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July 22nd, 2014

Cuéllar tapped for California Supreme Court

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

FSI Director Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar was nominated by Gov. Jerry Brown to replace retiring Justice Marvin Baxter on the state's highest court. Read more »



July 7th, 2014

Welcoming the class of 2015 undergraduate honors students

The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University is pleased to announce the 2015 class of undergraduate senior honors students. Read more »



July 1st, 2014

Diamond on governance in Nigeria

CDDRL, FSI Stanford in the news

On June 30, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond delivered a lecture in Lagos, Nigeria on poverty, terrorism and democracy. Presented as part of the Freedom House Lecture Series, Diamond emphasized that the country’s core problem is not terrorism or poverty but bad governance and suggested six reforms to address the country’s democratic landscape. Read more »



June 24th, 2014

Ben Abdallah leaves Stanford for the UK

CDDRL, FSI Stanford, ARD News

Prince Moulay Hicham Ben Abdallah, a consulting professor at CDDRL is leaving Stanford at the end of this academic year to pursue research in Islamic studies in the United Kingdom. Ben Abdallah joined CDDRL as a visiting scholar in 2007, and then became a consulting professor. He worked with CDDRL Director Larry Diamond to launch the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy. Read more »



June 20th, 2014

Burmese human rights activist on new interfaith marriage bill in Burma

Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program in the news

In a piece for The Irrawaddy, Draper Hills Summer Fellow Zin Mar Aung ('13), a Burmese human rights activist, writes on recent attempts by nationalist monks in Burma to lobby for a new law, which would restrict interfaith marriages and interrupt individual freedoms. Aung critiques the so-called reformist government, calling all people of Burma, no matter gender, ethnicity or faith, to unite during Burma's democratic reform process. Read more »



June 18th, 2014

Stanford Global Development and Poverty initiative awards $4.6 million for research aimed at alleviating poverty

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

Fourteen Stanford researchers addressing global poverty through a range of academic disciplines are receiving the money from the university-wide Global Development and Poverty initiative. The initiative is part of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies and is administered in partnership with Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Read more »



June 13th, 2014

CDDRL honors student recognized for outstanding thesis

CDDRL undergraduate honors student, Belinda Tang, received the David M. Kennedy Prize for her research on quota systems for women in local governments in Lesotho. Tang was one of eight students in the CDDRL undergraduate honors program who wrote original theses on policy-relevant topics touching on democracy, development and the rule of law. Read more »



June 12th, 2014

Stanford conference on violence and policing in Latin America and the United States

Program on Poverty and Governance News

Scholars, law enforcement officials, business leaders and community activists gathered at Stanford for a two-day conference to examine violence and policing in Latin America and the United States. The April conference, hosted by the Program on Poverty and Governance, highlighted the work being implemented by law enforcement, entrepreneurs and grassroots organizations to reduce violence in major cities. Read more »



June 11th, 2014

Casper awarded for service to American Law Institute

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

The American Law Institute's distinguished service award was presented to Gerhard Casper by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Casper, Stanford's ninth president and a senior fellow at FSI, was recognized by his longtime friend as a “prominent and uncommonly successful leader in the academic world.” Read more »



June 9th, 2014

Fukuyama reflects on 'End of History'

CDDRL, FSI Stanford in the news: The Wall Street Journal on June 6, 2014

Twenty-five years after the release of his landmark essay, "The End of History?," FSI Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow Francis Fukuyama stands by his initial arguments, offering some reflections and new insights in a recent article for The Wall Street Journal. Despite recent democratic shortcomings, Fukuyama reaffirms that liberal democracy still has no real competitors, emphasizing that the power of the democratic ideal remains immense.




May 29th, 2014

European Union can overcome extremism vote, Stanford faculty say

The Europe Center, CDDRL in the news: Stanford Report on May 29, 2014

Stanford scholars say the European Union faces one of its most critical challenges after anti-EU parties made widespread electoral gains based on issues like immigration, austerity and elitism. Still, one should not over-estimate the long-term consequences of what political scientist Francis Fukuyama calls an "off-year" election. Read more »



May 20th, 2014

Program on Arab Reform and Democracy welcomes new leadership

ARD News

This summer CDDRL is welcoming new leadership to oversee the growth and development of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, one of the Center's principle research program's examining contemporary issues of political development in the Arab world. CDDRL Pre-doctoral Fellow Hesham Sallam will assume the role of associate director while Assistant Professor of Political Science Lisa Blaydes will join the team of faculty co-directors to shape the program’s research agenda. Read more »



May 15th, 2014

Stanford experts on latest developments in Ukraine, Russia

CISAC, CDDRL, FSI Stanford, The Europe Center News

From the early public protests in Kiev to the latest military and political upheaval in Ukraine, FSI scholars have been monitoring developments throughout the region. Follow Michael McFaul, Kathryn Stoner, Stephen Krasner, Norman Naimark, David Holloway and Gail Lapidus as the FSI senior fellows share their expertise and insights into the situation. Read more »



May 8th, 2014

Public health leaders address global challenges

In a recent discussion, Dr. Gro Brundtland, former director-general of the World Health Organization, and Dr. Helene Gayle, president and CEO of Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE USA), address some of the underlying causes of extreme global poverty and their linkages to global public health challenges. Read more »



May 6th, 2014

George W. Bush shares presidential insights with Stanford students

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

In remarks that were often blunt and sometimes funny, George W. Bush spoke with Stanford students about some of the defining moments of his presidency. The conversation ranged from congressional power to his take on world leaders and the impact his policies had on curbing the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. Read more »



May 5th, 2014

Diamond on deepening democratic recession

in the news: The Atlantic on May 2, 2014

CDDRL Director Larry Diamond addresses concerns of an intensifying democratic recession in a piece in The Atlantic. Despite recent turmoil in Ukraine and democratic breakdowns in Thailand and Turkey, among others, Diamond emphasizes the critical role economic development, globalization and the growth of civil society will play in the long-run inducement of democratic change worldwide. Read more »



April 23rd, 2014

Stanford scholar examines entrepreneurship in North Africa

ARD News

In a recent report, CDDRL Postdoctoral Fellow Amr Adly, with the support of the Center for International Private Enterprise, provides insight on post-revolution entrepreneurship in Egypt and Tunisia. He suggests that in order to advance their economies, governments must carry out comprehensive reforms that provide greater accessibility to formal institutional structures for the broadest base of private sector enterprises, namely, small business owners, rural enterprises, and female entrepreneurs. Read more »



April 21st, 2014

Stanford conference to examine violence and policing

CDDRL, FSI Stanford, Program on Poverty and Governance News

Scholars, law enforcement officials, business leaders and community activists will meet next week at Stanford to examine violence and policing in Latin American and the United States. A two-day conference hosted by the Program on Poverty and Governance will begin on April 28 and will highlight the work of entrepreneurs and grassroots organizations trying to reduce violence and rebuild civil society. Read more »



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, 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 »



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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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