Focus Areas

The International Forum for Democratic Studies explores issues of democratic transition and consolidation as well as the common challenges facing both new and established democracies. Major themes include:

Authoritarian Influence

Understanding the instruments of authoritarian influence, particularly in vulnerable democracies.

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Information Space

Exploring the democratic response to illiberal forces adept in the manipulation and projection of media and information-based influence.

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Transnational Kleptocracy

Examining the emergence of transnational kleptocracy and its impact on democracy.

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Democracy and Civil Society

Event recaps, blog posts, fellows' research, and other resources about democratization and the role of civil society.

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