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      China Gets Its Message to Americans but Doesn’t Want to Reciprocate

      Commentary / December 21, 2018

      Beijing enjoys a big megaphone in America even as it blocks U.S. media outlets, hinders independent scholars and limits U.S.

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      Identity: The Demand for Dignity and The Politics of Resentment

      Commentary / December 20, 2018

      "The way that the economy has developed over the past generation is actually gone contrary to a lot of the existing economic models. The Simon Kuznetz phenomenon says it's not just globalization, it's economic growth. As the country is modernizing, as it's growing economically, it does lead to an increase in inequality. When you reach a  certain level of income, the inequality starts to decrease. That was the experience in Europe, in the 19th and 20th century, that was the case in the United States and so forth.

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      Do we need a new understanding of national identity?

      Commentary / December 20, 2018

      CDDRL Mosbacher Director Francis Fukuyama says for BBC we need national identities that unite rather than divide us. Watch here.

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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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      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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      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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      APARC Scholar on Taiwan's Local Elections

      Commentary / November 28, 2018

      The ruling Democratic Progressive Party suffered a large setback in Taiwan’s local elections on November 24, 2018, with voters delivering a sharp rebuke to President Tsai Ing-wen.

      We curate here commentary and analysis on the election results from Kharis Templeman, Project Manager for the Taiwan Democracy and Security Project.

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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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      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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      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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      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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