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Kathryn Stoner, MA, PhD

Director, IPS and Senior Fellow, FSI

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May 15th, 2014

Stanford experts on latest developments in Ukraine, Russia

CISAC, CDDRL, FSI Stanford, The Europe Center News

From the early public protests in Kiev to the latest military and political upheaval in Ukraine, FSI scholars have been monitoring developments throughout the region. Follow Michael McFaul, Kathryn Stoner, Stephen Krasner, Norman Naimark, David Holloway and Gail Lapidus as the FSI senior fellows share their expertise and insights into the situation. Read more »



March 3rd, 2014

Stanford scholar discusses Putin’s search for greatness

CISAC, CDDRL, FSI Stanford News

In a piece for Foreign Affairs, FSI Senior Fellow Kathryn Stoner discusses Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a show of force by Russian President Vladimir Putin to re-establish the country as a superpower for a domestic and international audience. Stoner argues that there is little the West can do about the annex of Crimea without risking a third World War. Read more »



February 19th, 2013

Autocracy is here for now, but is it here to stay?

CDDRL in the news

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia continues to struggle with governance challenges— from corruption to weak state institutions — that have stalled its democratic development writes Kathryn Stoner in a journal article for Perspectives on Politics. Stoner, CDDRL's deputy director and a FSI senior fellow, reviews five books that examine whether Russia will slip further into autocracy or step back onto its democratic path. Read more »



October 3rd, 2012

Honors program inspires research, connects students to policy world

CDDRL, FSI Stanford News

During a five-day trip to Washington, D.C., students met with more than a dozen officials from government agencies and development groups. The trip is a highlight of CDDRL’s honors college program, which was recently endowed with a gift from philanthropists Sakurako and William Fisher. Read more »



September 17th, 2012

Democracy and Reconciliation: Jerusalem conference and launch of The Europe Center

FSI Stanford, The Europe Center News

In the midst of the “Arab Spring”, and President Obama’s push for Palestinian-Israeli peace, The Europe Center (TEC) and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute hosted a May 18-19 conference on “Democracy in Adversity and Diversity” in Jerusalem, the first of a sequence of conferences in TEC’s collaborative project on Reconciliation. Read more »




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News around the web

Putin Wants 'Glory to Russia'
Kathryn Stoner-Weiss: "Vladimir Putin’s evidently resounding victory in this week's presidential election means that the U.S. will be dealing directly with him for at least six, and possibly 12 more years (he is eligible for re-election again in 2018). In practice, Putin’s formal return to the Russian presidency will not ..."
March 5, 2012 in New York Times

Vladimir Putin up with protests
Emily Bourke interviews Kathryn Stoner-Weiss about her thoughts on the Russian appetite for real political change.
December 16, 2011 in ABC Online

Op-Ed: Protests In Russia Can't Sideline Putin
Kathryn Stoner-Weiss joins us from a studio on a campus at Stanford University, where she's a senior fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Her op-ed "Change in Russia is Unlikely" ran in The New York Times Room for Debate section ...
December 13, 2011 in NPR

The Mettle of Honors
“We typically take about 12 students,” said Kathryn Stoner-Weiss, deputy director of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), ...
May 13, 2010 in The Stanford Daily