International Forum for Democratic Studies
The International Forum for Democratic Studies was established as a division within the Endowment in April 1994. Since then the Forum has emerged as a leading center for analyzing and discussing the theory and practice of democratic development. It also serves as a clearinghouse for information on groups and institutions working to achieve and maintain democracy around the world.
The Forum is directed by Christopher Walker, with guidance from Marc F. Plattner and Larry Diamond as co-chairs of the Forum's Research Council and co-editors of the Journal of Democracy. The Forum's programs benefit from the advice and involvement of a Research Council consisting of scholars and specialists on democracy from around the world.
The Forum's activities involve and benefit scholars, policy makers, and activists representing diverse experiences and views. As part of its core mission, the Forum has initiated several interrelated programs:
Democracy Resource Center - a library that facilitates democracy research through the developing of Internet research aides, online databases, and maintains a large collection of materials on democracy.
Journal of Democracy em Portugues - in collaboration with the Plataforma Democratica, a joint initiative founded by Centro Edelstein de Pesquisas Sociais in Rio de Janeiro and the Instituto Fernando Henrique Cardoso in São Paulo, a bi-annual Portuguese-language edition of the Journal of Democracy that features translated and commissioned articles on democracy. :: VISIT
Journal of Democracy en Español - in collaboration with the Instituto de Ciencia Política in Santiago, Chile, an annual Spanish-language issue of the Journal of Democracy that features translated and commissioned articles on democracy. :: VISIT
Fellowship Programs - a program that enables democracy activists, scholars, and journalists from around the world to spend time in residence at the Forum.
Never before has understanding what helps or hinders the advancement of democracy been more critical for international peace, political stability, and human progress.
Contact the International Forum for Democratic Studies:
(202) 378-9700 / Fax (202) 378-9407
What's New at the Forum
New JoD Book on Democracy in East Asia now available ::MORE
Larry Diamond remarks on democratic transitions in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya (in English and Spanish) ::MORE
April 9 Event on "Ukraine: Democracy in Danger?" ::MORE
Christopher Walker co-authors NYT Editorial on Russia with Robert Orttung ::MORE
April 2 Event on "Working with Sharks: Countering Sexual Harassment at the United Nations" ::MORE
March 2013 issue of Democracy Research News published ::MORE
Larry Diamond teaching free online course on Democratic Development ::MORE
February 27 Event on "The Devil in History: Communism, Fascism, and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century" ::MORE
Christopher Walker and Robert Orttung co-author "Putin and Russia's Crippled Media" ::MORE
February 19 Event on "Enemies of the State: Pussy Riot and the New Russian Protest Rock ::MORE
Research Council member Ivan Krastev publishes TED Book ::MORE
February 13 Event on "The Arab Spring after Two Years" ::MORE
Journal of Democracy publishes January 2013 Issue :: MORE
December 6 Event on "New Authoritarians and the Challenge to Democracy" :: MORE
December 5 Event on "Signs of a Maturing Democracy: Passing Pro-Women Legislation in Pakistan" :: MORE