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April 15th, 2014

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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April 7th, 2014

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. Read more »



March 24th, 2014

McFaul on Putin's Russia

in the news: The New York Times on March 23, 2014

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. Read more »



March 22nd, 2014

Michelle Obama promotes study abroad during speech at Stanford center in Beijing

CISAC, CDDRL, FSE, FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR, The Europe Center, Shorenstein APARC, REAP, SCPKU, SCP News

Speaking at the Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing on Saturday, Michelle Obama said study abroad allows students to realize that countries all have a stake in each other's success. Following her remarks, she held a conversation with students on the Stanford campus via a high-tech videoconference. +VIDEO+
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March 18th, 2014

Rethinking Libya’s Political Isolation Law

ARD News

In a recently released paper titled “Rethinking Libya’s Political Isolation Law" co-produced by Brookings Doha Center and ARD, Roman David and Houda Mzioudet examine the controversy over Libya’s Political Isolation Law that passed in May 2013 and its likely effects. The Brookings Doha Center-Stanford Project on Arab Transitions aims to generate comprehensive analysis of the conditions affecting democratization and good governance during the period of Arab transition. Read more »



March 11th, 2014

Diamond on democratic development and key global issues

In a two-part interview with “WorldDenver Talks”, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond discusses democratic development, current events in Ukraine, liberation technology and the role of social media. “WorldDenver Talks” is a series that features one-on-one interviews with international visitors and experts on the critical global issues. +VIDEO+
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Diamond on the future of democracy

in the news: Stanford Report on March 11, 2014

Arguing that democracy’s moment has not passed, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond expresses his optimism on democracy’s future in a recent article in Current History. Diamond claims rises in education, income and access to information are giving way to a vocal citizenry, pressuring governments toward more accountable and democratic forms of rule. His piece was recently featured in the Stanford Report. Read more »



March 7th, 2014

FSI Implementation Lab puts focus on international policy in practice

FSI Stanford, Shorenstein APARC, CDDRL, CHP/PCOR, CISAC, FSE, The Europe Center, Governance Project, PESD, Program on Poverty and Governance, REAP, SPICE News

The International Policy Implementation Lab will bolster research, teaching and long-term engagement with urgent problems around the world. The lab, which is being supported in part with an initial $2 million gift from two anonymous donors, launches by supporting six projects led by Stanford faculty. Another round of funding will be available later this year. Read more »



March 4th, 2014

Stanford experts weigh in on the Ukrainian crisis

CISAC, CDDRL, FSI Stanford, The Europe Center News

From the November 2013 public protests in Kiev to Crimea's breakaway from Ukraine, FSI scholars have been monitoring developments throughout the region. Since stepping down last month as Washington’s ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul has returned to Stanford where he continues to analyze the unfolding crisis. Follow McFaul, Kathryn Stoner, Stephen Krasner, Norman Naimark and Gail Lapidus as the FSI senior fellows share their expertise and insights into the situation. Read more »



March 3rd, 2014

Stanford scholar discusses Putin’s search for greatness

CISAC, CDDRL, FSI Stanford News

In a piece for Foreign Affairs, FSI Senior Fellow Kathryn Stoner discusses Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a show of force by Russian President Vladimir Putin to re-establish the country as a superpower for a domestic and international audience. Stoner argues that there is little the West can do about the annex of Crimea without risking a third World War. Read more »



February 28th, 2014

Fukuyama compares governance in China and U.S.

In a recent blog article in The Huffington Post, Francis Fukuyama compares the triumphs and pitfalls of Chinese and U.S. models of governance, acknowledging the necessity for China to establish a formal legal system with better accountability. Read more »


Diamond on Egypt’s ban of revolution film

In The Atlantic, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond and filmmaker Jeff Shank discuss The Square, an Oscar-nominated documentary film about the Egyptian revolution that has been banned in Egypt. Both Diamond and Shank argue that the country’s democratic hopes have been betrayed by the very autocracies that arose from the actions at Tahrir Square. Read more »



February 25th, 2014

At Stanford, IMF chief discusses promise, risk of global economy

CISAC, CDDRL, FSE, FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR, The Europe Center, Shorenstein APARC News

Christine Lagarde says she is optimistic that the world’s economic leaders are committed to taking the steps that will guard against another large-scale financial collapse. But she’s worried that unless more sustainable jobs are created, economic disparities will increase. Read more »



February 21st, 2014

Casper shares insights into speeches from his presidency

FSI Stanford, CDDRL News

Academic freedom was a recurring theme during Gerhard Casper's eight years at the helm of Stanford. With “The Winds of Freedom: Challenges to the University,” the president emeritus and senior fellow at FSI presents a collection of speeches and extended commentary related to that theme. Read more »



February 18th, 2014

Carnegie's Carothers speaks on aid and politics

In a recent talk at CDDRL, Thomas Carothers, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment, speaks on his new book and the challenges that development aid efforts face in an increasingly political international environment. Read more »



February 11th, 2014

A nuclear energy program that benefits the Iranian people

CISAC, FSI Stanford, CDDRL News

Siegfried Hecker and Abbas Milani argue that only a truly peaceful nuclear energy program can bring Iran the prosperity and innovation it deserves. The new Iranian leadership might be listening – their journal article was translated into Farsi and republished on an official government website, perhaps a sign of an open debate on the issue. Read more »



February 7th, 2014

Activist speaks on prospect of revolution in Cambodia

At a CDDRL event on February 3, human rights activist Virak Ou, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, discussed the recent protests in Cambodia, addressing the potential conditions for revolution. +VIDEO+
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February 5th, 2014

McFaul returns to Stanford

CDDRL, FSI Stanford News

When Michael McFaul steps down from his post as Washington’s ambassador to Moscow later this month, he will return to Stanford where he is a senior fellow at FSI and a former director of the institute’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Announcing his decision this week to leave Russia following the Winter Olympics, McFaul wrote on his blog that "it is time to come home." Read more »


Journalist sheds light on political power of Ukraine's oligarchs

Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program in the news: Foreign Policy on February 5, 2014

In a recent piece for Foreign Policy, 2013 Draper Hills Summer Fellow Sergii Leshchenko, a Ukrainian journalist, remarks on the shift of support for President Yanukovych among Ukraine's oligarchs in light of the recent protests. Read more »



January 31st, 2014

Diamond speaks out on religious intolerance in Burma

in the news: The Atlantic on January 31, 2014

In The Atlantic, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond discusses how religious intolerance is one of the largest threats to Burma's democratic transition. Diamond urges both domestic and international actors to denounce religious bigotry or risk the escalation of violence that poses the most explosive threat to Burma's transition. Read more »



January 30th, 2014

Stanford scholars examine challenges to democracy in South Korea and Taiwan

in the news

In their latest book, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond and Shorenstein APARC Director Gi-Wook Shin assess the challenges confronting democracy in South Korea and Taiwan, underscoring the role of political leadership in directing good public policy. Read more »



January 26th, 2014

Tribute to Jasper Cummeh III

Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program News

Jasper Cummeh III ('07) from Liberia passed away on January 25, 2014 following a brief illness. Cummeh was a good friend to many and worked as an activist, researcher and mentor to young civil society members working on issues of transparency and accountability, policy analysis and advocacy. He was the senior policy director of Actions for Genuine Democratic Alternatives, a civil society organization in Liberia that is working to promote citizen participation, promote good governance and increase transparency in fiscal policy management. Read more »



January 24th, 2014

Fukuyama on state quality

in the news

In an interview with the National Endowment for Democracy, Francis Fukuyama remarks on his recent article, Democracy and the Quality of the State, featured in the October 2013 issue of the Journal of Democracy. Examining a number of country cases, Fukuyama assesses the relationship between high quality state administration and democracy, highlighting the need for both democratic accountability and efficient governance. Read more »



January 23rd, 2014

Diamond honored with Lyman award for alumni engagement at Stanford

CDDRL, FSI Stanford News

Larry Diamond, director of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, received the 2013 Richard W. Lyman Award at a ceremony on January 22. Read more »



January 21st, 2014

Despite setbacks, Diamond argues democracy is not in retreat

in the news: The Economist

Larry Diamond participates in The Economist Debates weighing in on the health of global democracy. Diamond argues that despite some recent setbacks in Muslim-majority and low-income countries, there are many success stories to highlight democratic progress. The debate continues through Jan. 31 providing readers the opportunity to vote through online forums. Read more »



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Open and Closed
Evgeny Morozov: "Openness is today a powerful cult, a religion with its own dogmas. 'Owning pipelines, people, products or even intellectual property is no longer the key to success. Openness is,' proclaims the Internet pundit Jeff Jarvis."
Mention of Evgeny Morozov in New York Times on March 16, 2013

Q&A: Larry Diamond's documentary on democracy activism
The documentary, for which Diamond was a producer, won high praise from critics and leaders like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Daily spoke with Diamond about the film’s origins, its critical reception and its future.
Mention of Larry Diamond in The Stanford Daily on February 4, 2013

How Obama Abandoned Bahrain's Democratic Reformers
Larry Diamond: "With the world watching other Middle East hotspots, the country's monarchy has continued suppressing anti-authoritarian dissidents -- and the White House has let it happen."
Mention of Larry Diamond in The Atlantic on January 9, 2013

Are We Becoming Cyborgs?
We put that question to three people who have written extensively on the subject, and brought them together to discuss it with Serge Schmemann, the editor of this magazine.
Mention of Evgeny Morozov in New York Times on November 30, 2012

Concept of human rights 'both fluid and constant', says Milani
Milani is the author of ten books on Iran, including “A Tale of Two Cities: A Persian Memoir” and a biography of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, the last shah of Iran. He is also the director of Iranian Studies at Stanford and a co-founder of the Iran Democracy Project.
Mention of Abbas Milani in The Stanford Daily on July 26, 2012

Burma's Emerging Democracy
Stanford University democracy scholar Larry Diamond recently spent time in Burma meeting political parties, government officials and civil society groups. Author, editor or co-editor of 36 books on democracy, Diamond spoke to The Irrawaddy Reporter Simon Roughneen about the current transition in Burma.
Mention of Larry Diamond in The Irrawaddy News Magazine on July 24, 2012

Q&A: Stanford expert on Mexico's presidential election
Stanford political scientist Beatriz Magaloni talks about what to expect from Peña Nieto, what his policies may mean for Mexican-U.S. relations.
Mention of Beatriz Magaloni in Stanford University News on July 2, 2012

In Search of the Hardware Behind the Cloud
Evgeny Morozov: "Labor Day weekend in 1969—Saturday, Aug. 30, to be more precise—deserves more prominence in history books. At any rate, that is what Andrew Blum, a correspondent for Wired magazine, wants us to believe: He says the date marks the 'Internet's physical birth.' It was then that ..."
Mention of Evgeny Morozov in Wall Street Journal on June 8, 2012

The Failures of the Facebook Generation in the Arab Spring
In the upcoming Egyptian elections the country is choosing between Islamists and old Mubarak supporters. Francis Fukuyama on how the Facebook revolution of the Arab Spring has failed to deliver lasting political change.
Mention of Francis Fukuyama in Daily Beast on May 21, 2012

China has banished Bo but not the 'bad emperor' problem
Francis Fukuyama: "For more than 2000 years, the Chinese political system has been built around a highly sophisticated centralised bureaucracy, which has run what has always been a vast society through top-down methods. What China never developed was ... "
Mention of Francis Fukuyama in Financial Times on May 10, 2012

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