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James D. Fearon, PhD

Senior Fellow at FSI; Theodore and Frances Geballe Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences; Professor of Political Science; CISAC Affiliated Faculty Member; CDDRL Affiliated Faculty

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April 5th, 2013

Stanford scholar recognized for contributions to the field of international affairs

CDDRL, FSI Stanford, CISAC News

Political scientist Jeremy M. Weinstein received the Karl Deutsch Award from the International Studies Association for his contributions to the study of international relations and peace research. Read more »



January 29th, 2013

Carnegie awards CISAC $1 million grant for research and training

CISAC News

Carnegie Corporation of New York, the foundation that promotes "real and permanent good," has awarded a $1 million grant to CISAC to fund research and training on international peace and security issues. Read more »



May 15th, 2012

Stanford conference to explore governance and the provision of public goods

CDDRL, Program on Poverty and Governance Announcement

The CDDRL Program on Poverty and Governance together with the Center for Latin American Studies will host a conference on May 18-19 to explore how governance impacts the provision of public goods and services throughout the world. Read more »



October 1st, 2011

A former CISAC fellow explores why regime change seldom works

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news: Boston Review on October 1, 2011

"Despite what interveners hope, regime change implemented by outsiders is not a force for stability," writes Alexander Downes in the Boston Review. In a companion piece, James Fearon says U.S. leaders know regime change is problematic "but they do it anyway." Read more »



August 24th, 2011

As Tripoli falls, a political scientist says a difficult road lies ahead

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

As events unfold in Tripoli, the world is asking what to expect next. James Fearon, a political scientist whose research focuses on political violence, ethnic conflict, and the impact of democracy on foreign policy, says a post-Gaddafi Libya looks like a vacuum in terms of civil society and competent state institutions -- and such vacuums, he says, "are usually very dangerous." Read more »




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News around the web

Six Stanford faculty elected to National Academy of Sciences
James Fearon is among six Stanford faculty members who have been elected to receive one of the highest honors for an American scientist in recognition of their achievements in original research.
May 3, 2012 in Stanford University News

What happens next in Libya? Stanford expert weighs outcomes
The Stanford News Service posed the question to James Fearon, a professor of political science whose research focuses on political violence, ethnic conflict and the impact of democracy on foreign policy. Who's the new boss? Which way might this roll? ...
August 23, 2011 in Stanford University News