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 and podcast explore how authoritarians survive and thrive in the globalized age and how democracies contend 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

May 19, 2020

International Forum Updates May 2020

Get the latest updates from the International Forum for Democratic Studies, including new publications, event recaps, and more.

Apr 22, 2020

Forum Q&A: Aimee Rinehart on Mis- and Disinformation in a Time of Pandemic

Dean Jackson of the International Forum for Democratic Studies spoke with Aimee Rinehart about how journalists, platforms, and other stakeholders in the information space can respond to mis- and disinformation around COVID-19 and the larger...

Apr 17, 2020

The Big Question: What Does COVID-19 Reveal About Mis- and Disinformation in Times of Crisis?

The International Forum for Democratic Studies asked six leading experts what insights about disinformation and the broader information space can be gleaned from the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing flood of misleading information.

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June 10, 2020

Online Event: "Lie Machines: How Disinformation Threatens Democracy and How to Save It"

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Philip Howard, Laura Rosenberger, Daniel Arnaudo, and Shanthi Kalathil discussed how authoritarian governments and illiberal actors are using disinformation to discredit democracy while shaping international understandings of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Publications

  • Compromising the Knowledge Economy: Authoritarian Challenges to Independent Intellectual Inquiry

    A Sharp Power and Democratic Resilience series report exploring how authoritarians are exploiting unanticipated vulnerabilities in open knowledge economies to challenge free intellectual inquiry from the inside.

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  • A New Invisible Hand: Authoritarian Corrosive Capital and the Repurposing of Democracy

    A Sharp Power and Democratic Resilience series report exploring the issue of corrosive capital and outlining what an interconnected, interdisciplinary response from civil society could look like.

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  • 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 Journal of Democracy's April 2020 issue features a cluster of articles on lessons for how opposition parties can defeat populism at the ballot box.

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