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      FSI scholars on Paris terror attack

      Q&A / January 8, 2015

      The terrorist shootings in Paris have brought a new round of attention to issues of immigration, political polarization, religious discrimination and threats to global security. Scholars at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies are following the developments and talking about the attacks.

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      Stanford scholar reveals the surprising cultural history of four-hand piano playing

      News / December 9, 2014

      In 19th-century Europe – long before LPs, CDs or mp3s – there were only two ways to listen to, say, the latest Beethoven symphony: either you were lucky enough to hear it performed at the local concert hall, or you played it at home yourself.

      Not with a full orchestra, of course, but in a piano transcription, an arrangement that compressed symphonic violins, oboes and tubas onto a single keyboard score. And, to really mimic the range of a whole orchestra, amateurs played "four-handed," with two pianists sitting side-by-side.

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      Former ambassador, political scientist McFaul to lead FSI

      News / November 5, 2014

      Michael McFaul, a Stanford political scientist and former U.S. ambassador to Russia, has been selected as the next director of the university’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

      The announcement was made Wednesday by Stanford Provost John Etchemendy and Ann Arvin, the university’s vice provost and dean of research. McFaul will succeed Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, who was nominated in July as an associate justice of the California Supreme Court and elected Tuesday.

      McFaul takes the helm of FSI in January.

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      A tight race for the Scottish independence vote

      News / September 15, 2014

      Scottish voters go to the polls this Thursday to determine whether to remain part of the United Kingdom, or to become an independent Scotland.  The latest polls show a neck and neck race, a development that would not have been believable just months ago when the "No" campaign held a dominant lead.

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      European immigrants to America in early 20th century assimilated successfully, Stanford economist says

      News / August 7, 2014

      European immigrants to America during the country's largest migration wave in the late 19th and early 20th centuries had earnings comparable to native-born Americans, contrary to the popular perception, according to new Stanford research.

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      Stanford scholar views France's nationalistic politics with a historical eye

      News / July 1, 2014

      Marine Le Pen and the French political party she leads, the National Front, are the topics of a book being written by Stanford Associate Professor Cécile Alduy.
      Photo Credit: Jacques Brinon/AP

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      Journal Article: "Technology and the Era of the Mass Army," written by Massimiliano Gaetano Onorato, Kenneth Scheve and David Stasavage

      News / June 24, 2014
      Written by Massimiliano Gaetano Onorato (IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca), Kenneth Scheve (Stanford University), and David Stasavage (New York University), this article investigates the influence of technology on the size of armies, using data from thirteen great powers between the years of 1600 of 2000.
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      Journal Article: "A Nation of Immigrants: Assimilation and Economic Outcomes in the Age of Mass Migration," written by Ran Abramitzky, Leah Platt Boustan and Katherine Eriksson

      News / June 24, 2014
      This article challenges previous findings on the assimilation and economic outcomes of immigrants during the Age of Mass Migration. This soon to be published research was conducted and written by Stanford professor Ran Abramitzky, UCLA professor Leah Platt Boustan and Cal Poly professor Katherine Eriksson.
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      Journal Article: "German Jewish Émigrés and U.S. Invention," written by Petra Moser, Alessandra Voena, and Fabian Waldinger

      News / June 24, 2014
      The soon to be published journal article written by professors Petra Moser (Stanford), Alessandra Voena (University of Chicago) and Fabian Waldinger (University of Warwick) looks at the impact that Jewish émigrés from Nazi Germany had on US science.
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      Journal Article: "Legislative Activity and Gridlock in the European Union," written by Christophe Crombez and Simon Hix

      News / June 24, 2014
      The latest publication by Stanford Consulting Professor Christophe Crombez and LSE Professor Simon Hix on European Union (EU) policy making.
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      Journal Article: "Preferences for International Redistribution: The Divide over the Eurozone Bailouts," written by Michael Bechtel, Jens Hainmueller and Yotam Margalit

      News / June 24, 2014
      Research by Stanford professor Jens Hainmueller and co-writers Michael Bechtel and Yotam Margalit looks at the question of why European Union voters choose to support the financial bail out of other countries.
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      Stanford Global Development and Poverty initiative awards $4.6 million for research aimed at alleviating poverty

      News / June 18, 2014
      Fourteen Stanford researchers addressing global poverty through a range of academic disciplines are receiving the money from the university-wide Global Development and Poverty initiative. The initiative is part of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies and is administered in partnership with Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
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      Casper awarded for service to American Law Institute

      News / June 11, 2014
      The American Law Institute's distinguished service award was presented to Gerhard Casper by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Casper, Stanford's ninth president and a senior fellow at FSI, was recognized by his longtime friend as a “prominent and uncommonly successful leader in the academic world.”
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      European Union can overcome extremism vote, Stanford faculty say

      News / May 29, 2014

      Appeared in Stanford Report, May 29, 2014

      By Clifton B. Parker

      The electoral eruption of anti-European Union populism is a reflection of structural flaws in that body but does not represent a fatal political blow, according to Stanford scholars.

      In the May 25 elections for the European Parliament, anti-immigration parties won 140 of the 751 seats, well short of control, but enough to rattle supporters of the EU, which has 28 member nations. In Britain, Denmark, France and Greece, the political fringe vote totals stunned the political establishments.

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      Adam Tooze Delivers The Europe Center Lectureship on Europe and the World

      News / May 8, 2014
      With the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War as his backdrop, Tooze spoke about the history of the transformation of the global power structure that followed from Germany’s decision to provoke America’s declaration of war in 1917. He advanced a powerful explanation for why the First World War rearranged political and economic structures across Eurasia and the British Empire, sowed the seeds of revolution in Russia and China, and laid the foundations of a new global order that began to revolve around the United States.
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      George W. Bush shares presidential insights with Stanford students

      News / May 6, 2014
      In remarks that were often blunt and sometimes funny, George W. Bush spoke with Stanford students about some of the defining moments of his presidency. The conversation ranged from congressional power to his take on world leaders and the impact his policies had on curbing the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa.
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