International Initiative

International Initiative’s successes reflect Stanford’s global reach and influence

Global Health Corps

Organizers committed to promoting health equity through the Global Health Corps were trained at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies in 2009.

China’s environmental protection efforts, ties between climate change and civil conflicts in poor countries and curricula on infectious pandemic diseases are among the research projects supported in 2009 by the Presidential Fund for Innovation in International Studies.

The funding program is part of the International Initiative, which seeks solutions to worldwide challenges involving international security, governance at every level and human well-being. The initiative, primarily housed in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), focuses on interdisciplinary research and teaching.

The 2009 projects and scholars are:

China’s Green GDP: Governance, Organization and Science in China’s Environmental Protection Efforts. Xueguang Zhou, sociology and FSI; Yinyu Ye, management science and engineering; Leonard Ortolano, civil and environmental engineering.

Climate Change and Conflict: What Are the Links and Where Is the Evidence? Rosamond Naylor, FSI and Woods Institute for the Environment; Stephen Stedman, FSI and international policy studies; James Jones, anthropology.

“Paying for Performance” in China’s Battle Against Anemia. Jennifer Adams, education; Grant Miller, medicine and Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research.

Stanford Education for Global HIV/AIDS, Infectious Diseases and Epidemics. David Katzenstein, infectious diseases; Shelley Goldman, education; Richard Roberts, history; Robert Siegel, microbiology and immunology.

Human Well-Being and International Migration: Issues and Ideas About Ethnicity, Race and Language. Guadalupe Valdés, education; Al Camarillo, history; Tomás Jimenez, sociology; Fernando Mendoza, pediatrics; Miguel Méndez, law; Matthew Snipp, sociology.

Improving Outcomes for Children in Jeopardy in Zimbabwe. Brent Solvason and Cheryl Koopman, psychiatry and behavioral sciences; Richard Roberts, history.

The International Initiative is the most ambitious reflection of Stanford’s considerable international reach.

As another example of that reach, President Barack Obama tapped Stanford scholars to serve in international policy positions within his administration. Michael McFaul, FSI deputy director, was appointed special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director of Russian and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, senior research scholar at FSI’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, was appointed special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs at the National Security Council. Paul Stockton, senior research scholar at FSI, was nominated to become assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and security affairs. Jeremy Weinstein, associate professor of political science, was also appointed to the National Security Council as director for democracy.

Also in 2009, FSI’s Health Policy Center helped train a group of young organizers working with the Global Health Corps. The Corps grew out of a Stanford conference in 2008 focusing on future leadership in HIV/AIDS. The program aims to promote global health equity both in the United States and abroad and build a new movement of global health leaders. The fellows will be working in Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, New York and New Jersey.

Also in 2009, FSI launched the Stanford Global Gateway to provide access to all of Stanford’s international programs through one website.