FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Recent Events

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Developments in Genome Editing Politics and Policy

October 1, 2019

Abstract: A discussion of human and non-human applications of genome editing and associated technologies such as gene drives and the ethical debates surrounding their research, development and...

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...

Killer High: A History Of War In Six Drugs

September 16, 2019

Abstract: There is growing alarm over how drugs empower terrorists, insurgents, militias, and gangs.

Russian Grassroots Activism for the Environment and Beyond

September 16, 2019

Livestream: This event will not be live-streamed or recorded. Abstract: Despite a lull after the fall of the Soviet Union, grassroots activism in Russia is on the rise.

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...

Russian Political Warfare: Past, Present, and Future

September 5, 2019

Click here to RSVP Abstract:  Russian influence operations during the 2016 US elections, and the investigations that followed, revealed the broad scope of Russian political warfare against Western...

The New Geopolitics of Energy

July 22, 2019

Abstract: Russia is a major energy exporter and has used those exports to advance its geopolitical goals. Based on her book "The New Geopolitics of Natural Gas” (Harvard UP, 2017), Dr.

Dying too Young: Children and Small Arms

July 22, 2019

Seminar recording: /*-->*/  Abstract:Images of children on the battlefield or posing for a ‘last will and testament’ poster before a suicide operation suggest the...

Drell Lecture: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War

March 29, 2019

Watch on YouTube or visit our Facebook page from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm and join the live stream. Paul Scharre, Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and National Security Program, Center for a New...

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...

The Stopping Power of Norms

December 14, 2018

Abstract: Sagan and Valentino's path-breaking survey of public opinion American attitudes towards the laws of war found Americans are relatively insensitive to international norms and taboos...

Atomic Homefront: screening and discussion

March 10, 2018

The film screening of Atomic Homefront will be followed by a discussion with Human Rights Watch’s Marcos Orellana, Prof.

Rescue during Atrocity Crimes

March 2, 2018

Abstract: Individuals (such as Paul Rusesabagina during the Rwandan genocide and Oskar Schindler and Raoul Wallenberg during the Holocaust) and groups (including Muslims during the Rwandan genocide...

Experience on demand

November 8, 2017

Abstract: In this talk, based on his new book “Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality is, How it Works, and What it Can Do,” Bailenson draws upon two decades spent researching the psychological...

Bitcoin: adoption, usage and privacy

September 25, 2017

Abstract: This presentation will review research from two papers about Bitcoin.  The first paper uses data from the MIT digital currency experiment to shed light on consumer behavior regarding...

Governing the AI Revolution: The Research Landscape

August 23, 2017

Abstract: Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly improving. The opportunities are tremendous, but so are the risks.

Provably beneficial AI

March 11, 2017

Abstract: Should we be concerned about long-term risks from superintelligent AI?If so, what can we do about it?  While some in the mainstream AI community dismiss these concerns, I will argue...

The Presidency, the Media, and the Public: a Short History

February 10, 2017

Abstract: The formal constitutional character of the presidential office – that is, the method of electing the president, and the powers both granted and denied to the president -- was defined by...

Shaping Beliefs: The Role of Organizations and Leaders

September 6, 2016

Abstract: Margaret Levi attempts to understand the conditions under which individuals act beyond their narrow economic interests in situations where logic suggests that self-interest should triumph...

Rethinking the Nuclear Age: The View from Africa and Its Implications for Policy

April 29, 2015

Abstract: Today’s international relations are plagued by anxieties about the nuclear state and the state of being nuclear.

New Tools for Genome Editing and the Future of the Earth

April 13, 2015

Abstract: CRISPR-Cas9 and other new tools are making genome editing faster, cheaper, and more accurate.

Delegation to the Device: What happens when we deploy quantitative models for complex matters of concern?

November 20, 2014

Abstract: In 2011 I joined a team of global security analysts at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to develop a systematic methodology for “information-driven” safeguards for the...


Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Norman M. Naimark Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Professor, by courtesy, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
Alex Stamos Director, Stanford Internet Observatory
Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Senior Fellow , Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Philip Taubman Lecturer
Barbara van Schewick Associate Professor, Law
Lawrence M. Wein Professor, Management Science
Gil-li Vardi Lecturer, GSB, History
Nandita Balakrishnan Pre-doctoral Fellow
Colin Garvey Postdoctoral Fellow, Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)
Xinru Ma Postdoctoral Fellow