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.

Recent Events

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Drivers of Russian Strategy

March 25, 2020

Livestream: Please click here to join the livestream webinar via Zoom or log-in with webinar ID 584 297 488. About this Event: Russian decision making, though at times characterized as tactical or...

Decision-making and Policy-making during Political Crises

March 23, 2020

Livestream: Please check back on day of event for status update (if any). About this Event: This panel will investigate the effect that political crises have on leaders’ decision-making and...

CANCELED: Reorienting U.S. Policy toward Great Power Competition and Russia

March 2, 2020

CISAC will be canceling all public events and seminars until at least April 5th due to the ongoing developments associated with COVID-19.------------------------------------------------------------...

CANCELED: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry that Unraveled Culture, Religion and Collective Memory in the Middle East

February 24, 2020

CISAC will be canceling all public events and seminars until at least April 5th due to the ongoing developments associated with COVID-19.------------------------------------------------------------...

Uncertainty, Risk, and Responsibility: Lessons from Three Technologies

February 18, 2020

Livestream: Please click here to join the livestream webinar via Zoom or log-in with webinar ID 819 377 559. About this Event: Are we still in the Nuclear Age? Is this the Age of AI?

The Tragedy of American Nuclear Policy

February 7, 2020

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/YQU4cuywdK8 About this Event: What sort of narrative defines the American experience with nuclear weapons?

Germany, Europe and Russia

February 7, 2020

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/BGjRsO0fKds About this Event: Germany plays a key role in shaping European and Western policy toward Russia.

Navigating Foreign Policy in South Asia

February 3, 2020

Open to Stanford affiliates only.Stanford identification will be checked at doors.  This event is co-sponsored with Stanford’s Center for South Asia Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/Wc3mFRw9an8...

Iran and the Limits of Economic Statecraft: Sanctions, Energy, and the Effectiveness of Maximum Pressure

January 30, 2020

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/yIthWPC99bI About this Event: Since the United States left the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018, the Trump administration has pursued a maximum economic pressure...

Bolstering the Information War’s Weakest Front: How to Build Citizen Resilience to Disinformation and Fake News

January 29, 2020

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/AJxhy6pf95U About this Event: Rampant disinformation threatens democracy, security, and even public health worldwide.

The Wagner Group: Untangling the Purpose behind a Russian Power Tool

January 29, 2020

This event is co-sponsored by the European Security Initiative Livestream: Please click here to join the livestream webinar via Zoom or log-in with webinar ID 980 796 417. About this Event: Russia...

Do Morals Matter?

January 29, 2020

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/qanfBvhmTQM About this Event: In Do Morals Matter?, Joseph S.

CANCELED: The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West

January 23, 2020

CISAC will be canceling all public events and seminars until at least April 5th due to the ongoing developments associated with COVID-19.------------------------------------------------------------...

Demystifying China

January 23, 2020

Livestream: Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event. Click here to register.This event is available only to CISAC faculty, fellows, staff, network affiliates, and honors...

How do Modern Militant Groups Form, Survive, and Thrive?

January 22, 2020

Livestream: Please check back on day of event for status update (if any). About this Event: Despite the fact that armed groups directly influence patterns of war between and within states, the...

CANCELLED: Things Look Fine, But We’re Doomed: Studying, and Stopping, Catastrophe

January 17, 2020

  NOTICESeminar CancellationThe Things Look Fine, But We’re Doomed: Studying, and Stopping, Catastrophe seminar has been CANCELLED.

Good Science and Silenced Security: On Anticipatory Governance in Biobanking

January 15, 2020

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/P1-Q0OSo4yM About this Event: The governance of big data and the prevention of their misuse is among the most topical issues in current debates among security...

U.S. Policy Towards Russia in an Era of Great Power Competition

January 14, 2020

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/c1RKnxPEk54 About this Event: U.S.-Russian relations are at perhaps their lowest point since the end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union.

CANCELED: Beyond NATO: A New Security Architecture for Eastern Europe

January 8, 2020

CISAC will be canceling all public events and seminars until at least April 5th due to the ongoing developments associated with COVID-19.------------------------------------------------------------...

Israel and the Persian Gulf: New Relations for a Challenging New Era

December 12, 2019

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/2J1usUsxZVw About this Event: Israel’s relations with the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf, and particularly Saudi Arabia, have been improving for many years....

Truthiness and Tribalism as Political Weapons: Fear, Cognitive Hacking and the Strategic Use and Abuse of Extra-factual Information

December 5, 2019

Livestream: This event will not be live-streamed or recorded. Abstract: When U.S.

The Past and Future of Arms Control

December 5, 2019

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/i-Oaa0yiSjA About this Event: In the last 50 years, the United States and Soviet Union/Russia have pursued arms control negotiations and signed numerous treaties...

Putin or the People? The Surprising Politics of Authoritarianism in Russia

December 4, 2019

Seminar Recording: /*-->*/ https://youtu.be/HFZJj01vC3U Abstract: By most accounts, the most important political space in the world's largest country is the four inches between Vladimir Putin’s...

Secrecy and Deniability in the Nuclear Realm

December 4, 2019

Livestream: This event will not be live-streamed or recorded. Abstract: State nuclear enterprises are shrouded in secrecy. This fact alone makes nuclear security scholarship difficult.

People

Brett McGurk Lecturer
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Kathryn Stoner Deputy Director, Senior Fellow Senior Fellow
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Andrew Grotto Andrew Grotto Director, Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Jacquelyn Schneider Jacquelyn Schneider Hoover Fellow
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Martha Crenshaw Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Emerita, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science, Emerita
Philip Taubman Lecturer