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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 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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  • 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

Jul 20, 2020

International Forum for Democratic Studies July 2020 Newsletter

The July 2020 edition of the Forum newsletter features new content, event recaps, and more.

Jul 20, 2020

Journal of Democracy July 2020 Issue

In the Journal of Democracy's July issue, contributors survey the pressing challenges that, from Latin America to East Asia, are shaping the balance between democracy and authoritarianism today.

Jun 10, 2020

Forum Q&A: Nick Mathiason on the Future of Investigative Journalism in the Post-Pandemic World

Melissa Aten of the International Forum spoke with Finance Uncovered’s director, Nick Mathiason, about the organization’s approach to exposing transnational kleptocracy.

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January 30, 2020

Thirty Years After Mongolia's Democratic Revolution: Has Democracy Delivered for All?

02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow Dolgion Aldar illustrated what is at stake thirty years after Mongolia’s democratic revolution in 1990 and examined whether Mongolia can address present challenges and reaffirm its commitment to democracy.

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Publications

  • Artificial Intelligence and Democratic Norms: Meeting the Authoritarian Challenge

    A Sharp Power and Democratic Resilience series report exploring how to establish democratically accountable rules and norms that harness the benefits of artificial intelligence-related technologies, without infringing on fundamental rights and creating technological affordances that could facilitate authoritarian concentration of power.

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  • Compromising the Knowledge Economy: Authoritarian Challenges to Independent Intellectual Inquiry

    A Sharp Power and Democratic Resilience series report exploring how authoritarians are exploiting unanticipated vulnerabilities in open knowledge economies to challenge free intellectual inquiry from the inside.

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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 Journal of Democracy's July 2020 issues features articles on authoritarian survival, social media disruption, and much more.

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