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.

Scholarly Publications

Bearing the Weight of the World: Exploring Maternal Embodiment (Chapter: Indeterminate Life: Dealing with Radioactive Contamination as a Voluntary Evacuee Mother)

October 2018

The maternal body is a site of contested dynamics of power, identity, experience, autonomy, occupation, and control.

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...

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.

Other Publications

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.

News

CISAC Faculty 2018 Winter Break Reading List

December 2018

Martha Crenshaw, senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and professor, by courtesy, of political science, recommends:My Brilliant Friend, by Elena FerranteKarl...

Paul Edwards delivers keynote at Global Weather Conference Oct. 12

October 2018

What can the past teach us about the future of the global weather enterprise? On October 12th, William J.

FSI launches Middle East Initiative led by Colin Kahl

April 2018

As a senior policy advisor on the Middle East at the Pentagon and the White House, Colin Kahl has witnessed struggles in the region first-hand.

Events

Haunted By Chaos: China's Grand Strategy From Mao Zedong To Xi Jinping

May 6, 2019

Abstract: Before the CCP came to power, China lay broken. Today it is a force on the global stage, but its leaders remain haunted by the past.

Trilateral Cooperation in the Shadow of a Nuclear North Korea

March 12, 2019

Abstract: My research investigates the formal institutionalization of inter-governmental cooperation among the three major Northeast Asian powers – China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea—in the...

CISAC Honors Program Info Session

January 28, 2019

CISAC Honors Program Info SessionRSVP here

Projects

Empirical Studies of Conflict

The Empirical Studies of Conflict Project (ESOC) addresses critical challenges to international security through methodologically rigorous, evidence-based analyses of insurgency, civil war and...
English

Managing Global Insecurity Project (MGI)

Nearly 20 years into the post-cold war era, the existing multilateral architecture of international organizations, treaties, and alliances shows signs of acute distress.
English

Feeding the World in the 21st Century: Exploring the Connections between Food Production, Health, Environmental Resources, and International Security

This project involves political scientists, economists, and medical researchers to address the question of whether hunger, poverty, disease and agricultural resource constraints foster civil...
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.

People

Headshot of Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
Rod Ewing Rodney C. Ewing Senior Fellow Professor of Geological Sciences
Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Senior Fellow , Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Herb Lin Herbert Lin Senior Research Scholar
Lawrence M. Wein Professor, Management Science
Barbara van Schewick Associate Professor, Law
Robert Weiner Robert Weiner Affiliate
Frank Pabian Affiliate
Anne Clunan Anne Clunan Affiliate
Whitfield Diffie Affiliate