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 Scholarly Publications

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Oil and Governance: State-owned Enterprises and the World Energy Supply

January 2012

National oil companies (NOCs) produce most of the world’s oil and natural gas and bankroll governments across the globe.

Reform of the Chinese Electric Power Market: Economics and Institutions

January 2004

When the People's Republic was founded in 1949, the Chinese electricity industry, with only 1.85 GW installed capacity, was primitive.

Energy and Economic Development: An Assessment of the State of Knowledge

November 2002

Energy development, interpreted broadly to mean increased provision and use of energy services, is an integral part of enhanced economic development.

Regime Complex for Plant Genetic Resources, The

May 2003

The study of regimes has focused on the negotiation of rules that, in practice, have been codified into single agreements.

Factors that Explain Investment in Cross-Border Natural Gas Transport Infrastructures: A Research Protocol for Historical Case Studies

February 2004

Techno-economic energy models consistently project world gas demand to rise sharply in the coming decades.

A Herd Mentality in the Design of International Environmental Agreements?

February 2005

When addressing an externality such as air pollution, regulators can control policy inputs (e.g., pollution taxes and technology standards) or outputs (e.g., emission caps).

Electricity Restructuring and the Social Contract

May 2003

The electricity sector is a major contributor to air and water pollution. Electricity also supplies vital services to modern societies-it literally powers economic growth.

Greenfield IPP Database (GRIPP): Based on the World Bank's Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI) Database, The

May 2003

The Greenfield IPP (GRIPP) database is derived from the World Bank's Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI) database.

Gas Trade in the Southern Cone

May 2004

Discussions of trade in natural gas in South America's Southern Cone (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay) began as early as the 1950s.

Gazprom: Gas Giant Under Strain

January 2008

This study, which is part of a larger research project on state-controlled hydrocarbon resources, looks at the strategy, evolution and performance of Gazprom, Russia's largest state company.

Baker Institute World Gas Trade Model, The

March 2005

This working paper describes a spatial and intertemporal equilibrium model of the world market for natural gas.

Climate Change: Debating America's Policy Options

December 2004

Climate change is one of the most complex issues facing policy-makers today.

Polish Electricity Market Investment Context, The

August 2004

This paper is part of the wider Program on Energy and Sustainable Development study on the historical experience of Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in countries that are in the midst of...

IPP Investment in Turkey's Electric Power Industry

November 2004

This paper is part of a larger study on the historical experience of Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in countries undergoing transition in their institutions of governance.

Development and Climate: Engaging Developing Countries

December 2003

This chapter, by PESD fellow Thomas Heller and PESD affiliate P.R. Shukla, was published by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change in 2003 as part of their "Beyond Kyoto" series.

Political and Economic Influences on the Future World Market for Natural Gas

March 2005

This working paper first develops a Reference Case that allows required rates of return on investments in energy infrastructure to vary geographically.

Optimal intensity targets for emissions trading under uncertainty

June 2005

Uncertainty can hamper the stringency of commitments under cap and trade schemes.

Political Economy of International Infrastructure Contracting, Lessons from the IPP Experience

October 2005

Private investment in electricity generation (so called "independent power producers" or IPPs) in developing countries grew dramatically during the 1990s, only to decline equally dramatically in...

Private Power Production in Mexico: A Country Study

August 2005

IPP Investment Experience in Argentina, The

August 2005

China's Electric Power Market: The Rise and Fall of IPPs

July 2005

IPP Investment Experience in Malaysia, The

December 2005

Indian Electricity Market: Country Study and Investment Context, The

August 2006

India stands out in the IPP study as the second largest developing country market and features an evolving legal and regulatory regime created in the early 1990s specifically to promote investment...

Kenyan IPP Experience, The

August 2000

Prior to the introduction of independent power projects (IPP), Kenya relied primarily on concessionary funding from multilateral and bilateral agencies to finance new power investments.

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Ognen Stojanovski Research Scholar at PESD
Mark C. Thurber Associate Director for Research at PESD, Social Science Research Scholar