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Human Rights Education

In partnership with the Division of International, Comparative and Area Studies (ICA) and the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), the Program on Human Rights ...
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Human Well-Being and Human Rights Collaboratory

This initiative, initially funded by the Stanford Science and Humanities Center under the Presidential International Initiative, looks at the contribution by the humanities to global human rights...
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Second and Third Generation Rights in Africa

Background In policy and legal circles, human rights and human well-being are often referred to as "universal" concepts.  The human rights outlined in the 1946 Universal Declaration of Human Rights...
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Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Speaker Series on Human Trafficking

The Program on Human Rights will host the Sanela Diana Jenkins International Human Rights Speaker Series, a weekly series featuring presentations by leading scholars and activists of human rights....
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Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication

Founding Editors: Lina Khatib - Stanford University Tarik Sabry - University of Westminster Dina Matar - SOAS, University of London John L Esposito - Georgetown University Coordinating Editor:...
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American Public Diplomacy towards the Arab World in the Digital Age

Discourse on American public diplomacy has been traditionally focused on use of the broadcast media by the US government, such as Voice of America, to reach out to audiences in the Middle East and...
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Iron Fists in Silk Gloves: Building Political Regimes in the Middle East - Project completed 2010

This book manuscript explores the historical development of authoritarian regimes in the Middle East over the past century, arguing that we cannot understand the varying durability of these...
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Courts, Politics and Human Rights

Human rights play a distinctive role as a “moral touchstone” in international life today.
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Annual Conference on Taiwan Democracy

Each year, CDDRL's  Taiwan Democracy Project organizes at least one public conference addressing some of the challenges confronting Taiwan's democratic development, in comparative perspective.
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Liberation Technology Seminar Series

The Liberation Technology Seminar Series invites a variety of speakers from the public, private and academic sectors to explore the role of information and communication technology in advancing...
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History, Memory and Reconciliation

This series will examine scholarly and institutional efforts to create new national narratives that walk the fine line between before and after, memory and truth, compensation and reconciliation,...
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Regime Type and Economic Development

The multidisciplinary environment at CDDRL is an ideal venue to explore the ways in which regime (authoritarian or democratic) matters in encouraging or suppressing economic development.
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Human Trafficking

In 2011, the Program on Human Rights (PHR) launched its research initiative on human trafficking to address the main challenges and generate new knowledge on this issue of international concern....
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Quality of Democracy Project

As democracy has spread over the past three decades to a majority of the world's states, analytic attention has turned increasingly from explaining regime transitions to evaluating and explaining...
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Globalization and Human Rights

Since World War II, a major element of globalization has involved the expansion of human rights norms, rules, and institutions.  This broad movement represents a dramatic shift from earlier...
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Program on Oil Wealth Management in Developing States - Completed

OPEC's net oil export revenues exceeded $1 trillion in 2008, and oil exporting states (petro states) are eager to learn from experience and from their peers how to mitigate the negative...
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Experiments in Governance in Developing Countries Project (EGAP)

Policymakers, funding agencies, and implementing organizations are increasingly focused on identifying the most effective strategies for promoting development.
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State Building and the Rule of Law

The establishment of rule of law is an integral component of state development.
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Program on Poverty and Governance

The Program on Poverty and Governance at Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law seeks to understand how effective public action and good governance are essential to...
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Program on Liberation Technology

The Program on Liberation Technology at Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law seeks to understand how information technology can be used to improve governance, empower...
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Law and Economy in India

India, the world's largest democracy, is a country of contrasts. Not the least among these is the tremendous economic diversity of India's states.
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Contemporary History and the Future of Memory

Far from promoting a "competition of memories," the series seeks to create a debate and establish an exchange between various groups, pointing out the similarities and the differences of their...
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Reorganizing U.S. Government Democracy Promotion Efforts Project

What could be done to improve the United States government's efforts to promote democracy abroad?  Project participants were asked to assess various policy options and generate candid analysis and...
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Comparing American and European Strategies for Democracy Promotion

Conventional wisdom holds that the United States and the European Union pursue vastly different strategies to promote democracy around the globe. The U.S.
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People

Matthew Kohrman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Associate Professor, Anthropology
Gustavo Robles Research Scholar, CDDRL
Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
John Meyer Professor, Sociology, Emeritus
James S. Fishkin Professor, Communication
Raymond Levitt Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Francisco Ramirez Professor, Education
Martin Carnoy Professor, Education
Nathaniel Persily Co-director, Cyber Policy Center, Senior Fellow Professor, Law, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science, Professor, by courtesy, Communication
David Brady Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Deborah L. Rhode Professor, Law
Debra Satz Professor, Philosophy