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May 15th, 2014

Stanford experts on latest developments in Ukraine, Russia

CISAC, CDDRL, FSI Stanford, The Europe Center News

From the early public protests in Kiev to the latest military and political upheaval in Ukraine, FSI scholars have been monitoring developments throughout the region. Follow Michael McFaul, Kathryn Stoner, Stephen Krasner, Norman Naimark, David Holloway and Gail Lapidus as the FSI senior fellows share their expertise and insights into the situation. Read more »



May 5th, 2014

Diamond on deepening democratic recession

in 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 »



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 3rd, 2014

Stanford scholar discusses Putin’s search for greatness

CISAC, CDDRL, FSI Stanford News

In a piece for Foreign Affairs, FSI Senior Fellow Kathryn Stoner discusses Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a show of force by Russian President Vladimir Putin to re-establish the country as a superpower for a domestic and international audience. Stoner argues that there is little the West can do about the annex of Crimea without risking a third World War. 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 »



October 29th, 2013

Stanford scholar discusses how to reduce discrimination towards the Roma

in the news: The Washington Post on October 29, 2013

In a piece for The Washington Post, CDDRL post-doctoral fellow Ana Bracic comments on the recent scandal rocking the Roma community in Europe. Bracic argues that discrimination towards the Roma runs deep in Europe, highlighting how her innovative research is uncovering new practices to improve relations on the ground. Read more »



February 19th, 2013

Autocracy is here for now, but is it here to stay?

in the news

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia continues to struggle with governance challenges— from corruption to weak state institutions — that have stalled its democratic development writes Kathryn Stoner in a journal article for Perspectives on Politics. Stoner, CDDRL's deputy director and a FSI senior fellow, reviews five books that examine whether Russia will slip further into autocracy or step back onto its democratic path. Read more »




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