International FORUM for democratic studies

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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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  • Power 3.0 Blog and Podcast

    The Forum's blog explores how authoritarians survive and thrive in the globalized age and how democracies content 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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  • NDRI Network

    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 15, 2019

International Forum for Democratic Studies November 2019 Newsletter

The November 2019 edition of the Forum newsletter features new content, event recaps, and more.

Oct 17, 2019

Journal of Democracy October 2019 Issue: Europe Grapples with Populism

The October issue of the Journal of Democracy features two article clusters, one on populism in Europe and another on Southeast Asia's troubling elections.

Aug 06, 2019

The Big Question: What is the Biggest Impediment to Democratic Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa?

The International Forum for Democratic Studies asked five leading experts their opinion on the single biggest challenge to good governance in sub-Saharan Africa.

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January 24, 2019

The Struggle to Achieve Public Media Reform in Ukraine

03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow Kyrylo Loukerenko discussed the role of public media in Ukraine’s democracy and the challenges it faces to becoming a strong and stable institution.

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Publications

  • To Catch A Kleptocrat: Lessons Learned from the Biens Mal Acquis Trials in France

    An International Forum working paper on transnational kleptocracy and lessons learned from the Biens Mal Acquis trials in France, written by Tutu Alicante.

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  • Pushing on an Open Door: Foreign Authoritarian Influence in the Western Balkans

    An International Forum working paper on foreign authoritarian influence from China, Russia, Turkey, and the Gulf States in the Western Balkans media sphere, written by Kurt Bassuener.

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  • 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

    The October 2019 issue of the Journal of Democracy features two article clusters, one on populism in Europe and another on Southeast Asia's troubling elections.

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