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      So, Now What? A Way Out of Our Polarized Politics

      Commentary / May 15, 2018

      Of the current climate of political polarization, CDDRL's Didi Kuo writes, "we can hope that citizen dissatisfaction fosters political engagement through activities such as protest, mobilization and pressure on public officials. Democratic institutions are the best, and only, way to resolve crises of democracy." Read the full article here.

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      Who I Am: The Role of Identity in Modern Politics

      Commentary / May 15, 2018

      "America needs to pull back from the identities favored by liberals and conservatives to an integrative one based on the country’s founding principles," writes Francis Fukuyama in Stanford Magazine. Read the full article here.

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      The Imprudence of Unilateral US Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal

      Commentary / May 10, 2018

      In his article for the The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Abbas Milani writes that "the much-rumored and long-expected announcement by President Trump that he will order the United States to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal—officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA­—is arguably the worst policy option for addressing problems in what was the least-bad possible deal when it was signed." Read the full article

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      Ambassador James Moriarty talks US-Taiwan relation at APARC

      News / May 4, 2018

      Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan’s Board of Trustees James Moriarty visited Shorenstein APARC on May 3rd for a seminar titled “The United States and Taiwan: An Enduring Friendship.” The former United States ambassador spoke about historical, contemporary and future U.S.-Taiwan relations and addressed the challenges and merits of democratic systems.

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      Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan talks illiberal democracies, election issues

      News / May 3, 2018

      “When you see something wrong, don’t be a bystander,” Annan responded. “You are never too young to lead. Don’t let my generation tell you, ‘Shut up and wait your turn.’ If there’s something you feel that you can do something about, do it. Work across racial, religious and other lines. Don’t accept divisions you see in society,” said former United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Kofi Annan in conversation with CDDRL Mosbacher Director Francis Fukuyama.

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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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      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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      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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      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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