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February 13th, 2012

Understanding the complexities of China's global interactions


Since opening its doors to the world in 1978, China has pursued a sometimes erratic but reasonably steady course leading to increasing global economic and political interaction. Thomas Fingar is leading a new multiphase Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center initiative to explore the nuances and complexity of China’s foreign relations and domestic issues. The project kicks off with a Mar. 19-20 workshop at the new Stanford China Center at Peking University. Read more »

Rising Japan scholars examine the future of U.S.-Japan relations

Japan Studies Program News

The decades-old U.S.-Japan alliance remains a stabilizing force in the Asia-Pacific region, but it continues to evolve with changes in both countries and in the region. In January, Kenji Kushida and Phillip Lipscy joined other rising Japan studies scholars for discussions about issues confronting the relationship. Read more »

Menchik discusses the roots of religious intolerance in Indonesia

SEAF Op-ed: Jakarta Post on February 10, 2012

The origins of intolerance toward Indonesia's Muslim-minority sect Ahmadiyah go back to the early twentieth century, says Jeremy Menchik. In a Jakarta Post op-ed, he unearths the connections between the Indonesian government and anti-Ahmadiyah sentiment, and makes suggestions for how the country can prevent future violence.

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Stanford scholars discuss Asia-Pacific policy during Obama's second term
Fresh off his re-election victory, Barack Obama – the "Pacific President" – will become the first president to visit Myanmar and Cambodia when he travels to the Southeast Asian countries this month. The trip highlights the region's importance to the United States and signals that Obama's second term will significantly focus on Asian trade, security and governance issues.
Mention of Sarah Bhatia in Stanford Report on November 16, 2012

FSI fellow addresses China education gap
While 80 percent of urban Chinese students have Internet access, only two percent of their rural counterparts have the same privileges. Rozelle argues that the vast gap could result in a “lost generation” of children from rural backgrounds denied the skills to work in a modern economy, derailing China’s rapid economic growth.
Mention of Scott Rozelle in The Stanford Daily on April 3, 2012

Global Insider: Resource-Hungry South Korea Turns to Green Diplomacy
In an email interview, Jae-Seung Lee, a visiting scholar at Stanford University's Korea Studies Program and a professor at Korea University, discussed South Korea's energy security. WPR: What is the breakdown of South Korea's energy consumption, ...
Mention of Jae-Seung Lee in World Politics Review (subscription required) on March 14, 2012

The Way China Copes With Its Economic Challenges Will Have an Impact on Us All
Thomas Fingar: "For the past two decades China has been a poster child of successful globalization, integrating with the world and in the process lifting millions of citizens out of poverty. But China’s integration into the world economy and global trends drive and constrain Beijing’s ability to manage growing social, economic and political challenges."
Mention of Thomas Fingar in Jakarta Globe on January 19, 2012

Former aid official says N. Korean children suffer from poor diet
Katharina Zellweger, who led the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development in Pyongyang for five years until September, said North Korean children need a balanced diet, though the public rationing system has been very up and down.
Mention of Katharina Zellweger in Yonhap News on December 1, 2011

Better school lunches – in China
In a series of studies, economist Scott Rozelle’s research team found that nearly 40 percent of Chinese primary-school children suffered iron-deficiency anemia. After assessing Rozelle’s work, the Chinese government has pledged to make elementary and middle-school lunches more nutritious.
Mention of Scott Rozelle in Scope (blog) on November 23, 2011

America pivots toward ASEAN
Don Emmerson: "To the sounds of a gamelan orchestra, white-dressed Balinese pay ritual homage to Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge and learning. The timing is apt as over a thousand journalists and others try to ...
Mention of Donald Emmerson in Asia Times Online on November 22, 2011

US, China role play for ASEAN
Don Emmerson: "Southeast Asian policymakers looking north to the Asian mainland and east across the Pacific Ocean see two major, different, and complementary assets to their region: China's biggest-in-the-world economy and America's best-in-the-world military."
Mention of Donald Emmerson in Asia Times Online on November 18, 2011

US Assisted Living Model To Be Tried In China
LUNA: Karen Eggleston is a health economist and director of the Asia Health Program at Stanford University. She says other Asian countries, like Japan and South Korea, have grappled with these issues. But this is new for China, so there is a burgeoning ...
Mention of Karen Eggleston in NPR on October 11, 2011

Japan in a Post 3/11 World
Daniel Sneider: After a triple crisis, Japan’s politics are in gridlock over nuclear power
Mention of Daniel Sneider in Asia Sentinel on October 7, 2011

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