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Ziad Abu-Rish Analyzes the Trajectory of Lebanon's Uprising [VIDEO]

May 2020

In a webinar dated, May 27, 2020, Ohio University Historian Ziad Abu-Rish analyzed the trajectory of Lebanon's Uprising and the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the contemporary political scene....

Our Democracy Depends On A Safe Election in November

May 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the effects could be potentially devastating to global democracy and the upcoming U.S. election. On the World Class podcast, Larry Diamond and Nathaniel Persily...

Samer Abboud Examines the Politics of Exclusion in Syria [VIDEO]

May 2020

In a webinar dated May 12, 2020, Villanova University Scholar Samer Abboud examined the emergent "illiberal peace" in Syria.

The COVID-19 Crisis Can Be A Historic Opportunity for Morocco

May 2020

[The following article originally appeared in French in Le Soir]Over the past 20 years of exile, I returned to Morocco sporadically to visit family and friends.

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.

Totalitarianism as a Mindset Can Be Anywhere

March 2020

The authors of “The End of History” and “Reading Lolita in Tehran” discuss coronavirus, Iran, James Baldwin, campus culture, and why imagination and literature are essential to combatting...

How We Can Manage the Pandemic and Preserve our Democracy

March 2020

COVID-19 presents us with both our worst public health crisis in a century and the greatest challenge to our democracy since World War II.

Populism Is a Political Problem That Is Putting Democracy At Risk, Stanford Scholars Say

March 2020

This article was originally published in Stanford News By Melissa DeWitteThe rise of populism – a political argument that pits ordinary people against a corrupt, government elite – is putting...

Embracing the Limits of a Liberal Dream

March 2020

 “Accommodate a despotic ruler if you have to,” says Stephen Krasner, a Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies in his forthcoming book How to Make...

Global Populism Is On the Rise But There Are Solutions, Say FSI Experts

March 2020

Once associated with Latin American and post-communist democracies, populist parties and politicians have now gained support and power in established democracies.

How to Beat a Populist

February 2020

"Democrats don’t need to peddle in falsehood or invective to find lively and creative ways to communicate their message of hope, inspiration, and concrete policy alternatives, and to do so with...

Francis Fukuyama: Populism is a threat to democracy

February 2020

Countries retreating into closed systems and deciding to protect only their own groups could prevent international cooperation on climate change issues which is the only way to avert climate...

How to Fix Democracy | Larry Diamond

February 2020

"Freedom is inseparable from human dignity," says LarryDiamond for Bertelsmann Foundation talks on "How to Fix Democracy." The crisis is “bad, deepening, accelerating,” but he suggests several...

Stanford Experts Publish Recommendations to Safeguard Democratic Elections Around the World

February 2020

A Q&A with Professor Stephen Stedman, who serves as the Secretary General of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age.Stephen Stedman, a Senior Fellow at the...

Elections Globally Are Under Threat. Here's How to Protect Them

January 2020

"The Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age found the rise of social media has caused irrevocable harm to global electoral integrity and democratic institutions—and the...

China and the global challenge to democracy

January 2020

In the inaugural episode of the Power 3.0 podcast, featured guest Larry Diamond discusses the Chinese Communist Party’s range of influence and interference activities that target the public, civic,...

Where Does Tehran Go from Here? Abbas Milani on Post-Soleimani Life in Iran

January 2020

The January 3 assassination by the United States of Qassem Soleimani — the commander of Iran’s Quds Force — transformed Iran, Abbas Milani told Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies...

A Season of Caesars

December 2019

"Ideologically, today’s autocrats are a more motley and pragmatic crew.

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

December 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...

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

December 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?

An Existential Moment for Democracy?

December 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,...

The Impeachment Conundrum

November 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...

Can Egypt’s Democratic Hopes Be Revived?

November 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...

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Hesham Sallam Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director and Research Associate, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Pascaline Dupas Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Economics, Senior Fellow, SIEPR
Lanhee J. Chen Affiliate at the Center on Democracy Development and the Rule of Law
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Senior Fellow , Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Matthew Kohrman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Associate Professor, Anthropology
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Didi Kuo Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL, Associate Director for Research, CDDRL Academic Research & Program Manager, American Democracy in Comparative Perspective
Eileen Donahoe Lecturer, CDDRL
Saumitra Jha Senior Fellow, FSI, Associate Professor of Political Economy, GSB