Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law Stanford University



Presidential Address
Stanford scholars discuss recent speech by Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou

In a recent CDDRL special event, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou delivered a video address on U.S.-Taiwan economic and trade relations. The screening was followed by a discussion featuring CDDRL Director Larry Diamond and FSI Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow Thomas Fingar. In light of recent student protests, the event drew much attention focusing on the future of cross-strait relations between Taiwan and China and its impact on relations with the U.S. +VIDEO+
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Confronting autocracy
McFaul on Putin's Russia

In a recent op-ed for The New York Times, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul remarks on Putin’s role in the country’s slide toward autocracy. While concerns of further regional instability grow, McFaul highlights the need to restore the U.S.’s global image as a successful model of democracy.

Emerging Crisis
Diamond assesses democratic crises worldwide

In a recent seminar at Stanford University, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond addresses the question of whether or not there is an emerging global crisis of democracy. Though brazen corruption, democratic breakdown, democratic paralysis and military authoritarian rule threaten to undermine the integrity of democracy, Diamond argues that hope is not lost and that the human species today has done better with democracy than what history might predict.



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