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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    The Forum draws upon a group of approximately 80 scholars and specialists recognized for their outstanding work and expertise on democracy.

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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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    A global network of think tanks that conduct research and analysis on democratization.

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Apr 19, 2018

Journal of Democracy April 2018 Issue: China in Xi's New Era

The April 2018 issues features an eight-article cluster on China in Xi's new era, two essays on the roots and implications of populism's global ascent, and more.

Apr 13, 2018

Forum Q&A: Lilia Shevtsova on Russia as A Global Challenge

Melissa Aten of the International Forum for Democratic studies spoke with Lilia Shevtsova about transnational kleptocracy and the implications of Russia’s domestic and international policies.

Apr 12, 2018

"The Rise of Kleptocracy": International Forum for Democratic Studies April 2018 Newsletter

The April 2018 edition of the Forum newsletter explores the latest issue of the Journal of Democracy, recaps recent events, and more.

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April 17, 2018

Russia As A Global Challenge

10:00 AM- 11:30 AM
Russian political analyst Lilia Shevtsova will examine the paradoxes of Russian-Western relations, the sustainability of the Russian system, and the international implications of its struggle for survival.

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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

    What is Putinism? How has Putin kept himself in power? And where is Russia headed in the wake of 2017’s anticorruption protests? Contributors to the October 2017 issue ask the key questions about Putin's rule.

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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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