Governance

Governance

FSI's research on the origins, character and consequences of government institutions spans continents and academic disciplines. The institute’s senior fellows and their colleagues across Stanford examine the principles of public administration and implementation. Their work focuses on how maternal health care is delivered in rural China, how public action can create wealth and eliminate poverty, and why U.S. immigration reform keeps stalling. Looking more broadly at these issues, FSI’s Governance Project works on measuring the quality of governance and assessing a country’s ability to deliver public services.

FSI’s work includes comparative studies of how institutions help resolve policy and societal issues. Scholars aim to clearly define and make sense of the rule of law, examining how it is invoked and applied around the world. One project explores how authoritarian and democratic regimes can encourage or suppress economic development. Meanwhile, the European Governance project looks at governance issues on a single continent.

FSI researchers also investigate government services – trying to understand and measure how they work, whom they serve and how good they are. They assess energy services aimed at helping the poorest people around the world and explore public opinion on torture policies. The Children in Crisis project addresses how child health interventions interact with political reform. Specific research on governance, organizations and security capitalizes on FSI's longstanding interests and looks at how governance and organizational issues affect a nation’s ability to address security and international cooperation.

Recent Projects

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Reset Nuclear Waste Policy

The “Reset” initiative engages technical experts, government officials and members of the public in a series of focused discussions on the U.S. Waste Management Strategy and Policy.
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The Security Conundrum Speaker Series

In an age of terrorism, where should a democratic society draw the line on government surveillance?
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International History Seminar Series

In recent years, historians have been breaking outside their traditional disciplinary boundaries; they are thinking about history - and the world - in different, new ways.
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Directors' Seminar Series

The Directors' Seminars showcase Stanford faculty and researchers, as well as policy makers and visiting scholars from all over the country.
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Regional Conflict and Cooperation

Regional conflicts present their own set of unique challenges to the international community.
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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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Initiative on International Conflict and Negotiation

The Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation (SCICN) and CISAC are collaborating to support a special initiative on international conflict resolution.
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Stanford Ethics & War Series

The whole of human history includes bloody and brutal wars.
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Stanford Ethics & War Series (2010-2011)

The Bowen H.
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Conflict Resolution

This area focuses on research related to failed states and state building, civil wars, conflict resolution and peacekeeping, refugees and democratic change.
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Enhancing Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540

In Resolution 1540, the United Nations Security Council, acting under its Chapter VII power to adopt measures that are legally binding on all U.N.
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Strengthening Security and Stability in South Asia

Through research and track-two diplomacy, CISAC scholars seek to identify policy oriented, cooperative measures aimed at fostering effective dialogue between Pakistan and India in an effort to...
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Implementation of Peace Agreements in Civil Wars

December 2017

Until recently, analysts of civil war focused their attention on the negotiation of peace agreements and paid scant attention to the implementation process.
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Ethnic Conflict in the Former Soviet Union

Ethnic conflicts in the former Soviet Union, and their potential for triggering serious interstate conflicts, pose a major threat to regional and international security in the years ahead.
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Project on Peace and Cooperation in the Asian-Pacific Region

The Project on Peace and Cooperation in the Asian-Pacific Region has been a cornerstone of research at the Center for International Security and Cooperation for three decades.
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Global Governance and Organizations

Scholars analyze the capacity of international organizations to address transnational issues such as security, pandemics and environmental change.
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Consortium for Research on Information Security and Policy

As part of a response to growing government concern over the threat of cyber attacks directed against critical national infrastructures, the National Security Agency (NSA) contracted with Stanford...
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China Energy Development, Global Climate Change, and International Mitigation Policy

The program explores the applicability of international policy instruments, such as the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) sanctioned at Kyoto in 1997, to decisions regarding and prospects for...
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MacArthur Consortium on International Peace and Cooperation

A consortium composed of Stanford University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Wisconsin has applied to the John D. and Catherine T.
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People

Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Amy Zegart Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
David Holloway, CISAC David Holloway Senior Fellow Professor, History, Professor, Political Science
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Fellow, S-APARC, Core faculty, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC