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. 

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. 

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.

Scholarly Publications

The Birth of Nuclear Eternity

This chapter reconnects modes of futures-making with the requirements of democracy by focusing on the naturalization of nuclear weapons and their removal from the realm of democratic choice at a...

Bytes, Bombs, and Spies - The Strategic Dimensions of Offensive Cyber Operations

January 2019

Offensive cyber operations have become increasingly important elements of U.S. national security policy.

Other Publications

Can China’s Military Win the Tech War?

July 2020

As the Chinese government has set out to harness the growing strength of the Chinese technology sector to bolster its military, policymakers in the United States have reacted with mounting alarm.

How the West could win a technological ‘shadow war’ with China

June 2020

A new shadow war is underway within the International Telecommunication Union, one of the obscure organizations that sets global technical standards.

How to use the next stimulus to counter China

May 2020

“Build back better” was the mantra New Orleans adopted after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

News

Reluctant to Protect? The Role of Moral Reputation in Joining Military Coalitions

November 2022

How states join coalitions affects the extent to which they are perceived as blameworthy – or praiseworthy – for the outcome of that coalition.

NATO Parliamentary Delegation Joins FSI Scholars for Discussion on Ukraine and Russia

October 2022

FSI Director Michael McFaul, Kathryn Stoner, Francis Fukuyama, Scott Sagan, Anna Grzymala-Busse, and Marshall Burke answered questions from the parliamentarians on the conflict and its implications...

Memories of Mikhail Gorbachev - and a unique time in Russian history

September 2022

So many wonderful things have been said of Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev in recent days that I am loath simply to repeat them. Instead, I have reached back for my own memories, those that brought home...

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

Research Seminar Series

The CISAC Research Seminar Series features speakers that present on topics related to international security and their policy implications.
English

Directors' Seminar Series

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

Multimedia

2016 Drell Lecture: William J. Perry - A National Security Walk Around the World

February 2016

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J.

America’s Nuclear Waste – No Solution in Sight

January 2016

America’s nuclear waste is accumulating at over seventy sites in 39 states – but there is no clear way forward for its final disposal. An international cast of experts explains how the U.S.

Remarks at MIT: Renewal or Retrenchment - U.S. Grand Strategy in a Volatile World

June 2015

Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, a distinguished fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, presented remarks at the MIT Senior Congressional and Executive Office Branch Seminar, "Renewal or Retrenchment: U.S.

People

Michael Tomz Michael Tomz Affiliated Faculty, CDDRL and CISAC Professor, Political Science, Chair of the Department of Political Science
Scott Sagan Headshot Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Martha Crenshaw Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Emerita, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science, Emerita
Jenny Martinez Headshot Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
man smiling Cameron Tracy Research Scholar
Jacquelyn Schneider Jacquelyn Schneider Hoover Fellow
2022 Michael McFaul Headshot Michael A. McFaul Director, Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Kathryn Stoner Kathryn Stoner Senior Fellow, Senior Fellow (by courtesy), Hoover Institution, Professor (by courtesy), Political Science
Lisa Blaydes Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
thumbnail ddo photo Joseph Felter Lecturer
rsd19 072 0081a Harold Trinkunas Senior Research Scholar
Rose Gottemoeller Rose Gottemoeller Steven C. Házy Lecturer