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Challenges to Democracy in the Digital Information Realm

President Barack Obama delivered the keynote speech about disinformation and challenges to democracy in the digital information realm at an event hosted by Stanford’s Cyber Policy Center and The Obama Foundation, with introductions by Michael McFaul, Director of Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and Tiana Epps-Johnson, a Stanford alumna and Obama Foundation Fellow.

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Condoleezza Rice and Michael McFaul Discuss Sustaining Global Democracy

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul spoke about preserving democracy in the United States and abroad during a virtual discussion hosted by the Mansfield Center at the University of Montana. The discussion covered the state of democracy in America and bridging the rural and urban divide, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, spreading democracy in former Soviet states and reimagining trade and the supply chain. 

Secretary of State Antony Blinken's Visit

On October 7, we hosted Secretary of State Antony Blinken upon his travels to Stanford, California, to meet with former Secretaries of State and attend a memorial service for former Secretary of State George P. Shultz.

Welcoming Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) was honored to host the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, for an address on U.S.-Ukrainian relations. President Zelensky's visit to Stanford followed his August 31 meeting with United States President Joe Biden, and marks the first visit to California by a Ukrainian president.