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 Scholarly Publications

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Stalin and the Fate of Europe: The Postwar Struggle for Sovereignty

October 2019

The Cold War division of Europe was not inevitable―the acclaimed author of Stalin’s Genocides shows how postwar Europeans fought to determine their own destinies.Was the division of Europe after...

The containment of the Islamic State: A realist case to engage a hybrid actor

July 2019

Next to military means, causing disruption and interdiction, Western and local powers also relied on policies of containment to halt the expansion of the Islamic State’s territorial strongholds....

African States Since Independence: Order, Development, and Democracy (Castle Lecture Series)

May 2019

Authors Christensen and Laitin argue that an interplay of geographic, historical, and demographic factors undergird sub‑Saharan states’ post‑independence struggles to eradicate poverty, establish...

A low-cost information nudge increases citizenship application rates among low-income immigrants

April 2019

We show that an information nudge increased the rate of American citizenship applications among low-income immigrants eligible for a federal fee waiver.

The long-term impact of employment bans on the economic integration of refugees

September 2018

Many European countries impose employment bans that prevent asylum seekers from entering the local labor market for a certain waiting period upon arrival.

Determinants of refugee naturalization in the United States

September 2018

The United States operates the world’s largest refugee resettlement program.

Oregon’s Expansion of Prenatal Care Improved Utilization Among Immigrant Women

July 2018

Objectives To determine whether expanding Emergency Medicaid to cover prenatal care in Oregon affected maternal health outcomes for unauthorized immigrants.

‘The Pope’s own hand outstretched’: Holy See diplomacy as a hybrid mode of diplomatic agency

May 2018

The unconventional nature of Holy See diplomats rests in the composite character of their ecclesiastical role as the Pope’s representatives and their legal diplomatic status and commencement to...

From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia

May 2018

In 2008, when Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford and join an unlikely presidential campaign, he had no idea that he would find himself at the beating heart of one of today’s...

The Power of the Political in an Urbanizing International

April 2018

In this article, I argue that there is a startling resonance between Hans Morgenthau’s conception of the political and power and recent analyses of an urbanizing international realm.

Genocide and Global and/or World History: Reflections

January 2018

Soon after Raphael Lemkin coined the term “genocide” in Axis Rule in Occupied Europe in 1944, he began working on a world history of genocide to popularize his neologism.

Two “Popes” to Speak for the World: The Pope and the United Nations Secretary General in World Politics

November 2017

Despite recent studies on leadership, the discipline of International Relations is still reluctant to engage in studies of individual agency in the international structure.

Trading in the Twenty-First Century: Is There a Role for the World Trade Organization?

July 2017

As the World Trade Organization (WTO) begins its third decade, its future is uncertain.

Europeans support a proportional allocation of asylum seekers

June 2017

What type of common asylum regime would Europeans support?

Support for Terrorism in Muslim Majority Countries and Implications for Immigration Policies in the West

June 2017

With elections in 2017 in key European Union states (France: presidential, April 23, second round May 7, National Assembly, June 11, second round June 18; Germany: Federal Diet, September 24;...

The Limits of Institutional Reform in the United States and the Global Trade Regime

May 2017

International Politics and Institutions in Time is the definitive exploration, by a group of leading international relations scholars, of the contribution of the historical institutionalism...

The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century

January 2017

How only violence and catastrophes have consistently reduced inequality throughout world historyAre mass violence and catastrophes the only forces that can seriously decrease economic inequality?...

Trading in the Twenty-First Century: Is There a Role for the World Trade Organization?

January 2017

As the World Trade Organization begins its third decade, its future is less certain than at any point in its history.

How Trump Can Play Nice With Russia, Without Selling Out America

January 2017

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump was a whirlwind of vagaries and contradictions when it came to foreign policy, making it difficult to predict how his new administration will...

Genocide: A World History (New Oxford World History)

December 2016

Genocide occurs in every time period and on every continent. Using the 1948 U.N.

Aristotelian Equality and International Cooperation: Europeans Prefer a Proportional Asylum Regime

September 2016

What type of asylum regime do European citizens support?

Cold war isomorphism: Communist regimes and the West European model of worker participation

July 2016

In studies of cultural globalisation, the influence of communist regimes on Western Europe has remained under-theorised and little explored.

TTIP and Agriculture: Another Transatlantic Chicken War?

April 2016

In 1963 the United States and Europe (EU) were engaged in the infamous Chicken War over new tariffs introduced in Europe.

Is Poland Really Lost? Poland’s Contested Governance Reforms and the Further Role of the Central Eastern European Area (CEE) in the EU

February 2016

On January 13, 2016 for the first time in its history the European Union launched an investigation against one of its full member states, i.e. Poland.

People

Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Norman M. Naimark Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Professor, by courtesy, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
Condoleezza Rice Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Political Science, Professor, Management, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Kenneth F. Scheve Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Russell A. Berman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Comparative Literature, Professor, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
Timothy E. Josling Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Food Research Institute, Emeritus, 1940-2018