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News & Highlights

Jul 10, 2013

Journal of Democracy co-editor Marc F. Plattner reflects on two important democratization anniversaries—the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the Portuguese Revolution—and asks whether democracy's third wave is coming to an end for Foreign Policy Democracy Lab. ::MORE

Jul 9, 2014

"The Internet’s openness may threaten repressive regimes, but it has also proven to be a potent weapon in their hands" writes Forum program assistant Dean Jackson in a guest blog post for the Center for International Media Assistance about the efforts of authoritarian regimes to use social media as a venue for spreading propaganda. ::MORE

Jun 24, 2014

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow and political cartoonist Sabir Nazar speaks with PRI's The World about the growing number of threats facing Pakistan journalists. ::MORE

Jun 18, 2014

In an interview with Golnaz Esfandiari of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Forum Executive Director Christopher Walker discusses the emerging "Democratic Containment" doctrine that authoritarian leaders around the world are adopting. ::MORE

Jun 16, 2014

Authoritarian regimes in countries such as Russia, China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia are implementing foreign policies the aim to contain the spread of democracy around the world writes Christopher Walker in an op-ed published by the Washington Post. ::MORE

Forum Publications

Democratization and Authoritarianism in the Arab World

Clientelism, Social Policy, and the Quality of Democracy

Journal of Democracy April 2014, "Shifting Tides in South Asia"