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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NATO Parliamentary Delegation Joins FSI Scholars for Discussion on Ukraine and Russia

October 2022

FSI Director Michael McFaul, Kathryn Stoner, Francis Fukuyama, Scott Sagan, Anna Grzymala-Busse, and Marshall Burke answered questions from the parliamentarians on the conflict and its implications...

Reflections on Mikhail Gorbachev's Life from FSI Scholars

September 2022

Rose Gottemoeller, Steven Pifer, Francis Fukuyama, and Michael McFaul discuss the complex life and legacy of the last leader of the Soviet Union.

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.

Zac Stoor '22

June 2022

Zac Stoor is graduating this year with a degree in political science and minors in global studies (with a specialization in European studies) and international relations.

Amelia O'Donohue '22

June 2022

Amelia O'Donohue is graduating this year with a degree in earth systems and a minor in global studies (with a specialization in European studies).

‘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...

Students zoom around the world as summer interns

August 2021

During the 2020-21 academic year, 49 Stanford students, including TEC's Zac Stoor, worked in virtual internships in 19 countries through the university’s Global Studies Internship Program.

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...

Josh Cobler '20

January 2021

All Eyes on Georgia, an Election Battleground -- Again | Q&A with Jonathan Rodden

January 2021

By May Wong || It’s been a long election season, and it’s still not over. Two pivotal runoffs on Jan. 5 in Georgia will determine which party will control the U.S. Senate, as well as the fate of...

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

August 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...

Stanford professor sees Hagia Sophia as a “time tunnel” linking Ottomans to the Roman Empire

August 2020

Stanford history professor says conquest narratives don’t fully explain Hagia Sophia’s lasting legacy.

Norman Naimark Awarded the 2020 Norris and Carol Hundley Award

July 2020

Norman Naimark received the 2020 Norris and Carol Hundley Award from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association

Ran Abramitzky Appointed H&S Senior Associate Dean of Social Sciences

July 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.

Arvind Krishnamurthy: PhD Faculty Distinguished Service Award

July 2020

PhD students awarded Arvind Krishnamurthy, the John S. Osterweis Professor of Finance, the PhD Faculty Distinguished Service Award during a virtual ceremony.

Joshua Landy on the radio show "Philosophy Talk," celebrating its 500th episode

May 2020

As Philosophy Talk reaches 500th episode, the well-loved radio show discusses how humanities can help during the pandemic

COVID-19 and Implications for Europe

May 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...

For Renaissance Italians, combating black plague was as much about politics as it was science, according to Stanford scholar

May 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...

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2022 Michael McFaul Headshot Michael A. McFaul Director, Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
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Francis Fukuyama Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow Director, Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
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Shannon Johnson Shannon Johnson Administrative Associate, CDDRL and TEC