Larry Diamond To Deliver 20th Annual Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World

Washington D.C.—On December 6th, 2023 at 5:30 pm, Larry Diamond—senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) —will deliver the 20th annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World. The lecture will take place at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. and will also be livestreamed on NED’s website.

Dr. Diamond’s lecture, “Power, Performance, and Legitimacy: Renewing Global Democratic Momentum,” will address the current landscape of growing authoritarian aggression and the need for democracies to recommit to the struggle for democratic values. The lecture will be followed by a conversation between Dr. Diamond and Belarusian president-elect Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, moderated by NED’s Vice President for Studies and Analysis Christopher Walker.

”We are so pleased to welcome Larry Diamond to NED to deliver the Lipset Lecture,” said Walker. “Larry is a singular voice on global democracy issues. There is no figure better positioned to speak to the extraordinary challenges facing to democracy around the world and how to renew democratic momentum.”

Larry Diamond is a renowned scholar of democracy and a passionate advocate for those who defend it. He served as a founding coeditor of NED’s Journal of Democracy for over thirty years and co-chaired the Research Council of the International Forum for Democratic Studies. A prolific author, his most influential works includes The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World (2008); Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq (2005); and Developing Democracy: Toward Consolidation (1999).

Inaugurated in 2004, the Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World is a joint initiative of NED, the Embassy of Canada to the United States, and the University of Toronto’s Department of Political Science Munk School of Global Affairs. Named after one of the greatest democracy scholars, the Lipset lecture is delivered both in the US and Canada and serves as an intellectual platform for those who have made important contributions to the study of key democracy issues. Previous Lipset lecturers have included Francis Fukuyama, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Anne Applebaum, Saad Eddin Ibrahim, and Minxin Pei. Learn more about the Lipset lecture.



The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is an independent, nonprofit, grant-making organization dedicated to the development and strengthening of democratic values and institutions around the world. With an annual appropriation from Congress, NED supports democratic advocates in over 100 countries. NED’s program is informed and enhanced by the work of the International Forum for Democratic Studies; the World Movement for Democracy; and the Center for International Media Assistance.


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