Program on Evaluating International Influences on Democratic Development
The Program examines the influence of international factors on democratic development around the world since the Second World War.
Seven new books have been released by CDDRL affiliated faculty members Joshua Cohen, James Fishkin, Michael McFaul, Kathryn Stoner-Weiss, Joshua Teitelbaum, and Jeremy Weinstein. Read more »
CDDRL, FSI Stanford News
As the date of the American withdrawal from Iraq approaches, there are four key imperatives that must be addressed and important goals to be achieved to help assure that recent progress will not be reversed once the American withdrawal takes place, CDDRL Director and FSI Senior Fellow Larry Diamond argues in a recent op ed in the Arabic magazine, The Majalla. Read more »
Tom Friedman features Diamond, his new book in NYT columnCDDRL in the news: New York Times on May 7, 2008
"There are two important recessions going on in the world today," writes Thomas Friedman in the New York Times May 7. One is the economic recession, and the other is what FSI senior fellow Larry Diamond terms the "democratic recession." Friedman extensively discusses Diamond and the concept of democratic recession as laid out in his new book, The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World. Read more »
CISAC, CDDRL Announcement
The National Research Council at the National Academies has released a new, book-length report from its Committee on the Evaluation of USAID Democracy Assistance Programs. CDDRL/CISAC faculty member Jeremy Weinstein was a member of the committee and co-author of the report, "Improving Democracy Assistance: Building Knowledge Through Evaluations and Research," which is available for PDF download and will be published in hard copy Dec. 2008.
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CDDRL, FSI Stanford, Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program News
Larry Diamond has been appointed as a Senior Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). Currently a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a renowned scholar of democratization, and prolific in both editorial and policy work, Diamond is an active member of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL). He coordinates the Program on Democracy, which examines the comparative dynamics of democratic functioning and change in the contemporary world, with a particular focus on the countries of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and the post-communist world. He has also established the offshoot program, Democracy in Taiwan, in 2006, and is a central participant in the Stanford Summer Fellows Program on Democracy and Development. Read more »
Larry Diamond releases a new book, The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the WorldCDDRL, FSI Stanford News
In his new book, The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World (Times Books 2008), Larry Diamond intensely scrutinizes the global effort on democracy promotion.
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CDDRL Director McFaul, Fukuyama say foreign policy realism, democracy promotion are compatibleCDDRL, FSI Stanford in the news: The Washington Quarterly
In Should Democracy Be Promoted or Demoted?, CDDRL Director Michael McFaul and Francis Fukuyama argue for continued American efforts to promote democracy and offer a plan to strengthen democracy promotion policy tools. While "rhetorical attention devoted to promoting freedom, liberty, and democracy has greatly outpaced actual progress in advancing democracy" and caused many Americans to view this goal with skepticism, McFaul and Fukuyama argue that "pursuing traditional foreign policy objectives does not trade off with democracy promotion" and that a more effective strategy for promoting democracy and human rights is needed and available.