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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

    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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LATEST Forum NEWS

Sep 10, 2018

International Forum for Democratic Studies September 2018 Newsletter: Combating Sharp Power with Soft Power

The September 2018 edition of the Forum newsletter features new content, event recaps, and more.

Aug 28, 2018

Forum Q&A: Vidushi Marda on Civil Society, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of Free Expression

Dean Jackson of the International Forum for Democratic Studies spoke with Vidushi Marda about the applications of iterative machine learning and how civil society can best contribute to the development of a human rights-conscious framework for...

Aug 17, 2018

"How Democracies Can Fight Authoritarian Sharp Power"

Writing for Foreign Affairs, Christopher Walker, Shanthi Kalathil, and Jessica Ludwig evaluate the increasing role of civil society in the fight against authoritarian influence.

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July 12, 2018

The Difficult Road to Transparency in Latin America

03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Drawing lessons from successful cases, Argentine journalist and civil society leader María Baron offered 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

    Amidst numerous cases of democratic backsliding, the July 2018 issue analyzes the broader factors behind illiberal currents and dramatic political shifts in Central and Eastern Europe.

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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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