Paul Wise

Freeman Spogli Institute Fellow and pediatrician Paul Wise heads the Children in Crisis program, which blends Stanford's expertise in medical research and international studies to provide care in places like Guatemala. (Adam Gorlick)

International Initiative

Stanford’s influence expands, thanks to International Initiative

Stanford’s international influence was reflected in 2010 in the creation of programs to curb nuclear weapons, understand food security issues and use technology to improve society; visits by world leaders; and expansion of overseas study programs.

All are evidence of the success of Stanford’s International Initiative, launched in 2005 to focus interdisciplinary teaching and research on three areas: peace and security, governance at all levels and human well-being. Its co-directors are Coit Blacker, director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Ken Olivier and Angela Nomellini Professor in International Studies, and Elizabeth Paté-Cornell, the Burt and Deedee McMurty Professor in the School of Engineering.

Freeman Spogli Institute as initiative hub

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) is the hub of the initiative and home to dozens of centers and programs that apply Stanford expertise to solving some of the world’s most challenging problems. Among the work of the initiative this year:

Attracting world leaders

Stanford’s influence on global affairs helped attract such visitors as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who spoke to a packed Dinkelspiel Auditorium audience about international cooperation and technological research, and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who spoke about encouraging innovation and technology in his country.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev came to Stanford to talk to students and faculty and to meet with a group that included former secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and George Shultz, both affiliated with the Hoover Institution.

Also in 2010, Stanford opened its new Bing Overseas Studies Cape Town campus, which introduces students to post-apartheid South Africa, with an emphasis on health-focused community development. At the Stanford Center in China, ground was broken in August on a new facility on the campus of Peking University.