Democracy

Scholarly Publications

World Religions and Democracy

March 2005

Can religion be compatible with liberal democracy?

Islam and Democracy in the Middle East

December 2003

Islam and Democracy in the Middle East provides a comprehensive assessment of the origins and staying power of Middle East autocracies, as well as a sober account of the struggles of state...

Why Are There No Arab Democracies?

January 2010

(excerpt) During democratization’s “third wave,” democracy ceased being a mostly Western phenomenon and “went global.” When the third wave began in 1974, the world had only about 40 democracies,...

News

Diamond op-ed: prospects for Iraqi democracy hobbled by U.S. failures on security

June 2004

In a Los Angeles Times opinion piece, Larry Diamond -- coordinator of the Democracy Program at CDDRL and recently a senior adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq -- asserts that U.S...

Diamond Draws Lessons on Rebuilding After Conflict From Iraqi Experience

February 2005

CDDRL Faculty Associate, and coordinator of CDDRL's Democracy program, Larry Diamond, argues that Iraq's reconstruction is unique in many ways from other post-conflict reconstruction efforts.

Larry Diamond on importance of diplomatic strategy in Iraq in contrast to "surge" or "withdraw" talks

August 2007

While the debate to "surge" or "withdraw" troops continues, Larry Diamond, Coordinator of the Democracy Program at CDDRL, along with Carlos Pascual, writes on the need for a diplomatic strategy to...

Old Events

Political Reform in the Middle East: How Far Is It Going?

April 27, 2005

Marina S. Ottaway specializes in democracy and post-conflict reconstruction issues.

Prospects for Muslim Democracy

March 8, 2006

In recent years "Muslim democracy" has emerged as a new political reality in a number of Muslim countries with open politics to define the role of Islam in democracy.

Projects

Iron Fists in Silk Gloves: Building Political Regimes in the Middle East - Project completed 2010

This book manuscript explores the historical development of authoritarian regimes in the Middle East over the past century, arguing that we cannot understand the varying durability of these...
English

The Link between Economic and Political Reform in the Arab World

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is pleased to present the report of this project, which examines the link between...
English

Safadi-Stanford Initiative for Policy Innovation

Purpose of SSIPI The Safadi-Stanford Initiative for Policy Innovation (SSIPI) initiative is a partnership between the Safadi Foundation USA and the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford...
English

Multimedia

The Paradoxes of Political Aid in the Arab World

May 2015

AbstractEuropean and US-based scholars and practitioners have debated the purposes and sometimes the (limited) macro-effects of programs designed to promote transitions from authoritarianism to democracy in Middle East countries.

The Tunisian Transition and the Challenge of Youth Alienation

April 2015

 AbstractSocial and economic grievances of Tunisian youth played a major role in igniting the uprising in Tunisia, and more generally, the so-called Arab Spring.

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.

People

Professor Larry Diamond Larry Diamond Mosbacher Senior Fellow in Global Democracy Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution