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 Publications

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Introduction to Buddhism

October 2007

Buddhism, one of the major world religions, began in India around thesixth century B.C.E.

Introduction to the Cultural Revolution

October 2007

The “Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution,” usually known simply as the Cultural Revolution (or the Great Cultural Revolution), was a “complex social upheaval that began as a struggle between Mao...

Arts of the Silk Road

October 2007

The travel of artistic motifs, styles, and techniques along the Silk Road is closely bound up with the larger context of the travel of beliefs, ideas, and technology.

Water Issues in China

October 2007

Rapid urbanization and economic development are straining China's natural sources of fresh water.

Japan in the U.S. Press: Bias and Stereotypes

December 2005

Since Europeans first encounters with Japanese, reportage of Japan has been riddled with stereotypes and paradox-rendering Japan as the West's exotic Other.

Japanese Education

December 2005

It is important for teachers and students to develop a broad understanding of Japanese education.

Koto Music

December 2004

The koto is one of the most popular traditional instruments in Japan and one of the best known outside of that country.

The Japanese Family Faces 21st-Century Challenges

December 2004

Family-related issues are at the forefront of social challenges facing Japan: women are postponing marriage, the birth rate is falling, the divorce rate rising, teenage girls are dating middle-aged...

Learning from the Japanese Economy

December 2004

Despite recent improvements, Japan today still faces some of the same structural problems that triggered its 15 year economic malaise including low productivity growth relative to the past,...

Geography of Japan

December 2003

Good geography instruction, including the arts, literature, philosophy, and history, will immeasurably increase student understanding of Japan in both a personal and academic way.

Japanese Religions

December 2003

The Japanese religious tradition is made up of several major components, including Shinto, Japan’s earliest religion, Buddhism, and Confucianism.

Using Museums to Teach About Japan

December 2002

Whether or not your school is located near a museum that offers school programs, kits, or special events specific to Japan, your students can benefit from museum resources.

Lessons on the Japanese Constitution

December 2002

Japan’s current constitution was written in 1946 and adopted in 1947, while Japan was under Allied occupation following World War II.

Examining the Japanese History Textbook Controversies

December 2001

Beginning with an examination of the importance of history textbooks in Japan and the United States, this digest then provides background information on Japan's textbook controversies from Ienaga...

Okinawa's Role in the U.S.-Japan Security Arrangement

December 2001

This digest focuses on Okinawa's role within the larger U.S.-Japan security relationship during the second half of the twentieth century: how and why there is a strong U.S.

Teaching About Japanese-American Internment

December 2000

Although many state and national U.S. history standards include the Japanese-American internment experience, more often than not it is a topic that is treated without nuance.

Exploring Contemporary Japanese Society

December 2000

Teaching about contemporary Japan remains a challenge. It is difficult to decide which topics or issues might be most meaningful and useful in precollegiate Japan studies.
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