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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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?

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...

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...

The Strike on Qassem Soleimani: Implications for Iran, the Middle East and the World

January 6, 2020

Panel discussion with Stanford international affairs experts on escalating U.S.-Iran tensions. Register: Click here to RSVP Livestream: Please click here to join the livestream. About this Event: U...

Health and Human Capital in Putin’s Russia

December 4, 2019

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/5c8Un2Y9-sw Abstract: Over the last fifteen years, the Russian government has invested significantly in improving Russia’s education and health care systems and...

Secrets in Global Governance: Disclosure Dilemmas and the Challenge of International Cooperation

December 4, 2019

Seminar Recording: ​https://youtu.be/vwmgYCTUJ3o About this Event: Scholars and practitioners have long argued that compliance with international rules often requires building institutions or other...

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...

Defector Militias as Tools of Social Fragmentation: Evidence from Ba‘thist Iraq and Sudan

November 25, 2019

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/XFFT74SvaCM Abstract: Pro-government militias have become a regular dimension of counterinsurgency operations, serving governments in fighting rebels locally....

Russia as a Failed Developmental State: Economic Policy and Predation Under Sanctions

November 25, 2019

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/q5g6fuAVG2w About this Event: For over a decade, Russian officials have a championed a model of economic growth that draws inspiration from East Asian...

Inside the Five-Sided Box

November 5, 2019

This event is co-sponsored with The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Seminar Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vHBvzWHcpw&feature=youtu.be Abstract: The world’s...

Russia, The West and Sanctions

September 27, 2019

Click here to RSVP Livestream: This event will not be live-streamed or recorded. Abstract: The West’s sanctions regime on Russia is unprecedented.

Authoritarian Legitimation and Insecure Collective Identity: Lessons From Putin’s Russia

September 20, 2019

/*-->*/ Livestream: This event will not be live-streamed or recorded. Abstract: This study brings together social identity theory and the literature on ontological security in international...

Conversation on Iraq and American Grand Strategy

September 9, 2019

Abstract: We have learned a great deal about Iraq since the fateful decision to invade the country in 2003.

Beyond “Bots and Trolls” — Understanding Disinformation as Collaborative Work

September 6, 2019

Abstract: Russia’s challenge to the West includes information operations (e.g., disinformation, political propaganda, and other forms of online manipulation) aimed at destabilizing the common...

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

May 6, 2019

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/ZVHEqY1_3w8 Abstract: Before the CCP came to power, China lay broken.

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

‘Blunt not the Heart, Enrage It': The Psychology of Revenge and Deterrence

December 14, 2018

Abstract: Revenge may not be a necessary condition for deterrence to operate, but it can certainly prove sufficient in many circumstances.  The psychology of revenge is implicitly embedded into the...

Discussion of The American Lab

December 14, 2018

Abstract: The American Lab, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2018, tells the story of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (the Lab) from the events leading to its founding in...

How low-carbon technologies will improve our climate, health, and national security and stabilize the world's economies

April 20, 2017

Abstract: In 2015 nations agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals, including ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all.

Ensuring High Quality and Innovative Science and Technology for National Security

March 25, 2016

Abstract:  Institutions like LLNL are part of an enterprise established in the mid-twentieth century to enable teams of scientists and engineers to deliver technological capabilities to address...

Empowering the World: Entrepreneurship and the Future of Foreign Policy

February 22, 2016

Please note: the start time for this event has been moved from 3:00 to 3:15pm.Join FSI Director Michael McFaul in conversation with Richard Stengel, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy...

Educational and Entrepreneurial Initiatives to Support Youth in Places of Violence

April 28, 2015

CONFERENCE OVERVIEWThe heavy presence of youth and young adults in the world of criminality is an issue that has been gaining increasingly more attention in the agendas of policymakers and...

Relief, Rehabilitation and Development Assistance to North Korea: What are the needs today after almost 20 years of aid projects and programs?

May 28, 2014

Due to the interest generated by this seminar, we have reached our maximum seating capacity and are not able to accommodate any more guests.

People

Dr. Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
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
Rod Ewing Rodney C. Ewing Senior Fellow Professor of Geological Sciences
Barbara van Schewick Associate Professor, Law
Lawrence M. Wein Professor, Management Science
Tonya Putnam Affiliate
Rebecca Slayton Rebecca Slayton Affiliate
Katharina Zellweger North Korea Program Affiliate
Shiri Krebs Shiri Krebs Affiliate