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

Feb 13, 2020

New Initiative on Sharp Power and Democratic Resilience to Launch at Munich Security Conference

On Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the Munich Security Conference, global thought leaders and experts on disinformation will launch a new report, "Firming Up Democracy’s Soft Underbelly: Authoritarian Influence and Media Vulnerability,” written...

Feb 12, 2020

Sharp Power and Democratic Resilience Series

The Sharp Power and Democratic Resilience series aims to contextualize the nature of sharp power, inventory key authoritarian efforts and domains, and illuminate ideas for non-governmental action that are essential to strengthening democratic...

Jan 22, 2020

Journal of Democracy 30th Anniversary Issue: Democracy Embattled

The Journal of Democracy's expanded 30th anniversary issues features a series of essays from distinguished authors on democracy's prospects in a shifting global landscape.

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January 23, 2020

Celebrating 30 Years of the Journal of Democracy: Democracy Embattled

03:45 PM - 07:30 PM
On its 30th anniversary, editors and contributors reflected on the Journal of Democracy and the state of democracy around the world.

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Publications

  • Firming Up Democracy's Soft Underbelly: Authoritarian Influence and Media Resilience

    A Sharp Power and Democratic Resilience series report exploring how authoritarian regimes invest billions of dollars in media enterprises and information initiatives to manipulate, distort, and censor the global information environment.

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  • Demand for Deceit: How the Way We Think Drives Disinformation

    An International Forum working paper on factors driving the "demand" side of the disinformation challenge, written by Samuel Woolley and Katie Joseff.

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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 expanded 30th anniversary issues features a series of essays from distinguished authors on democracy's prospects in a shifting global landscape.

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