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.

Recent Scholarly Publications

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International trade in meat - The tip of the pork chop

December 2007

This paper provides an original account of global land, water and nitrogen use in support of industrialized livestock production and trade, with emphasis on two of the fastest growing sectors, pork...

Project Timeline: Program for the Study of Biofuels, Poverty and Food Security

February 2007

A concept note about setting up an international program for studying the effects of the emergence of biofuels on global poverty and food security.  The recent global expansion of biofuels...

Rise of Self-employment in China, The: Development or Distress?

January 2007

This paper evaluates the role of self-employment in China's rural economy, while paying attention to whether the rise of self-employment promotes entrepreneurship and is a sign of development, or...

Producing and Procuring Horticultural Crops with Chinese Characteristics: A Case Study in the Greater Beijing Area

October 2006

The supermarket revolution has arrived in China and is spreading as fast as or faster than anywhere in the world.

Offshore Aquaculture Legislation

September 2006

In an editiorial printed in Science magazine, aquaculture specialist Rosamond Naylor comments on the impact of the newly introduced National Offshore Aquaculture bill which establishes a permitting...

Business Strategies for Conservation on Private Lands: Koa Forestry as a Case Study

June 2006

Innovative financial instruments are being created to reward conservation on private, working lands.

Global Consequences of Land Use

July 2005

Land use has generally been considered a local environmental issue, but it is becoming aforce of global importance.

Biotechnology in the Developing World: A Case for Increased Investments in Orphan Crops

February 2004

This article examines the opportunities for using several forms of modern biotechnology to improve orphan crops in developing countries.

Migration, markets, and mangrove resource use in Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia

June 2002

Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia, is a prototype of an island economy prone to economic crowding.

U.S. Policy and the Global Environment

December 2000

Prior to the 2000 election The Aspen Institute convened a distinguished group of science, business, and environment leaders as a hypothetical committee to advise the new President on global...

Optimal CO2 Abatement in the Presence of Induced Technological Change

August 1999

This paper explores the significance of policy-induced technological change for the design of carbon-abatement policies.

Labor-Saving Technologies in the Javanese Rice Economy: Recent Developments and a Look Into the 1990s

December 1992

Rising labour costs and declining terms of trade for rice farmers on Java during the 1980s have encouraged the adoption of labour-saving technologies.

Whither Food Aid?

December 1991

The extent of food aid since the 1960s is examined, focusing in particular on US food aid and its political context.

Corn Economy of Indonesia, The

December 1987

This book, based on fieldwork carried out by a team of American and Indonesian economists, investigates Indonesia's potential for maize production.

International Trade in Rice

December 1980

Impact of Price on Rice Trade in Asia, The

December 1975

Political Economy of Rice Production and Trade in Asia, The

December 1975

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