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Countering a Kleptocratic Kremlin

Commentary / April 22, 2018

"We must remember that predatory authoritarianism is not stamped into the Russian DNA," writes Larry Diamond in this American Interest article

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Former President of Taiwan Talks Democracy and Politics

News / April 13, 2018

At an event co-sponsored by the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) and the Hoover Institution, "former Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou addressed a crowd of 400 University faculty, students and local community members in his Wednesday talk on democracy, cross-strait relations and future challenges facing Taiwan." Read The Stanford Daily's full coverage of President Ma's visit here

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How Kenya’s Elections Went from Fraud to Hope to Sham

Commentary / April 4, 2018

CDDRL senior fellow Larry Diamond talks with Kenyan lawyer and human rights activist Maina Kiai about the state of democracy in Kenya and how it can progress beyond its current flaws. Listen here.

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Are People Losing Faith in Democracy?

Commentary / March 16, 2018

"Are people merely punishing incumbent parties and politicians, or are they losing faith in democracy itself?" asks Larry Diamond in The American Interest. Read the full article here.

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Francis Fukuyama: China’s ‘bad emperor’ returns

News / March 7, 2018

"Since 1978, China’s authoritarian political system has been different from virtually all other dictatorships in part because the ruling Communist Party has been subject to rules regarding succession.

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Poland’s Path to Illiberalism

Commentary / March 2, 2018

“The one bright light in this darkening landscape is that Poles remain committed to democracy,” writes Anna Grzymala-Busse in Current History. Read the full article here.

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Past Episodes of Presidential Wrongdoing Have Provoked a Reaction

Commentary / February 22, 2018

"Surveying America’s political history, Larry Diamond of Stanford University divines 'a general pattern of resilience, punctuated by dark periods of authoritarian temptation.'" From Franklin D. Roosevelt to Richard Nixon, America has had her fair share of presidential rule-breakers. How does the Trump presidency fit into this history?

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Why is Iran Protesting?

Commentary / February 22, 2018

"Protests in Iran have erupted over the past few weeks as citizens from across the country have taken to the streets to voice their opposition against the government.

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The Politics of Sexuality and the LGBTQ Crackdown in Egypt

News / February 21, 2018

"LGBTQ individuals are facing an unprecedented level of persecution in Egypt.

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Hard Problems and Democratic Procrastination

Commentary / February 12, 2018

Bruce Cain argues that "both parties agree that the country has serious infrastructure needs—but even with a new proposal on the table, we may end up with next to nothing." Cain explains that while permitting large infrastructure projects is a complex, time-consuming, and, at times, confusing process, America's infrastructure needs will soon need to be addressed by both parties.

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Voices from Syria Narrate Stories of Revolution and Conflict

News / February 12, 2018

How can we make sense of the tragedy in Syria? Northwestern University political scientist Wendy Pearlman has conducted open-ended interviews with more than 300 displaced Syrians across the Middle East and Europe from 2012 to 2017. She has brought together these personal stories in the acclaimed new book, We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria (HarperCollins 2017).

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Future of Russia - U.S. Relations

Commentary / February 9, 2018

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How Populism is Poisoning the Global Liberal Order

Commentary / February 6, 2018

"There is growing consensus that populism constitutes a grave threat to liberal democracy, and to the liberal international order on which peace and prosperity have rested for the past two generations," writes Francis Fukuyama in the World Economic Forum.

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China's Surveillance State Should Scare Everyone

Commentary / February 3, 2018

China has been working on refining a "vast network of digital espionage as a means of social control." Regarding this practice and its future implications, "China’s experiments with digital surveillance pose a grave new threat to freedom of expression on the internet and other human rights in China," says Larry Diamond in The Atlantic. Read the full article here

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Agnes Chow disqualification ‘step towards the evisceration’ of Hong Kong’s autonomy

Commentary / January 29, 2018

The disqualification of democracy activist Agnes Chow Ting from running in the Hong Kong legislature’s by-election was “outrageous”, says Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Read the article here

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CIPE and Stanford Deliver Leadership Academy for Development to Tunisian Leaders to Help Address Country’s Challenges

News / January 25, 2018

Our Leadership Academy for Development (LAD) recently visited Tunis, Tunisia in partnership with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) to conduct a workshop for a group of Tunisian business, government and civil society leaders. Read more here

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A Year Ago, They Marched. Now a Record Number of Women Are Running for Office

Commentary / January 24, 2018

One of our Fisher Family Honors students Lina Hidalgo has been featured on the Time Magazine cover for her public service. Lina is running for Harris County judge in Texas to improve flood management in the Houston area. In CCDDRL, Lina was working on the "Tiananmen or Tahrir? A Comparative Study of Military Intervention Against Popular Protest" theses. Read the Times article here

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