Society

Society

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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Sentiment, Reason, and Law: Policing in the Republic of China on Taiwan

April 30, 2018

The Republic of China on Taiwan spent nearly four decades as a single-party state under dictatorial rule (1949-1987) before transitioning to liberal democracy.

A Relationship Transformed: Rethinking the Prospects for Conflict and Peace in the Taiwan Strait

February 7, 2014

Abstract:  After long being viewed as potential flashpoint, relations across the Taiwan Strait have stabilized tremendously in recent years, reflecting moderation in the approaches both Beijing and...

Urban Taiwan’s State-Structured Neighborhood Governance: Deepening Democracy, Partisan Civic Engagement, Inverted Class Bias

January 21, 2014

Abstract: Taiwan's system of neighborhood-level governance has origins in institutions of local control employed by both the Republican-era Kuomintang and the Japanese colonizers.

A Postscript to the 1943 Cairo Conference: Churchill, Roosevelt, and the Chinese Dilemma

December 6, 2013

 Abstract: That the Cairo Conference has been overshadowed by the wartime summits at Teheran and Yalta is understandable given the start of the Cold War in Europe almost immediately after the...

Is the Party Over? The Obsolescence of Authoritarian Growth in Singapore and Malaysia

April 8, 2013

In Singapore the People’s Action Party has held power continuously since 1959, having won 13 more or less constrained legislative elections in a row over more than half a century.

Testing the Logic of Counterinsurgency Doctrine

April 2, 2013

About the topic: When in late 2009, President Obama ordered the surge of an additional 30,000 troops into Afghanistan to reverse Taliban momentum, major tenets of the U.S.

Mere Straws in the Wind or Genuine Change? Society, Culture and Public Opinion under China's New Leadership

March 14, 2013

Early returns suggest that it may not be business as usual in state-society relations, with the Party-state being compelled to respond to an increasingly discontented and vocal society, and that a...

Isolation Versus Engagement: The Taiwanese Constitutional Court's Use of Foreign Law

March 8, 2013

Abstract: It has been said that constitutional court judges around the world increasingly participate in a "global judicial dialogue" that causes judges to make increased use of foreign law.

Away from the Keyboard? The Challenges of Command and Control over Cyber Operations

March 7, 2013

ABOUT THE TOPIC: Nearly all scholars writing about the potential for cyber war conclude that states, assumed to be unitary rational actors, are unlikely to use offensive cyber capabilities.

The 18th Party Congress and Institutionalization in Chinese Leadership Politics

January 25, 2013

The road to the 18th Party Congress was contentious, leading to its delayed convocation.

60 Years Later: The San Francisco Peace Treaty and the Regional Conflicts in East Asia

December 4, 2012

Sixty years have passed since the signing and enactment of the San Francisco Peace Treaty.

East Asia's Contentious Island Disputes: A U.S. Policy Perspective

October 29, 2012

Certain East Asian territorial disputes have simmered, unresolved, since the arrangements concluding the Second World War: Japan, China, and Taiwan contest sovereignty over the Senkaku/Diaoyu(tai)...

Following Africa’s Lead: Opportunities and Threats of the Mobile Internet Revolution

October 11, 2012

***** NOTE: CHANGE OF LOCATION*****AbstractThe mobile Internet — accessed through smartphones, tablets, and 4G technology — is now set to overtake the wired Net in usage and users.

The Chinese Naval Role in the Pacific and the American Response

May 30, 2012

***PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE*** Maritime issues are increasingly at the heart of security issues between the United States and China.

Taiwan’s Maturing Democracy

May 14, 2012

On May 14, the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (CNAPS) at Brookings and the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University hosted a seminar analyzing...

Patterns of Elderly Life Expectancy in Three Chinese Cities: Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei

April 30, 2012

Life expectancy at aged 65 is remarkably similar in the three Chinese cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Taipei, even though the cities differ in levels of socioeconomic development, health systems...

The Transition to Afghan Sovereignty: Assessing Progress and Identifying Challenges

January 31, 2012

Ten years into the war in Afghanistan, Payne Distinguished Lecturer Lt. Gen. Karl W. Eikenberry, the former U.S.

The 2012 Taiwan Elections: What Happened and Why?

January 25, 2012

Abstract: The 2012 Republic of China presidential and legislative elections to be held on January 14th mark the fifth presidential and seventh national legislative direct elections in Taiwan....

Building Institutions under Foreign Occupation: Police Reform in Colonial Taiwan versus the Philippines

January 19, 2012

Abstract: What explains the success and failure of institution-building under foreign occupations?

Building a Rule of Law in Afghanistan

January 12, 2012

Karl Eikenberry is the Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University (FSI).   Within FSI he is an affiliated faculty member with the...

Fourth Wave or False Start? Democracy After the Arab Spring

November 8, 2011

The decades-long political winter in the Arab world seemed to be thawing early this year as mass protests toppled Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and...

The Rise of China and Taiwan's Response: Implications for the United States

October 17, 2011

This is a CDDRL special event within our Democracy in Taiwan Program.

Colonialism, Collaboration, and Criminality: How Europe and East Asia Confront the Memory and Legacy of World War II

June 16, 2011

Even though the last of the remaining aged survivors of the Second World War who fought and suffered through its horrors are now dying out, interpretations of what happened remain politically and...