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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

Nov 19, 2020

"The Social Requisites of Democracy Revisited" and "Steady Work" by Seymour Martin Lipset

Seymour Martin Lipset’s scholarship on such themes as the conditions for democracy, political parties, voting behavior, extremist movements, ideologies, and public opinion constitutes one of the most prolific, insightful, and widely read bodies...

Oct 12, 2020

Journal of Democracy October 2020 Issue

The Journal of Democracy's October 2020 issue features a lead set of articles assessing the covid-19 pandemic's political impact across three key emerging democracies.

Aug 24, 2020

Forum Q&A: Kelly Born on the Evolving Field of Disinformation Research

Dean Jackson of the International Forum for Democratic Studies spoke with Kelly Born about how the field of disinformation research has grown and where it should go from here.

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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

  • 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 October 2020 issue features a lead set of articles assessing the covid-19 pandemic's political impact across three key emerging democracies.

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