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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    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

May 03, 2017

April 2017 Issue of the Journal of Democracy

The April 2017 issue features a series of articles on the 2016 U.S. Election and the state of democracy in the United States, as well as articles on democracy in Ghana, Southeast Asia, Nicaragua, and more.

Mar 07, 2017

New CIMA Report: Beyond the Great Firewall: How China Became a Global Information Power

In her CIMA report, Shanthi Kalathil delves into China’s unprecedented attempts to harness the global information ecosystem, primarily through three avenues: shaping international news media, guiding the evolution of the global Internet, and...

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May 03, 2017

Media Freedom: The Struggle From the Front Lines

11:00 AM- 12:30 PM
As we celebrated World Press Freedom Day, the Center for International Media Assistance and the International Forum for Democratic Studies heard from those who know the complex challenges facing press freedom best: the media professionals battling every day for the right to free and independent speech in illiberal settings around the world.
  • 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 a visiting professor at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. Previously, she was a 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...

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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

    For the first time ever the Journal of Democracy is devoting a set of articles to the state of democracy in the United States. The April issue also features articles on Freedom House’s 2017 Freedom in the World survey; the dramatic electoral ouster of the Gambia’s strongman ruler; how modernization’s paradoxes have fed populist nationalism; and more.

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  • Authoritarianism Goes Global: The Challenge to Democracy

    Over the past decade, leading authoritarian countries have become emboldened within the global arena, challenging the liberal international political order.

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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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