International FORUM for democratic studies

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About the Forum

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

Apr 16, 2021

Journal of Democracy April 2021 Issue

In this issue of the Journal of Democracy, expert contributors consider what shifting world values mean for the future of democracy, how enduring China's dictatorship will be, and the mixed legacies of the 2020 U.S. election.

Mar 18, 2021

Global Insights: Transnational Kleptocracy and COVID-19

The essays in this "Global Insights" series assess the intersection between COVID-19 and transnational kleptocracy from the perspective of civil society, journalists, and researchers.

Jan 25, 2021

Mapping Civil Society Responses to Disinformation: An International Forum Working Paper

An International Forum working paper on the role of civil society organizations in addressing disinformation's growing impact on democracy.

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December 03, 2020

Seventeenth Annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture: Minxin Pei on "Totalitarianism's Long Dark Shadow Over China"

08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Minxin Pei will present the seventeenth annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World on the topic of "Totalitarianism's Long Dark Shadow Over China."

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Publications

  • Double-Edged Sword: China's Sharp Power Exploitation of Emerging Technologies

    A Sharp Power and Democratic Resilience series report exploring how the People’s Republic of China leverages emerging technologies to undercut democracies’ stability and legitimacy while expanding its own influence.

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  • The Road Ahead: Mapping Civil Society Responses to Disinformation

    An International Forum working paper on the role of civil society organizations in addressing disinformation's growing impact on democracy.

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  • Transnational Kleptocracy and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Containing the Spread

    The essays in this "Global Insights" series assess the intersection between COVID-19 and transnational kleptocracy from the perspective of civil society, journalists, and researchers.

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  • Journal of Democracy

    In the Journal of Democracy's April issue, expert contributors consider what shifting world values mean for the future of democracy, how enduring China's dictatorship will be, and the mixed legacies of the 2020 U.S. election.

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