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

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.

Mission Impossible? Socio-technical Integration of Nuclear Waste Geological Disposal Systems

November 2018

Abstract: We present a new perspective on geological disposal systems for nuclear waste.

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

Spies Like Us: The Promise and Peril of Crowdsourced Intelligence

June 2021

In January, President Donald Trump’s supporters rampaged through the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to derail Congress’s certification of the 2020 presidential election results.

How the Kremlin Uses Agenda Setting to Paint Democracy in Panic

February 2021

Since November 2020, the world has watched the presidential transition in the United States with unease. After a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in an effort to...

Will Insurrection Lead to Terrorism?

February 2021

Reading history for lessons about what happens when agitators go underground.

Events

APSIA Online Graduate School Fair

July 16, 2021

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

Book Talk: Russia Resurrected: Its Power and Purpose in a New Global Order

January 19, 2021

REGISTER HERE An assessment of Russia that suggests that we should look beyond traditional means of power to understand its strength and capacity to disrupt international politics.

Russia's Challenge to the West:  The Perspective from Berlin

October 30, 2020

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/7uGcI3qswDw   About the Event: As relations between the West and Russia have sharply deteriorated in recent years, Germany has taken a leading role in shaping...

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

Andrew Grotto Andrew Grotto Director, Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance
Stedman Steve Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Kathryn Stoner Headshot Kathryn Stoner Deputy Director, Senior Fellow Senior Fellow
blaydes2 Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
thumbnail ddo photo Joseph Felter Lecturer
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
michael mcfaul 2 Michael A. McFaul Director, Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
weinstein Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Taubman Phil Philip Taubman Lecturer
Women looking straight forward Amy Zegart Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Jacquelyn Schneider Jacquelyn Schneider Hoover Fellow
Fearon James James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science