International Development

International Development

FSI researchers consider international development from a variety of angles. They analyze ideas such as how public action and good governance are cornerstones of economic prosperity in Mexico and how investments in high school education will improve China’s economy.

They are looking at novel technological interventions to improve rural livelihoods, like the development implications of solar power-generated crop growing in Northern Benin.

FSI academics also assess which political processes yield better access to public services, particularly in developing countries. With a focus on health care, researchers have studied the political incentives to embrace UNICEF’s child survival efforts and how a well-run anti-alcohol policy in Russia affected mortality rates.

FSI’s work on international development also includes training the next generation of leaders through pre- and post-doctoral fellowships as well as the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program.

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

December 2019

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

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

November 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...

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.

Advice for President Zelenskyy as he Prepares to Meet President Trump

August 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.

Observations from a Defense Study Trip to Lithuania

June 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...

Stop the Low-Yield Trident Nuclear Warhead

June 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...

NATO’s Ukraine Challenge

June 2019

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visited Brussels on June 4 and 5, where he met with the leadership of the European Union and NATO.

Five key things to know about Ukraine’s presidential election

April 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.

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

April 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.

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.

Extending New START is a no-brainer—And yet, we can’t count on it

February 2019

The Trump administration has finished off the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a treaty mortally wounded by Russia’s deployment of a banned intermediate-range missile.

The blame game begins over the INF Treaty’s demise, and Washington is losing

January 2019

In December, Secretary of State Pompeo said Russia had 60 days to come back into compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Will There Be No Brexit Deal?

January 2019

Q&A with Christophe Crombez, a senior research scholar at The Europe Center of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Written with Melissa De Witte.

Ukraine, nuclear weapons and the trilateral statement 25 years later

January 2019

Today, January 14, marks the 25th anniversary of the Trilateral Statement.  Signed in Moscow by President Bill Clinton, Russian President Boris Yeltsin and Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk, the...

Is there a glimmer of hope for the INF treaty?

January 2019

On December 21, the United Nations General Assembly voted down a Russian-proposed resolution calling for support for the INF Treaty.

Timothy Josling dies at age 78

December 2018

Timothy Josling, a professor emeritus at the former Food Research Institute and an affiliate of The Europe Center known for his encyclopedic knowledge of international agricultural policy, died on...

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.

Steven Pifer, new CISAC and TEC fellow, to focus on international security

September 2018

Ambassador Steven Pifer, BA ’76, a top expert in U.S.-European relations, arms control and security issues and retired State Department Foreign Service officer, has been named to a new senior...

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.

Americans have different ideas about what makes taxes ‘fair.’ But the GOP bill has something all sides oppose.

December 2017

In the New York Post article written by Ken Scheve and David Stasavage, the co-authors of Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe, the real motivation behind...

Stanford study examines political reckoning of authoritarians in the face of crises

December 2017

In the years since World War II, as the global geopolitical map was drawn and redrawn along ideological lines, the world witnessed ascension of many authoritarians.

People

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
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Kenneth F. Scheve Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Timothy E. Josling Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Food Research Institute, Emeritus, 1940-2018
Richard Saller Professor, Classics and History
Russell A. Berman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Comparative Literature, Professor, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
Steven Pifer William J. Perry Fellow
James J. Sheehan Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Emeritus
Robert Harrison Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, French and Italian
Jodok Troy, The Europe Center Visiting Scholar Jodok Troy Network Affiliate