International FORUM for democratic studies

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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 and Podcast

    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

Mar 28, 2019

International Forum for Democratic Studies March 2019 Newsletter

The March 2019 edition of the Forum newsletter features new content, event recaps, and more.

Mar 12, 2019

Democracy Research News March 2019

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 14, 2019

Forum Q&A: George Sarpong on Defending Media Freedom During Ghana's Digital Migration

Dean Jackson of the International Forum for Democratic Studies spoke with George Sarpong, a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow, about the impact of new technology and Chinese influence on media freedom in Ghana and beyond.

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March 19, 2019

The Road to Digital Unfreedom

08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Ronald J. Deibert and Xiao Qiang discussed the multifaceted challenges posed by sharpening levels of online polarization and manipulation, new threats to individual rights and privacy in the digital space, the tension between the business model of social media companies and their responsibilities to democratic societies, and authoritarian efforts to diffuse digital technologies of surveillance and control.

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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

    The April 2019 issue of the Journal of Democracy features a set of five articles reflecting on Tiananmen, thirty years after the protests and their brutal suppression.

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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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