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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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