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Displaced Afghans are seen at a makeshift IDP camp in Kabul.

The U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Fall of Kabul: A Q&A with Allen Weiner

Q&As / August 17, 2021
National security law expert Allen Weiner, a research affiliate at CDDRL and CISAC, discusses the U.S. mission to Afghanistan, its withdrawal and consequences moving forward.
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Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya discusses the future of democracy in Belarus with a roundtable of Stanford scholars.

Belarusian Leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya Meets with Stanford Scholars for Roundtable on Democracy in Belarus

News / August 4, 2021
Democratic leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and her delegation joined an interdisciplinary panel of Stanford scholars and members of the Belarusian community to discuss the future of democracy in Belarus.
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CDDRL Awarded a California 100 Grant to Evaluate Governance, Media and Civil Society in California’s Future

News / July 19, 2021
The research will be led by Francis Fukuyama, Mosbacher Director of CDDRL, and Michael Bennon, Program Manager of CDDRL’s Infrastructure Policy Research Initiative
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ARD Launches Podcast on Politics of Covid-19 in the Arab World

News / July 8, 2021
The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at CDDRL, in partnership with the Arab Studies Institute, is pleased to announce the launch 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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Tatiana Kouzina

CDDRL Statement Regarding the Arrest of Tatiana Kouzina by Belarusian Authorities

News / July 8, 2021
The faculty and staff of Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, as well as the undersigned alumni of the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program, wish to protest the completely unjustified arrest and pending trial of the researcher Tatiana Kouzina on June 28 by Belarusian authorities.
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Beatriz Magaloni

Professor Beatriz Magaloni Wins the 2021 Heinz I. Eulau Award for Best Article Published in American Political Science Review

News / June 30, 2021
The award-winning article is entitled “Killing in the Slums: Social Order, Criminal Governance and Police Violence in Rio de Janeiro.” Professor Magaloni coauthored the article with Edgar Franco-Vivanco, who earned his Ph.D. from Stanford and is now at the University of Michigan; and with Vanessa Melo, a graduate student in Anthropology at UCLA.
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Dr. Clayborne Carson

President Biden Nominates Dr. Clayborne Carson to Civil Rights Cold Case Review Board

News / June 15, 2021
In his new role on the Civil Rights Cold Case Review Board, Dr. Carson, a seminal scholar on the life and writing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will review dozens of unsolved and racially motivated murder cases from the civil rights era.
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Stanford Experts Weigh In on What to Expect at the Biden-Putin Summit

News / June 14, 2021
Scholars at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies hope that President Joe Biden’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin will lay the groundwork for negotiations in the near future, particularly around nuclear weapons.
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Georgetown Scholar Examines the Impact of the Arab Uprisings on Islamist Movements

Commentary / June 2, 2021

In a webinar dated June 2, 2021, Georgetown University Historian Abdullah Al-Arian analyzed how the Arab Uprisings have impacted Islamist movements throughout the region. By the eve of the uprisings, he argues, the posture of Islamist movements reflected a set of political commitments that had emerged largely at the expense of their ideological program and social mission.

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The Role of Corruption in China's Speedy, Risky Boom

News / May 21, 2021
How has corruption simultaneously driven China’s economic boom and financial risks? Professor Yuen Yuen Ang explains its role in producing a high-growth but also high-risk economy.
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When Beijing Goes to Washington: Autocratic Lobbying Influence in Democracies

News / April 28, 2021
Professor Erin Baggot Carter tells us how autocratic lobbying affects political outcomes and media coverage in democracies.
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Biden’s Foreign Policy: What We Can Expect for China, Russia and Iran

News / March 17, 2021
On the World Class Podcast, experts discuss how the Biden Administration should navigate three of America’s most challenging bilateral relationships.
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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 service?
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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.
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Turkish riot police block the main gate of Boğaziçi University during protests against President Erdogan’s appointment of a new rector. Istanbul, January 4, 2021.

Boğaziçi Resists Authoritarian Control of the Academy in Turkey

Commentary / February 23, 2021
Turkey woke up to 2021 with an uproar over a new authoritarian assault on its academic institutions.
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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.
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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 named to the list.
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Stanford Scholars Reflect on the Legacy of Egypt's January 25 Uprising

News / February 15, 2021

In a webinar dated, February 12, 2021, a panel of Stanford University scholars shared their reflections on the legacy of the January 25, 2011 Uprising in Egypt. Marking the 10-year anniversary of the uprising and the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, the panel examined the trajectory of authoritarianism in the country over the past decade. Moderated by ARD Associate-Director Hesham Sallam, the panel included former CDDRL Visiting Scholar Nancy Okail, Stanford Professor of History Emeritus Joel Beinin, and CDDRL Senior Research Scholar Amr Hamzawy.

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Don’t underestimate Russia’s capabilities, influence on the global stage, says Stanford scholar

Q&As / February 2, 2021
Moscow is more capable of disrupting global world order than it is given credit for, Kathryn Stoner argues.
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