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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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.

Science Seminar: Rebecca Slayton

May 19, 2014

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Is Nipah virus a threat to global security?

April 14, 2014

Abstract: Nipah virus lives in large fruit bats in South and Southeast Asia. When people become infected with Nipah virus over half of them die.

How the Internet Became Untrustworthy

March 17, 2014

About the Topic: The Internet in 2014 is a marvelous communication utility. It provides cheap and fast transfer of information to and from most places on or near the surface of Earth.

Science Seminar: Scott Fendorf

March 3, 2014

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What is synthetic biology and why does it matter?

February 24, 2014

About the topic: Products developed using recombinant DNA methods account for over $300 billion in annual U.S.

Why Nuclear Weapons Became Unsustainable: Modernization Theory, International Norms, and the Environmental Roots of the Nuclear Taboo, 1958-1968

February 13, 2014

ABOUT THE TOPIC: Why was nuclear war deemed unwinnable in the United States? Pace conventional wisdom, the truth was not self-evident.

Two technical projects in international humanitarian innovation: Africa and India

February 10, 2014

Africa (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2013): USAID and the UN's World Food Program have proposed strategies for allocating ready-to-use (therapeutic and supplementary) foods to...

Emerging Mechanisms for Moving Money

February 3, 2014

Over the last several years the landscape for money movement has changed dramatically.

Doing History for IR -- Interpreting the A-Bomb Decision: Using Documents to Construct and Understand History

January 23, 2014

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Barton J. Bernstein is Professor Emeritus of History at Stanford University. He was Professor of History at Stanford from 1965-2012.

China's Nuclear Energy Program - Development and Prospects

January 13, 2014

About the Topic: This presentation includes a review of significant trends in the development of nuclear energy in China, from the mid1980's until the present, and related future prospects.

Putting Politics First in Human Rights Strategy

January 9, 2014

ABOUT THE TOPIC: Social scientists have been working hard to understand the circumstances and strategies that improve the chances of favorable human rights outcomes.  Their findings are consistent...

Measuring NSA Surveillance

December 9, 2013

About the Topic: What do the National Security Agency’s bulk surveillance programs reveal about Americans?  This talk presents ongoing studies of Internet and telephone metadata.  Preliminary...

The Development of U.S. Missile Defense Policy, 1961-1972

November 21, 2013

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: James Cameron, Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at CISAC for 2013-14, completed his PhD in July 2013 at the University of Cambridge. James is very interested in the...

Cyber Operations: A Look into the 5th Domain

November 11, 2013

About the Topic: Air, sea, land, and space are the traditional domains of military operations. Now, as the Information Age unfolds, cyberspace has become the fifth domain.

Can We Measure Shared Understandings? A Network-Based Approach to the Analysis of Culture

November 7, 2013

ABOUT THE TOPIC: Culture is often understood as a system of "shared understandings." But what does that mean?

Disrupting the Security Landscape

November 5, 2013

About the Topic: The cyber security landscape has seen dramatic changes in recent years with the advent and evolution of new, growing, and ever-present adversaries.

Chemical and Isotopic Signatures in Nuclear Forensics

November 4, 2013

About the Topic: Analysis of environmental samples collected for nuclear forensics purposes typically involves determination of isotopic composition, which can sometimes (but not always) reveal...

The Prospects for Cybersecurity Cooperation After Snowden

October 24, 2013

ABOUT THE TOPIC: In his talk, Jack Goldsmith will explain why he is skeptical about significant cybersecurity cooperation among military rivals, especially at the treaty level.

Project Fox: Assessing Impact Risks from Near Earth Objects

October 21, 2013

Abstract:  The recent events in Chelyabinsk serve as a reminder that while rare, encounters with near-Earth objects (NEOs) can have significant consequences for humanity.


Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Herb Lin Herbert Lin Senior Research Scholar
Thomas Fingar Fellow
Rod Ewing Rodney C. Ewing Senior Fellow Professor of Geological Sciences
Lawrence M. Wein Professor, Management Science
Barbara van Schewick Associate Professor, Law
David Elliott Affiliate
Anja Manuel Anja Manuel Affiliate
Anne Clunan Anne Clunan Affiliate
Rebecca Slayton Rebecca Slayton Affiliate