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FSI Director Michael McFaul introduces President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at a live video address on May 27, 2022.

FSI Director Michael McFaul Honored by the Government of Ukraine with State Award

In a show of appreciation for his support of Ukraine, Michael McFaul was awarded an Order of Merit by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
President Ronald Reagan shakes hands with Mikhail Gorbachev.

Reflections on Mikhail Gorbachev's Life from FSI Scholars

Rose Gottemoeller, Steven Pifer, Francis Fukuyama, and Michael McFaul discuss the complex life and legacy of the last leader of the Soviet Union.
Chinese soldier in Beijing

Assessing China’s Conventional and Unconventional Challenges to U.S. National Security

Oriana Skylar Mastro offers guidance on how to identify and understand the various strategic threats presented by the still-rising superpower.



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Larry Diamond
Washington Monument, Washington, United States

Honors Students to Meet with Top-Level Policy Makers in Washington, D.C.

Blogs / September 14, 2022
From September 18 through 24, the Fisher Family Honors Program class of 2023 will attend CDDRL's annual Honors College, gaining firsthand exposure to how the federal government, policy organizations, and think tanks work to advance democracy and development around the world.
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Larry Diamond, Kathryn Stoner, Erik Jensen and Francis Fukuyama at the opening session of the 2022 Draper Hills Fellows Program

Stanford summer fellowship crafts next generation of global leaders

News / August 23, 2022
The Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program reconvened in person for the first time, bringing budding leaders together with the world’s most influential democracy scholars.
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Participants of the America in One Room national Deliberation Poll in Dallas, TX, 2019

Reforming Our Public Dialogue: New Deliberative Democracy Lab Joins CDDRL

News / July 21, 2022
The Deliberative Democracy Lab (formerly the Center for Deliberative Democracy) is devoted to research about democracy and public opinion obtained through Deliberative Polling® and related democratic processes.
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Larry Diamond, center, with the Mosbacher family - Nancy, Bruce, Emily and Jack.

Larry Diamond Named Mosbacher Senior Fellow in Global Democracy at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

News / December 9, 2021
CDDRL’s Larry Diamond, a world-renowned expert on comparative democracy, is recognized for a career of impact on students, policymakers and democratic activists around the world.
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Climate change activists march down a street carrying banners and signs.

Together For Our Planet: Americans are More Aligned on Taking Action on Climate Change than Expected

Q&As / November 3, 2021
New data from the Center for Deliberative Democracy suggests that when given the opportunity to discuss climate change in a substantive way, the majority of Americans are open to taking proactive measures to address the global climate crisis.
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Chito Gascón

Remembering Chito Gascón

News / October 12, 2021
A member of the inaugural Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program cohort in 2005, Chito died from COVID-19 on October 9, 2021.
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Screenshot of Draper Hills 2021 opening session

Global Democracy Leaders Gather Virtually for the 2021 Draper Hills Summer Fellowship

News / August 18, 2021
For the next two weeks, Fellows will participate in workshops led by an interdisciplinary team of faculty to study new theories and approaches to democratic development.
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Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya discusses the future of democracy in Belarus with a roundtable of Stanford scholars.

Belarusian Leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya Meets with Stanford Scholars for Roundtable on Democracy in Belarus

News / August 4, 2021
Democratic leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and her delegation joined an interdisciplinary panel of Stanford scholars and members of the Belarusian community to discuss the future of democracy in Belarus.
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Stanford Scholars Reflect on the Legacy of Egypt's January 25 Uprising

News / February 15, 2021

In a webinar dated, February 12, 2021, a panel of Stanford University scholars shared their reflections on the legacy of the January 25, 2011 Uprising in Egypt. Marking the 10-year anniversary of the uprising and the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, the panel examined the trajectory of authoritarianism in the country over the past decade. Moderated by ARD Associate-Director Hesham Sallam, the panel included former CDDRL Visiting Scholar Nancy Okail, Stanford Professor of History Emeritus Joel Beinin, and CDDRL Senior Research Scholar Amr Hamzawy.

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Presidential candidates advance by being divisive. We can do better than that.

Commentary / December 6, 2019

"What if we had a better way to select presidential nominees, one that didn’t reward appeals to the most ideologically committed voters and donors in each party? What if we weren’t trying to excite the already convinced — to vote, to contribute and to volunteer on campaigns? This pulls each party toward more militant postures and deepens polarization. What if we prized substantive dialogue across the partisan divides over intense mobilization within them?

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What if There’s a Better Way to Handle Our Democratic Debate?

Commentary / September 4, 2019

"There’s a better way for the American people to grapple in depth with the issues we face at the start of the primary season. Furthermore, we think that, despite their sharp differences of party and ideology, Americans can have serious and respectful conversations across our deep divides. A surprisingly simple innovation can help cut through the poisonous fog of our political polarization.

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Stanford Scholars Examine Khashoggi's Assassination and the Saudi Crackdown on Dissent

News / November 15, 2018

In a panel discussion titled “The Khashoggi Affair and Saudi Arabia’s War Against Dissent,” Stanford University scholars examined the context for of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and implications of his murder for U.S.-Saudi relations.

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Authoritarianism Goes Global

News / March 28, 2016

In a recent piece in The American Interest, FSI Senior Fellow Larry Diamond, alongside Christopher Walker and Marc Plattner of the National Endowment for Democracy, describe how undemocratic states are cooperating and wielding sophisticated soft power arsenals to expand their areas of influence and reshape international values and norms. While the U.S. and E.U.

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Americans should make room for third-party candidates

News / March 4, 2016

In a recent op-ed piece in The Washington Post, FSI Senior Fellow Larry Diamond and Peter Ackerman, chairman of Level the Playing Field, highlight  the need to ease restrictions that disincentivize third party candidates from running in US presidential elections: "It would be great if Bloomberg decided to run and give the American voter a nonpartisan choice for president

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Diamond: What is America fighting for?

News / December 19, 2015

In a piece in The Atlantic, FSI Senior Fellow Larry Diamond argues that to defeat ISIS, America must unite and revisit the core principles of freedom from which it was created. With a surge of illiberal populism spreading throughout the US and Europe, Diamond urges American leaders to reexamine the country's sense of purpose and not degrade freedom in the pursuit for security. 

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Democracy still holds promise globally, though in retreat for now, Diamond says

News / September 28, 2015

In a recent piece in Stanford News, FSI Senior Fellow Larry Diamond expresses his thoughts on the ebbing of global democratic expansion, highlighting that not all countries have equal opportunities at achieving democracy and that democratic change should be approached multilaterally.

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Timeline: Democracy in Recession

News / September 16, 2015

In an op-ed for The New York TimesLarry Diamond presents a timeline of democracy charting the spread, regression, and sometimes even collapse, of democracy in the last 40 years.

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Diamond on ending the Presidential-Debate duopoly

News / May 8, 2015

In a recent article in The Atlantic, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond argues that third-party candidate participation in presidential debates is an essential next-step for democracy in the U.S. Citing numerous challenges facing independents in the country, Diamond believes reform of current debate regulation is necessary to "renew the vigor and promise of democracy" in America. 

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Diamond on Nigeria's election aftermath

News / May 7, 2015
In an interview with Nigeria's This Day Live, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond comments on the release of a new edition of his 1988 book, Class, Ethnicity and Democracy in Nigeria: The Failure of the First Republic. This newspaper interview marks the occasion and reflects on Nigeria's election aftermath.
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Larry Diamond on political change in Hong Kong

News / October 30, 2014

In an interview with The New York Times, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond discusses the prospects for political reform in Hong Kong as protests continue into a second month with no resolution. 

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Hong Kong protests could threaten Communist Party rule in China, Diamond says

Q&As / October 2, 2014

The street demonstrators in Hong Kong could have serious implications for political stability in China and the future of its Communist Party, a Stanford scholar says.

In an interview with Stanford News Service, Larry Diamond, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the director of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at the Freeman Spogli Institute, discussed the Hong Kong situation.

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