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.

Scholarly Publications

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...

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).

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.

Other Publications

ASEAN @ 50, Southeast Asia @ Risk: What Should Be Done?

January 2018

In October 2017, twenty-two scholars from eight countries attended a workshop titled “ASEAN @ 50, Southeast Asia @ Risk: What should be done?” The workshop was designed to facilitate a frank and...

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...

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.

News

Audio: APARC Scholars on China’s Belt and Road Initiative

April 2019

APARC's Direcror of the Southeast Asia Program Donald K. Emmerson, Center Fellow Thomas Fingar, and Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow David M.

Shorenstein APARC Names 2019-20 Postdoctoral Fellows

February 2019

Shorenstein APARC is pleased to announce the selection of two scholars as postdoctoral fellows for the 2019-20 academic year.

Podcast: Donald K. Emmerson on How Southeast Asian Nations Balance China-U.S. Relations

February 2019

As tension grows between China and the United States, its effects are felt across Asia. APARC's Southeast Asia Program Director Donald K.

Events

Emotional Labor and the Power of International Bureaucrats: The ASEAN Secretariat in Comparative Perspective

April 30, 2019

Bureaucrats become powerful when they stage emotionally calibrated performances as “servants” before state principals, earn their trust, and carve out space for action through “whispering,” ...

Killing the Chicken to Scare the Monkey: Explaining Coercion by China in the South China Sea

March 26, 2019

Despite adverse implications for its image, when it comes to territorial disputes, China has been willing to employ coercion.

Projects

Late Democratization in Pacific Asia

Professor Thompson builds on Barrington Moore's insight that there are different "paths to the modern" world.
English

Worker Identities and the Origins of Capital in Vietnam

The Vietnamese government legalized strikes in 1995. Since then Vietnamese workers have gone on strike more than 1,500 times.
English

Multimedia

The South China Sea: What is to be Done?

April 2017

Audio and transcript from the Shorenstein APARC China Program seminar, "The South China Sea: What is to be Done?", on March 8, 2017, with Donald K.

Thailand's Long Endgame: Crises, Coups, Prospects

January 2017

Audio and transcript from the Southeast Asia Program seminar, "Thailand’s Long Endgame: Crises, Coups, Prospects," with Thitinan Pongsudhirak on Oct.

Embittered Authoritarianism: Contemporary Malaysia in Comparative Perspective

January 2017

Audio and transcript from the Southeast Asia Program seminar, "Embittered Authoritarianism: Contemporary Malaysia in Comparative Perspective," with Dan Slater on Feb.