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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    The Forum draws upon a group of approximately 80 scholars and specialists recognized for their outstanding work and expertise on democracy.

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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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    A global network of think tanks that conduct research and analysis on democratization.

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LATEST Forum NEWS

Apr 30, 2018

Democracy Research News April 2018

The April 2018 edition of Democracy Research News welcomes nine new members to the Network of Democracy Research Institutes and highlights regional research from NDRI members around the world.

Apr 19, 2018

Journal of Democracy April 2018 Issue: China in Xi's New Era

The April 2018 issues features an eight-article cluster on China in Xi's new era, two essays on the roots and implications of populism's global ascent, and more.

Apr 13, 2018

Forum Q&A: Lilia Shevtsova on Russia as A Global Challenge

Melissa Aten of the International Forum for Democratic studies spoke with Lilia Shevtsova about transnational kleptocracy and the implications of Russia’s domestic and international policies.

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May 30, 2018

Central and Eastern Europe: Power, Fairness, and the Future of Democracy

10:00 AM- 11:30 AM
Bulgarian human rights defender Dimitrina Petrova will assess the transformative potential of civic activism in the Central and Eastern Europe and ask if democratic values and human rights are still shaping young people’s aspirations for a better world.

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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

    In the wake of the 19th Party Congress, contributors to the April 2018 issue examine the global ambitions and influence operations of China in Xi's new era.

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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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