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The Forum's blog and podcast explore how authoritarians survive and thrive in the globalized age and how democracies contend with this challenge.
A selection of resources from the International Forum for Democratic Studies.
Major themes explored by the Forum include authoritarian influence, transnational kleptocracy, the information space, and democracy and civil society.
The Network of Democracy Research Institutes (NDRI) is a global network of think tanks that focus on democratization.
LATEST Forum NEWS
Reputation Laundering in the University Sector of Open Societies: An International Forum Working Paper
An International Forum working paper on reputation laundering by kleptocrats in the university sector of open societies.
A selection of recent resources from the International Forum for Democratic Studies on disinformation and other threats to the integrity of the information space.
Writing for Foreign Affairs, NED vice president for studies and analysis Christopher Walker and senior program officer Jessica Ludwig examine how authoritarian powers are exerting sharp power within democracies, and identify a full-spectrum...
Reputation Laundering and Universities: Implications for Democracy and Freedom of Expression
Report Launch | A Full-Spectrum Response to Sharp Power:...
11:00 AM- 12:30 PMThe International Forum launched its final report, "A Full-Spectrum Response to Sharp Power: The Vulnerabilities and Strengths of Open Societies," and reflected on lessons learned from its series examining Sharp Power and Democratic Resilience.
The Rise of Digital Repression: How Technology is Reshaping...
11:00 AM- 12:00 PMSteven Feldstein discussed his new book, "The Rise of Digital Repression: How Technology is Reshaping Power, Politics, and Resistance," which analyzes the challenges digital repression poses to the integrity of democratic systems globally.
Double-Edged Sword: China's Sharp Power Exploitation of Emerging Technologies
A Sharp Power and Democratic Resilience series report exploring how the People’s Republic of China leverages emerging technologies to undercut democracies’ stability and legitimacy while expanding its own influence.READ MORE
Paying for a World Class Affiliation: Reputation Laundering in the University Sector of Open Societies
An International Forum working paper on reputation laundering by kleptocrats in the university sector of open societies.READ MORE
Transnational Kleptocracy and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Containing the Spread
The essays in this "Global Insights" series assess the intersection between COVID-19 and transnational kleptocracy from the perspective of civil society, journalists, and researchers.READ MORE
Journal of Democracy
In the Journal of Democracy's April issue, expert contributors consider what shifting world values mean for the future of democracy, how enduring China's dictatorship will be, and the mixed legacies of the 2020 U.S. election.READ MORE