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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 08, 2020

How the Way We Think Drives Disinformation: An International Forum Working Paper

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

Dec 31, 2019

International Forum for Democratic Studies' 2019 Year in Review

As 2019 draws to a close, the International Forum for Democratic Studies is pleased to share with you a selection of its work on the challenges posed to democratic principles by authoritarian influence; the intersection of democracy and technology;...

Nov 15, 2019

International Forum for Democratic Studies November 2019 Newsletter

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

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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 reflect on the Journal of Democracy and the state of democracy around the world.

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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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  • 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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  • 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 October 2019 issue of the Journal of Democracy features two article clusters, one on populism in Europe and another on Southeast Asia's troubling elections.

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