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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Stanford Energy Q&A: Why do we burn so much coal?

December 2019

PESD associate director Mark Thurber recently spoke with Stanford Energy about the findings of his recent book on why the world continues to burn so much coal despite its major contribution to air...

Thurber talks at UBC about coal

September 2019

On September 17, PESD Associate Director Mark Thurber spoke at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC about findings from his new book Coal (available on Amazon).  Coal burning...

Thurber featured on CSIS podcast

June 2019

  On June 17, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) Associate Director Mark Thurber talked with Nikos Tsafos from CSIS (Center for Strategic & International Studies) on the CSIS...

Thurber speaks in DC on coal-gas competition

June 2019

Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) Associate Director Mark Thurber was a panelist at the 2019 Energy Security Workshop in Washington, D.C., where he spoke about why LNG (liquefied...

Thurber launches book, talks coal in Germany

April 2019

In no other developed country is the role of coal in the energy mix more hotly debated than in Germany.

Thurber: Why it's difficult to reduce gas flaring

February 2019

Flaring of natural gas that can't be utilized represents both an economic loss and a major environmental problem.

PESD runs workshop for Brazil's electricity regulator

January 2019

Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) Director Frank Wolak and Associate Director Mark Thurber conducted a workshop on December 3-4 in Brasília, at the offices of Brazil's...

Wolak recommends "cost based" market for Hawaiian Electric Company

November 2018

On November 2 at the University of Hawaii, PESD Director Frank Wolak gave a special seminar "How Should the Public Utilities Commission Regulate Hawaiian Electric Company for Better Integration of...

PESD workshop tackles electricity market challenges in a highly-renewables world

October 2018

Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) Director Frank Wolak, Associate DIrector Mark Thurber, and doctoral candidate Trevor Davis led an Electricity Market Simulation Workshop as part...

Building 'Risky' Energy

October 2015

6th Annual PESD ConferenceTuesday, December 15th, 2015Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research/Gunn Building366 Galvez Street, Stanford UniversityG7 leaders committed this summer to phasing...

Stanford course provides opportunity for students to see textbook methods in action

October 2015

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and Office of International Affairs (OIA) launched a pilot collaboration last year to provide a rigorous, immersive teaching and...

PESD Releases New Book on Global Coal Market

August 2015

Coal is the leading energy-related cause of climate change and creates serious local air pollution; it also remains, for now, an essential energy source for many growing economies.

Wolak Participates in Radio Segment on Community Control Aggregation in California

August 2015

On August 13th, 2015, Professor Wolak was interviewed along with Monica Padilla and Ted Ko by KALW, a public radio station in San Francisco.

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frank wolak Frank Wolak PESD Director, Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Mark's profile picture Mark C. Thurber Associate Director for Research at PESD, Social Science Research Scholar
IMG 0795 Ognen Stojanovski Research Affiliate at PESD
kevin behanjpg Kevin Behan Research Affiliate at PESD
ryantriolo profilepic Ryan Triolo Graduate Research Assistant
daniel wainstock headshot Daniel Wainstock Research Affiliate at PESD
kurt sweat headshot Kurt Sweat Graduate Research Assistant
anirudha balasubramanian headshot Anirudha Balasubramanian Research Affiliate at PESD
rodrigo headshot Rodrigo Naumann Graduate Research Assistant
Trevor Davis Aug2011 Trevor L. Davis Postdoctoral Scholar
zeyu wang headshot Zeyu Wang Research Affiliate at PESD
Ni Yan headshot Ni Yan Graduate Research Assistant