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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Journal Article: "Patents and Innovation: Evidence from Economic History," written by Petra Moser

November 2013

Assistant professor of economics Patricia Moser addresses the question "What is the optimal system of intellectual property rights to encourage innovation?" in her recent article published in the ...

Stanford conference promotes new thinking on migration and integration

September 2013

Academics from American, European and Asian universities came together at Stanford University on September 19th and 20th to present their research on the large-scale movements of people, and engage...

Journal Article: "Mass Support for Global Climate Agreements Depends on Institutional Design", written by Michael Bechtel and Kenneth Scheve

August 2013

Political Science professors Kenneth Scheve (Stanford) and Michael Bechtel's (University of Gallen) article on global climate agreements looks at how costs and distribution, participation, and...

EU’s Catherine Ashton asserts Europe’s responsibility for a robust foreign policy

May 2013

The Europe Center was pleased to host Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission (HRVP), at Stanford...

A cloud over EUs legacy in Afghanistan?

February 2013

Training the Afghan National Police (ANP) has been the centerpiece of the EU's engagement in Afghanistan since 2007.

Five foreign policy questions for Obama and Romney

October 2012

With the third and final debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney set to focus on foreign policy, researchers from the Freeman Spogli Institute ask the questions they want answered and...

Stanford Scholar Roland Benedikter wins Klaus Reichert Award in Karlsruhe, Germany

September 2012

Europe Center visiting scholar Roland Benedikter (47), Dr. Dr. Dr., is honored with the 2012 Klaus Reichert Award for Medical Philosophy.

Democracy and Reconciliation: Jerusalem conference and launch of The Europe Center

September 2012

In the midst of the “Arab Spring”, and President Obama’s push for Palestinian-Israeli peace, The Europe Center (TEC) and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute hosted a May 18-19 conference on “Democracy...

A Focus on contemporary Greece

August 2012

The Europe Center puts a focus on Greece, and the concern for its fiscal vitality, vulnerable citizens, potentially fragile democratic institutions, and its role in the EU and global economy.

Spain's woes and Europe's

July 2012

Joan Ramon Resina, Professor of Iberian and Latin American Cultures and Director of the Europe Center's Iberian Studies Program, discusses the political and cultural roots of the Spanish financial...

Europe, beyond bashing

July 2012

With Europe's financial crisis front and center in the news for months, and in light of prognosticators' dire warnings of imminent collapse, TEC Director Amir Eshel talks about the strength and...

Former ambassador on Berlusconi, Monti and cutting Italian debt

November 2011

As a new government takes place in Italy, Ronald Spogli talks about what’s next for the country and whether America should get involved in the eurozone’s tailspin.

New Series: European and Global Economic Crisis

October 2011

The Europe Center has launched its series addressing the European and global economic crisis.

Turkey between Religion, Ideology and Politics: An Interview with Professor Roland Benedikter

September 2011

Interview of Professor Roland Benedikter conducted by Abuzar Baghi, Journalist and Editor-in-chief of the International section of Mehrnameh.

Announcing the Stig and Brita-Stina Hagstrom Memorial Fund

June 2011

The Europe Center at the Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and The Stanford Center for Innovation in Learning announce the Stig and Brita-Stina Hagstrom Memorial Fund in...

Conference in Jerusalem engages European, US, and Middle East scholars on democracy

April 2011

The Europe Center announces a major international conference co-sponsored by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, designed to engage profound global problems of divided societies, including today’s...

A New View on the Financial and Economic Crisis of 2007-2010

October 2010

Europe Center Visiting Scholar Roland Benedikter publishes first text from a social finance viewpoint and in a US-European comparative perspective.

Angela Merkel: Meeting Global Challenges in Partnership

April 2010

"Freedom and solidarity and partnership belong together," German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a capacity crowd at Stanford in her only public speech during a four-day visit to the United States.

Call for Papers: "Region, State, Nation, Community: New Research in Scandinavian and Baltic Studies"

September 2009

AABS welcomes papers, panels, and roundtable presentations for the first joint conference of Scandinavian and Baltic Studies in the United States.

Former U.N. Special Envoy to Darfur Jan Eliasson addresses global crisis management

April 2009

Addressing the Forum on Contemporary Europe, Ambassador Jan Eliasson offered a new model for global crisis management of concerns ranging from piracy to global poverty.

Ethnicity in today's Europe

September 2008

The Forum on Contemporary Europe (FCE) is sponsoring long-term research on questions of European integration.

Problems of membership: Seeking solutions to expansion, integration, and intervention in globalized Europe

August 2007

The Forum on Contemporary Europe (FCE) achieved two major goals in 2006-2007, by developing FCE into a trans-Atlantic hub for policy and academic leaders and guiding research affiliates to answer...

Program on Sweden, Scandinavia, and the Baltic Region

June 2007

The Forum on Contemporary Europe is pleased to announce the inauguration of its research and public dissemination program on Sweden, Scandinavia, and the Baltic Region.

Multiyear study of the challenges to European Union integration and crisis intervention

January 2007

The Forum on Contemporary Europe (FCE) continues a multiyear study of the challenges facing European Union integration and global crisis intervention.