Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

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Contemporary Security Challenges to Japan

February 2017

During the Cold War, Japan's main security concern was tension with the Soviet Union, and its alliance with the United States was essential for ensuring its defense given the limitations on using military force in Japan's Constitution.

Japan's Emergence as an Innovating Economy

February 2017

Japan's emergence in the 1970s and 1980s as a technological and innovative powerhouse impressed and fascinated the world. Many believed that Japan's technological gains stemmed from government-provided subsidies.

Japan and the World

February 2017

The “Japan and the World” video lectures and accompanying lessons were made possible by a generous grant from the Center for Global Partnership (CGP)/The Japan Foundation to the Japan Program, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC),...

Japan's Foreign Aid Policy

February 2017

Japan moved from being a net recipient of foreign aid after World War II to the top donor nation in the 1990s.

Population Aging in Japan and Implications for Public Finance

February 2017

In recent decades Japan has gone through some major epidemiologic and demographic transitions.

Why did Japan Stop Growing?

February 2017

Japan's economy has stagnated since the early 1990s, a development that has puzzled economists within Japan and around the world. Takeo Hoshi, the Henri H.

Structural Causes of Japan's Lost Decades

February 2017

The concept of productivity is central in economics and is one of the main determinants of economic growth.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership

February 2017

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a free trade agreement that was signed (but not yet ratified) by 12 countries along the Pacific Rim, including Japan and the United States.

Japan's Insufficient Demand Problem

February 2017

Under normal circumstances, most people believe that saving is positive. However, high rates of savings can also mean low levels of consumption (spending), and this can hamper economic growth.

Japan and Silicon Valley: Origins, Trajectories, and Implications

February 2017

Silicon Valley and Japan have both been important areas of innovation, and have interesting histories that have altered the course of the world; however, they have approached innovation very differently.

Road to Tokyo

February 2017

In 2020, Tokyo will host the Summer Olympic Games, and the city hopes to use its moment in the international spotlight to dazzle the world with its state-of-the-art facilities, technological innovations, impeccable hospitality, and Japan’s...

Doomed to Cooperate: Averting Post-Cold War Nuclear Dangers

October 2016

At the end of the Cold War, American and Russian scientists came together—overcoming political, cultural, and geographic divides—to work toward a common goal of reducing nuclear threat. In this video, Siegfried S.

Art in a Time of Crisis

July 2016

Since 2002 SPICE has collaborated with the Silk Road Project to conduct teacher professional development seminars and develop curricular materials.

Terrorism and Counterterrorism

July 2016

Stanford Professor Martha Crenshaw is a renowned expert in terrorism studies and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Reforming Myanmar's Health System

March 2016

In 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) ranked Myanmar’s health system as the second-worst in the world. Its people endured short life expectancies, poor health outcomes, and the highest out-of-pocket health expenses in Southeast Asia.

Immigration and Integration: Introduction

November 2015

Immigration policy has been a very controversial and highly debated topic for decades, both in the United States and in Europe.

Immigration and Integration: Current Research

November 2015

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, explain some of the challenges created by current immigration...

China Under Mao

August 2015

Andrew Walder, Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, is a political sociologist, specializing in sources of conflict, stability, and change in communist regimes and their successor states.

An Interpretive History of Japan

August 2015

An Interpretive History of Japan consists of six lectures by Professor Emeritus Daniel Okimoto from Stanford University and six corresponding lesson plans. The curriculum first reflects on the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, the...

Rivers of Asia

June 2015

Water is essential for all life and human survival. It is necessary for all aspects of our lives including food production and security, domestic activities and sanitation, health, energy, industry, and environmental sustainability.

The Use of Lethal Force by the Police in Rio de Janeiro and the Pacification Process

May 2015

In this video, Stanford Professor Beatriz Magaloni discusses her ongoing research on police practices in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Climate Change and Conflict

February 2015

In Climate Change and Conflict, Center on Food Security and the Environment Fellow Marshall Burke discusses his research on the surprisingly strong relationship between climate change and conflict and the possible security implications of this...

Climate Change and Food Security

February 2015

In 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...

Climate Change and Its Impact

February 2015

Research on climate change is varied and encompasses many disciplines. As more scholars examine the issue of climate change from multiple perspectives, new cause-and-effect relationships are being discovered and explored.

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