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FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Recent Events

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Reflections on Korean Democracy

October 27, 2017

Hak-kyu Sohn, a career politician and the former chairman of the South Korea's Democratic Party, will share his insights into Korean democracy based on his decades of experience in politics.As a...

The Future of Asia: Voices from Asia’s Next Generation

October 16, 2017

Asia’s transformation presents both challenges and opportunities at international, regional, and domestic levels.

The Rise of Duterte: A Populist Revolt against Elite Democracy

October 13, 2017

Co-sponsored by the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Center for East Asian Studies, and the Southeast Asia Program Who is Rodrigo Duterte?  How did he become president of the...

Hospitality or Human Rights? Indonesia Welcomes the Rohingya

October 11, 2017

Indonesia has not signed the 1951 Refugee Convention and does not offer legal pathways for the permanent integration of refugees into its society.

Disease Control and Big Data Platforms for Health Policy in China: Experiences from Zhejiang Province

September 27, 2017

Co-sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and the Asia Health Policy ProgramWith rapid economic development, changes in lifestyle, epidemiologic transition and the ageing of the population,...

A Conversation with the Author of "Superficial Korea"

September 22, 2017

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

Abe Fellows Global Forum: Confronting Climate Change

September 5, 2017

Hurricane Harvey and Irma have brought home to everyone the impact of climate change on our economy, our society, and our daily lives.

How to Make Candlelight Dreams Come True?: Socio-Economic Policies toward a New Korea

September 5, 2017

Through 20 weeks of persistent and peaceful demonstrations, South Koreans called for their former president's impeachment which resulted in a special presidential election in May.

The Third Annual Forum on China’s Primary Healthcare Reform and Community Medical Services

June 12, 2017

The 2017 Forum will feature a luncheon keynote address on “Primary Care in the Netherlands: Lessons for China” by Jeroen N.

CANCELLED: The Promise and Limitations of Non-Violent Civil Disobedience: Lessons from India's Struggle for Independence

May 3, 2017

    This event has cancelled due to unforseen circumstancesProfessor Jha will present an overview of a book project, joint with Rikhil Bhavnani, that examines the promise and limitations of non...

Dual Practice of Public Hospital Physicians: Implications for Universal Health Coverage in Vietnam

May 3, 2017

Vietnam has adopted a public-private mixed health service delivery system for 30 years to mobilize more resources for the health sector.

Wind of Change? South Korea under the New Administration

April 20, 2017

South Koreans will elect a new president on May 9 after months of political turmoil that led to the impeachment of their most recent president, Park Geun-hye.

Change in Membership and Ranking of the Elites over Phases of Regime Change: The Case of Meiji Restoration

March 28, 2017

Professor Tetsuji Okazaki will present his research which examines the difference between the regime transition phase and consolidation phase, dividing government elites into the pre-Meiji...

Human Capital and Development: Insights from Korea's Transformation

March 24, 2017

South Korea's persistent economic growth combined with a democratic political system has transformed the country into a developed nation.

Corruption, Trust, and Occupational Preference in South Korea

March 24, 2017

One prominent feature of South Korea, as well as other countries in East Asia, is citizens’ strong preference to work for large conglomerates or the government, as opposed to startups or small and...

End of the U.S.-led Postwar Order? Allies' Reactions to Trump Diplomacy

March 22, 2017

Expected dramatic shifts of foreign policy by leading democracies, including the U.S.

Unconventional Monetary Policy in Japan: Comparison with Europe and Implications on Asia

March 21, 2017

Dr. Sayuri SHIRAI is currently a professor of Keio University and is also a visiting scholar at the Asian Development Bank Institute.

FINANCING LONGEVITY: The Economics of Pensions, Health, Long-term Care and Disability Insurance

March 17, 2017

The Asia Health Policy Program at Stanford’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC), in collaboration with scholars from Stanford Health Policy's Center on Demography and Economics of...

Why Do the Japanese Work Long Hours?

March 15, 2017

Reducing long working hours has been a high priority in the agenda to improve work conditions in Japan.  Towards this aim, the government has introduced legislation and policy measures, and...

15th Annual Shorenstein Journalism Award Panel Discussion: Religion After Mao

March 13, 2017

Following a century of violent anti-religious campaigns, China is now filled with new temples, churches and mosques--as well as cults, sects and politicians trying to harness religion for their own...

Financial Protection in Health: Alternative Framework and Evidence from Vietnam

March 9, 2017

The venue of this event has been moved to the Okimoto Conference room.Dr.

China, Trump, and Trade

March 1, 2017

Trade has been a key instrument behind China’s rapid economic growth.

Korea's Migrants: From Homogeneity to Diversity

February 23, 2017

The 9th Annual Koret WorkshopSouth Korea has long promoted a sense of ethnic unity but in recent years has seen an influx of ethnic and non-ethnic Koreans, making the country more diverse.

The U.S. and China in the Era of Donald Trump

February 16, 2017

WE HAVE REACHED VENUE CAPACITY AND ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING RSVPS PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE TO ENCINA HALL, BECHTEL CONFERENCE CENTER, 1ST FLOORThe election of Donald Trump has introduced a big...

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Matthew Kohrman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Associate Professor, Anthropology
Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Fellow, S-APARC, Affiliate, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Kenji E. Kushida Research Scholar, Japan Program
Elin Matsumae Research Assistant
Samantha Vortherms Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow 2017-18
Daniel C. Sneider Visiting Scholar
Hiroki Morishige Corporate Affiliate Visiting Fellow, 2016-18, Shizuoka Prefectural Government
Kyou-Hyun Kim Visiting Adjunct Professor 2017-18 Koret Fellow
Huma Shaikh Associate Director for Administration
George Krompacky Publications Manager