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.

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Three new center directors look to the future at FSI

October 2018

FSI's three new center directors, Anna Grzymala-Busse, Colin Kahl, and David Lobell, outline their vision.

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...

Stanford PhD student wins NSF grant for palm oil research

April 2015

Tannis Thorlakson, a first-year PhD candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER) in Stanford's School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Science, has won...

Cuéllar looks back on leading FSI

December 2014

For 14 years, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar has been a tireless Stanford professor who has strengthened the fabric of university’s interdisciplinary nature.

Expert says Obama's food aid reform has good ideas, bad chance for passage

April 2013

FSE visiting fellow and food aid expert Barry Riley comments on the importance of the President's new food aid reforms, chances of passage, and the US's current role in international food aid.

Scott Rozelle on How Agriculture Vitalized China's Economy

April 2013

Over the last thirty years, China’s rural income per capita has risen an astounding 20 times.

Debating the future of food in Africa

February 2013

Africa owns 60% of the world’s uncultivated land suited for crop production, but accounts for 30% of the world’s malnourished and only 3% of global agricultural exports.

Stanford law professor, security expert to lead FSI

February 2013

When Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar takes the helm of FSI in July, he'll oversee the institute's 11 research centers and programs along with a variety of undergraduate and graduate education...

Institutions and supply chains help shape Brazil’s soybean boom

November 2012

A new study out of Stanford University examines the role of institutions and supply chain conditions in Brazil’s booming soybean industry and the relationship between soy yields and planted area....

FSE has a few more questions for the candidates

October 2012

As a follow up to the FSI piece on five foreign policy questions for Obama and Romney, FSE fellows ask a few additional food security related questions.

Five foreign policy questions for Obama and Romney

October 2012

With the third and final debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney set to focus on foreign policy, researchers from the Freeman Spogli Institute ask the questions they want answered and...

Authors, NGOs, and scientists to talk population

May 2012

Roz Naylor, director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment, will join authors, activists, and scientists for a daylong symposium on population at the Moving Mountains Symposium in...

Biofuels have mixed impacts on food security

April 2012

In the first decade of the 21st century, global production of ethanol and biodiesel increased nearly tenfold. If that trend continues, says Rosamond L.

Researchers call for policy, aid and innovation to help world’s poorest

April 2012

Bill Gates spoke to a Stanford audience about the importance of foreign aid and product innovation in the fight against chronic hunger, poverty and disease in the developing world.

Stanford research center opens at Peking University

March 2012

The Stanford Center at Peking University “marks a new era of collaboration between two outstanding universities,” said Gary Locke, the U.S. ambassador to China.

Food security, climate change and climate variability focus of Stanford-led symposium at AAAS

February 2012

FSE director Roz Naylor leads symposium on the compound effects of climate change and climate variability on food security at the annual meeting of the 2012 American Association for the Advancement...

NCSE conference links environment and security, new strategies needed

January 2012

FSE director Roz Naylor participated in the lead plenary session integrating climate, energy, food, water, and health at the 12th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment.

Small farmers can make the most of Africa's land

January 2012

Improve smallholder productivity and put idle cropland to work, say international development experts.

Fighting hunger in Africa with new methods of irrigation

December 2011

Stanford scientists are calling for investments in small-scale irrigation projects and hydrologic mapping in sub-Saharan Africa to help buffer growers from erratic weather and poor crop yields that...

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Jennifer Burney Affiliated scholar
Katrina ole-MoiYoi Affiliated scholar
Dane Klinger Affiliated scholar
Ertharin Cousin Visiting Scholar, FSE Visiting Scholar, FSE
Johan Swinnen Affiliate
Rodrigo Pizarro Visiting Scholar
Barry Riley Visiting Scholar