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      Is a Replay of Tiananmen Coming in Hong Kong?

      Commentary / September 4, 2019

      "With the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s revolutionary conquest of China rapidly approaching on October 1, the odds are increasing of a violent crackdown (possibly in stages, beginning with the removal of leading voices for peaceful democratic change, such as Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow, or perhaps sooner and more brutally)," writes Larry Diamond, FSI (CDDRL) and Hoover Senior Fellow, in The American Interest.

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      What Does Dignity Have to Do with Liberal Democracy? Listen Now

      Commentary / September 4, 2019

      Liberal democracy is being challenged by populist nationalist leaders and they’re fanning the flames of identity politics. Instead of uniting over a shared sense of humanity, people are identifying in narrower ways based on things like religion, race, ethnicity, and gender. Francis Fukuyama , FSI Senior Fellow and CDDRL Mosbacher Director, believes that in order to support democracy, we must inculcate a greater sense of dignity into society. Fukuyama speaks with Elliot Gerson, executive vice president at the Aspen Institute.

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      What if There’s a Better Way to Handle Our Democratic Debate?

      Commentary / September 4, 2019

      "There’s a better way for the American people to grapple in depth with the issues we face at the start of the primary season. Furthermore, we think that, despite their sharp differences of party and ideology, Americans can have serious and respectful conversations across our deep divides. A surprisingly simple innovation can help cut through the poisonous fog of our political polarization.

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      A ‘Democratic Depression’ Could Be Around the Corner

      News / August 26, 2019

      Democratic institutions worldwide have reached a unique and precarious turning point, said Larry Diamond on a recent episode of the World Class podcast by the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI).

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      The wrong US response to Russia and China may trigger a “new Cold War.”

      Commentary / August 8, 2019

      If America frames its response to Russia and China as one of “civilizational struggle,” Diamond says, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping will only get stronger. Listen and read here

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      Are Strong Parties the Answer?

      Commentary / August 8, 2019

      "Responsible Parties convincingly shows that across many countries narrow interests can subvert or coopt the policy-making process. This perversion of majoritarianism is epitomized by the 2010 Affordable Care Act, whose creation and implementation were heavily influenced by the insurance lobby, the pharmaceutical lobby, and the states.

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      Draper Hills 2019 Summer Fellows Reflect on Activism, Democracy and the Importance of Collaboration

      News / August 5, 2019

      Every summer, the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program brings together international leaders who are pioneering new approaches to advance social and political change in some of the most challenging global contexts. The fellows spend three weeks living and taking classes on the Stanford campus, visiting Silicon Valley tech companies and building a network.

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      Playing with Fire on Election Security

      News / July 29, 2019

      "If one foreign power continues to shred, on an ever-more daring basis, the integrity and inviolability of our electoral process, other foreign powers will draw lessons and follow. And they won’t all be pitching in on the Republican side," writes Larry Diamond in The American Interest. Read here.  

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      Paul Wise Heads Up Global Initiative to Boost Humanitarian Health Response to Violent Conflict

      News / July 23, 2019

      The American Academy of Arts & Sciences appoints Stanford pediatrics professor Paul Wise and two other global health experts to lead a new initiative to develop new strategies to protect civilians, health care and cultural heritage in areas of extreme violence. 

       

       
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      A New Birth of Freedom

      Commentary / June 24, 2019

      "For all its recent setbacks, democracy still has the resources not only to resist but also to beat back the authoritarian tide," writes Larry Diamond for The American Interest. Read the article here.

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      Challenges to parties in the United States and beyond

      Commentary / June 24, 2019

      "Does democracy require parties, and if so, what are the consequences of weaker parties on democratic governance?" - writes Didi Kuo. Read here.

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      Cina and the Global Challenge to Democracy

      Commentary / June 20, 2019

       Larry Diamond discusses the Chinese Communist Party’s range of influence and interference activities that target the public, civic, and social institutions of democracies, including subnational governments, universities, think tanks, media, corporations, and ethnic Chinese communities.

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      The Global Crisis of Liberal Democracy with Larry Diamond

      Commentary / June 20, 2019

      Larry Diamond looks at the global and domestic threats to the principles of liberal democracy for The Brian Lehrer Show. Listen here.

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      Sudan on the Cusp of Democratic Change

      Commentary / May 22, 2019

      The West has to remember that what happens in the coming days and weeks could shape the political future of its 40 million people for years to come, writes Larry Diamond in his latest article on Sudan's struggle for democracy. Read here.

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      Despite political tensions, Stanford’s Saudi partnerships continue with little scrutiny

      Commentary / May 22, 2019

      "For years, Stanford scientists have collaborated with and received funding from the Saudi national laboratory, government-supported universities and the state-owned oil company Aramco. But despite having ties with Saudi Arabia much like MIT’s — including with several of the government institutions probed in the MIT report — Stanford has undertaken no broad review of its connections to Saudi Arabia. As a result, Stanford’s Saudi relationships have continued largely under the radar. Some at Stanford find these relationships uncontroversial or point to their scientific and cultural benefits.

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      The Global Crisis of Democracy

      Commentary / May 22, 2019

      As China and Russia attack free governments and push strongman rule, the U.S. has gone silent—and a new tide of authoritarianism is gathering, writes Larry Diamond. Read here.

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      Fisher Family CDDRL Honors Program 2019-20

      News / May 17, 2019

      We are proud to announce our next year's cohort of CDDRL Honors Program students! We selected a diverse group of undergraduate majors for the program who will be writing their senior theses on a subject touching upon DDRL with a global impact. Students will work to complete their thesis under the guidance and consultation of CDDRL faculty, but may have a primary thesis advisor from their own department.

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      PODCAST: China and the Global Challenges to Democracy: A Conversation with Larry Diamond

      Commentary / April 19, 2019

      In this episode of the Power 3.0 podcast, Larry Diamond discusses the Chinese Communist Party's range of influence and interference in activities that target the public, civic, and social institutions of democracies.

       

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      The Machines That Will Read Your Mind

      Commentary / April 5, 2019

      Jerry Kaplan discusses in The Wall Street Journal the emergence of even more sophisticated brain scans that are combining with artificial intelligence to produce tools that can track thoughts, test truthfulness and someday, perhaps, download our very selves. 

       

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      PODCAST: So what is RT exactly?

      Commentary / April 4, 2019

      Global Digital Policy Incubator’s Associate Director for Research, Megan Metzger, was on the Stats + Stories podcast speaking about RT news online, and how it fits into the Russian state’s information strategy.

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