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 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

Aug 06, 2019

The Big Question: What is the Biggest Impediment to Democratic Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa?

The International Forum for Democratic Studies asked five leading experts their opinion on the single biggest challenge to good governance in sub-Saharan Africa.

Jul 30, 2019

Democracy Research News July 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.

Jul 17, 2019

Journal of Democracy July 2019 Issue: Aspirations and Realities in Africa

The July 2019 issue of the Journal of Democracy features a cluster of six articles examining recent political trends in sub-Saharan Africa.

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July 10, 2019

Creating a Resilient and Inclusive Democracy in India

03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow Elsa Marie D’Silva discussed how storytelling and tools like Safecity can give women a voice, build solidarity, and organize women to take political action.

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Publications

  • To Catch A Kleptocrat: Lessons Learned from the Biens Mal Acquis Trials in France

    An International Forum working paper on transnational kleptocracy and lessons learned from the Biens Mal Acquis trials in France, written by Tutu Alicante.

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  • Pushing on an Open Door: Foreign Authoritarian Influence in the Western Balkans

    An International Forum working paper on foreign authoritarian influence from China, Russia, Turkey, and the Gulf States in the Western Balkans media sphere, written by Kurt Bassuener.

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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 July 2019 issue of the Journal of Democracy features a set of 6 articles examining recent political trends in sub-Saharan Africa.

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