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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 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 »



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 »



January 15th, 2014

Conference report highlights future of economic development in Taiwan

In October 2013, CDDRL’s Taiwan Democracy Program together with partners, held a conference at Stanford University to examine the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Taiwan's future development strategy. Bringing together an impressive group of experts, the conference focused on the changing trading environment in the Asia-Pacific region. A full and abridged conference report is now available for review capturing the conference proceedings. Read more »



October 14th, 2013

Khatib to lead Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut

ARD News

Lina Khatib, co-founding head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at CDDRL, has announced that she will step down from the position in December to lead the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. Read more »



July 25th, 2013

Leading journalist comments on Pakistan's historic election

Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program Q&A

While Pakistan’s elections and smooth democratic transition have been deemed a success, reports by some observers cited irregularities, vote rigging and intimidation. Kamal Siddiqi, a 2012 Draper Hills Summer Fellow alumni, comments on the May 2013 election and what it means for Pakistan's democratic future. Read more »




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