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Anna Grzymala-Busse

Self-inflicted wounds: The Church and dissipation of Christianity in Europe

Commentary / August 11, 2020
Christianity in Europe is fading. A vague and symbolic identity is replacing belief in God, belonging to denominations, and attendance at religious services. Olivier Roy documents these changes in Is...
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Stanford professor sees Hagia Sophia as a “time tunnel” linking Ottomans to the Roman Empire

Commentary / August 7, 2020
Stanford history professor says conquest narratives don’t fully explain Hagia Sophia’s lasting legacy.
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Norman Naimark Awarded the 2020 Norris and Carol Hundley Award

News / July 31, 2020
Norman Naimark received the 2020 Norris and Carol Hundley Award from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association
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Ran Abramitzky Appointed H&S Senior Associate Dean of Social Sciences

News / July 28, 2020
Professor of economics Ran Abramitzky has been named the new senior associate dean of the social sciences in the School of Humanities and Sciences. He will begin his term on September 1, 2020.
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Arvind Krishnamurthy: PhD Faculty Distinguished Service Award

News / July 24, 2020
PhD students awarded Arvind Krishnamurthy, the John S. Osterweis Professor of Finance, the PhD Faculty Distinguished Service Award during a virtual ceremony.
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The Spread of Populism Around the World is a Threat to Democracy According to New Stanford Report

News / June 2, 2020
Global populism is on the rise, and four FSI scholars are working to understand why populist parties and leaders have seen increased support in recent years.
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Joshua Landy on the radio show "Philosophy Talk," celebrating its 500th episode

Q&A / May 21, 2020
As Philosophy Talk reaches 500th episode, the well-loved radio show discusses how humanities can help during the pandemic
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COVID-19 and Implications for Europe

Commentary / May 18, 2020
The Europe Center at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) presents "How Different is Europe?" exploring how the coronavirus pandemic has affected Europe...
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For Renaissance Italians, combating black plague was as much about politics as it was science, according to Stanford scholar

Q&A / May 12, 2020
The inability of 14th-century medicine to stop the plague from destroying societies throughout Europe and Asia helped advance scientific discovery and transformed politics and health policy, says...

Anna Grzymala-Busse named CASBS 2020-2021 Fellow

News / March 24, 2020

Five Stanford scholars will be among 38 fellows in residence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) during the 2020-21 academic year.

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Global Populism Is On the Rise But There Are Solutions, Say FSI Experts

News / March 12, 2020

Once associated with Latin American and post-communist democracies, populist parties and politicians have now gained support and power in established democracies.

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Populism is a political problem that is putting democracy at risk, Anna Grzymala-Busse says

News / March 11, 2020

The rise of populism – a political argument that pits ordinary people against a corrupt, government elite – is putting democracy at risk, said Stanford scholars in a new white paper released today.

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Stanford Researchers Find No ‘Magnet Effect’ When States Extend Public Health Insurance to Immigrants

News / December 9, 2019

Immigrants, once settled in a particular state, will not move to another state in search of public health benefits, Stanford researchers find.

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Sex and gender analysis improves science, Londa Schiebinger's research shows

News / November 6, 2019

Whether it’s designing equipment or developing drugs, scientists often fail to consider how gendered preferences, biases and assumptions can lead to unintended consequences.


According to Stanford historian Londa Schiebinger, it’s time for science to catch up.

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Heading for (Another) Ukraine-Russia Gas Fight?

Commentary / September 3, 2019

Twice in the past 14 years, a dispute between Ukraine and Russia has led Russia to cut off natural gas flows to Ukraine and Europe. The stage is being set for another cut-off in January. The European Union wants to ensure that gas continues to flow, so EU officials will attempt at a mid-September meeting to broker an agreement. But they face a difficult slog.


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Advice for President Zelenskyy as he Prepares to Meet President Trump

Commentary / August 29, 2019

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy may meet President Donald Trump this weekend in Warsaw and is expected to travel to the United States later in the fall.  This gives Mr. Zelenskyy the opportunity to reinforce Kyiv’s relationship with the United States.  It also offers the opportunity to try to establish a connection to Mr. Trump, something that has proven elusive for most foreign leaders.  Here are a few suggestions for Mr. Zelenskyy on dealing with the American president.

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Observations from a Defense Study Trip to Lithuania

Commentary / June 27, 2019

Significant progress has been made in improving the defense situation in the Baltic states since 2014, but NATO can take some relatively modest steps to further enhance its deterrence and defense posture in the region, according to a report by Michael O’Hanlon and Christopher Skaluba, which was based on an Atlantic Council study visit to Lithuania.

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Stop the Low-Yield Trident Nuclear Warhead

Commentary / June 11, 2019

On Tuesday [June 4], the House Subcommittee on Strategic Forces debated the draft Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

It voted out, on party lines, language that prohibits deployment of a low-yield warhead on the Trident D5 submarine-launched ballistic missile.  That makes sense:  The rationale for the warhead is dubious, and the weapon likely would never be selected for use.

Read the rest at The Hill


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NATO’s Ukraine Challenge

Commentary / June 6, 2019

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visited Brussels on June 4 and 5, where he met with the leadership of the European Union and NATO. He reaffirmed Kyiv’s goal of integrating into both institutions—goals enshrined earlier this year as strategic objectives in Ukraine’s constitution.

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Five key things to know about Ukraine’s presidential election

Commentary / April 15, 2019

Ukraine is halfway through a presidential election: The first round took place on March 31, and the run-off is coming up on April 21. At the annual Kyiv Security Forum and in other conversations in Kyiv last week, I had the opportunity to catch up on the latest developments in Ukraine, and came away with five key observations.


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10 years after Obama’s nuclear-free vision, the US and Russia head in the opposite direction

Commentary / April 4, 2019

April 5 marks the 10th anniversary of the speech in which Barack Obama laid out his vision for a world without nuclear weapons. It did not gain traction. Instead, the United States and Russia are developing new nuclear capabilities, while the nuclear arms control regime is on course to expire in 2021. The result will be a world that is less stable, less secure, and less predictable.


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