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Democratic Transition and Development in the Arab World

Commentary / July 9, 2013

The third ARD annual conference examineي the challenges, key issues, and ways forward for social and economic development in the Arab world during this period of democratic transition.

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"Why the Wind of Freedom Blows"

Commentary / July 9, 2013

The graduating class at Stanford University has selected Larry Diamond as the 2012 Class Day speaker. A four-decade long tradition, the class day lecture is delivered by a well-liked Stanford faculty member who addresses the graduating class together with their friends and family, one last time. The class day lecture will be held on Saturday, June 16.

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Turkey and the Arab Spring: Between Ethics and Self-Interest

Commentary / July 9, 2013

Turkey redefined its geographical security environment over the last decade by deepening its engagement with neighboring regions, especially with the Middle East. The Arab spring, however, challenged not only the authoritarian regimes in the region but also Turkish foreign policy strategy. This strategy was based on cooperation with the existing regimes and did not prioritize the democracy promotion dimension of the issue. The upheavals in the Arab world, therefore, created a dilemma between ethics and self-interest in Turkish foreign policy.

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Maritime Issues in East Asia: Finding Peaceful Solutions

Commentary / July 9, 2013

Discussion of the current issues surrounding the sovereignty of the Diaoyutai Islets and the East China Sea peace initiative of the government of the Republic of China, Taiwan, through which ROC president Ma ying-jeou is calling for dialogue to resolve disputes over the archipelago.

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Economic Reform and Democracy in the MENA Region: A Case study of CIPE's Projects in Egypt and Lebanon

Commentary / July 9, 2013

The roots of the revolts known as the Arab Spring lie in many sources but one of the leading causes was the high rates of unemployment, low skill levels, and the growth of the youth populations. Now Arab governments are faced with the dual challenges of creating new political and economic systems that can meet the needs and demands of the peoples of their countries. This presentation will focus on the role of the private sector and the need to build an entrepreneurial eco-system that can foster rapid economic growth.

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Violent Corruption and Violent Lobbying: Logics of Cartel-State Conflict in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia

Commentary / July 9, 2013

Why have militarized crackdowns on drug cartels had wildly divergent outcomes, sometimes exacerbating cartel-state conflict, as in Mexico and, for decades, in Brazil, but sometimes reducing violence, as with Rio de Janeiro's new 'Pacification' (UPP) strategy?  CDDRL-CISAC Post Doctoral Fellow Benjamin Lessing will distinguish key logics of violence, focusing on violent corruption--cartels' use of coercive force in the negotiation of bribes.

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Building Bridges: Towards Viable Democracies in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya

Commentary / July 9, 2013

The fourth annual conference of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) organized in collaboration with the University of Tunis, El Manar and the Centre d'études maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT), took place in Tunis on March 28 and 29, 2013. The conference theme 'Building Bridges: Towards Viable Democracies in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya' examines the cornerstones of democratic transition in those countries.

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The Violence Trap: A Political-Economic Approach To the Problems of Development

Commentary / July 9, 2013

"The Violence Trap: A Political-Economic Approach to the Problems of Development" examines the problems of development – with a billion people mired in poverty and governments resistant to economic reform – economists and political scientists have proposed a wide range of development or poverty traps:  self-reinforcing mechanisms that prevent developing countries from embarking on the path of steady development. 

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CDDRL honor student recognized for contributions to undergraduate education

News / June 7, 2013
Holly Fetter, an undergraduate senior honors student at the CDDRL received the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for her outstanding contributions to undergraduate education at Stanford University. Fetter will be presented with the Dinkelspiel Award on Sunday, June 16 at the Stanford Commencement ceremony.
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Working paper series on the quality of governance in China debuts

News / May 15, 2013
As part of its ongoing effort to better conceptualize and measure governance, the Governance Project housed at CDDRL held two workshops in Beijing and Sonoma in the fall of 2012. A collection of nine papers capturing the various dimensions of governance presented at the workshops were released in May to contribute to the body of scholarship on this subject.
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Stanford scholar argues that time is running out for a two-state solution

Commentary / May 15, 2013
CDDRL Director Larry Diamond argues in The Atlantic that there is no greater imperative for American interests in the Middle East- and no higher act of friendship that the U.S. can perform for Israel - than to help it find a way to a two-state solution before the option disappears.
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Evaluating the impact and future of the International Criminal Court

News / May 2, 2013
In March, Congolese militia leader Bosco Ntaganda surrendered himself unexpectedly to the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda asking for transfer to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, where he was wanted for allegedly committing crimes against humanity. The apprehension of ICC indictees was one of the main challenges raised during the Program on Human Right's (PHR) Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Speaker Series last quarter.
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Stanford scholars: Lessons learned from the Afghanistan War

News / May 1, 2013
With the Taliban now open to peace talks, a political end to the war in Afghanistan appears in sight. A number of Stanford scholars have been closely involved with the war - as diplomats, soldiers, analysts and educators. In this video they discuss lessons learned from America's second-longest war and talk about what's next for Afghanistan.
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Assessing the Syrian health crisis: the case of Lebanon

Commentary / April 19, 2013
In a piece for The Lancet, co-authored by CDDRL scholar Rajaie S. Batniji, the authors warn that the failure of the international community to address the crisis in Syria threatens health systems in Lebanon and other neighbouring nations.
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Summer fellow pushes for regional cooperation on environmental governance in Latin America and the Caribbean

Q&A / April 18, 2013
Andrea Sanhueza, a 2012 Draper Hills Summer fellow, shares her success story of how a group of civil society organizations helped advocate for improved environmental governance cooperation across government and civil society in Latin America and the Caribbean region.
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Failing Civics

Commentary / April 12, 2013

As Jordan strives to build a university system in line with its ambitious economic goals, tribal violence on campus remains a stumbling block.

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ROC President Ma to give video address at Stanford University

News / April 10, 2013
On April 15, the Democracy in Taiwan Project at Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law will host a special event featuring the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Ma Ying-jeou.
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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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