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Larry Diamond, MA, PhD   Download vCard
Director at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and the Hoover Institution, Professor, by courtesy, of Political Science and Sociology

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democratic development and regime change; U.S. foreign policy affecting democracy abroad; comparative trends in the quality and stability of democracy in developing countries and postcommunist states; and public opinion in new democracies, especially in East Asia

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Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, where he directs the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Diamond also serves as the Peter E. Haas Faculty Co-Director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford. He is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Democracy and also serves as Senior Consultant (and previously was co-director) at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy. During 2002-3, he served as a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and was a contributing author of its report Foreign Aid in the National Interest. He has also advised and lectured to the World Bank, the United Nations, the State Department, and other governmental and nongovernmental agencies dealing with governance and development. His latest book, The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World (Times Books, 2008), explores the sources of global democratic progress and stress and the prospects for future democratic expansion.

At Stanford University, Diamond is also professor by courtesy of political science and sociology. He teaches courses on comparative democratic development, democracy promotion, and US foreign policy, and advises many Stanford students. In May 2007, he was named "Teacher of the Year" by the Associated Students of Stanford University for teaching that "transcends political and ideological barriers." At the June 2007 Commencement ceremony, Diamond was honored by Stanford University with the Dinkelspiel Award for Distinctive Contributions to Undergraduate Education. He was cited, inter alia, for fostering dialogue between Jewish and Muslim students; for "his inspired teaching and commitment to undergraduate education; for the example he sets as a scholar and public intellectual, sharing his passion for democratization, peaceful transitions, and the idea that each of us can contribute to making the world a better place; and for helping make Stanford an ideal place for undergraduates." In January 2014 he received the Richard W. Lyman Award for service to the Stanford Alumni Association.

Diamond is a founder and faculty co-leader of three CDDRL research programs, on Arab Reform and Democracy, on Liberation Technology, and on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective. His current research is also examining the political transition in Burma, where he has visited three times and lectured extensively.

During the first three months of 2004, Diamond served as a senior adviser on governance to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad. On his return, he wrote and lectured extensively on U.S. policy in Iraq and the wider challenges of post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction, and was one of the advisors to the Iraq Study Group. His 2005 book, Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq, was one of the first books to critically analyze America's postwar engagement in Iraq. He has also participated in several working groups on the Middle East. With Abbas Milani, he coordinates the Hoover Institution Project on Democracy in Iran.

Diamond is now completing a new book of essays, In Search of Democracy. His other books are The Spirit of Democracy (2008), Developing Democracy: Toward Consolidation (1999), Promoting Democracy in the 1990s (1995), and Class, Ethnicity, and Democracy in Nigeria (1989). He has also edited or co-edited some 40 books on democracy, including the recent titles Will China Democratize?, New Challenges for Maturing Democracies in Korea and Taiwan, Democracy in East Asia, Democratization in Africa, and Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy. With Juan J. Linz and Seymour Martin Lipset, he edited the series, Democracy in Developing Countries, which helped to shape a new generation of comparative study of democratic development.

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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.
February 4, 2013 in The Stanford Daily

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."
January 9, 2013 in The Atlantic

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.
July 24, 2012 in The Irrawaddy News Magazine

Stanford announces commencement speakers
Alum Cory Booker, JD '96, mayor of Newark, N.J., will address graduates at Stanford's 121st Commencement June 17, the university announced. In other plans, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Larry Diamond will deliver a "final lecture" to the Class of 2012 as Class Day speaker June 16.
February 7, 2012 in Stanford University News

Stanford students, fresh off the Farm and going global
The Haas Center’s Post-Graduate Fellowship for International Public Service was founded in response to increased student interest in international service over the past decade, and was catalyzed by an initial opportunity presented by FSI's Larry Diamond.
August 23, 2011 in Stanford Report

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