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Shaping a new vision for the Middle East, 37 youth to convene at Stanford summit

News / April 8, 2013
On April 13-17, the American and Middle East Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS) will convene its second annual conference bringing together 37 young people from the Middle East and the U.S. who are pioneering initiatives for social transformation.
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CDDRL director Larry Diamond expands democratic teachings beyond the Stanford classroom

News / March 13, 2013
In April, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond will be teaching a free 10 –week online course on comparative democratic development. The course will provide a broad and introductory survey of the political, social, cultural, economic, institutional, and international factors that foster or obstruct the development and consolidation of democracy.
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Tackling development challenges in Africa, three social entrepreneurs join Stanford community

News / March 12, 2013
In April, three social entrepreneurs working to advance social, economic, and political change in Africa will spend the spring quarter in residency at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.
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Spring 2013 Course: IR 142 Challenging the Status Quo

News / March 7, 2013
The course is offered during the spring 2013 quarter featuring three social entrepreneurs working to advance political, economic, and social change in Africa.
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ARD conference takes place in Tunis, March 28-29

News / March 4, 2013
The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy is holding its fourth annual conference in Tunis on March 28-29. This year's conference theme 'Building Bridges: Towards Viable Democracies in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya' examines the cornerstones of democratic transition in those countries. It will address: - Constitution drafting - National dialogues and civil society - Political coalitions and Islamism - Political participation and pluralism - Economic policy - Arab relations with the USA and Europe
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Stanford conference to explore right to information and technology

News / March 4, 2013
On March 11-12, the Program on Liberation Technology at CDDRL is convening a conference to examine digital tools and their impact on the development of democratic development. Hosted in partnership with U.C. Berkeley’s Data and Democracy Initiative, the two-day conference will bring together academics, practitioners, and policy-makers.
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New Stanford project on entrepreneurship after the Arab Spring

News / February 20, 2013
CDDRL's Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University is pleased to announce the launch of a new research project on entrepreneurship after the Arab Spring. The project, led by Dr. Amr Adly who has just joined ARD from Egypt, focuses on addressing ways to overcome the barriers facing entrepreneurs in Egypt and Tunisia.
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Latest research examines link between violence and economic growth

News / February 19, 2013
In a report for the Inter-American Development Bank, CDDRL's Program on Poverty and Governance research team explores the relationships between economic outputs and drug trafficking violence in Mexico.
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Victims' Reparation: What Lessons Can We Take From the International Criminal Court?

Commentary / February 12, 2013
In a piece for the The Stanford Daily, Nadejda Marques, manager of the Program on Human Rights at the CDDRL, writes about victims' reparations and the experience at the International Criminal Court.
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Stanford law professor, security expert to lead FSI

News / February 11, 2013
When Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar takes the helm of FSI in July, he'll oversee the institute's 11 research centers and programs along with a variety of undergraduate and graduate education initiatives on international affairs. His leadership will be marked by a commitment to build on FSI’s interdisciplinary approach to solving some of the world’s biggest problems.
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Failure to protect democracy in Mali opened path for grave atrocities

Commentary / January 16, 2013
As French troops deployed to Mali this week to push back Islamist rebels, CDDRL Post-Doctoral Fellow Landry Signé writes in the New York Times that the failure to restore democracy sooner has descended the country into a devilish civil war with grave humanitarian consequences. Signé argues that Mali's West African neighbors and the international community should have acted earlier to restore peace and security to a country long recognized for its democratic stability.
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Obama and the betrayal of democracy in Bahrain

Commentary / January 9, 2013
In a piece for The Atlantic, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond shines light on the Obama administration's betrayal of democracy in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain. As security interests outweigh moral principles, Diamond details how the U.S. has turned its back on human rights activists and their popular aspirations for democracy. One such activist is Abduljalil al-Singance, a 2007 Draper Hills Summer Fellow, who was tortured at the hands of the Bahraini regime and recently sentenced to life imprisonment.
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Qatar's involvement in Libya

Commentary / January 7, 2013
Lina Khatib comments on Qatari foreign policy with special reference to Libya in a piece published by the World Peace Foundation on the WPF Blog.
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Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy

News / January 1, 2013
Liberation Technology brings together cutting-edge scholarship from scholars and practitioners at the forefront of this burgeoning field of study. An introductory section defines the debate with a foundational piece on liberation technology and is then followed by essays discussing the popular dichotomy of "liberation" versus "control" with regard to the Internet and the sociopolitical dimensions of such controls. Additional chapters delve into the cases of individual countries: China, Egypt, Iran, and Tunisia.
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Digital campaign strategists of Obama & Romney to engage in an exciting discussion

News / January 1, 2013
Architects of the digital campaign of Obama and Romney will join the author of "The victory lab" to discuss the role of technology in US Presidential election 2012 on Feb 13, 2013.
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Crowdsourcing for Democracy: New Era in Policy-Making

News / January 1, 2013
Our visiting scholar, Tanja Aitamurto, has published a book 'Crowd sourcing for democracy'. The book looks at the role of crowdsourcing in policy-making and deals with the evolution of crowdsourcing in its multitude of forms from innovation challenges to crowd funding. It also serves as a handbook with practical advice for successful crowdsourcing in a variety of public domains.
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