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 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 News

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Brexit was 10,000 years in the making, Stanford historian says in new book

July 2022

What Britain’s geography means to the British people is key to understanding why they voted to leave the European Union, Stanford classics Professor Ian Morris asserts.

‘Everything is Possible in Ukraine’: President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Addresses Stanford Community During Historic Visit

September 2021

President Zelenskyy outlined the steps his administration is undertaking to bring increased digitization to Ukraine, curb corruption and create more equitable access to public services for more...

Belarusian Leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya Meets with Stanford Scholars for Roundtable on Democracy in Belarus

August 2021

Democratic leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and her delegation joined an interdisciplinary panel of Stanford scholars and members of the Belarusian community to discuss the future of democracy in...

Stanford Experts Weigh In on What to Expect at the Biden-Putin Summit

June 2021

Scholars at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies hope that President Joe Biden’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin will lay the groundwork for negotiations in the near...

David D. Laitin awarded 2021 Johan Skytte Prize

April 2021

The Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science, known by many as the “Nobel Prize in Political Science,” is being awarded for the 27th consecutive year. This year’s recipient is David D. Laitin, for his...

Heading for (Another) Ukraine-Russia Gas Fight?

September 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.

Five years after Crimea’s illegal annexation, the issue is no closer to resolution

March 2019

March 18 marks the fifth anniversary of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, which capped the most blatant land grab in Europe since World War II.

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.

Anna Grzymala-Busse Appointed New Director of The Europe Center

May 2018

The Europe Center is pleased to announce that Professor Anna Grzymala-Busse will assume its directorship on September 1, 2018.

Featured Faculty Research: Dan Edelstein

January 2018

Dan Edelstein earned his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and came to Stanford in 2004. He is William H.

New Stanford research explores immigrants’ decision to return to Europe during historical Age of Mass Migration

September 2017

Today’s conversation about immigration and the role of immigrants in America is not so different from the conversations that took place more than 100 years ago, when European immigrants settled in...

Macron, Brexit and the Future of European Politics

July 2017

 Patrick Chamorel, senior resident scholar at the Stanford Center in Washington DC, weighs in on the geopolitical impact of the French and UK elections in a Scholars' Circle interview.  Joining the...

The Magnitsky Act - Russian lawyer in Trump Jr. meeting lobbied against it; why does Putin hate it so much?

July 2017

Norman Naimark, Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of East European Studies, Professor of History, and Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution writes about Putin's views on the Magnitsky Act...

The Europe Center May 2017

May 2017

Event Recap: Former Finnish Prime Minister, Alexander Stubb, Visits Stanford In his April visit to Stanford University, Alexander Stubb, former Prime Minister of Finland and current member of the...

The Europe Center April 2017

April 2017

Event Recap: First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, Visits Stanford In her April visit to Stanford University, Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National...

The Europe Center February 2017

February 2017

40 Years of the Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair Professor Program at Stanford An "Amerika-Sterne" Token 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair Professor...

The Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair Professorship at Stanford

February 2017

The history of the Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair Professor at Stanford begins with the U.S.

The Europe Center January 2017

January 2017

Event Recap: The European Crises, Andrew Moravcsik (Princeton University)   The Europe Center kicked off its winter quarter talks by continuing its series on the European Union.

Visiting Scholar: Jonas Tallberg

January 2017

Jonas Tallberg is Professor of Political Science at Stockholm University. His research interests are global governance and European Union politics.

The state of US-Russia relations

November 2016

 At a recent European Security Initiative (ESI) lecture held at the GSB's Oberndorf Event Center, Sergey Kislyak, Russian Ambassador to the US, described US-Russia relations as being at its worse...

The Europe Center October 2016 Newsletter

October 2016

Report Published by Students Participating in The Europe Center's Undergraduate Internship Program   Each summer, The Europe Center sponsors Stanford undergraduate students to complete internships...

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