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.

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...

NATO at 70: Deterrence, Defense and Dialogue to Maintain the Peace

March 18, 2020

Virtual Seminar​: Please click here to join the livestream webinar via Zoom or log-in with webinar ID 296 151 416. About this Event: When Russia seized Crimea in 2014, NATO was forced to reorient...

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?

Countering Russian Cyber Operations: At the Boundaries of Conflict

February 18, 2020

This event is co-sponsored with the Project on Russian Power and Purpose in the 21st Century Virtual Seminar: Please click here to join the livestream webinar via Zoom or log-in with webinar ID 913...

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.

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?

Putin vs. The Internet

February 6, 2020

This event is co-sponsored with the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law Register: Click here to RSVP Livestream: Please click here to join the livestream webinar via Zoom or log...

US-Ukraine Relations: Strengths and Weaknesses of US Policy Toward Ukraine with Recommendations for Future Initiatives

February 5, 2020

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/Se8UcB6HFNo About this Event: Based on his recent experience in Kyiv, Ambassador Taylor will evaluate current US policy toward Ukraine and make recommendations...

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...

From Fake News to Hybrid Warfare: The Militarization of Disinformation Debate in the Czech Republic

January 30, 2020

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/liv27EFoFWA About this Event: The phenomenon of “fake news” has become a highly political issue not only in the United States but also in other parts of the...

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.------------------------------------------------------------...

People

Megan Palmer Senior Research Scholar
Brett McGurk Lecturer
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Senior Fellow , Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Amy Zegart Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Martha Crenshaw Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Emerita, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science, Emerita
Headshot of Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
Andrew Grotto Andrew Grotto Director, Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance
Alex Stamos Director, Stanford Internet Observatory
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution