International News from Stanford University - 2015
News Item Saumitra Jha: How Financial Innovation Helped Start the English Civil War (and Why That’s Important Today)
In the mid-1600s, something revolutionary happened in England: Parliament rose up against King Charles I, leading to a violent civil war that cost upward of 200,000 people their lives and Charles his head. The result was the establishment of what is now one of the world’s most enduring representative governments, a model that the United States and many other nations followed.
What makes one of the world's largest economies tick? Darrell Duffie offers key insights into China's financial system, including how it works, what an outsider needs to know, and what the future holds. Duffie is the Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
News Item Location Matters in the Lowland Amazon
New research by Greg Asner illustrates a hidden tapestry of chemical variation across the lowland Peruvian Amazon, with plants in different areas producing an array of chemicals that changes across the region’s topography.
After 30 years in high-tech marketing and general management, Anne Sanquini began a second career as a PhD student at Stanford studying how to motivate people to take precautionary action to protect their homes and schools against earthquakes. Her work over the past four years led her to Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. She was there during the April 25 earthquake, the very quake she had been preparing for.