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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The Shang Dynasty, 1600 to 1050 BCE

October 2007

The Shang Dynasty marked the middle of China’s Bronze Age and was a dynasty that made great contributions to Chinese civilization.

2009 SPICE Catalog

December 2009

For 2009, SPICE has developed four new curriculum units: Examining Long-term Radiation Effects, Interactive Teaching AIDS: A Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum, China's Republican Era,...

Water Issues in China

October 2007

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

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.

Introduction to Buddhism

October 2007

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

The Spread of Islam in West Africa: Containment, Mixing, and Reform from the Eighth to the Twentieth Century

January 2009

The history of Islam in West Africa can be explained in three stages, containment, mixing, and reform.  In the first stage, African kings contained Muslim influence by segregating Muslim...

Diseases of Poverty: Neglected Tropical Infections in Sub-Saharan Africa

April 2009

In 1967, U.S. Surgeon General William H.

Social Conflict and Political Violence in Africa

April 2009

A growing fraction of the world's civil wars seem to be breaking out on the African continent, and in the last few decades it has acquired a reputation as a hotbed of violence and warfare.  Social...

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...

Japanese Education

December 2005

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

Indigenous Knowledge and the Rule of Law: Reflections from Brazil

July 2012

In this paper, two sets of emblematic, policy-inflected cases from the past two decades (the 1990s and 2000s)­––one involving sustainable development projects and the other, agricultural crop...

Quechua Oqrakashqa: The Effects of Mining Consortia and Globalization on Local Quechua Communities in the Peruvian Andes

July 2012

Mining consortia play an important part in improving Peru’s world role in the export of precious and base metals and minerals.

Indigenous Policy Review in Brazil: Ideologies, Rights, and Perspectives

July 2012

This is an analysis of the evolution of political actions and legal instruments imposed on indigenous peoples in Brazil since pre-colonization in the fifteenth century.

The Ethnic Question: How Do We Integrate Today's Immigrants In Our Globalized World

April 2013

We live in a period of unprecedented scope of immigration and globalization, facing great numbers of peoples, and also cultural and social difference and strains on welfare economies.  Recent...

European Answers to the Financial Crisis: Social Banking and Social Finance

April 2011

As a result of the crisis, social banking and social finance have become important trends among bank customers in Europe.

Human Rights Protection in Europe: Between Strasbourg and Luxembourg

April 2010

Although Europe has been considered a leading example for regional human rights mechanisms, these mechanisms are far from simple, due to the complexity of the European legal system and the actors...

Why Has War Become Obsolete in Europe

April 2010

It is quite remarkable that a continent, which for much of its modern history was embroiled in internecine warfare, now seems to be one of the most stable regions of the world.

Introduction of Buddhism to Korea: An Overview

October 2011

The arrival of Buddhism in Korea led to the fundamental transformation of local society and a blossoming of Korean civilization.

Koreans in Japan

October 2010

Although Koreans in Japan prior to World War II suffered racial discrimination and economic exploitation, the Japanese authorities nonetheless counted ethnic Koreans as Japanese nationals and...

Overview of the Korean War and Its Legacy

October 2010

The year 2010 marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, which began on June 25, 1950.

Political Succession in North Korea

October 2011

For the past year, there has been intense interest and speculation regarding the rise of Kim Jong-un, youngest son of North Korea’s current leader Kim Jong-il, as successor to his father.

Religions of Korea Yesterday and Today

October 2010

The earliest Western visitors to Korea at the turn of the last century routinely pointed out that Koreans were a people who often called on supernatural powers and carried out rituals for...

The Economic Costs of Korean Reunification

October 2011

This article explores the economic cost of reunification in the context of growing ambivalence in South Korea toward the idea of unity and shifting South Korean policies toward its northern...

Regional Perspectives on Human Rights: The USSR and Russia, Part One

October 2012

The Soviet Union advocated a conception of human rights different from the notion of rights prevalent in the West.

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