International Forum for Democratic Studies

The International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy is a leading center for research, discussion, thought, and analysis on the theory and practice of democracy around the world. Established in 1994, the Forum strives to bridge the gap between academic research and the practice of democracy through several initiatives: the Journal of Democracy, the leading academic journal on democratization, hosting Fellowship Programs for international democracy activists, journalists, and scholars, Coordinating the Network of Democracy Research Institutes (NDRI), a global think tank network, and organizing research initiatives and conferences to explore critical themes for democratic development.

Visit the Forum’s latest initiate, Power 3.0, a blog which seeks to unpack the phenomenon of modern authoritarianism, exploring the strategies authoritarian regimes use to exert broad influence outside the hard security arena, and analyzing how democracies are responding.

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