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Democratic Capitalism’s Future

Commentary / December 13, 2018

"Are democracy and capitalism compatible? Or, to put it differently: What made democracy and capitalism compatible for decades, even centuries, and what strains this relationship today? The end of the Cold War seemed to settle longstanding debates about the political and economic institutions best able to achieve freedom and security. But a few decades have passed, and our institutions now seem brittle. Longstanding critiques of capitalism are being dusted off and repackaged," writes Didi Kuo in Democracy Journal.

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Scholars Discuss Growing Evidence of China’s Interference in American Government and Society

News / December 7, 2018

While Americans may be well acquainted with China’s quest for influence through the projection of power in the diplomatic, economic, and military spheres, they are less aware of the various ways in which Beijing has more recently been exerting cultural and informational influence. According to a new report, some of these ways challenge and even undermine our democratic processes, norms, and institutions.

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Report cites concerns about Chinese influence on American institutions

News / December 5, 2018

The following report was originally published by the Hoover Institution.

Scholars from the Hoover Institution, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and other organizations today issued a report that examines China’s efforts to influence US institutions and calls for protecting American values, norms, and laws from such interference, while also warning against “demonizing” any group of people.

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Francis Fukuyama on the Root of 'Identity' Politics

Q&A / December 4, 2018

CDDRL director Francis Fukuyama believes America's increased political polarization can be traced back to a universal desire for recognition. His latest book, "Identity," digs into the factors that gave rise to President Trump, Brexit and even violent extremist groups.

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Are 'identity politics’ really a threat to democracy?

Q&A / December 4, 2018

CDDRL Director, Francis Fukuyama talks in an interview for Al Jazeera how identity policy is hurting democracy. Watch here.

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Stephen Stedman, advocate for undergraduate education, leads Stanford’s Faculty Senate

News / November 27, 2018

CDDRL Deputy Director Stephen Stedman is named a chair to the Stanford University Faculty Senate. Read more about his work, legacy, and aspirations here

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For election hackers, a new and more dangerous tool

Commentary / November 19, 2018

"The election interference tactics originally deployed by Russia against the United States and Europe are now global. Hackers across the democratic world have exploited weaknesses in campaign email servers; probed electronic voting machines for vulnerabilities; set up troll farms to spread highly-partisan narratives; and employed armies of bots to distort the truth online.

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A New Age of Reform

Commentary / November 19, 2018

 "For the first time in American history, a U.S. congressional election was determined by “instant runoff,” using the system of ranked-choice voting that Maine had adopted in a 2016 voter initiative, and then reinstated (over the resistance of the state legislature and much of the state’s professional political class) in a June 2018 “people’s veto” initiative," writes Larry Diamond in The American Interest.

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Stanford Scholars Examine Khashoggi's Assassination and the Saudi Crackdown on Dissent

News / November 15, 2018

In a panel discussion titled “The Khashoggi Affair and Saudi Arabia’s War Against Dissent,” Stanford University scholars examined the context for of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and implications of his murder for U.S.-Saudi relations.

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Beijing Workshop Explores Options for Interventions in Civil Wars

News / November 13, 2018

Shorenstein APARC’s U.S.-Asia Security Initiative (USASI), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), and the School for International Studies at Peking University recently co-hosted the security workshop “Civil Wars, Intrastate Violence, and International Responses.” Held in Beijing...

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Failed Dream of Political Islam

Commentary / November 9, 2018

Islamism has imitated, or colluded with, the state autocracies it claims to oppose. It has failed to suggest its own answers to economic problems, social justice, education or corruption, writes Hicham Alaoui in Le Monde diplomatique.

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License to Kill

Commentary / November 6, 2018

"We must make it clear, not only to the Saudi monarchy but to all the world’s dictators, that they cannot murder their opponents with impunity," writes Larry Diamond. Read here

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FSI scholars join high-level commission on democracy in the digital age

News / October 9, 2018

The Kofi Annan Foundation has tapped four Stanford scholars at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) to help advance one of its top priorities: to shed light on the rapidly-changing role of technology in elections around the world and to recommend ways of ensuring that digital tools strengthen—not undercut—democracy.

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NPR PODCAST: What Kavanaugh's Confirmation Means For America's Culture Wars

Commentary / October 7, 2018

"I really do think that the upcoming election in November is one of the most important in American history." 

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Francis Fukuyma and Norman Eisen about what Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation means for the state of America. Listen here

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PODCAST - Francis Fukuyama: Identity and the Politics of Resentment

Commentary / October 4, 2018

Francis Fukuyama explains to the Commonwealth Club how our connection to personal identities has disconnected us from a base understanding of dignity. Listen here

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Francis Fukuyama "I think he is the first truly racist President."

Commentary / September 28, 2018

52 Insights Magazine interviews Francis Fukuyama on the politics of identity, the end of the EU and Trump. Read here

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PODCAST: Francis Fukuyama on Identity Politics

Commentary / September 27, 2018

Tune into Jen Psaki in conversation with Francis Fukuyama about his views on the current state of identity politics in the U.S. and what he views to be the new American identity. Listen here.

 
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PODCAST: Francis Fukuyama Says Identity Politics Are Killing America and Empowering Donald Trump

Commentary / September 26, 2018

Nick Gillespie talks with Francis Fukuyama about the possibilites of creating a national identity capabale of uniting all Americans. Listen here.

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Episode 202: Identity and Its Discontents

Commentary / September 19, 2018

Join Francis Fukuyama and Richard Aldous as they discuss where did the modern notion of identity politics come from—and how can nations address particular demands for recognition without eroding a common sense of belonging? Listen here.

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National identity crisis makes the US more like the Middle East

Commentary / September 19, 2018

"If there is a single lesson to be learned from the contemporary Middle East, it is that national identity is critical to the success of any political system. That identity needs to be liberal and inclusive, encompassing a country’s de facto diversity.

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The Economist asks: Francis Fukuyama

Commentary / September 19, 2018

The age of ideological struggle failed to end with the Cold War.  Francis Fukuyama, who coined the phrase “the end of history”, talks to Anne McElvoy about the rise of identity politics, whether there is any force that can rival it, and which party is playing the identity game better in the American midterms. Listen here.

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Against Identity Politics

Commentary / September 6, 2018

"The nature of modern identity, however, is to be changeable. Some individuals may persuade themselves that their identity is based on their biology and is outside their control. But citizens of modern societies have multiple identities, ones that are shaped by social interactions. People have identities defined by their race, gender, workplace, education, affinities, and nation. And although the logic of identity politics is to divide societies into small, self-regarding groups, it is also possible to create identities that are broader and more integrative.

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American Institutions Are Holding Up—But Are Americans?

Commentary / September 6, 2018

"The midterm elections in November will be some of the most important in American history. Democratic publics can and do make mistakes, but if they fail to correct those mistakes, they are in deep trouble," writes Francis Fukuyama, CDDRL Mosbacher Director. Read here.

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Huntington’s Legacy

Commentary / August 28, 2018

"Samuel Huntington was not right about everything. Rather, his greatness lay in his ability to conceptualize big ideas in a wide variety of fields," writes Francis Fukuyama in this comparative article. Read here.

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Taiwan should ‘play for time,’ Larry Diamond says

Commentary / August 27, 2018

Larry Diamond discussed the DPP government’s pursuit of transitional justice and its approach to cross-strait ties in an interview with ‘Taipei Times’ reporter Sean Lin in Taipei, arguing for a more arbitrational approach to party assets while warning against action that might provoke China. Read here

 
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