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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'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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    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

Nov 16, 2021

Pandemic Ploys: November 16, 2021

Pandemic Ploys is a curated newsletter from the International Forum on authoritarian manipulation and democratic responses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nov 12, 2021

Digital Directions: November 12, 2021

Insights on the evolving relationships among digital technologies, information integrity, and democracy from the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National...

Nov 01, 2021

Journal of Democracy October 2021: Russia's Road to Autocracy, How Authoritarians Win When They Lose, and Political Violence in the United States

The Journal of Democracy's October 2021 issue features essays on Russia's road to autocracy, the splintering of political authority in Western democracies, political violence in the United States, and more.

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December 01, 2021

Eighteenth Annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture: Ronald Deibert on "Digital Subversion: The Threat to Democracy"

06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Ronald Deibert will present the eighteenth annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World on the topic of "Digital Subversion: The Threat to Democracy."

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Publications

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Journal of Democracy

    The Journal of Democracy's October 2021 issue features essays on Russia's road to autocracy, the splintering of political authority in Western democracies, political violence in the United States, and more.

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