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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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May 03, 2019

Foreign Authoritarian Influence in the Western Balkans | An International Forum Working Paper

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.

Apr 18, 2019

Journal of Democracy April 2019 Issue: 30 Years After Tiananmen

The April 2019 issue of the Journal of Democracy features a set of five articles reflecting on Tiananmen, thirty years after the 1989 protests and their brutal suppression.

Apr 23, 2019

"Armenia's Velvet Revolution" by Elspeth Suthers & Miriam Lanskoy in the Journal of Democracy

In 2018, a peaceful protest movement brought down Armenia’s semiauthoritarian government and ushered in a new political era, the culmination of a long struggle for national pride, self-determination, and democracy.

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May 02, 2019

Building Democratic Resilience in the Western Balkans

08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow Agon Maliqi discussed how to bolster domestic constituencies for liberal democracy in the Western Balkans. A panel of experts elaborated on larger regional and geopolitical trends and ways to counter the influence of authoritarianism.

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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 April 2019 issue of the Journal of Democracy features a set of five articles reflecting on Tiananmen, thirty years after the protests and their brutal suppression.

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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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