk Debates...

Terms of Engagement: Ambassador Scot Marciel on U.S.-Southeast Asia Relations

March 2021

The book Ambassador Marciel is writing at Stanford examines policy issues from the implications of the Myanmar crisis to the future of America’s relations with other Southeast Asian nations and the...

What Japan and the U.S. Can Learn from Each Other

March 2021

Japan Program Director Kiyoteru Tsutsui explores the cost of racial division versus the cost of homogeneity by comparing the experiences of Japan and the United States.

Biden’s Foreign Policy: What We Can Expect for China, Russia and Iran

March 2021

On the World Class Podcast, experts discuss how the Biden Administration should navigate three of America’s most challenging bilateral relationships.

APARC Names 2021-22 Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellows

March 2021

Political scientist Dr. Diana Stanescu and sociologist Mary-Collier Wilks will join APARC as Shorenstein postdoctoral fellows on contemporary Asia for the 2021-22 academic year.

Breaking Down Assumptions about China's Taiwan Strategy

March 2021

FSI Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro joins the Australian Strategic Policy Institute's podcast to discuss how she sees China's strategy towards Taiwan and reunification changing as...

What’s ‘Communist’ about the Communist Party of China?

March 2021

Is the Chinese Communist Party really communist at all? Expert Jude Blanchette, Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, weighs in.

Gi-Wook Shin on Racism in South Korea

March 2021

Protections against gender and sexual discrimination are increasing in South Korea, but addressing longstanding racial discriminations based in nationalism and building a multicultural identity still...

New Book Reveals How China and the United States Engage the Private Sector to Deliver Public Goods

March 2021

In their new book, APARC Deputy Director Karen Eggleston and co-authors John Donahue and Richard Zeckhauser of Harvard University seek to empower decision-makers to more wisely engage the private...

U.S.-China Relations in the Biden Era

March 2021

Dr. Thomas Wright examines the recent history of US-China relations and what that might mean for the new administration.

New Book Explores the Intersection of Demographic Shifts and Innovation, Offering Lessons from Asian Nations

March 2021

Contributing authors to the new volume 'Demographics and Innovation in the Asia-Pacific' convened for a virtual book launch and discussion of the challenges facing aging societies in East...

What Are China’s Leaders Saying About the South China Sea?

February 2021

The rhetoric weaves between cooperative and competitive, leaving the question of what – and who – to believe.

Robot Adoption Brings Benefits to Japan’s Aging Society

February 2021

In one of the first studies of service sector robotics, APARC scholars examine the impacts of robots on nursing homes in Japan. They find that robot adoption may not be detrimental to labor and may...

Oriana Skylar Mastro Testifies on Deterring PRC Aggression Toward Taiwan to Congressional Review Commission

February 2021

China may now be able to prevail in cross-strait contingencies even if the United States intervenes in Taiwan’s defense, Chinese security expert Oriana Skylar Mastro tells the U.S.-China Economic and...

How China is Bending the Rules in the South China Sea

February 2021

Beijing’s misapplication of international law in the disputed waters is more complex than it seems on the surface.

Postdoc Spotlight: Jeffrey Weng on Language and Society

February 2021

Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia Jeffrey Weng shares insights from his research into how language and society shape one another, particularly how the historical use of Mandarin...

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