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      Francis Fukuyama on Why We Should All Be Paying Attention to Ukraine

      News / December 12, 2019

      Of all of the countries in the world attempting a transition to democracy, Francis Fukuyama thinks that Ukraine is the most promising.

      “The election of [Volodymyr] Zelensky and the new parliament is just a miracle,” Fukuyama told Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) Director Michael McFaul on the World Class podcast. “Can you imagine, a country getting rid of two-thirds of its parliament and starting over with new people, many of whom are under 35 years old?” 

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      A Season of Caesars

      Commentary / December 12, 2019

      "Ideologically, today’s autocrats are a more motley and pragmatic crew. They generally claim to be market friendly, but mainly they are crony capitalists, who, like Putin in Russia, Orban in Hungary, and Erdogan in Turkey, are first concerned with enriching themselves, their families, and their parties and support networks.

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      Presidential candidates advance by being divisive. We can do better than that.

      Commentary / December 6, 2019

      "What if we had a better way to select presidential nominees, one that didn’t reward appeals to the most ideologically committed voters and donors in each party? What if we weren’t trying to excite the already convinced — to vote, to contribute and to volunteer on campaigns? This pulls each party toward more militant postures and deepens polarization. What if we prized substantive dialogue across the partisan divides over intense mobilization within them?

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      An Existential Moment for Democracy?

      Commentary / December 2, 2019

      “What saves citizens from the knock on the door in the dead of night, from the risk of being silenced or removed, is a constitution, a robust body of laws, an independent judiciary to enforce them, and a culture that insists on free elections, human rights, and human dignity,” says Larry Diamond for Stanford Magazine.

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      The Impeachment Conundrum

      Commentary / November 5, 2019

      The Democrats are facing a dilemma: If they defend democratic norms by acting to remove President Trump from office, they risk getting dragged into a polarizing style of politics that works to his political advantage. Read here.

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      Can Egypt’s Democratic Hopes Be Revived?

      Commentary / November 1, 2019

      In today’s Egypt, commitment to democracy appears scarce among actors both within the regime and in civil society, and public-opinion polls further suggest that demands for democratic governance have been abandoned. An undemocratic political understanding and disenchantment with the concept of democracy seemingly prevail among a majority of the population.

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      Macron versus the Yellow Vests

      Commentary / October 31, 2019

      Since November 2018, a grassroots revolt of the forgotten lower middle classes from France’s far-flung suburbs and rural areas has risen against high taxes; social injustice; and the elites, President Emmanuel Macron foremost among them. Although this “Yellow Vest” movement is not dead, it is now weakened by internal feuds, excessive violence, a takeover by the far left, and Macron’s deft handling.

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      America in One Room

      Q&A / October 13, 2019

      Are we really more divided than ever, politically? The results of 'America in One Room' show we're not.

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      Georgetown Scholar Analyzes Tunisia's "Vital Election" [VIDEO]

      News / October 8, 2019

      In a talk dated October 7, 2019, Georgetown University Associate Professor of Government Daniel Brumberg analyzed the outcome of Tunisia’s legislative election and its implications for democratic consolidation in the country. Brumberg argued that the election provides a vital although not an easy opportunity to move beyond the power sharing, consensus-based political pact negotiated in 2014, to a more consolidated democracy.

       

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      Member of Ukrainian Parliament Sasha Ustinova Weighs In On What Really Happened with Ukraine’s Former Prosecutors General

      News / October 8, 2019

      As details about the July 25 phone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky continue to emerge, Oleksandra “Sasha” Ustinova — a member of the Ukrainian parliament who has been fighting corruption in the country for years — said that Ukrainians are reacting to the news differently than Americans are.

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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

      Commentary / 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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      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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