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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    The Forum draws upon a group of approximately 80 scholars and specialists recognized for their outstanding work and expertise on democracy.

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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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    A global network of think tanks that conduct research and analysis on democratization.

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Jul 09, 2018

Pre-Release: "What Is 'Sharp Power'?" by Christopher Walker in the Journal of Democracy

In the July 2018 issue of the Journal of Democracy, Christopher Walker defines the pervasive threat of “sharp power,” or authoritarian influence efforts that seek to pierce, penetrate, and perforate the political and information environments...

Jun 13, 2018

International Forum for Democratic Studies June 2018 Newsletter: "China in Xi's New Era"

The June 2018 edition of the Forum newsletter explores the latest issue of the Journal of Democracy, recaps recent events, and more.

Jun 07, 2018

Forum Q&A: Alberto Vergara on Politics, Parties, and the Prospects for Democracy in Peru

Jessica Ludwig of the International Forum for Democratic Studies spoke with Peruvian political scientist Alberto Vergara about the declining importance of structured political parties in Peru and the subsequent crisis of political representation.

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July 12, 2018

The Difficult Road to Transparency in Latin America

10:00 AM- 11:30 AM
Drawing lessons from successful cases, Argentine journalist and civil society leader María Baron will offer observations on strategies for forging ahead on the difficult road to transparency in Latin America.

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Publications

  • 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

    In the wake of the 19th Party Congress, contributors to the April 2018 issue examine the global ambitions and influence operations of China in Xi's new era.

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  • Authoritarianism Goes Global: The Challenge to Democracy

    Over the past decade, leading authoritarian countries have become emboldened within the global arena, challenging the liberal international political order.

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  • Stifling the Public Sphere: Media and Civil Society in Egypt, Russia, and Vietnam

    Three experts assess the shape and trajectory of civil society and the media in Egypt, Russia, and Vietnam, and the restrictions that are placed on them.

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