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Abdel Kouddous Seif Sallam

Sanaa Seif and Sharif Abdel Kouddous Discuss Egypt's Worsening Human Rights Situation

News / May 13, 2022
The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL hosted a talk featuring prominent political activist Sanaa Seif and award-winning journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous, who discussed the current political conditions in Egypt, the massive expansion of the carceral state under the rule of Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi and the country’s role within the geopolitical shifts reshaping the region.
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Phi Beta Kappa

CDDRL Congratulates Newly Elected Phi Beta Kappa Members

News / May 11, 2022
Sylvie Ashford (honors class of 2021) and Carolyn Chun (honors class of 2022) are among the newest members of this prestigious academic honors society.
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Carson Smith

CDDRL Honors Aluma Named Knight-Hennessy Scholar

News / May 9, 2022
Carson Smith (honors class of 2018-19) is among 70 scholars in the Knight-Hennessy Scholars' fifth cohort.
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Lyubov Sobol, CDDRL Visiting Scholar 2022

CDDRL Welcomes Anti-Corruption Activist Lyubov Sobol as Visiting Scholar

News / May 2, 2022
Sobol will work alongside CDDRL faculty on projects related to the opposition movement in Russia today, human rights, and the rolling back of democracy in Russia.
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Mofeed Digest 2

ARD Releases Jan-March 2022 Edition of Mofeed Digest

News / April 29, 2022
The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL is pleased to announce the release of the second edition of Mofeed Digest (January-March 2022), a periodic recap of the most important scholarly and policy publications, reports, and articles investigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the politics, economies, and societies of the Arab world.
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Erin A. Snider

Texas A&M Political Scientist Examines Political Economy of Democracy Aid in the Middle East

News / April 26, 2022
The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL hosted a talk featuring Erin A. Snider, Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service, who discussed her latest book – Marketing Democracy: The Political Economy of Democracy Aid in the Middle East (Cambridge University Press 2022).
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2022-23 CDDRL Pre and Postdoctoral Fellows

Introducing Our 2022-23 Pre and Postdoctoral Fellows

News / April 25, 2022
The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is pleased to welcome seven pre- and postdoctoral fellows who will be joining us for the 2022-23 academic year. These scholars will spend the academic year focusing on the Center's four program areas of democracy, development, evaluating the efficacy of democracy promotion, and rule of law.
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Amichai Magen joins the Freeman Spogli Institute as its inaugural Visiting Fellow in Israel Studies.

Amichai Magen Selected as Inaugural Visiting Fellow in Israel Studies

News / April 14, 2022
Magen, a scholar of law, government and international relations, will arrive at Stanford in the 2022-2023 academic year.
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Larry Diamond speaking in the Bechtel Conference Center in Encina Hall

"We Have Entered a New Historical Era": Larry Diamond on the Future of Democracy

Commentary / April 11, 2022
Speaking at the April 2022 meeting of the FSI Council, Larry Diamond offered his assessment of the present dangers to global democracy and the need to take decisive action in support of liberal values.
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Adly Makram-Ebeid Sallam Hamzawy

Mofeed-19 Podcast Explores the Pandemic's Impact on Vulnerable Labor in Egypt

News / April 11, 2022
The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL, in partnership with the Arab Studies Institute, is pleased to announce the release of the fifth episode of Mofeed-19, a 19-minute video podcast that discusses research efforts pertaining to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Arab world.
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Some of the original Ukrainian alumni from the Draper Hills Summer Fellowship gather in Kyiv in 2013.

A History of Unity: A Look at FSI’s Special Relationship with Ukraine

News / April 4, 2022
Since 2005, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies has cultivated rich academic ties and friendships with Ukrainian scholars and civic leaders as part of our mission to support democracy and development domestically and abroad.
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2022-23 CDDRL Honors Students

Introducing Our 2022-23 CDDRL Honors Students

News / March 28, 2022
Representing nine different majors and minors and hailing from four different countries, we are thrilled to welcome these twelve outstanding students to our Fisher Family Honors Program.
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Book cover of Russia Resurrected and author Kathryn Stoner

U.S.-Russia Relations Book Prize Goes to Kathryn Stoner, Author of “Russia Resurrected: Its Power and Purpose in a New Global Order”

News / March 24, 2022
Kathryn Stoner is the recipient of the third annual book prize of the Fletcher U.S.-Russia Relations Initiative, presented by the Russia and Eurasia Program at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. The prize is for the outstanding work in her latest book, Russia Resurrected: Its Power and Purpose in a New Global Order (2021).
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Peter Blair Henry

Peter Blair Henry Joins the Hoover Institution and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

News / March 22, 2022
Returning to Stanford in September 2022, Henry will continue his groundbreaking research on economic reforms and impacts to the global economy with the Hoover Institution and the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at FSI.
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Mofeed Digest 2

ARD Launches Mofeed Digest

News / March 18, 2022
The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL is pleased to announce the launch of Mofeed Digest, a periodic recap of the most important scholarly and policy publications, reports, and articles investigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the politics, economies, and societies of the Arab world.
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The Chernobyl nuclear reactor complex in Pripyat, Ukraine.

‘A Monkey with a Grenade’: Russia's Attacks on Nuclear Reactors Cross a Dangerous Line

Commentary / March 14, 2022
Firing on civilian nuclear facilities is an unacceptable disregard for the rules of war that endangers the entire world, not just Ukraine.
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Supporters at a demonstration in White Plaza wore ribbons in Ukraine's national colors.

The Colors of Worry

Commentary / March 8, 2022
“Red means air raid warning. Green means my family is back online.” How it feels to be a Stanford student from Ukraine right now.
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Kathryn Stoner and Leopoldo López

Venezuelan opposition leader calls on students to fight for global freedom

News / March 3, 2022
Leopoldo López expressed fear about the global rise of a “network of autocracies." He encouraged Stanford students to champion democracy and freedom across the globe.
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Rev. Martin Luther King at Schiphol, press conference

New Continuing Studies Course on Nonviolence with The World House Project's Clayborne Carson

News / March 1, 2022
Enrollment is open now for "Nonviolence and Human Rights in the World House: Realizing Martin Luther King Jr.’s Vision," which will run Thursdays from April 14 through June 2.
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Ukrainian flag

Statement in Support of Ukraine

News / February 24, 2022
We condemn in the strongest terms the unprovoked Russian assault on Ukraine.
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Khalid Mustafa Medani

McGill Scholar Studies Links Between Labor Remittances and Militant Organizations in Egypt, Sudan, and Somalia

News / February 22, 2022
The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL hosted a talk featuring Khalid Mustafa Medani, Associate Professor of Political Science and Islamic Studies at McGill University, who discussed his latest book – Black Markets and Militants: Informal Networks in the Middle East and Africa (Cambridge University Press 2021).
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Ibrahim Nasrallah

Mofeed-19 Discusses Impact of COVID-19 on Arab Literary Production

News / February 14, 2022
The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL, in partnership with the Arab Studies Institute, is pleased to announce the release of the fourth episode of Mofeed-19, a 19-minute video podcast that discusses research efforts pertaining to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Arab world.
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Ukrainian DHSF alumni with Francis Fukuyama

CDDRL’s Ukrainian Alumni Reflect on Current Crisis

Commentary / February 7, 2022
Many of our program alumni have played important and influential roles in the country's political, economic, and social development, and have their own perspectives in what follows on why it is important for the international community to pay attention to what is going on in Ukraine and how the crisis is affecting them personally.
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screenshot of dr. clayborne carson's video lecture

Civil and Human Rights: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy

Blogs / January 17, 2022
SPICE recommends the use of a short lecture—titled “Civil and Human Rights: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy” by Dr. Clayborne Carson—for high school and college levels.
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Members of the Ukrainian military carry the flag of Ukraine during the 30th anniversary of the country's independence.

What the Ukraine-Russia Crisis Says about the Global Struggle for Democracy

News / January 7, 2022
Former prime minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk joins Michael McFaul on the World Class Podcast to analyze Russia's aggression towards Ukraine and how it fits into Vladamir Putin's bigger strategy to undermine democracy globally.
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