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July 18th, 2012

Kavita Ramdas appointed as Ford Foundation representative in New Delhi

Program on Social Entrepreneurship Announcement

Kavita N. Ramdas, executive director of the Ripples to Waves Program on Social Entrepreneurship at CDDRL, has been appointed as the Ford Foundation representative to New Delhi serving India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. In this capacity, Ramdas will be leading the foundation's grant-making efforts to support democracy and social justice in South Asia. Read more »

July 6th, 2012

CDDRL's Erik Jensen advises African Development Bank on the importance of law and development

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In June 2012, CDDRL affiliated faculty member and Stanford Law School Professor Erik Jensen led a training for the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Tunisia on the relationship between law and economic development. Jensen, who has extensive experience developing rule of law systems in transitioning countries, presented to over 50 of the AFDB's senior leadership to deepen their knowledge of the law's important role in regulating economy and society.

July 3rd, 2012

Leaders working on the front lines of democracy to participate in prestigious Stanford fellowship program

Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program News

From Argentina to Zimbabwe, the 2012 Draper Hills Summer Fellows are working to improve their respective societies and defend the principles of justice and freedom. Read more »

July 1st, 2012

With a new president and an old party, Mexico faces uncertain future

FSI Stanford, CDDRL, CISAC, Program on Poverty and Governance, CrimeLab News

Enrique Peña Nieto was elected Mexico's president promising to curb the country's drug-related violence. Political scientist Beatriz Magaloni talks about what to expect from the largely unknown politician, what his policies may mean for Mexican-U.S. relations, and how his government would likely allow cartels some freedom to operate in exchange for the promise of peace. 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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