Abbas Milani — an expert on U.S.-Iran relations — discusses the Iranian economy, the future of Iran’s leadership, and what a potential nuclear deal could mean for the U.S.

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Iranian-Americans gather under yellow umbrellas on the west side of the U.S. Capitol to demonstrate in support of a free Iran July 17, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo: Getty Images.

By Alice Wenner

Iran’s economy is at its worst point in decades, its Supreme Leader is ill, and the country is desperate for a nuclear deal with the United States, Abbas Milani told host Michael McFaul on the World Class Podcast. Listen and read below to learn more about Milani’s recommendations for the Biden Administration on U.S. foreign policy with Iran.

Abbas Milani discusses U.S.-Iran relations on the World Class Podcast^

On the future of Iranian leadership and U.S.-Iran relations:


Master’s in International Policy student Anna Nguyen ’21 reflects on her fall internship, during which she helped to carry out research and propose a digital transformation strategy for the United Nations System.

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The United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: Getty Images

By Anna Nguyen ‘21

My 12-week internship with the United Nations in the Fall Quarter 2020 was not only a fruitful learning experience but also an important addition to my resume, as well as a crucial steppingstone for me to break into the international policy and governance space. …


The benefits of mobile technology are not accessible to most of the world’s 700 million illiterate people

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By Moussa Doumbouya, Lisa Einstein, and Chris Piech

Note: This article originally appeared in Scientific American

When we asked Aissatou, our new friend from a rural village in Guinea, West Africa, to add our phone numbers to her phone so we could stay in touch, she replied in Susu, “M’mou noma. M’mou kharankhi.” “I can’t, because I did not go to school.” Lacking a formal education, Aissatou does not read or write in French. But we believe Aissatou’s lack of schooling should not…


About the author: Anna Nguyen ’21 is an FSI Global Policy Intern with Andrew Grotto. She is currently a Master’s in International Policy (MIP) student at Stanford University.

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Zoom call between Anna Nguyen and Professor Andrew Grotto. Photo: Anna Nguyen

Looking back, all the dots connect.

As a global citizen and avid world traveler, I was excited about a planned summer in Germany working with European policymakers on issues surrounding digital sovereignty. But 2020 had a different plan in place. Due to the global pandemic, I decided to stay on campus at Stanford University and make the best of this amazing place I call home. I found a fantastic opportunity to work…


On the World Class Podcast, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer says we can expect a consistency between the president’s behavior and policy toward Russia.

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Vladimir Putin, President of Russia speaks during the Preliminary Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia at The Konstantin Palace on July 25, 2015 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Getty Images

While we should expect some big changes over the next four years when it comes to U.S. foreign policy toward Russia, President Joe Biden will be willing to cooperate with Russia on select issues, Steven Pifer told Michael McFaul on the World Class Podcast.

Pifer, who served as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 1998 to 2000, pointed out that while President Donald Trump had a warm relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, relations between…


Daphne Keller, director of the Program on Platform Regulation at FSI’s Cyber Policy Center, explains several often-ignored constitutional parameters for U.S. lawmakers regulating platforms’ liability for online content.

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By Daphne Keller

Note: This article originally appeared in the Center for Internet and Society blog.

Laws regulating platforms can also regulate their users. Some laws may protect users, as privacy laws often do. Others, including many well-intentioned regulations of online content, can erode protections for users’ rights. If such laws are crafted poorly enough, they will violate the Constitution.

This blog post lists six often-ignored constitutional parameters for U.S. lawmakers regulating…


International security expert Oriana Skylar Mastro says conflict between China and Taiwan is plausible within the next 10 years, and the U.S. will likely be involved.

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President-elect Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping talk during an expanded bilateral meeting with other U.S. and Chinese officials in the White House on February 14, 2012. Photo: Getty Images

By Alice Wenner

Conflict between China and Taiwan is not a question of “if,” but rather of “when,” Oriana Skylar Mastro told Michael McFaul on the World Class Podcast.

“2028 to 2035 is the window,” said Mastro, an international security expert with a focus on Chinese military and security policy.

China regards Taiwan as a breakaway province and has threatened to annex it by force if necessary. …


U.S. support will be strengthened, but Trump’s provocations will disappear.

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President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen waves to supporters during a rally campaign ahead of the Taiwanese presidential election on January 15, 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. Photo: Getty Images.

By Oriana Skylar Mastro and Emily Young Carr

Note: This article was originally published in Foreign Policy.

Last week, the world was waiting to see whether U.S. President Donald Trump would be reelected. Four days later, the verdict was in. Joe Biden, winning more overall votes than any other candidate in U.S. history, will be the 46th president of the United States.

While the United States was fixated on the final days of campaigning, China didn’t miss a beat in its aggression toward Taiwan. The day before the U.S. presidential election, Chinese aircraft flew into Taiwan’s airspace eight separate times


In a letter to his students, Herb Lin emphasizes the power of activism, education and helping others during uncertain times—such as now.

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A February 1990 photo taken from the Voyager 1 spacecraft shows the Earth from a distance of more than 4 billion miles and about 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane. Photo: NASA

2020 has been an unprecedented year is so many ways — global pandemic, widespread racial protests, a crashing economy, wildfires on the West Coast, hurricanes on the East Coast. And Election Day, which has traditionally brought a measure of political certainty to the nation, has done nothing of the sort as of the date of this writing. …


Even after casting their ballots, American voters still have a role to play in helping to foster a free and fair election.

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People wait in line to vote in Georgia’s Primary Election on June 9, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Getty Images

By Michael McFaul and Bronte Kass

Over 79 million Americans have already voted in the 2020 U.S. presidential election — an incredible number that surpasses 160% of the early turnout from four years ago. This turnout is especially impressive given the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, rising numbers of cases, and continued voter suppression. Some even speculate that suppression efforts may have backfired in states like Georgia (currently at over 80% of its total 2016 turnout) and…

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