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International Development

International Development

FSI researchers consider international development from a variety of angles. They analyze ideas such as how public action and good governance are cornerstones of economic prosperity in Mexico and how investments in high school education will improve China’s economy.

They are looking at novel technological interventions to improve rural livelihoods, like the development implications of solar power-generated crop growing in Northern Benin.

FSI academics also assess which political processes yield better access to public services, particularly in developing countries. With a focus on health care, researchers have studied the political incentives to embrace UNICEF’s child survival efforts and how a well-run anti-alcohol policy in Russia affected mortality rates.

FSI’s work on international development also includes training the next generation of leaders through pre- and post-doctoral fellowships as well as the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program.

Scholarly Publications

Thucydides Trap

March 2015

Don’t presume that tensions between China, a rising state, and the United States, the status quo power, will lead to conflict.Like several states in the Asia–Pacific region, Australia faces a...

The Campaigns of Cao Cao

March 2015

 The ancient Chinese general and strategist, Cao Cao, fought a brilliant series of military campaigns in an effort to unite China during the Three Kingdoms era.

Aid for Peace: Does Money Buy Hearts and Minds?

January 2015

The future of humanitarian assistance and security policy in chaotic places such as Syria and Iraq could rest on a single question: Does aid in conflict zones promote peace or war?

Other Publications

A Silk Road for the Twenty-First Century?

November 2016

In an analysis piece for CSIS, Shorenstein APARC Distinguished Fellow Thomas Fingar examines the geopolitical, economic and developmental considerations of Xi Jinping's call for China and the...

Security Challenges in a Turbulent World: Fewer Enemies, More Challenges, and Greater Anxiety

February 2015

Speech excerpt:The conference is designed to illustrate the scope and variety of the security challenges we face and I commend both the organizers and the presenters.

Stop Drinking the Weak Sauce

February 2015

For 25 years now, a weak-state fixation has transfixed U.S. foreign policy, Amy Zegart writes in this Foreign Policy piece.

News

Rod Ewing to serve as CISAC co-director

September 2017

Rod Ewing will serve as co-director of the sciences for Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.Ewing, a mineralogist and materials scientist, is the Frank Stanton Professor in...

Sagan on the 'nuclear necessity' principle

August 2017

In this podcast with the Carnegie Council, CISAC's Scott Sagan says that major changes must be made if U.S.

Scholars Hecht, Edwards join CISAC

July 2017

Renowned scholars Gabrielle Hecht and Paul N.

Events

How low-carbon technologies will improve our climate, health, and national security and stabilize the world's economies

April 20, 2017

Abstract: In 2015 nations agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals, including ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all.

Ensuring High Quality and Innovative Science and Technology for National Security

March 25, 2016

Abstract:  Institutions like LLNL are part of an enterprise established in the mid-twentieth century to enable teams of scientists and engineers to deliver technological capabilities to address...

Empowering the World: Entrepreneurship and the Future of Foreign Policy

February 22, 2016

Please note: the start time for this event has been moved from 3:00 to 3:15pm.Join FSI Director Michael McFaul in conversation with Richard Stengel, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy...

Projects

Empirical Studies of Conflict

The Empirical Studies of Conflict Project (ESOC) addresses critical challenges to international security through methodologically rigorous, evidence-based analyses of insurgency, civil war and...
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Science Seminar Series

The CISAC Science Seminar Series features speakers who present scientific subjects with international security and policy implications.
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Managing Global Insecurity Project (MGI)

Nearly 20 years into the post-cold war era, the existing multilateral architecture of international organizations, treaties, and alliances shows signs of acute distress.
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Multimedia

Why France and the European Union Still Matter for the United States

February 2015

Is Europe "elderly and haggard", and could France become "the crucible of  Europe" (Jan.

People

Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Rod Ewing Rodney C. Ewing Senior Fellow Professor of Geological Sciences
Coit D. Blacker Senior Fellow Professor, Humanities and Sciences
David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Lawrence M. Wein Professor, Management Science
Barbara van Schewick Associate Professor, Law
Herb Lin Herbert Lin Senior Research Scholar for Cyber Policy and Security
Rebecca Slayton Rebecca Slayton Affiliate
Anja Manuel Anja Manuel Affiliate
Anne Clunan Anne Clunan Affiliate
Robert Weiner Robert Weiner Affiliate