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 22, 2021

Democracy Research News February 2021

Democracy Research News is the electronic newsletter of the Network of Democracy Research Institutes (NDRI), a membership association of institutions that conduct and publish research on democracy and democratic development.

Feb 09, 2021

International Forum for Democratic Studies February 2021 Newsletter

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

Jan 25, 2021

Mapping Civil Society Responses to Disinformation: An International Forum Working Paper

An International Forum working paper on the role of civil society organizations in addressing disinformation's growing impact on democracy.

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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

  • China's Global Media Footprint: Democratic Responses to Expanding Authoritarian Influence

    A Sharp Power and Democratic Resilience series report exploring how nongovernmental actors can counter the Chinese Communist Party's sharp power efforts to shape media content around the world.

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  • The Road Ahead: Mapping Civil Society Responses to Disinformation

    An International Forum working paper on the role of civil society organizations in addressing disinformation's growing impact on democracy.

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  • 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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  • 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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