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 ever-threatening 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.

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Why nuclear deterrence can work on North Korea

November 2017

The same logic that kept a nuclear war from breaking out between the United States and former Soviet Union is the best strategy to now pursue with North Korea, several scholars said Tuesday at...

Listen to CISAC podcasts

November 2017

The Center for International Security and Cooperation now has more than 46 podcasts, dating all the way back to Oct. 19, 2016. Listen to them on the CISAC page on the iTunes website.

Zegart on Trump, U.S. foreign policy

October 2017

Pity the professionals.

Reckless hostility toward Cuba damages America's interests

October 2017

In an escalation of hostilities toward Cuba that is rapidly dismantling the Obama era détente, the Trump administration on Tuesday expelled 15 Cuban diplomats.

At 90, Perry driven by vision of a nuclear-free world

October 2017

At 90, William J. Perry has seen a lot in this world.Maybe, in fact, too much.

Stanford scholar assesses Catalonia referendum

October 2017

Sunday’s referendum vote in Catalonia, a northeast region of Spain seeking independence, was marred with violence as police forces from the Spanish government, which deemed the referendum illegal,...

National security focus for new CISAC fellow

September 2017

Colin Kahl, a top national security expert and veteran White House advisor, has been named to a new senior fellowship at Stanford.Starting in January 2018, Kahl will be the inaugural Steven C.

Expanded CISAC duties for Trinkunas

September 2017

As the new deputy director for the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Harold Trinkunas will assume more day-to-day management duties of the center in addition to his research...

Hecker: North Korean nuclear test shows steady advance

September 2017

In a Q&A with Elisabeth Eaves at The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, CISAC's Siegfried Hecker explains how the latest North Korean nuclear test is different, what North Korea's capabilities...

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...

New biosecurity initiative launched

August 2017

A new biosecurity initiative at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) aims to identify and mitigate biological risks, both natural and man-made, and safeguard the future of...

Hecker in Politico: Deal with North Korea

August 2017

Now that the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula has been at least temporarily defused thanks to Kim Jong Un’s announcement that he would wait and see before launching missiles toward Guam...

Exploring cybersecurity, Capitol Hill-style

August 2017

As cyber attacks escalate in magnitude – reflected in the 2016 Russian meddling in the U.S. election and the 2014 Sony Pictures hacking – the red alert has gone out to Washington D.C.

Hecker: Talk to North Korea to avert a nuclear disaster

August 2017

In July, North Korea tested its longest-range ballistic missiles yet, putting it closer than ever to having a nuclear weapon that could strike the US mainland.

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.

Andrew Grotto named CISAC fellow

July 2017

Andrew J.

U.S.-Russian teamwork kept nuclear weapons safe

July 2017

“Nuclear weapons stink when taken apart,” a Russian nuclear weapons engineer told his audience.

The nuclear weapons ban treaty: Opportunities lost

July 2017

On July 7, almost 72 years after the first atomic bomb was detonated in the New Mexico desert, 122 nations voted at the United Nations headquarters in New York to permanently ban nuclear weapons...

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Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
David Holloway, CISAC David Holloway Senior Fellow Professor, History, Professor, Political Science
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Norman M. Naimark Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Professor, by courtesy, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Amy Zegart Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Gail W. Lapidus Senior Fellow, Emerita Professor, Political Science, Emerita
Lawrence M. Wein Professor, Management Science
Alla Kassianova Alla Kassianova Senior Research Associate