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LATEST Forum NEWS
Sharp Power Five Years Later | Forum Focus: December 2022
This special edition of Forum Focus reflects on the sharp power concept five years after its inception—and looks ahead to promising civil society responses to the global threat of authoritarian influence.
Countering Kleptocracy: November 30, 2022
The Countering Kleptocracy newsletter shines a light on how transnational kleptocracy serves as a vehicle for theft, repression, and influence for political elites—and how democracies can respond.
Announcing New Webpages for Translated Research and Analysis
The International Forum for Democratic Studies has translated many of its publications about emerging global challenges to democracy into Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
The Digitalization of Democracy: How Technology is Changing Government Accountability
Shielding Democracy: Civil Society Adaptations to Kremlin...
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A Full-Spectrum Response to Sharp Power: The Vulnerabilities and Strengths of Open Societies
The final report in the Sharp Power and Democratic Resilience series reviews the findings of eight papers that highlight serious vulnerabilities in a cluster of institutions related to information and ideas, commerce, media, and technology.READ MORE
An Offshore Cold War: Forging a Democratic Alliance to Combat Transnational Kleptocracy
A working paper from the International Forum, authored by Oliver Bullough, urges democracies to develop a unified response to the challenge of transnational kleptocracy by focusing on shared fundamental values, like independent judicial systems and freedom of expression.READ MORE
The Global Struggle Over AI Surveillance: Emerging Trends and Democratic Responses
This report explores the challenge of safeguarding democratic principles and processes as AI technologies enable governments to collect, process, and integrate unprecedented quantities of data about the online and offline activities of individual citizens.READ MORE
Journal of Democracy
The Journal of Democracy's October issue features essays by Michael Ignatieff, Timothy J. Colton, and Roger B. Myerson; a debate among key experts on democratic backsliding; and more.READ MORE