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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Stanford-Cargill partnership strengthens to address food security issues

November 2011

Stanford’s Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE) has received a $2 million grant from Cargill, a second gift from the company that raises its total contribution to FSE to $5 million...

Global Food Security: An uphill battle that must be won

November 2011

Stanford Law graduate student Sam Sasan Shoamanesh op-ed piece on the inspiring keynote speech delivered this past Thursday by Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Kofi Annan warns of worldwide hunger, political unrest if climate change persists

November 2011

The former United Nations secretary-general and Nobel Peace Prize winner called a lack of food security for nearly 1 billion of the world’s population “an unconscionable moral failing” that is also...

U.S. ethanol policy major contributor to global food price volatility

October 2011

U.S. ethanol policy may be the single most significant contributor to world food price instability, states a Stanford study on the global costs of American ethanol.

Roz Naylor talks food security and energy with Near Zero

October 2011

FSE director Roz Naylor sits down with Near Zero and covers a number of energy and food security issues related to biofuels, land use, food prices and climate change.

Farmer networks key to agricultural innovation in developing countries

June 2011

New technologies can improve agricultural sustainability in developing countries, but only with the engagement of local farmers and the networks they depend on, Stanford researchers say in a recent...

Breaking the persistent cycles of ultra-poverty in rural Africa

May 2011

Cornell University's Christopher Barrett, an expert in poverty and international development, addressed the economics of poverty and agriculture in rural Africa.

Lecture to focus on agricultural economics in Africa

April 2011

Agriculture in Africa has grown steadily for the past 15 years.

Gates Foundation's Jeff Raikes and Cargill's Greg Page on improving global food security

March 2011

February 10th marked the launch of FSE’s Global Food Policy and Food Security Symposium series.

FSE senior fellow Scott Rozelle on China's ability to meet increasing demand

February 2011

FSE senior fellow Scott Rozelle weighs in on the question: Will China be able to continue to boost production sufficiently to meet increasing demand for meat?

New FSE publication examines the impacts, costs, and opportunities for sustainable agriculture in Brazil

December 2010

In this paper, FSE visiting fellow Luiz Martinelli, along with FSE director Rosamond Naylor, Peter Vitousek, and Paulo Moutinho, contrasts the country's agricultural system with its oppressive...

FSE welcomes Cargill visiting fellow Awudu Abdulai to Stanford University

October 2010

Abdulai, originally from Ghana and chair of food economics at the University of Kiel, Germany, will be our Cargill visiting scholar from October 2010-March 2011.

Climate change and China's agricultural sector

August 2010

A new issue brief by Scott Rozelle and fellow researchers Jinxia Wang and Jikun Huang concludes that climate change will have a significant effect on China's crop yields and impact its economy,...

New report reveals the environmental and social impact of the 'livestock revolution'

March 2010

A new report by an international research team explores the impact of the global livestock industry on the environment, the economy and human health.

FSE releases new book on climate change and food security

January 2010

FSE Center Fellow David Lobell and research associate Marshall Burke released a new book, Climate Change and Food Security, this week out of Springer publishing house.

FSE study finds climate change could boost incidence of civil war in Africa

November 2009

Rising temperatures increase the risk of civil conflict in Africa by more than 50 percent over the next two decades, finds a study by FSE's David Lobell and UC Berkeley colleagues Marshall Burke...

Rides of a lifetime: A tribute to Ron Raikes

October 2009

On September 5th, Ron Raikes was tragically killed in a farm accident. Ron was a stellar Nebraska farmer, an outstanding state senator, a renowned educator, and a good friend of FSE.

Meeting addresses need for adapting crops to new climate conditions

August 2009

A recent 3 day meeting of international climate and crop experts at Stanford University focused on ways to adapt agriculture to a warmer world.

Program on Global Justice: Just supply chains, liberation technology, and human rights

September 2008

One of Stanford's many remarkable attractions is the Rodin sculpture garden. And perhaps the most extraordinary Rodin sculpture is his Gates of Hell, inspired by Dante's Inferno.

Program on Food Security and the Environment: A climate ripe for high food prices?

September 2008

The recent run-up in global food prices is wreaking well-documented havoc throughout the developing world.

Without public investment, the food crisis will only get worse, Naylor, Falcon say in Boston Review

September 2008

FSE director Rosamond Naylor and deputy director Walter Falcon discuss the food crisis in a lead article in the September/October 2008 issue of Boston Review.

FSE receives $3 million from Cargill to support visiting fellows, program activities

June 2008

FSE is very happy to announce a five-year, $3 million donation from Cargill in support of a visiting fellows program and other program activities.

Fuel, food at odds in global food crisis, say FSE directors Naylor and Falcon

May 2008

Energy self-sufficiency at home can mean widespread starvation abroad, FSE director Roz Naylor and deputy director Wally Falcon write in a May 18 San Francisco Chronicle op-ed.