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Scholars Corner

Scholars Corner features videos of scholars from the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) discussing contemporary issues and research in their fields of expertise, reflecting FSI’s research interest in the problems, policies, and processes that cross international borders and affect lives around the world. Each video is accompanied by a suggested short activity and/or lesson that can be used in the classroom to help students better understand the content being discussed.


The Iranian Revolution

In this video, Professor Abbas Milani discusses Iran and the Iranian Revolution, noting the influence of Iran regionally and in the United States, the significance and impact of the Iranian Revolution, and the Iranian Revolution’s causes and effects. He also emphasizes the fight for democracy throughout Iran’s history of revolutions and today. more


The Rise and Implications of Identity Politics

Black Lives Matter. Catalan independence. #MeToo. White nationalism. The Islamic State. Though these movements vary drastically in most respects, they are all based on assertions of identity—a theme that Dr. Francis Fukuyama believes has become increasingly critical in both American and global politics. In this video, Dr. Fukuyama discusses the rise of identity politics and its troubling implications for modern democracies. more



Herbert Lin, Senior Research Scholar for Cyber Policy and Security at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), explores some fundamental concepts of cybersecurity, including its scope and definition, the challenges of maintaining secure systems, and the identities and motives of those who pose threats to cybersecurity. more



Children in Crisis

Stanford Professor Paul H. Wise discusses "Children in Crisis," a multidisciplinary initiative directed at integrating expertise in political science, security, and health services in areas of civil conflict and unstable governance. more




Doomed to Cooperate: Averting Post-Cold War Nuclear Dangers

At the end of the Cold War, American and Russian scientists came together to work toward a common goal of reducing nuclear threat. In this video, Siegfried S. Hecker, Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, provides the historical context for this remarkable partnership known as Lab to Lab. more



Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Stanford Professor Martha Crenshaw is a renowned expert in terrorism studies and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. In this video, Professor Crenshaw explores some fundamental issues about terrorism, such as why people resort to terror, the political goals of terrorism, and the importance of understanding the complex web of relationships among terrorist organizations. more


Reforming Myanmar's Health System

Medical doctor and scholar Phyu Phyu Thin Zaw highlights the changes Myanmar has undertaken and the challenges the country still faces as it works to improve its healthcare system. more





Immigration and Integration

In this video, Jens Hainmueller, Co-Director of the Immigration and Integration Policy Lab, and Duncan Lawrence, Executive Director of the Immigration and Integration Policy Lab, define immigrant integration, explain factors of migration, and discuss the characteristics of immigration in Europe versus the United States. more



China Under Mao

In this video, Stanford Professor Andrew Walder shares his insight about Mao’s leadership, current party leaders and lessons learned while researching his new book, China Under Mao: A Revolution Derailed. more




The Use of Lethal Force by Police in Rio

Beatriz Magaloni discusses her ongoing research on police practices in the city of Rio de Janeiro. In describing her findings, she explores the connections between poverty, crime, and police violence—topics just as relevant in the contemporary United States as they are in Brazil. more



Climate Change and Food Security

David Lobell, Deputy Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE), defines what constitutes food security and describes how changes in climate are affecting agricultural productivity and agricultural research. more




Climate Change and Conflict

Marshall Burke discusses his research on the surprisingly strong relationship between climate change and conflict and the possible security implications of this research. more





Governance and Corruption

Francis Fukuyama, FSI Senior Fellow, reflects on issues of governance and corruption in politics. more

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