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 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.

Scholarly Publications

The Oxford Handbook of Peaceful Change in International Relations

With the rapid rise of China and the relative decline of the United States, the topic of power transition conflicts is back in popular and scholarly attention.

Teach What You Preach: A Comprehensive Guide to the Policy Memo as a Methods Teaching Tool

The policy memo is particularly suited for introducing basic methodological concepts to upper-division undergraduate students of political science, argues Oriana Skylar Mastro.

The PLA’s Evolving Role in China’s South China Sea Strategy

December 2020

During the past eight months of the global COVID pandemic, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been active in promoting China’s claims in the South China Sea.  This essay evaluates PLA...

Other Publications

Drones, Surveillance, and Violence: Theory and Evidence from a US Drone Program

July 2019

Abstract We investigate the impact of the US drone program in Pakistan on insurgent violence.

US-Russia rift threatens science ties that keep us safe

December 2016

Siegfried Hecker describes Russia's systematic termination of nuclear cooperation with the United States and the harmful consequences that this could have for both countries.

Why are Syrian Kurds pivoting toward Moscow?

February 2016

An affiliate of the largest and most powerful Kurdish party in Syria, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), opened its first official mission abroad — in Moscow.

News

The Russia-Ukraine War: A Setback for Arms Control

May 2022

The Russia-Ukraine war is entering its fourth month, with no end in sight.  The Kremlin seems intent on achieving a victory on the battlefield, while relations between the West and Russia plummet to...

Russians allegedly storm Ukrainian ISP, blackmail it to switch to Russian networks

May 2022

Ukraine’s state communications agency said Friday that Russian forces had invaded a Kherson-based Internet company and disconnected all equipment, threatening to confiscate it if the company did not...

Congratulations to CISAC Honors Students inducted to Phi Beta Kappa!

May 2022

Five CISAC Honors students were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Phi Beta Kappa selects students with high academic achievement who have also successfully taken classes showing a breadth of engagement...

Old Events

Nationalist Authoritarianism and the Future of Democracy

September 9, 2021

For Fall Quarter 2021, FSI will be hosting hybrid events.

An Address by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

August 24, 2021

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) is honored to host the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, for an address on U.S.-Ukrainian relations.

APSIA Online Graduate School Fair

July 16, 2021

Please join our partners at APSIA for their 2021 online grad school fair.

Projects

Russian Power and Purpose in the 21st Century Seminars

The Project on Russian Power and Purpose convenes faculty seminars and open events in which speakers and experts discuss the context and drivers of Kremlin strategy.
English

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.

Honors College 2014

December 2014

Video of CISAC Honors College 2014   Tag along with the 2014-2015 CISAC Honors Students during Honors College in Washington, D.C.

The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for a Vibrant, Competitive and Secure Nation

November 2014

Karl Eikenberry, a distinguished fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, believes that the humanities belong at the center of American foreign policy. And his voice matters.

People

Fearon James James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Photo of Oriana Skylar Mastro Oriana Skylar Mastro Center Fellow
Women looking straight forward Amy Zegart Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Jenny Martinez Headshot Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
thumbnail ddo photo Joseph Felter Lecturer
blaydes2 Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
2015 eileen donahoe 04 web Eileen Donahoe Lecturer, CDDRL
colin kahl Colin H. Kahl Senior Fellow Steven C. Házy Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
2022 Michael McFaul Headshot Michael A. McFaul Director, Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
weinstein Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Martha Crenshaw Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Emerita, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science, Emerita
Dr. Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC