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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 ever-threatening 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 Events

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Energy Working Group: Shale Gas in China: Hype and Reality

May 9, 2012

In recent years, natural gas prices in the United States have gone from historic highs of over $12 per mmBtu in the summer of 2008, to under $2.50/mmBtu in 2012.

Transmission Policies to Unlock America's Renewable Energy Resources

September 15, 2011

On behalf of PESD, Stanford co-hosts PIE, TomKat, and SIEPR, and external sponsors Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and the Kauffman Foundation, convened an all-day conference on September 15 on ...

California's Carbon Policy –2011 Silicon Valley Energy Summit

June 24, 2011

Richard Morse joined Michael Gibbs of the Cal EPA and Larry Goulder and Jim Sweeny of Stanford to discuss key issues in California’s carbon market and remaining challenges at the 2011 Silicon...

Addressing the 'Coal Renaissance' in a Post-Kyoto World

June 13, 2011

On Monday, June 13, 2011 at 4:15 p.m.

Energy Working Group: Modeling the World Steam Coal Market: To What Extent Does China Exercise Monopsony Power?

February 16, 2011

This EWG talk will highlight PESD's first analysis using our new coal model by demonstrating how it can be used to analyze the effects of China's import behavior on world thermal coal consumption....

Energy Working Group: China's Shifting Priorities and 12th Five-Year Plan

January 12, 2011

"Shifting Priorities: Energy, Efficiency, and Sustainability in China's 12th Five-Year Plan"

Guanghua Leadership Institute: City Leader Program

September 7, 2010

PESD Director Frank A. Wolak presented in the Guanghua Leadership Institute's 2010 City Leader Program.

Climate Policy Instruments in the Real World

September 7, 2010

The Program on Energy and Sustainable Development in collaboration with Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School hosted a special conference on Climate Policy...

The China Factor: Short and Long-term Drivers of Chinese Coal Imports

June 29, 2010

In 2009 China, the world's largest coal producer, in seemingly a counterintuitive shift, became the world's largest coal importer at the same time.  The resulting realignment of the global coal...

The Missing Link: Constructing a Dynamic Pricing Plan for a Smarter Grid

June 9, 2010

PESD Director Frank Wolak will be delivering the keynote address at Agrion Business Network for Energy's panel discussion - The Missing Link: Constructing a Dynamic Pricing Plan for a Smarter Grid

16th Annual Coaltrans Asia

May 31, 2010

Richard Morse led a presentation on China's long term coal import/export balance at the 16th Annual Coaltrans Asia 3-day conference in Indonesia.  A few topics he addressed were: Is the world's...

Energy Working Group Talk: The Role of the Private Sector in the Diffusion of Improved Cookstoves

May 19, 2010

Visiting Assistant Professor Gireesh Shrimali from the Indian School of Business will be presenting work currently in progress at PESD: An examination of the role of the private sector in the...

Energy Working Group Talk: Energy Security and Cooperation in Northeast Asia

April 20, 2010

Associate Professor Jae-Seung Lee from Korea University, Division of International Studies will be leading the seminar on energy security and cooperation in Northeast Asia (including East Asia).

India and Climate Change

April 9, 2010

PESD researcher Varun Rai will be a panelist on the challenges for domestic progress in India on climate and energy questions along with Ann Carlson (UCLA School of Law), Anjali Jaiswal (NRDC), and...

2010 MIIS International Trade and Investment Conference: Opportunities and Strategies in Emerging Economies

March 12, 2010

PESD researcher Richard K. Morse to speak on the "Carbon Markets: Developing Countries & the Next Clean Development Mechanism" panel.

Using Economics to Confront Climate Change

October 30, 2009

PESD Director Frank Wolak will be among the speakers participating in SIEPR's Policy Forum - "Using Economics to Confront Climate Change." Frank will be moderating a discussion of difficult...

SLAC Colloquium: Reconciling the Rapid Growth of Coal and CO2 Emissions in Global Energy Markets

March 23, 2009

PESD research associate Richard K. Morse will present "Reconciling the Rapid Growth of Coal and CO2 Emissions in Global Energy Markets."

Frontiers of Research on Low Income Energy

February 24, 2009

Workshop Focus With around 2 billion people using biomass as their primary energy source, and 1.6 billion people without access to electricity, there are many unanswered questions on how to best...

Incentive Mechanisms for Electricity Transmission Expansion

January 27, 2009

Electricity transmission pricing and transmission grid expansion have received increasing regulatory and analytical attention in recent years.

World Forum on Energy Regulation III

October 9, 2006

The World Forum on Energy Regulation and Investment III will build upon the themes and key findings discussed during the 1st and 2nd Forums in 2000 and 2003.

Natural Gas: LNG Market in the Atlantic Basin

July 30, 2006

The seminar is expected to provide a foundation for a new study examining the role of LNG imports for Brazilian natural gas markets centered at the Instituto Economia (IE) at the Federal University...

Workshop on Power Market Reforms and Global Climate Change

January 27, 2005

This meeting will focus on the intersection of two crucial challenges for the organization of energy infrastructures in the developing world.

Geopolitics of Gas Capstone Conference

May 26, 2004

The conference seeks to take a fresh look at the geopolitical consequences of a major shift to natural gas in the coming decades; indeed by most estimates global consumption of gas will double by...

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