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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'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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    The series of four issue briefs highlight emerging global challenges to democracy, including integrity of the information space, transnational kleptocracy, emerging technology, and global authoritarian influence.

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Feb 05, 2024

Winning the Battle of Ideas: Exposing Global Authoritarian Narratives and Revitalizing Democratic Principles

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT A new report by Dr. Joseph Siegle analyzes how top-order authoritarian narratives serve as a vital tool to amplify autocrats’ influence and reshape the international landscape. The report also examines how democracy practitioners...

Jan 22, 2024

Big Question: How Does Digital Privacy Matter for Democracy and its Advocates?

Edited by Maya Recanati and Beth Kerley Emerging technologies are creating new digital privacy risks that can undermine key democratic values and practices. For example, generative AI tools simultaneously increase incentives for data...

Nov 28, 2023

Deepening the Response to Authoritarian Information Operations in Latin America

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT (LEE EL INFORME EN ESPAÑOL) A new report authored by Iria Puyosa and Mariví Marín Vázquez and edited by Adam Fivenson examines civil society's response to the intensification of authoritarian information manipulation...

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December 06, 2023

Twentieth Annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture: Larry Diamond on "Power, Performance, and Legitimacy"

05:30 PM - 06:45 PM
Larry Diamond presented the twentieth annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World on the topic of "Power, Performance, and Legitimacy."

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  • Winning the Battle of Ideas: Exposing Global Authoritarian Narratives and Revitalizing Democratic Principles

    A new report by Dr. Joseph Siegle analyzes how top-order authoritarian narratives serve as a vital tool to amplify autocrats’ influence and reshape the international landscape.

    READ MORE
  • Deepening the Response to Authoritarian Information Operations in Latin America

    A new report authored by Iria Puyosa and Mariví Marín Vázquez examines civil society's response to the intensification of authoritarian information manipulation targeting democracy in Latin America.

    READ MORE
  • Kleptocratic Cooperation in Africa: How Russia and China Undermine Democracy

    In a new International Forum report, J.R. Mailey and Andrea Ngombet highlight ways in which global authoritarian powers, Russia and China, provide surge capacity to kleptocratic networks in Africa.

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  • Setting Democratic Ground Rules for AI: Civil Society Strategies

    A new Forum report examines challenges and opportunities for deepening democratic engagement in AI governance.

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