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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 Network of Democracy Research Institutes (NDRI) is a global network of think tanks that focus on democratization.
LATEST Forum NEWS
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...
The Big Question: How Can Global Leaders and Civil Society Stem Authoritarian Measures Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic?
As policymakers and global health leaders gathered for the Global COVID-19 Summit, the International Forum for Democratic Studies asked four experts from different regions of the world to comment on trends in authoritarianism and its effect...
An International Forum working paper on transnational kleptocracy and lessons learned from the Biens Mal Acquis trials in France, written by Tutu Alicante—now available in French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
A Global Turning Point for Democracy? A Celebration of Larry Diamond
Waking Up to Reputation Laundering as a Mechanism for...
10:00 AM- 11:15 AMMatthew T. Page, Tena Prelec, Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, and Jodi Vittori discussed how reputation laundering serves as a key mechanism of transnational kleptocracy.
An Offshore Cold War: Forging a Democratic Alliance...
10:00 AM- 11:00 AMThe International Forum for Democratic Studies hosted Oliver Bullough and German Marshall Fund President Heather Conley for a conversation on his paper, “An Offshore Cold War: Forging a Democratic Alliance to Combat Transnational Kleptocracy,” and the broader challenges to democracy transnational kleptocracy poses today.
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
An Offshore Cold War: Forging a Democratic Alliance to Combat Transnational Kleptocracy
A working paper from the International Forum, authored by Oliver Bullough, urges democracies to develop a unified response to the challenge of transnational kleptocracy by focusing on shared fundamental values, like independent judicial systems and freedom of expression.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
Journal of Democracy
The Journal of Democracy's April 2022 issue features essays on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, how international surveillance startups are using high-tech tools to threaten democracy, "autocratic genderwashing," and more.READ MORE