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ARD Conference Examines Authoritarian Upgrading, Popular Uprisings and Foreign Interventions in the Middle East

October 2019

CDDRL’s Program on Arab Reform and Democracy held its annual conference at Stanford University on October 11 and 12, titled “The Struggle for Political Change in the Arab World.” The conference is...

Failed Dream of Political Islam

November 2018

Islamism has imitated, or colluded with, the state autocracies it claims to oppose.

Trump Is Strengthening Iran’s Radicals

October 2017

''US President Donald Trump’s decision to pursue a more aggressive Iran policy underscores his administration’s misunderstanding of the Iranian regime.

A nuclear energy program that benefits the Iranian people

February 2014

Siegfried Hecker and Abbas Milani argue that only a truly peaceful nuclear energy program can bring Iran the prosperity and innovation it deserves.

Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy

January 2013

Liberation Technology brings together cutting-edge scholarship from scholars and practitioners at the forefront of this burgeoning field of study.

Five foreign policy questions for Obama and Romney

October 2012

With the third and final debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney set to focus on foreign policy, researchers from the Freeman Spogli Institute ask the questions they want answered and...

Exploring new technologies at Stanford to monitor human rights

August 2012

Teaming up with the Brookings Institution and Google, CDDRL hosted a workshop to bring together four United Nations special rapporteurs, civil society activists, technologists and government donors...

Stanford's McFaul is next ambassador to Russia

December 2011

Michael McFaul, a senior fellow at FSI and President Obama's top Russia advisor, will be Washington's chief diplomat in Moscow.

O’Brien aims at protecting online journalists

November 2011

Danny O'Brien led the Nov. 10 Liberation Technology seminar on the topic, “Reports from the Bleeding Edge: What Journalism in Syria, China and Iran tell us about Silicon Valley's Future”.

Human Rights Watch comes to Stanford

October 2011

The Program on Human Rights at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is hosting the Human Rights Watch 2011 Voices for Justice honorees at a special event at Stanford...

An interview with Prince Moulay Hicham

October 2011

Prince Moulay Hicham ben Abdallah was interviewed in the September/October issue of the French journal Le Débat, providing his unique insight on the Arab Spring events as a member of the Moroccan...

Cuéllar, Magaloni on Iranian assassination plot and link to Mexican cartels

October 2011

As if the alleged Iranian plan to kill Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S.

Repressing the Internet, Western-Style

August 2011

In a piece for the Wall Street Journal on August 13, visiting scholar Evgeny Morozov cautions Western nations to be mindful of the dangerous precedent they set to authoritarian regimes when...

The IMF: Violating Women Since 1945

June 2011

In reaction to the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Khan for allegations of rape in May, Kavita Ramdas and Christine Ahn argue in a piece for Foreign Policy in Focus that gender bias is embedded in the...

Announcing the 2012 CDDRL senior honors students

April 2011

The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University is pleased to announce the 2012 class of Senior Honors Students.

Roth on Obama's human rights record

April 2011

On April 13, Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch discussed Obama's human rights record to an audience of over 125 students and faculty, marking Roth's first speaking engagement...

Diamond on Obama's moment of truth

March 2011

In a piece for The New Republic, Larry Diamond, Director of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, issues President Obama a call to action as the crisis unfolds in Libya, urging...

Larry Diamond: Toppling of Egypt's regime will serve US., Israel

February 2011

The toppling of Egypt's modern-day pharaoh though peaceful mass protests, aided by Facebook and Twitter, marks a watershed for Egypt and the entire Arab world, writes Larry Diamond, the director of...

Francis Fukuyama: US democracy has little to teach China

January 2011

The first decade of the 21st century has seen a dramatic reversal of fortune in the relative prestige of different political and economic models.

Larry Diamond on Tunisia's uncertain transition

January 2011

The toppling of a brutal, corrupt, and long-ruling dictator, Zine el Abidine ben Ali, is an extraordinary achievement for the diverse elements of Tunisian society who came out into the streets in...

Tunisia: the house of cards

January 2011

It took just 29 days for President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to flee Tunisia after mass protests erupted in the country.

Josh Teitelbaum: The Shiites of Saudi Arabia

September 2010

Since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 and the ensuing alteration of the regional balance of power in favor of Iran, Saudi Arabia has looked at the world through an Iranian and Shiite prism,...

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Abbas Milani Adjunct Professor Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
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