International FORUM for democratic studies

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About the Forum

The International Forum for Democratic Studies is a leading center for analysis and discussion of the theory and practice of democracy around the world which strives to bridge the gap between academic research and the practice of democracy through several initiatives...
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    Research Council

    The Forum draws upon a group of approximately 80 scholars and specialists recognized for their outstanding work and expertise on democracy.

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  • DEMOCRACY
    IDEAS

    Leading thinkers share their insights on democracy in this video interview series.

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  • Network of Democracy Research Institutes

    A global network of think tanks that conduct research and analysis on democratization.

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  • APSA-Comparative Democratization

    A network of scholars within the American Political Science Association who promote analysis of the origins, processes, and outcomes of democratization around the world.

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LATEST Forum NEWS

Apr 11, 2016

Journal of Democracy April 2016 Issue: “Latin America’s New Turbulence”

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Mar 28, 2016

Authoritarianism Goes Global — The American Interest

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Mar 24, 2016

Is Democracy in Decline? featured in Democracy & Society

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Mar 14, 2016

Democracy in Retreat as Authoritarianism Goes Global

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Jan 27, 2016

APSA-CD Newsletter: Opposition in Authoritarian Regimes

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Jan 22, 2016

Ethiopia: Silencing Dissent — Journal of Democracy January 2016

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Jan 21, 2016

Journal of Democracy January 2016 Issue: The Authoritarian Threat

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Jan 13, 2016

Authoritarianism Goes Global: "The Hijacking of 'Soft Power'"

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April 28, 2016

Democratizing China: Insights from Theory and History

12:00 PM- 02:00 PM
Please join us for a discussion on “Democratizing China: Insights from Theory and History” to mark the publication of Minxin Pei’s forthcoming book China’s Crony Capitalism: The Dynamics of Regime Change (available in August). David Shambaugh and Geoff Dyer will provide comments.
  • RESEARCH COUNCIL SPOTLIGHT

    Thomas Carothers

    Thomas Carothers is the vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the founder and director of the Democracy and Rule of Law Program, which analyzes the state of democracy in the world and the efforts by the United States and other countries...

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    Yun-han Chu

    Yun-han Chu is distinguished research fellow of the Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica and professor of political science at National Taiwan University. He serves concurrently as president of Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. Prof. Chu...

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    Bridget Welsh

    Bridget Welsh is professor of political science at Ipek University. She is also senior research associate at the Center for East Asia Democratic Studies at National Taiwan University, senior associate fellow of The Habibie Center in Indonesia and university fellow of Charles Darwin...

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    Javier Corrales

    Javier Corrales is professor of political science at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He obtained his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. He is the co-author (with Michael Penfold) of Dragon in the Tropics: Venezuela and the Legacy Hugo Chávez, now...

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    Ellen Lust

    Ellen Lust is the Founding Director of the Programs on Governance and Local Development at Yale University and at the University of Gothenburg, and Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg. She also serves as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at...

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Publications

  • Journal of Democracy

    The April 2016 issue explores China's middle class, power configurations in Burma, turbulence in Latin America, Freedom House scores from around the world, and much more.

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  • Stifling the Public Sphere: Media and Civil Society in Egypt, Russia, and Vietnam

    Three experts assess the shape and trajectory of civil society and the media in Egypt, Russia, and Vietnam, and the restrictions that are placed on them.

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  • Democracy in Decline?

    Scholars explore concerns and offer competing viewpoints about the state of democracy today in this Journal of Democracy book.

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  • Will China Democratize?

    The Journal of Democracy examines the complex forces driving change in China's regime and society.

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