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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 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 Projects

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Electricity Sector Reforms: Impact on Development and Environment

IIM Ahmedabad-Stanford Joint Study on "Electricity Sector Reforms: Impact on Development and Environment" is a project sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)...
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Impact of Institutions on Distributed Generation

Distributed energy resources, in particular small electric power plants located at the point of demand, offer the potential for significant improvement in the delivery of energy services.
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Climate Change Policy

Many of the most significant efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions employ market mechanisms.  Notably, under the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), major emitters in Europe are...
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Low Income Energy Services

An important complement to PESD's research on climate change policy and established fuel and power markets is our ongoing study of how to supply more and higher-quality energy services to the...
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People

Mark C. Thurber Associate Director for Research
Ognen Stojanovski Research Scholar