About the Forum
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.
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 series of four issue briefs highlight emerging global challenges to democracy, including integrity of the information space, transnational kleptocracy, emerging technology, and global authoritarian influence.
LATEST Forum NEWS
DOWNLOAD THE REPORT (LEE EL INFORME EN ESPAÑOL) A new report authored by Iria Puyosa and Mariví Marín Vázquez and edited by Adam Fivenson examines civil society's response to the intensification of authoritarian information manipulation...
Download the Report A new report by Beth Kerley (International Forum for Democratic Studies) analyzes priorities, challenges, and promising civil society strategies for advancing democratic approaches to governing artificial intelligence (AI). The...
TWEET | SHARE DOWNLOAD THE REPORT Authoritarian actors play a crucial role in enabling kleptocracy across sub-Saharan Africa. In a new International Forum report, J.R. Mailey (Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime) and Andrea...
Twentieth Annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture: Larry Diamond on "Power, Performance, and Legitimacy"
Deepening the Response to Authoritarian Information...
11:00 AM- 12:00 PMPlease join the International Forum for Democratic Studies for the launch of a new report examining civil society's response to the intensification of authoritarian information manipulation targeting democracy in Latin America.
Defending Democracy in an Age of Sharp Power
11:00 AM- 12:00 PMThe National Endowment for Democracy hosted a conversation with select contributors to "Defending Democracy in an Age of Sharp Power."
Defending the Global Human Rights System from Authoritarian Assault: How Democracies Can Retake the Initiative
In a new report for the International Forum for Democratic Studies, Dr. Rana Siu Inboden examines how authoritarian regimes exploit multilateral institutions to further their illiberal goals and how democracies can work together to uphold the system and hold abusers accountable.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
Kleptocratic Cooperation in Africa: How Russia and China Undermine Democracy
In a new International Forum report, J.R. Mailey and Andrea Ngombet highlight ways in which global authoritarian powers, Russia and China, provide surge capacity to kleptocratic networks in Africa.READ MORE
The Global Struggle Over AI Surveillance: Emerging Trends and Democratic Responses
This report explores the challenge of safeguarding democratic principles and processes as AI technologies enable governments to collect, process, and integrate unprecedented quantities of data about the online and offline activities of individual citizens.READ MORE