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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  • Forum
    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

Jul 16,2015

Democracy Ideas: Peter Pomerantsev, "Authoritarian Media and the Era of Disinformation"

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Jun 30,2015

Democracy Ideas: Anne-Marie Brady, "Telling a Good Story: Censorship, Propaganda, and China’s Media"

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Jun 24,2015

APSA-CD Newsletter: "Reconceptualizing Authoritarianism"

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Jun 11,2015

Europe and Azerbaijan: The End of Shame

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Jun 03,2015

The New Containment: Undermining Democracy

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  • RESEARCH COUNCIL SPOTLIGHT

    Alexander Cooley

    Alexander Cooley is professor and chair of the Political Science Department at Barnard College, Columbia University in New York. He also is a PhD Advisor at Columbia University and a Faculty member of the...

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    Steven Heydemann

    Steven Heydemann, Ph.D., serves as senior adviser for Middle East Initiatives at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Heydemann is a political scientist who specializes in the comparative politics and the political economy of the Middle East, with a particular focus on Syria. His...

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    Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

    Alina Mungiu-Pippidi teaches democratization and policy analysis at the Hertie School of Governance, where she has been based since 2007. She studied political science at Harvard University after completing a PhD in social psychology at the University of Iasi in Romania in 1995. ...

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    Robert Orttung

    Robert Orttung is assistant director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and a research associate professor of international affairs at The George Washington University’s Elliott...

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    Lilia Shevtsova

    Lilia Shevtsova is a non-resident senior fellow with the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution. Dr. Shevstova is a member of the Editorial Board for the American Interest, Pro et Contra, Demokratizatsiya, and the Journal of...

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Publications

  • Journal of Democracy

    The July 2015 issue explores the topic, "Authoritarianism Goes Global."

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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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  • Democratization in the Arab World

    Leading scholars address the questions posed by the recent period of historic change in the Middle East and North Africa.

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  • Clientelism, Social Policy, and the Quality of Democracy

    Academics explore how political clientelism works and evolves in the context of modern developing democracies.

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