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Tbilisi, Georgia

What’s Going On in Georgia? A Democracy Activist Explains the Nation’s Current Political Crisis and Turbulent History

News / March 4, 2021
On the World Class Podcast, Georgian activist Nino Evgenidze discusses the arrest of opposition leader Nika Melia and what it means for Georgia, the region and the world.
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Getting Ukraine’s security service reform right

Commentary / March 1, 2021
Ukraine finally has a chance to create a strong counterintelligence service and shed the Soviet standards of the old KGB. Are Ukrainian MPs ready to take responsibility and vote for such a security...
Lebanon mural

International Activists Discuss Prospects for Democracy Around the World

News / February 25, 2021
Four graduates of FSI’s Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program examine the role the U.S. can play in promoting democracy in their respective countries and throughout the world.
Iranian Americans in DC

Biden Administration Should Strike a New Deal with Iran

News / February 18, 2021
On the World Class Podcast, Abbas Milani — an expert on U.S.-Iran relations — discusses the Iranian economy, the future of Iran’s leadership, and what a potential nuclear deal could mean for the U.S.
Lina Hidalgo speaks at a community event in Houston, Texas

CDDRL Honors Graduate Lina Hidalgo Named to Time100 Next List

News / February 18, 2021
Hidalgo has become a prominent voice in Texas politics, and gained recognition for her leadership during the COVID-19 crisis and the 2020 elections. Alex Stamos of the Internet Observatory was also...
Syrian Refugees sitting in front of tent

Tackling the Health of Women and Children in Global Conflict Settings

News / January 28, 2021
A new four-paper series in The Lancet exposes the far-reaching effects of modern warfare on women’s and children’s health. Stanford researchers, including SHP's Paul Wise and Eran Bendavid, have...
Trump supporters at the Capitol Building

New Administration Inherits a Democracy in Crisis, Explains FSI Panel

News / January 15, 2021
Scholars say there is much work to be done to restore confidence in democracy in America and around the world.
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Welcoming Dr. Clayborne Carson to CDDRL

News / January 12, 2021
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Clayborne Carson as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor Emeritus at FSI.
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Stanford Scholars React to Capitol Hill Takeover

News / January 7, 2021
FSI scholars reflect on the occupation of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and suggest what needs to happen next to preserve democracy.
Encina Hall and its front lawn

Statement from CDDRL Leadership on the Events of Jan. 6

News / January 7, 2021
The leadership of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law would like to express its horror and dismay at the violent attack on Congress that occurred on January 6, as well as the...
Encina Hall and its front lawn

Open Letter in Support of Nicholas Opiyo and Ugandan Human Rights Defenders

News / December 24, 2020
The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law expresses its grave concern over the politically motivated arrests of our 2019 Draper Hills Summer Fellow, Nicholas Opiyo, and four other...
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In Their Own Words: Why Should You Choose CDDRL

News / November 12, 2020
Our 2020-21 Post-Doctoral Scholars explain why they chose to complete their fellowship at CDDRL.
People waiting to vote in South Carolina

The Presidential Election Confirmed How New Demographics Will Shape Politics for Many Years Ahead

News / November 9, 2020
Following the U.S. election, FSI experts analyze the results, explain the challenges, and discuss what we can expect between now and Inauguration Day.
Two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker at an immigration camp.

Paul Wise: Special Expert for the U.S. Federal Court Overseeing Treatment of Migrant Children at Border

News / October 21, 2020
With unaccompanied minors being detained in hotels during COVID-19, Stanford professor of pediatrics Paul Wise is among the few external people with full access to the facilities, detained children,...
Protesters in Minsk, Belarus on 8/16/20

'In Being Together, We Had the Power' - A Belarusian Activist Describes Life on the Front Lines of Minsk Protests

News / August 28, 2020
On the World Class Podcast, Belarusian scholar and activist Aleś Łahviniec explains why people are protesting, and what it feels like to be out on the streets in Minsk.
Encina Hall and its front lawn

Update on the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program

News / August 24, 2020
A short update from the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program, including our reveal of the next cohort of fellows.
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Police Reform in Brazil and Mexico: What Works, What Doesn’t, and What the U.S. Can Learn

News / June 30, 2020
On the World Class Podcast, Beatriz Magaloni discusses how community-oriented policing and constitutional reform can impact violence committed by police.
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What Protests For Racial Justice Tell Us About U.S. Democracy

News / June 16, 2020
American democracy is facing its most serious challenge in decades, says Larry Diamond on the World Class Podcast. But there are signs of hope.
police brutality

New Research from the Poverty, Violence, and Governance Lab Examines Police Brutality

News / June 10, 2020
For the last 10 years, a team of social scientists at the Poverty, Violence, and Governance (PovGov) lab at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) have been developing action-...

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