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September 24th, 2009

New books released by CDDRL faculty

CDDRL, FSI Stanford News

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 »



May 28th, 2009

After America: How Iraq can ensure stability and achieve reconciliation

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 »



May 7th, 2008

Tom Friedman features Diamond, his new book in NYT column

CDDRL 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 »



May 2nd, 2008

National Academies Press releases book on democracy assistance, Weinstein co-author

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. +HTML+ +PDF+ +BUY+
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March 20th, 2008

BIOSKETCH: Larry Diamond

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 »



January 22nd, 2008

Larry Diamond releases a new book, The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World

CDDRL, 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.




November 26th, 2007

CDDRL Director McFaul, Fukuyama say foreign policy realism, democracy promotion are compatible

CDDRL, 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.





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