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.

Recent News

Records 24 / 44

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.

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.

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.

Military Competition with China: Harder to Win Than During the Cold War?

February 2021

On February 10th, the APARC China Program hosted Professor Oriana Mastro to discuss military relations between the US and China, and why deterrence might be even more difficult than during the Cold...

India Should Prioritize a Denial Strategy in the Indian Ocean

February 2021

The stand-off with China in the Himalayas has raised a broader debate about India’s strategic outlook.

APARC Offers Fellowship and Funding Opportunities to Support, Diversify Stanford Student Participation in Contemporary Asia Research

January 2021

The Center has launched a suite of offerings including a predoctoral fellowship, a diversity grant, and research assistant internships to support Stanford students interested in the area of...

The Soft War That America Is Losing

January 2021

The US depends far more on its soft power than authoritarian China does. Once it is lost, it is hard to get back.

How to Mitigate the Risks of Chinese Military Expansion in the Indian Ocean Region

January 2021

China’s expanding military capacity in the Indian Ocean region poses risks for the United States and its partners, writes South Asia Research Scholar Arzan Tarapore in 'The Washington Quarterly...

A Global Town Hall Welcomes America Back

December 2020

Despite the reversals of the Trump era, a flurry of online diplomacy served as a reminder that the U.S. is welcome in Southeast Asia writes Donald K. Emmerson in The Diplomat.

How Japan's Suga Can Build an Alliance to Counter China

December 2020

The strengths and weaknesses of the Quad

Free Nations Must Speak for Australia

December 2020

The Biden administration needs to rethink the entire nature of alliances for an era of heavy-handed economic diplomacy from Beijing says Oriana Skylar Mastro and Zack Cooper in an op-ed for the...

Nominations Open for 2021 Shorenstein Journalism Award

December 2020

Sponsored by Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, the annual award recognizes outstanding journalists and journalism organizations for excellence in coverage of the Asia-...

China’s South China Sea Strategy Prioritizes Deterrence Against the US, Says Stanford Expert

December 2020

Analysis by FSI Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro reveals that the Chinese military has taken a more active role in China’s South China Sea strategy, but not necessarily a more aggressive one.

Beijing’s Line on the South China Sea: “Nothing to See Here”

November 2020

China’s official denials of growing military capability in the region look a lot like gaslighting.

Japan's Role Could Redefine Asia-Pacific Relations Under Biden and Suga

November 2020

President-elect Biden's early conversations with Japan's prime minister Yoshihide Suga seem to signal a renewed commitment to coordination on issues of security, environmentalism, human...

Donald Emmerson Outlines Southeast Asia's Need to Balance Regional Politics and Influnce from China

November 2020

Southeast Asia Program Director Donald Emmerson joined the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations for a discussion with Ann Marie Murphy on his new edited volume, "The Deer and the Dragon:...

Update on Taiwan and China's Troubled Relationship: Oriana Skylar Mastro on NPR

October 2020

"The current threat is that the CCP is running out of patience, and their military is becoming more and more capable. So for the first time in its history, there's the option of taking...

New Fellowship on China Policy Seeks to Strengthen U.S.-China Relations

October 2020

Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Center invites applications for the inaugural 2021-22 China Policy Fellowship from experts with research experience on issues vital to the U.S. China...

People

Portrait of Curtis J. Milhaupt Curtis J. Milhaupt Senior Fellow, by courtesy William F. Baxter-Visa International Professor of Law
Dr. Jean C. Oi Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Portrait of Gi-Wook Shin Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Dr. Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
oriana mastro 1 Oriana Skylar Mastro Center Fellow
Andrew G. Walder Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Portrait of Joyce Lee Joyce Lee Research Project Manager
Portrait of Kenji Kushida Kenji E. Kushida Research Scholar at APARC
Arzan Tarapore Arzan Tarapore Research Scholar at APARC
Portrait of Nhu Truong Nhu Truong Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow, 2020-21
Portrait of Michael Armacost Michael H. Armacost Visiting Scholar at APARC
Scot Marciel Scot Marciel Visiting Scholar at APARC