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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

    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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Nov 01, 2018

Latin America's Shifting Politics, Tools for Responding to Authoritarian Interference, and More from NED's International Forum for Democratic Studies

The International Forum for Democratic Studies' October 2018 "quick hits" newsletter features recent news and events on topics ranging from Latin America's shifting politics to authoritarian interference.

Oct 23, 2018

Journal of Democracy October 2018 Issue: Latin America's Shifting Politics

The October 2018 issue of the Journal of Democracy features a seven-article cluster investigating the trends underlying recent changes in Latin America's political landscape.

Aug 28, 2018

Forum Q&A: Vidushi Marda on Civil Society, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of Free Expression

Dean Jackson of the International Forum for Democratic Studies spoke with Vidushi Marda about the applications of iterative machine learning and how civil society can best contribute to the development of a human rights-conscious framework for...

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November 05, 2018

Imitation and Its Discontents: Democratic Malaise in Post-Communist Europe

12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Ivan Krastev explained why illiberal and anti-Western sentiments continue to rise in Central Europe and discussed how democratic forces can respond to this challenge.

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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

    The October 2018 issue of the Journal of Democracy features a seven-article cluster investigating the trends underlying recent changes in Latin America's political landscape.

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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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