Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Scholarly Publications

Cyber Risk Research Impeded by Disciplinary Barriers

November 2019

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Behavioral Economics and Nuclear Weapons

August 2019

Recent discoveries in psychology and neuroscience have improved our understanding of why our decision making processes fail to match standard social science assumptions about rationality.

Probabilistic Performance Assessment vs. the Safety Case Approach

January 2019

The “safety case” approach has been developed to address the issue of evaluating the performance of a geologic repository in the face of the large uncertainty that results for evaluations that...

Other Publications

Atomic Homefront: a film about struggling to live with Manhattan Project radioactive waste

June 2018

Abstract: This commentary reviews and discusses HBO’s new documentary, Atomic Homefront, which shows how communities are still struggling to live with radiation from radioactive waste generated...

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...

The United States and China: Same Bed, Different Dreams, Shared Destiny

April 2015

In the third annual Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Memorial Lecture on U.S.-East Asia Relations, Thomas Fingar, Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International...

News

Opinion: The Coronavirus Crisis Presents An Opportunity To End War In Ukraine

April 2020

In the midst of the damage to public health and the global economy, the COVID-19 crisis could present an unexpected opportunity both to resolve the only hot war in Europe and to address Russian...

Zelensky’s Government Reshuffle in Ukraine Could Put Reforms at Risk

March 2020

In the most sweeping reshuffle of his government since he took office last May, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky fired his Cabinet and appointed a new prime minister earlier this month.

Events

Anarchic Bargain: Power Trajectories and the Trade-off Motivating Order Formation

May 20, 2020

* Please note all CISAC events are scheduled using the Pacific Time Zone Livestream: Please click here to join the livestream webinar via Zoom or log-in with webinar ID 913 4480 9317. About the...

CISAC Honors Program Presentations | Antigone Xenopoulos, Kelly Devens, and Jonah Martin Glick-Unterman

April 17, 2020

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/yh5HVfzLgy0 About this Event: Antigone Xenopoulos1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Introductions will start at 1:30pm.

CISAC Honors Program Presentations | Bryan Metzger, Andrew Lokay, and Adam Elliott

April 17, 2020

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/j9S_CKmku00 About this Event: Bryan Metzger1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Introductions will start at 1:30pm.

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

Regional Conflict and Cooperation

Regional conflicts present their own set of unique challenges to the international community.
English

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

Multimedia

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

Julien de Troullioud de Lanversin Postdoctoral Fellow
Lauren Borja Postdoctoral Fellow
Melissa Griffith Pre-doctoral Fellow
Iris Malone Postdoctoral Fellow
Maxime Polleri Postdoctoral Scholar
Melissa Carlson Pre-doctoral Fellow
Mariya Grinberg Postdoctoral Fellow
Reid Pauly Postdoctoral Fellow
Shazeda Ahmed Pre-doctoral Fellow, Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)
Debak Das Pre-doctoral Fellow
Lindsay Krall Postdoctoral Fellow
Michal Smetana Visiting Scholar