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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 Other Publications

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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.

What You Need to Know about the Third-Party Doctrine

December 2013

Affiliate John Villasenor explains how the American legal framework has not yet caught up to technological progress and how the U.S.

NSA's Creative Interpretations of Law Subvert Congress and the Rule of Law

December 2013

CISAC Affiliate and Forbes Contributor Jennifer Granick explains how NSA domestic surveillance activities might continue, even in the face of legal decisions to rein in the agency's activities. ...

U.S Government Surveillance: Bad for Silicon Valley, Bad for Democracy Around the World

June 2013

The University of Virginia's Christopher Jon Sprigman and CISAC's Jennifer Granick reveal how foreigners living in the United States do not have the same privacy protections as U.S.

Testimony before the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, U.S. House of Representatives

April 2013

CISAC Affiliate Rodney Ewing, Chairman of the U.S.

For Each and Every Child: A strategy for Education Equity and Excellence

February 2013

Selection from the report (Foreword by the commission co-chairs):This report summarizes how America’s K-12 education system, taken as a whole, fails our nation and too many of our children.

Put innovation at the heart of refugee protection work

January 2013

Alexander Betts, former CISAC fellow and current director of the Humanitarian Innovation Project at Oxford, explains why innovation offers so much potential for refugees to empower them and create...

Spooks, Incorporated

December 2012

Foreign Policy blogger and CISAC Faculty Member Amy Zegart explains how major private companies are increasingly developing their own intelligence that conduct surveillance and analyze information...

Focus on Officers, Not the Media

December 2012

CISAC Faculty Member Amy Zegart explains the politics behind leading the CIA: winning trust and support within the organization and with outsiders.

Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis

November 2012

SummaryClimate change can reasonably be expected to increase the frequency and intensity of a variety of potentially disruptive environmental events-slowly at first, but then more quickly.

A History of KEDO 1994-2006

July 2012

Congress Could Deal Death Blow to American Scientific Exceptionalism

June 2012

Next year's proposed cuts in federal funding for scientific research and development could be as high as 8 percent, seriously impacting research in agriculture, energy and medicine.

Ask the Experts: Preventing Sexual Violence

June 2012

Former CISAC fellow Dara Cohen, currently an assistant professor at Harvard University, wrote a co-authored blog post for the Council on Foreign Relations, discussing how to prevent sexual violence...

Exposure to Low-­‐Dose Radiation: We Need Social Discussion for Risk Judgment

February 2012

For a copy of the original article in Japanese, please contact Toshihiro Higuchi at th233@stanford.edu.

Examining Iranian And North Korean Nuclear Threats

January 2012

The nuclear weapons news of late has been alarming.

No Need for All These Nukes

January 2012

OVER the last three years, as I delved into the world of American nuclear weapons, I felt increasingly as though I had stepped into a time warp.

North Korea's new course

December 2011

The legacy of the late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung's decision in the early 1990s to pursue a strategic partnership with the United States has run its course.

Fukushima and the Inevitability of Accidents

November 2011

Abstract Governments regulate risky industrial systems such as nuclear power plants in hopes of making them less risky, and a variety of formal and informal warning systems can help society avoid...

Framing Defense Cuts

October 2011

Abstract: Since the crisis over America’s debt rating and the formation of the super committee, there has been a surge in debate about how to reduce defense spending.

Technology Can Nudge Climate Change Politics

October 2011

Reducing carbon-dioxide emissions is primarily a political problem, rather than a technological one.

What's Next for Medvedev?

October 2011

Russia will soon have another liberal ex-president. Twenty years ago this December, Mikhail Gorbachev stood in the Kremlin as the Soviet flag was lowered and replaced with the Russian tricolor.

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