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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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Jun 11, 2019

Lessons Learned from the Biens Mal Acquis Trials in France | An International Forum Working Paper

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

May 21, 2019

Forum Q&A: Ilya Lozovsky on the Troika Laundromat Investigation and Journalism's Role in Fighting Networked Kleptocracy

Melissa Aten of the International Forum for Democratic Studies spoke with Ilya Lozovsky about OCCRP’s recent "Troika Laundromat" investigation and the vital role collaboration played in uncovering this story.

May 03, 2019

Foreign Authoritarian Influence in the Western Balkans | An International Forum Working Paper

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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February 26, 2019

A Crisis of Legitimacy in the Islamic Republic of Iran Forty Years After the Revolution

09:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow Dr. Ladan Boroumand reflected on crucial phases that have defined Iran's state-society dialectic, and brought to light the unprecedented cultural and ideological consequences of this dynamic.

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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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  • 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 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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