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:
Understanding the instruments of authoritarian influence, particularly in vulnerable democracies.
Exploring the democratic response to illiberal forces adept in the manipulation and projection of media and information-based influence.
Examining the emergence of transnational kleptocracy and its impact on democracy.
Assessing the impact of emerging technologies on democratic norms and institutions.