Diamond on governance in NigeriaCDDRL, 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 »
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.
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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 »
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 »
Diamond on deepening democratic recessionin 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 »
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 »
McFaul on Putin's Russiain 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 »