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 Other Publications

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Technology Can Nudge Climate Change Politics

October 2011

Reducing carbon-dioxide emissions is primarily a political problem, rather than a technological one.

What's Next for Medvedev?

October 2011

Russia will soon have another liberal ex-president. Twenty years ago this December, Mikhail Gorbachev stood in the Kremlin as the Soviet flag was lowered and replaced with the Russian tricolor.

No Need to Reset the Reset

September 2011

Russia watchers in the West cannot be surprised that Vladimir Putin is on his way back to the Russian presidency.

9/11 and the makers of history

September 2011

After 9/11, the administration of US President George W Bush initiated the era of the global war on terror. For many, this was a misguided response to terror attacks.

Can We Unlearn the Bomb?

May 2011

North Korea's Yongbyon Nuclear Complex: A Report by Siegfried S. Hecker

November 2010

Excerpt: "On November 12, during my most recent visit to the Yongbyon Nuclear Complex with Stanford University colleagues John W.

Weak Ties: U.S.-India Economic Relations

November 2010

Despite the fact that India's economy is booming with 8% annual growth, a large english-speaking population and a strong talent base, economic ties between New Delhi and Washington remain weak....

U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula

June 2010

As tensions on the Korean peninsula rise after an international investigation found that North Korea was responsible for the sinking of a South Korean warship, a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)...

The Historical and Modern Context for U.S.-Russian Arms Control

April 2010

Statement of William J.

“Re: Some Nukes”, a letter in response to Hendrik Hertzberg’s article of March 22, 2010

April 2010

Hendrik Hertzberg writes that the end of the Cold War and the coming of global warming have brought about increased support for nuclear power, even among some environmentalists (The Talk of the...

Reframing Nuclear De-Alert: Decreasing the Operational Readiness of U.S. and Russian Arsenals

December 2009

Executive Summary of Report Nearly twenty years after the end of the Cold War, Russia and the United States continue to maintain hundreds of nuclear weapons capable of striking the other side, and...

Congressional Subcommittee Hearing on Reassessing the Evolving al-Qai'da Threat to the Homeland

November 2009

CISAC Senior Fellow Martha Crenshaw joined three other terrorism experts at a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment.

Protecting Individual Privacy in the Struggle Against Terrorists: A Framework for Assessment

December 2008

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Russian and Chinese Responses to U.S. Military Plans in Space

December 2008

In recent years, Russia and China have urged the negotiation of an international treaty to prevent an arms race in outer space.

Security in a World with Expanding Nuclear Power

August 2008

Nuclear energy is a clean and relatively economical source of electricity, generating nearly one-sixth of the world’s electricity today.

Hearing of the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development

April 2008

In his testimony, Dr. Hecker comments on the National Nuclear Security Administration's Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation programs and 2009 budget request.

Readiness in the Post-Katrina and Post-9/11 World: An Evaluation of the New National Response Framework

September 2007

The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) draft National Response Framework proposes much-needed improvements for disaster preparedness and response.

Day After, The: Action in the 24 Hours Following a Nuclear Blast

May 2007

On April 19, 2007, the Preventive Defense Project convened a workshop of leading federal government civilian and military officials, scientists, policy experts, and journalists to address the...

Battlefield: U.S.

May 2006

Today, the Senate Intelligence Committee will begin questioning Air Force Gen.

N.S.A.'s Math Problem, The

May 2006

NEWS that AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth gave customer records to the National Security Agency has set off a heated debate over the intricacies of espionage law.

Improving Math Ed--Bush Right About That

March 2006

In his State of the Union address in January, President Bush stressed the importance of improving math education.

You're Being Watched

January 2006

Congress will soon hold hearings on the National Security Agency's domestic spying program, secretly authorized by President Bush in 2002.

Censoring Science Won't Make Us Any Safer

June 2005

In 1920, the Irish Republican Army reportedly considered a terrifying new weapon: typhoid-contaminated milk.

Preventing Nuclear Proliferation and Nuclear Terrorism: Essential Steps to Reduce the Availability of Nuclear-Explosive Materials

March 2005

This report proposes a set of initiatives aimed at stopping the spread of nuclear weapons to more countries and to non-state terrorist and criminal organizations.

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