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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LATEST Forum NEWS

Aug 17, 2018

"How Democracies Can Fight Authoritarian Sharp Power"

Writing for Foreign Affairs, Christopher Walker, Shanthi Kalathil, and Jessica Ludwig evaluate the increasing role of civil society in the fight against authoritarian influence.

Aug 02, 2018

Issue Brief: The ‘Demand Side’ of the Disinformation Crisis

The International Forum for Democratic Studies explores the "demand side" of the disinformation challenge, and considers implications for a democratic response.

Jul 23, 2018

Democracy Research News July 2018

The July 2018 issue of Democracy Research News highlights regional research from NDRI members around the world.

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July 12, 2018

The Difficult Road to Transparency in Latin America

10:00 AM- 11:30 AM
Drawing lessons from successful cases, Argentine journalist and civil society leader María Baron offered observations on strategies for forging ahead on the difficult road to transparency in Latin America.

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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

    Amidst numerous cases of democratic backsliding, the July 2018 issue analyzes the broader factors behind illiberal currents and dramatic political shifts in Central and Eastern Europe.

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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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