International Forum for Democratic Studies February 2021 Newsletter

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February 2021

The New Global Insights Series: Boosting The Democratic Response

The International Forum for Democratic Studies launched a new publication series entitled “Global Insights” that spans issues including protecting the integrity of the information space and combating transnational kleptocracy. The first series of essays features analysis on “COVID-19 and the Information Space” by eight experts in the field spanning a range of topics—including media sustainability, authoritarian influence, fact-checking, research partnerships, data privacy—affecting regions across Europe, North and South America, and Africa.

The second iteration of the Global Insights series, which will focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected transnational kleptocracy and offer insights on how civil society and independent media may respond, is forthcoming.

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“The war for information cannot be won without independent, fact-based, and accessible media, particularly aimed at those who have been neglected by traditional media outlets.”

Andrea Kendall-Taylor in “COVID-19 and the Information Space: Boosting the Democratic Response


The 2020 Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World

In December, the International Forum for Democratic Studies held the Seventeenth Annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World. Dr. Minxin Pei, Pritzker Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College and incoming NED board member, delivered this year’s lecture on “Totalitarianism’s Long Dark Shadow Over China,” which explored how the influence and legacy of totalitarian institutions affect the prospects for democracy in China. The lecture, which was the first iteration held entirely online, is available in English and in Mandarin.

View previous lectures on key issues related to democracy around the world.


REPORT: Commanding Ideas: Think Tanks as Platforms for Authoritarian Influence

Nadège Rolland authored the latest report in the Sharp Power and Democratic Resilience series, entitled “Commanding Ideas: Think Tanks as Platforms for Authoritarian Influence.” In the report, referenced by Axios, Rolland describes the ways in which authoritarian countries seek to use think tanks as instruments of sharp power, focusing on why and how authoritarian powers target foreign private organizations dedicated to policy-related research.

REPORT: “The Road Ahead: Mapping Civil Society Responses to Disinformation

The International Forum published a new report entitled “The Road Ahead: Mapping Civil Society Responses to Disinformation” by Samantha Bradshaw and Lisa-Maria Neudert. The report analyzes how civil society organizations (CSOs) play a central role in addressing disinformation’s growing impact on democracy. The authors provide several recommendations to enhance responses to disinformation, including increasing data access and boosting collaboration among CSOs.

NED Welcomes Fall 2020 Cohort of Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows

The National Endowment for Democracy is pleased to welcome Laura AlonsoPeter Biar AjakCamelia BogdanGrigory FrolovViolet Gonda, and Péter Krekó as Fall 2020 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows. They join our program as leading democracy activists, practitioners, journalists, and scholars from their home countries of Argentina, South Sudan, Romania, Russia, Zimbabwe, and Hungary, respectively.

REPORT: “Deals in the Dark: Russian Corrosive Capital in Latin America

Ruslan Stefanov and Martin Vladimirov authored a report entitled “Deals in the Dark: Russian Corrosive Capital in Latin America,” which is part of the Sharp Power and Democratic Resilience series. The report, cited by Voice of America, analyzes Russian strategic corruption efforts in two Latin American democracies—Argentina and Bolivia—that experience recurring governance challenges similar to other regional states.

January 2021 Journal of DemocracyMainstream Parties in Crisis

The Journal of Democracy published the January 2021 issue, which features essays that examine the trends contributing to mistrust in mainstream parties around the globe and the options for strengthening democratic systems. This issue is available free of charge through February 15 at Project MUSE.

Power 3.0 Podcast: “China, The Party, and the World with Mareike Ohlberg

In a Power 3.0 podcast entitled “China, The Part, and the World,” Mareike Ohlberg discusses how the Chinese Communist Party targets decision makers abroad through a mix of coercive, corrupting, and censorship-inducing strategies, with the aim of influencing narratives about the Party’s domestic and international legitimacy.


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