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.

Recent Scholarly Publications

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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.

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...

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?

UK nuclear interests: security, resilience and Trident

November 2014

This paper examines UK national (security and nuclear) interests in relation to Trident and the recent putative shift in conceptions of UK national interests from a discourse of ‘security’ to one...

Efficient, Secure Green: Digital Utopianism and the Challenge of Making the Electrical Grid “Smart”

December 2013

Abstract: Electrical grids have long depended upon information infrastructures—systems for exchanging information about electricity generation, transmission, distribution, and use.

Arguments that Count: Physics, Computing, and Missile Defense, 1949-2012

August 2013

Overview (From http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/arguments-count):In a rapidly changing world, we rely upon experts to assess the promise and risks of new technology.

Disowning Fukushima: Managing the credibility of nuclear reliability assessment in the wake of disaster

July 2013

Abstract: This paper reflects on the credibility of nuclear risk assessment in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns.

Dual Surface-Functionalized Janus Nanocomposites for Simultaneous Tumor Cell Targeting and Stimulus-Induced Drug Release

July 2013

First paragraph of the article: One of the critical challenges in medical diagnosis and therapy using nanotechnology is the assembly of multiple components in a multifunctional delivery system....

Ready-to-use food-allocation policy to reduce the effects of childhood undernutrition in developing countries

March 2013

Abstract: Several aid groups have proposed strategies for allocating ready-touse (therapeutic and supplementary) foods to children in developing countries.

State Strategies in Multi-Ethnic Territories: Explaining Variation in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc

February 2013

Abstract After the collapse of the Soviet bloc, its twenty-seven successor states were charged with devising policies with respect to their ethnic minorities.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Explaining Variation in Western Jihadists' Choice between Domestic and Foreign Fighting

February 2013

This article studies variation in conflict theater choice by Western jihadists in an effort to understand their motivations.

Atomic Aversion: Experimental Evidence on Taboos, Traditions, and the Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons

February 2013

How strong are normative prohibitions on state behavior?

The recruiter’s dilemma: Signalling and rebel recruitment tactics

January 2013

Abstract: How do terrorists recruit? We know much about the profiles and pathways of recruits, but little about the strategies and tactics of recruiters.

From a "Dead Albatross" to Lincoln Labs: Applied Research and the Making of a Normal Cold War University

September 2012

AbstractLarge, military-funded, applied research laboratories became a common and controversial feature of Cold War academe.

Making China's Nuclear War Plan

September 2012

Abstract: For the last decade of Mao Zedong’s rule in China, his revolutionary thinking dominated all strategic planning and operations and directly shaped the policies of the strategic rocket...

The Application of Ecological Theory Toward an Understanding of the Human Microbiome

June 2012

Abstract The human-microbial ecosystem plays a variety of important roles in human health and disease.

The Political Economies of Immigration Law

March 2012

Abstract:A largely dysfunctional American immigration system is only poorly explained by simple depictions of the political economy of lawmaking on this issue, blaming factors such as deliberate...

The Conundrum of Close Calls: Lessons Learned for Securing Nuclear Weapons

March 2012

In a paper prepared for the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, CISAC research assistant Reid Pauly and senior fellow Scott Sagan share new evidence of instances when nuclear test sites,...

Nuclear Fuel in a Reactor Accident

March 2012

Abstract Nuclear accidents that lead to melting of a reactor core create heterogeneous materials containing hundreds of radionuclides, many with short half-lives.

Global Implications of China's Challenges – Part I

January 2012

For the past two decades China has been a poster child of successful globalization, integrating with the world and in the process lifting millions of citizens out of poverty.

The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb

January 2012

From Harper Collins publishers: Offering a clear analysis of the danger of nuclear terrorism and how it can be prevented, The Partnership sheds light on one of the most divisive security issues...

Disciplining Technopolitics: Physics, Computing, and the ‘Star Wars’ Debate

December 2011

Abstract: How do experts evaluate complex techno-political futures? This essay addresses the question by showing how scientists and engineers confronted U.S.

Implementing Change: Organizational Challenges

December 2011

An excerpt from "Implementing Change: Organizational Challenges" (pp. 309-310): Improving organizational performance is never easy.

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
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
Katharina Zellweger Visiting Scholar