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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'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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    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

Aug 24, 2021

International Forum for Democratic Studies August 2021 Newsletter

This edition of the Forum's quarterly newsletter highlights recent research and publications, a new issue of the Journal of Democracy, and more.

Jul 19, 2021

Journal of Democracy July 2021: Latin America Erupts, China at the UN, and How to Save Democracy from Big Tech

The Journal of Democracy's July 2021 issues features a set of essays exploring Latin America's political upheaval, a collection of reactions to "middleware" as a solution for reducing social media platforms’ power over political speech, and...

May 25, 2021

Reputation Laundering in the University Sector of Open Societies: An International Forum Working Paper

An International Forum working paper on reputation laundering by kleptocrats in the university sector of open societies.

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June 29, 2021

Reputation Laundering and Universities: Implications for Democracy and Freedom of Expression

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The International Forum hosted a discussion based on a working paper entitled “Paying for a World Class Affiliation: Reputation Laundering in the University Sector of Open Societies,” that discussed how transnational kleptocracy targets universities, and its resulting influence on freedom of expression and democracy around the world.

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Publications

  • A Full-Spectrum Response to Sharp Power: The Vulnerabilities and Strengths of Open Societies

    The final report in the Sharp Power and Democratic Resilience series reviews the findings of eight papers that highlight serious vulnerabilities in a cluster of institutions related to information and ideas, commerce, media, and technology.

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  • Paying for a World Class Affiliation: Reputation Laundering in the University Sector of Open Societies

    An International Forum working paper on reputation laundering by kleptocrats in the university sector of open societies.

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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

    The Journal of Democracy's July 2021 issues features a set of essays exploring Latin America's political upheaval, a collection of reactions to "middleware" as a solution for reducing social media platforms’ power over political speech, and more.

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