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 Scholarly Publications

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Ownership Transformation, Economic Behavior, and Political Attitudes in Russia

August 1996

Has the rapid ownership transformation in Russia had an impact on enterprise performance or on worker behavior and attitudes?

Privatization, Conversion, and Enterprise Reform in Russia

May 1994

The papers in this volume are revised versions of presentations made by the authors at a conference on economic reform in Russia, which was held at Stanford University on November 22 and 23, 1993....

Reforming the Department of Defense: The Revolution in Business Affairs (Volume 1, Number 4)

February 1999

The Revolution in Business Affairs (RBA) is an effort to improve the overall effectiveness of the Department of Defense (DOD) by increasing the efficiency of its support operations.

Report of the third Russian-American Entrepreneurial Workshop on Defense Technology Conversion held at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

January 1995

This report comprises a description, summary, and analysis of an entrepreneurial training workshop for Russian nuclear scientists held at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), May 9-20...

Restructuring of Research Institutes in Russia: The Case of the Central Aerohydrodynamic Research Institute

November 1994

The Soviet Union's economy was overindustrialized and highly militarized, with a disproportionate share of the military industry located in the Russian Republic.

Software Projects in Russia: A Workshop Report

June 1996

The Center for International Security and Arms Control (CISAC) at Stanford University convened a workshop that dealt almost exclusively with software groups from the military-industrial complex.

Strategic Information Warfare - A New Arena for Arms Control?

October 1996

Information warfare is a relatively new rubric, which is receiving increasing attention within the United States from both the government and the general population.

Nuclear Warfare

December 2008

Technology has always had a profound influence on the character of war.

Simple Model for Calculating Ballistic Missile Defense Effectiveness, A

December 2000

This paper develops a probabilistic model that can be used to determine the technical performance required for a defense to meet specific political/military objectives.

Keeping National Missile Defense in Perspective

January 2002

The United States is in the midst of its third major debate on nationwide ballistic missile defense-the first culminating in the 1972 ABM Treaty and the second sparked by President Reagan's "Star...

Talking Across Disciplines in the Study of Peace and Security: Epistemology and Pragmatics as Source of Division in the Social Sciences

June 1996

How can scholars translate knowledge concerning problems ofpeace and security across the boundaries of academic disciplines and intellectual frameworks?

Application of Venture Capital and the Entrepreneurial Revolution in Russia, The

August 1998

As Russia undergoes transition from a command to a market economy, almost all aspects of the economic landscape are changing.

Biotechnology Industry of the United States: A Census of Facilities, The

July 1995

This report is intended as a basis for future, more comprehensive studies on the biotechnology industry, studies which are urgently required to support the process of policy development for the...

Geopolitics of Energy Development in the Caspian Region: Regional Cooperation or Conflict?, The

December 1999

The Caspian Basin has emerged in recent years as a major focus of international affairs for a combination of political, economic, and geostrategic reasons.

Military Program in Brazil, The

August 1997

Since Brazil and West Germany surprised the world by announcing that they had reached the nuclear "deal of the century" in 1975, many national and international observers have feared that Brazil...

Uses and Nonuses of Intelligence, The

October 1996

In this study the author examines the ways in which intelligence is being used in order to understand how and why it often goes unused, and what, if anything, can be done about it.

Uranium Enrichment and Other Technical Problems Relating to Nuclear Weapons Proliferation

July 1994

This paper describes the technologies needed for producing nuclear weapons, giving particular attention to those used in electromagnetic separation and laser uranium-235 enrichment.  The complexity...

Workshop on Protecting and Assuring Critical National Infrastructure: Next Steps

June 1998

The third Stanford-Livermore workshop in the series examining the protection of critical national infrastructures against cyber attack was held at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on February...

Workshop on Protecting and Assuring Critical National Infrastructure

July 1997

In July 1996, President Clinton established the Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection, with a charter to designate critical infrastructures and assess their vulnerabilities, to recommend...

The Key Role of the Back-end in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle

January 2010

This two-volume special issue of Daedalus highlights the challenges associatedwith the global expansion of nuclear power.

Impact on Global Warming of Development and Structural Changes in The Electricity Sector of Guangdong Province, China

March 2000

This paper examines the impact on global warming of development and structural changes in the electricity sector of Guangdong Province, China, together with the possible effect of international...

How Much Is Enough? A Risk-Management Approach to Computer Security

August 2000

How much security is enough? No one today can satisfactorily answer this question for computer-related risks.

Internet in Turkey and Pakistan: A Comparative Analysis, The

December 2000

The Global Diffusion of the Internet Project was initiated in 1997 to study the diffusion and absorption of the Internet to, and within, many diverse countries.

Proposal for an International Convention on Cyber Crime and Terrorism, A

August 2000

The information infrastructure is increasingly under attack by cyber criminals. The number, cost, and sophistication of attacks are increasing at alarming rates.


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