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Inaugural seminar: Exploring the missing link between liberalization and democratization in the Middle East

March 2010

On February 17, 2010 the Program on Good Governance and Political Reform in the Arab World at CDDRL held its inaugural seminar with Prof.

Back to the future: the Arab nationalist tradition and the political imagination of today

August 2009

"The Arab and Muslim world is indeed in crisis," CDDRL Visiting Scholar Hicham Ben Abdallah of Morocco writes in an article for the August 2009 edition of Le Monde Diplomatique ("Retour vers le...

Draper Hills Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development complete training

August 2009

Rising leaders from some of the world's most challenging nations, including China, Russia, Ukraine, Iraq, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, recently completed...

Peter Henry appointed by President Obama to the President's Commission on White House Fellowships

June 2009

Peter Henry, the Matsushita Professor of International Economics at Stanford's Graduate School of Business and CDDRL affiliated faculty member, has been appointed by President Obama to the...

After America: How Iraq can ensure stability and achieve reconciliation

May 2009

As the date of the American withdrawal from Iraq approaches, there are four key imperatives that must be addressed and important goals to be achieved to help assure that recent progress will not be...

Joshua Cohen's Program on Global Justice joins Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL)

April 2009

The Program on Global Justice, which explores issues at the intersection of political norms and global political-economic realities, has joined CDDRL, Center Director Larry Diamond announced.

Larry Diamond Appointed Director of CDDRL

February 2009

Larry Diamond, a senior fellow at FSI and the Hoover Institution, and professor, by courtesy, of political science and sociology, has been named director of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development,...

Larry Diamond: How to save democracy

January 2009

Bush gave democracy promotion a bad name, Larry Diamond writes in Newsweek. The new administration needs to get it right.

McFaul offers historical view of regime change

October 2008

In video taken October 14, during a debate with former CIA Director James Woolsey, CDDRL Director Michael McFaul attacks the idea that America invaded Iraq solely to promote democracy.

The resilience of authoritarianism

September 2008

Since the first gulf war, most authoritarian regimes In the Arab world have been able to maintain structures of governance that have endured since the post-World War II process of decolonization....

Stemming the democratic recession

September 2008

If the big global story of the 1980s and 1990s was the remarkable expansion of democracy, the bad news of this decade is that democracy is slipping into recession.

Decisive gifts enable summer fellows program to continue with bold vision

September 2008

With more than a million dollars in committed new funding, CDDRL's Stanford Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development marches into its fifth year with a sustainable future and also a new name:...

Draper Hills Summer Fellows program begins; one fellow prevented from leaving her home country

August 2008

The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University is pleased to announce its new class of Draper Hills Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development.

Book Review: The Gunslinger

July 2008

FSI senior fellow Stephen Stedman reviews John Bolton's book, Surrender Is not an Option, in the July/August issue of the Boston Review.

Jojarth proposes conditional distribution of oil revenues scheme for petrostates like Kazakhstan

July 2008

In Caspian oil giant Kazakhstan there are two types of cranes--the idle ones and the busy ones, writes Christine Jojarth in FSI In The World, a new faculty blog for the Freeman Spogli Institute....

Hicham Benabdallah writes about Arab democracy in age of terrorism

April 2008

For the last 20 years authoritarian regimes have refashioned themselves in order to stay in power, writes CDDRL visiting scholar Hicham Ben Abdallah in Le Monde Diplomatique.

Diamond sketches way out of Iraq

April 2008

The truth is, we remain trapped in an awful quagmire, writes Larry Diamond in the Huffington Post and FSI In The World, a new faculty blog for the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies...

Blix talks to Boston Review, will hold Global Justice workshop

April 2008

Hans Blix, the U.N.'s chief weapons inspector from 2000-03, led the inspections in Iraq prior to the U.S. invasion. On the five-year anniversary of the invasion, Dr.

Larry Diamond appointed as FSI Senior Fellow

March 2008

Larry Diamond has been appointed as a Senior Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI).

McFaul urges new engagement with Iran in Wash Post Op-Ed

January 2008

As the year draws to a close, write Michael McFaul and Abbas Milani in the Washington Post, it's important to note that the U.S. debate on Iran is stalled, trapped between "regime changers" vs.

Summer Fellows Program brings civic activists, policymakers to Stanford

December 2007

Larry Diamond---Hoover Institution senior fellow, CDDRL democracy program coordinator, and former senior advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq---has just discussed causes and...

Democracy Assistance: Scholars Look at New Ways to Evaluate Programs on the Ground

August 2007

What are the preconditions for democracy? National identity? Economic wealth? Relative economic equality? How does an unstable, illiberal democracy become a well-functioning, stable one?

Larry Diamond on importance of diplomatic strategy in Iraq in contrast to "surge" or "withdraw" talks

August 2007

While the debate to "surge" or "withdraw" troops continues, Larry Diamond, Coordinator of the Democracy Program at CDDRL, along with Carlos Pascual, writes on the need for a diplomatic strategy to...