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

Jan 13, 2021

Global Insights: COVID-19 and the Information Space

The essays in this "Global Insights" series assess the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic poses to the democratic health and integrity of the information space.

Jan 14, 2021

Journal of Democracy January 2021 Issue

The Journal of Democracy's January 2021 issue features a lead set of articles examining the trends contributing to mistrust in mainstream parties around the globe, and the options for strengthening democratic system.

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...

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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

  • COVID-19 and the Information Space: Boosting the Democratic Reponse

    The essays in this "Global Insights" series assess the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic poses to the democratic health and integrity of the information space.

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  • Commanding Ideas: Think Tanks as Platforms for Authoritarian Influence

    A Sharp Power and Democratic Resilience series report exploring the ways in which authoritarian countries seek to use think tanks as instruments of sharp power, focusing specifically on why and how authoritarian powers target foreign private organizations dedicated to policy-related research.

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  • Deals in the Dark: Russian Corrosive Capital in Latin America

    A Sharp Power and Democratic Resilience series report analyzing Russian strategic corruption efforts relevant to two Latin American democracies—Argentina and Bolivia—illustrating the early stages of politically driven penetration by large investment initiatives from authoritarian states.

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  • Journal of Democracy

    The Journal of Democracy's January 2021 issue features a lead set of articles examining the trends contributing to mistrust in mainstream parties around the globe, and the options for strengthening democratic system.

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