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. Bridging the gap between academic research and the practice of democracy, Forum initiatives include publishing the Journal of Democracy, housing fellowship programs for democracy activists and researchers, and organizing events. Through its Power 3.0 blog and other products, the Forum also fosters discussion on modern challenges to democracy, from transnational kleptocracy and authoritarian influence to risks emanating from the evolving global information space.
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  • Power 3.0 Blog and Podcast

    The Forum's blog explores how authoritarians survive and thrive in the globalized age and how democracies content with this challenge.

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    A selection of resources from the International Forum for Democratic Studies.

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    Major themes explored by the Forum include authoritarian influence, transnational kleptocracy, the information space, and democracy and civil society.

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  • NDRI Network

    The Network of Democracy Research Institutes (NDRI) is a global network of think tanks that focus on democratization.

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LATEST Forum NEWS

Feb 14, 2019

Forum Q&A: George Sarpong on Defending Media Freedom During Ghana's Digital Migration

Dean Jackson of the International Forum for Democratic Studies spoke with George Sarpong, a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow, about the impact of new technology and Chinese influence on media freedom in Ghana and beyond.

Jan 18, 2019

Forum Q&A: Kyrylo Loukerenko on Public Service Media As a Model For a New Ukraine

Dean Jackson of the International Forum for Democratic Studies spoke with Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow Kyrylo Loukerenko about media reform in Ukraine and the role of community and public service media in fostering a healthy media ecosystem...

Jan 16, 2019

Journal of Democracy January 2019 Issue: The Road to Digital Unfreedom

The January 2019 issue of the Journal of Democracy features a set of four articles examining the growing threat of digital repression.

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January 24, 2019

The Struggle to Achieve Public Media Reform in Ukraine

09:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow Kyrylo Loukerenko discussed the role of public media in Ukraine’s democracy and the challenges it faces to becoming a strong and stable institution.

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Publications

  • Sharp Power: Rising Authoritarian Influence

    Case studies in four young democracies examine how authoritarian governments are leveraging and repurposing traditional "soft power" tools into corrosive "sharp power."

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  • Journal of Democracy

    The January 2019 issue of the Journal of Democracy features a set of four articles examining the growing threat of digital repression.

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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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