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Middle East and North Africa

Scholarly Publications

States in the Developing World

March 2017

"What should states in the developing world do and how should they do it? How have states in the developing world addressed the challenges of promoting development, order, and inclusion?

In Search of Democracy

July 2015

This book evaluates the global status and prospects of democracy, with an emphasis on the quality of democratic institutions and the effectiveness of governance as key conditions for stable...

Other Publications

Reforming the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Post-Revolutionary Egypt and Tunisia

April 2014

Ongoing upheaval in Egypt and Tunisia since the 2011 revolutions indicates high levels of dissatisfaction with the political order, and expresses a deep desire for a drastic remodeling of the...

Understanding the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Tunisia and Egypt

December 2013

Why has private entrepreneurship in Egypt and Tunisia remained underdeveloped despite decades of economic liberalization and private sector-friendly incentives and reforms?

News

CDDRL's incoming pre- and postdoctoral fellows

September 2017

Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is proud to announce our three incoming fellows who will be joining us in the 2017-2018 academic year to develop...

Decline in democracy spreads across the globe as authoritarian leaders rise

August 2017

Across the world, many democracies are sliding further and further toward authoritarianism.

Don’t fear the robots

July 2017

"The robots aren't going to take over, or even destroy jobs," says CDDRL's Jerry Kaplan. Read the article here.

Events

What Ever Happened to the Arab Spring?

October 4, 2017

Cosponsored by The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies Abstract:Half a decade after Arabs across the Middle East poured into the streets to demand change, hopes for democracy have disappeared in a...

A Conversation with Larry Diamond and Mohamed Abubakr

May 3, 2017

Join Hillel at Stanford and Stanford in Government as Mohamed Abubakr shares his perspective on the global refugee crisis.

Planning for the Occupation of Japan (Event cancelled)

April 27, 2017

Abstract:The Allied occupation of Japan is remembered as the "good occupation." An American-led coalition successfully turned a militaristic enemy into a stable and democratic ally.

Projects

Program on Human Rights

The Program on Human Rights (PHR) at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) will be phasing out its program in 2015 with the retirement of PHR’s Director Helen...
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Leadership Academy for Development Workshops

The Leadership Academy for Development (LAD) trains government officials and business leaders from developing countries to help the private sector be a constructive force for economic growth and...
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LAD Case Studies

The case studies below are integral teaching tools for the Leadership Academy for Development workshops conducted around the world.
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Multimedia

Frightened masses are easy to manipulate

November 2016

The Q&A with Bassem Youssef, CDDRL visiting scholar, on media, comedy, and politics in the U.S and the Middle East. 

A Vibrant Public Sphere: A Key to Arab Democracy?

November 2015

Belabbes Benkredda is an award-winning social innovator, open debate advocate and the founder of the Munathara Initiative, the Arab world’s only online and television debate forum open to anyone.

CDDRL Seminar Series Event Media

April 2015

The CDDRL weekly research seminar draws scholars and practitioners to the Center to comment on the most relevant and timely topics impacting the field of democracy, development, and the rule of law.

People

Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Abbas Milani Affiliate, CDDRL Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Jessie Brunner Research Assistant, PHR
Sarina Beges-Thysen Associate Director, CDDRL
Kharis Templeman Academic Research & Program Manager, Democracy in Taiwan
Hesham Sallam Research Associate, CDDRL