International Relations

International Relations

FSI researchers strive to understand how countries relate to one another, and what policies are needed to achieve global stability and prosperity. International relations experts focus on the challenging U.S.-Russian relationship, the alliance between the U.S. and Japan and the limitations of America’s counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan.

Foreign aid is also examined by scholars trying to understand whether money earmarked for health improvements reaches those who need it most. And FSI’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center has published on the need for strong South Korean leadership in dealing with its ever-threatening northern neighbor.

FSI researchers also look at the citizens who drive international relations, studying the effects of migration and how borders shape people’s lives. Meanwhile FSI students are very much involved in this area, working with the United Nations in Ethiopia to rethink refugee communities.

Trade is also a key component of international relations, with FSI approaching the topic from a slew of angles and states. The economy of trade is rife for study, with an APARC event on the implications of more open trade policies in Japan, and FSI researchers making sense of who would benefit from a free trade zone between the European Union and the United States.

Scholarly Publications

The Tropical Oil Crop Revolution: Food, Feed, Fuel, and Forests

November 2016

Over the last two decades global production of soybean and palm oil seeds have increased enormously.

Global non-linear effect of temperature on economic production

November 2015

Growing evidence demonstrates that climatic conditions can have a profound impact on the functioning of modern human societies, but effects on economic activity appear inconsistent.

From Public to Private Standards for Tropical Commodities: A Century of Global Discourse on Land Governance on the Forest Frontier

April 2015

Abstract: Globalization and commodity exports have a long history in affecting land use changes and land rights on the tropical forest frontier.

Other Publications

Climate Change and Conflict: Identifying the mechanisms

December 2011

Climate change will lead to massive conflicts, according to claims of such prominent sources as Sir Nicholas Stern and the US National Security Agency - claims repeated by the media.

Climate Change and China's Agricultural Sector: Impacts, Adaptation, and Mitigation

May 2010

Although China and the United States are the two largest emitters of greenhouse gases, China’s emissions on a per capita basis are significantly lower than those of the U.S.: in 2005, per capita...

Smallholders and High Value Commodities in China

October 2006

In this report, we seek to meet the specific objectives of the first phase of China's study.

News

Ertharin Cousin, Former US Ambassador and World Food Programme Director, Joins Stanford as Visiting Scholar

August 2017

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University is pleased to announce that former U.S.

What will climate change cost?

October 2015

When thousands of scientists, economists and policymakers meet in Paris this December to negotiate an international climate treaty, one question will dominate conversations: what is the climate...

David Lobell named William Wrigley Senior Fellow

May 2015

FSE deputy director David Lobell has been named the William Wrigley Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI...

Events

Everything that Can Go Wrong in a Field Experiment (round 2)

February 19, 2016

The Global Development and Poverty Initiative (GDP) seminar series returns with a reprise of its most popular seminar last year.

The United States and Global Food Security: A View From Rome

April 29, 2015

Ambassador David Lane was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture and confirmed by the U.S.

Fisheries and Food Security in China - 2014 Symposium

May 13, 2014

From May 13-15, the Center on Food Security and the Environment and the Lenfest Ocean Program welcomed leading Chinese and international scientists to the Stanford Center at Peking University in...

Projects

Remote sensing approaches to improving aid targeting and understanding aid effectiveness

This project aims to develop and test remote-sensing based approaches to gathering two typesof aid-relevant data: data on agricultural productivity and data on household assets, with a focus on Sub...
English

Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Palm Oil Production

This project focuses on private and public sector strategies for promoting sustainable palm oil, with sustainability defined by environmental, social, and economic objectives.
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Climate variability and global food security, with an eye on France

Extreme weather events and climate variability threaten crop production, food prices, food security, and human lives at local and global scales.
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Multimedia

Interview: Ertharin Cousin

December 2015

Ertharin Cousin began her tenure as the twelfth Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on 5 April 2012.Cousin brings more than twenty-five years of national and international non- profit, government, and corporate...

Achieving Food Security and Nutrition in an Era of Conflict and Climate Change

December 2015

Ertharin Cousin began her tenure as the twelfth Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on 5 April 2012.Cousin brings more than twenty-five years of national and international non- profit, government, and corporate...

Benin solar market gardens: video gallery

March 2012

This video gallery features the success story of a women's farming group in Nothern Benin who through the adoption of solar-powered irrigation pumps increased household income and nutritional intake in just one year.

People

David Lobell Senior Fellow Professor, Earth System Science, William Wrigley Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Marshall Burke Center Fellow Assistant Professor, Earth System Science
Katrina ole-MoiYoi PhD student, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
Johan Swinnen Affiliate
Barry Riley Visiting Scholar
Rodrigo Pizarro Visiting Scholar
Jennifer Burney Visiting Fellow