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Reforming Our Public Dialogue: New Deliberative Democracy Lab Joins CDDRL

July 2022

The Deliberative Democracy Lab (formerly the Center for Deliberative Democracy) is devoted to research about democracy and public opinion obtained through Deliberative Polling® and related democratic...

Pushing Back on Putin: The Fight for Democracy Within Russia

July 2022

Lyubov Sobol, an activist and current visiting scholar at CDDRL, explains the roots of Russia's pro-democracy movement and the importance of its success to Russia, Ukraine, and the future...

Will the Jan. 6 hearings make a difference? Stanford scholar discusses how they might shift public perception

June 2022

The hearings will be a test for the Republican Party, and whether or not it can successfully disavow its extremist wing, says Stanford scholar.

Amichai Magen Selected as Inaugural Visiting Fellow in Israel Studies

April 2022

Magen, a scholar of law, government and international relations, will arrive at Stanford in the 2022-2023 academic year.

"We Have Entered a New Historical Era": Larry Diamond on the Future of Democracy

April 2022

Speaking at the April 2022 meeting of the FSI Council, Larry Diamond offered his assessment of the present dangers to global democracy and the need to take decisive action in support of liberal...

A History of Unity: A Look at FSI’s Special Relationship with Ukraine

April 2022

Since 2005, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies has cultivated rich academic ties and friendships with Ukrainian scholars and civic leaders as part of our mission to support...

‘A Monkey with a Grenade’: Russia's Attacks on Nuclear Reactors Cross a Dangerous Line

March 2022

Firing on civilian nuclear facilities is an unacceptable disregard for the rules of war that endangers the entire world, not just Ukraine.

Venezuelan opposition leader calls on students to fight for global freedom

March 2022

Leopoldo López expressed fear about the global rise of a “network of autocracies." He encouraged Stanford students to champion democracy and freedom across the globe.

Statement in Support of Ukraine

February 2022

We condemn in the strongest terms the unprovoked Russian assault on Ukraine.

CDDRL’s Ukrainian Alumni Reflect on Current Crisis

February 2022

Many of our program alumni have played important and influential roles in the country's political, economic, and social development, and have their own perspectives in what follows on why it is...

What the Ukraine-Russia Crisis Says about the Global Struggle for Democracy

January 2022

Former prime minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk joins Michael McFaul on the World Class Podcast to analyze Russia's aggression towards Ukraine and how it fits into Vladamir Putin's...

The Legacy of January 6

January 2022

On the first anniversary of the riot at the U.S. Capitol, scholars from across FSI reflect on the ongoing ramifications the violence is having on America's domestic politics and international...

Welcoming Hakeem Jefferson to CDDRL

January 2022

Jefferson, an assistant professor of political science at Stanford University, will join the center as a faculty affiliate.

Larry Diamond Named Mosbacher Senior Fellow in Global Democracy at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

December 2021

CDDRL’s Larry Diamond, a world-renowned expert on comparative democracy, is recognized for a career of impact on students, policymakers and democratic activists around the world.

Remembering Chito Gascón

October 2021

A member of the inaugural Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program cohort in 2005, Chito died from COVID-19 on October 9, 2021.

Oleksiy Honcharuk Appointed the Bernard and Susan Liautaud Visiting Fellow

October 2021

Honcharuk, formerly the prime minister of Ukraine, will focus on examining what Western allies can do to support Ukraine in its struggle to thrive as a democracy in Eastern Europe while at Stanford.

‘Everything is Possible in Ukraine’: President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Addresses Stanford Community During Historic Visit

September 2021

President Zelenskyy outlined the steps his administration is undertaking to bring increased digitization to Ukraine, curb corruption and create more equitable access to public services for more...

Kathryn Stoner Named Mosbacher Director of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law

August 2021

Stoner, a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and Professor of Political Science (by courtesy) at Stanford, will lead the Center’s efforts to understand how...

Belarusian Leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya Meets with Stanford Scholars for Roundtable on Democracy in Belarus

August 2021

Democratic leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and her delegation joined an interdisciplinary panel of Stanford scholars and members of the Belarusian community to discuss the future of democracy in...

The Role of Corruption in China's Speedy, Risky Boom

May 2021

How has corruption simultaneously driven China’s economic boom and financial risks? Professor Yuen Yuen Ang explains its role in producing a high-growth but also high-risk economy.

When Beijing Goes to Washington: Autocratic Lobbying Influence in Democracies

April 2021

Professor Erin Baggot Carter tells us how autocratic lobbying affects political outcomes and media coverage in democracies.

Covid-19 Crisis: Is a Showdown Between Public Health Imperatives and Civil Liberties Inevitable?

April 2020

David Studdert addresses the tradeoff between basic liberties and societal health in the current coronavirus pandemic in a New England Journal of Medicine perspective.

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Alberto Diaz-Cayeros Headshot Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
bmkhigh Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Abbas Milani photo by Babak Payami Abbas Milani Affiliate, CDDRL Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Professor Larry Diamond Larry Diamond Mosbacher Senior Fellow in Global Democracy Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
2022 Michael McFaul Headshot Michael A. McFaul Director, Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Francis Fukuyama Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow Director, Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
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Adam Bonica Adam Bonica Affiliated Faculty, CDDRL Associate Professor, Political Science
Marisa Kellam Marisa Kellam Visiting Scholar, CDDRL
Fearon James James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Stedman Steve Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Didi Kuo Didi Kuo Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL, Associate Director for Research, CDDRL Academic Research & Program Manager, American Democracy in Comparative Perspective