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November 1st, 2011

Stanford's Weinstein reflects on shaping Obama's foreign policy

CDDRL, FSI Stanford, CISAC in the news

After two years as President Barack Obama’s director for development and democracy at the National Security Council, Jeremy Weinstein is back at Stanford as an associate professor of political science. Read more »

June 14th, 2011

CDDRL honors students recognized for outstanding theses

The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is pleased to announce that undergraduate senior honors student Yihana von Ritter was awarded The Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for her outstanding thesis examining HIV/AIDS policy in Papua New Guinea. Von Ritter together with seven other students comprised the 2011 graduating class of CDDRL Undergraduate Honors Students. Read more »

May 23rd, 2011

A fourth wave or a false start?

CDDRL, FSI Stanford Op-ed: Foreign Affairs on May 22, 2011

In a new piece published on the Foreign Affairs website, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond argues that the Arab Spring is witnessing a thawing and freezing across the region as anti-democratic forces threaten nascent democratic transformations. Diamond emphasizes the point that “even if the Arab spring comes in fits and starts, it will eventually bring fundamental political change. But whether democracy is the end result depends in part on how events unfold and how regimes and international actors engage the opposition forces.” Diamond ends with some concrete suggestions to American policy-makers on how to more strategically engage the region to ensure that this unique democratic opening is not missed. Read more »

February 16th, 2011

Larry Diamond: Transition traps

CDDRL, FSI Stanford Op-ed: The New Republic on February 16, 2011

After the peaceful mass uprising that toppled one of the world’s oldest autocracies, it is now possible to imagine the emergence of a genuine democracy in Egypt—the most important country in the Arab world, writes Larry Diamond, director of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, in The New Republic. The very possibility of it marks an historic turning point for the entire region. However, Diamond cautions, there is a long and often treacherous distance between the demise of an authoritarian regime and the rise of a democracy. Read more »

February 7th, 2011

Diamond provides recommendations for a post-Mubarak world

CDDRL, FSI Stanford, ARD Op-ed: The Washington Post on February 4, 2011

Two decades after the fall of Soviet-bloc dictatorships, popular movements for democracy are erupting in the last regional bastion of authoritarianism: the Arab world. So far, only Tunisia's dictator, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, has been toppled, while Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak-who has ruled that ancient land longer than many pharaohs-announced Tuesday that he will step down in September. But other Arab autocrats are bound to go. From Algeria to Syria to Jordan, people are fed up with stagnation and injustice, and are mobilizing for democratic change. Read more »

January 28th, 2011

Through the lens of a young photographer

CDDRL, FSI Stanford News

Kris Cheng is not your average senior at Stanford University, studying Energy Resources Engineering and traveling to places as diverse as Mongolia to research solar technology for nomadic communities. A self-taught photographer, he has an eye for the dramatic, capturing subjects in their natural environment but posed to enhance the style, expression, and intensity of the human condition. Kris's portraits explore his subjects intimately, while depicting the harsh realities of underdevelopment and poverty. Kris submitted the winning photograph in a competition sponsored by the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Read more »

December 2nd, 2009

Erik Jensen warns Philippines massacre conviction could still result in impunity

CDDRL, FSI Stanford in the news: The Epoch Times on November 25, 2009

More than 57 civilians, including 26 journalists and media workers were murdered in Maguindanao province in the Philippines on November 23rd. In the past eight years, at least 74 journalists have been killed in the Philippines, and only four convictions have been secured—making the country the most dangerous place in the world for media workers.Erik Jensen , senior research scholar at CDDRL, said there was still a danger that convictions could result in impunity. “Part of that is related to the peculiar evidentiary standards in the Philippine criminal justice system,” he said. “But it’s also related to these inside deals with politicians.” Read more »

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