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NPR's Emily Feng Recognized as the 2022 Shorenstein Journalism Honoree

At the 2022 Shorenstein Journalism Award, Feng discussed how the challenges of reporting as a foreign correspondent in China are forcing the West to reconfigure its understanding of the country and creating suspicion and mistrust.
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Assessing Putin's Invasion of Ukraine

On a new season of the World Class podcast, Michael McFaul discusses recent developments of the war in Ukraine and how those will impact Ukraine's future, Russia's standing in the world, and the responses of the global community.
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Five Questions About Food Security in a Warming World

FSE Director David Lobell explains some of the system-wide challenges — and solutions — to ensuring that people around the world have access to affordable, nutritious food.

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Larry Diamond

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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Diamond: 'A sad day for Hong Kong and democracy'

News / September 1, 2014

In the wake of a decision that would restrict nominations for the upcoming 2017 Hong Kong elections, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond slams Beijing for ignoring the demands of the people and stunting the democratic progress that many have struggled for in recent years. Diamond states in the South China Morning Post article that the decision marks a 'sad day for Hong Kong,' claiming it as the 'worst outcome imaginable' for the pro-democracy movement.

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CDDRL honors students recognized for outstanding theses

News / June 14, 2011

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.

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A fourth wave or a false start?

Commentary / May 23, 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.
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New course: The internet, public action, and development

News / March 15, 2011
A new course entitled, The Internet, Public Action and Development, will be co-taught in the spring by CDDRL Director, Larry Diamond and Vivek Srinivasan, Program Manager for the CDDRL Liberation Technology program. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in examining the relationship between Internet, democracy, and social change from a theoretical and practical standpoint. This course will be cross-listed with the Communications and Political Science departments.
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Larry Diamond: Transition traps

Commentary / 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.
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Larry Diamond: Toppling of Egypt's regime will serve US., Israel

Commentary / February 14, 2011
The toppling of Egypt's modern-day pharaoh though peaceful mass protests, aided by Facebook and Twitter, marks a watershed for Egypt and the entire Arab world, writes Larry Diamond, the director of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, and a prominent expert on democratic transitions, in the San Francisco Chronicle. Contrary to widespread anxieties in the U.S. foreign policy establishment, Diamond explains, Mubarak's ouster will also serve the long-term interests of the United States -- and Israel.
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Diamond provides recommendations for a post-Mubarak world

Commentary / February 7, 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.
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Larry Diamond: Prospects for Egypt's political transition

Commentary / February 1, 2011
After nearly 30 years on the throne, Egypt’s modern-day pharaoh, Hosni Mubarak, will soon follow in the footsteps of Tunisia’s dictator, Ben Ali. The question is not whether he will leave the presidency of Egypt, or even when, but how. In the face of persistent and growing mass protests—and a newfound sense of civic empowerment on the part of Egypt’s long demoralized youthful masses—it is difficult to imagine Mubarak surviving in office for more than another week to ten days. The only question is whether he will see the inevitable and do one last service to his country—leave office gracefully—or whether he will have to be pushed out by the military or deepening chaos on the streets.
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Larry Diamond on Tunisia's uncertain transition

Commentary / January 18, 2011
The toppling of a brutal, corrupt, and long-ruling dictator, Zine el Abidine ben Ali, is an extraordinary achievement for the diverse elements of Tunisian society who came out into the streets in recent weeks to demand change. Ben Ali’s startling fall is another reminder of how suddenly political change can come in authoritarian regimes that substitute force, fear, and fraud for legitimacy. Such regimes may appear stable for very long periods of time, but when the people lose their fear and the army refuses to fire on the people, they can unravel very quickly.
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Former policy planning director, democracy expert appointed to FSI leadership positions

News / February 19, 2009
Stephen D. Krasner, the Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations, and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and the Hoover Institution, has been named deputy director of FSI, announced FSI Director Coit D. Blacker, the Olivier Nomellini Professor in International Studies. Larry Diamond, a senior fellow at FSI and the Hoover Institution, and professor, by courtesy, of political science and sociology, has been named director of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL).
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Larry Diamond appointed as FSI Senior Fellow

News / March 20, 2008
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.
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Shorenstein APARC receives grant from Academy of Korean Studies

News / January 25, 2008
Shorenstein APARC has received a grant from the Academy of Korean Studies in Seoul which enables the center to publish a series of books on Korea's democratization and social change, under the series title: Korean Democracy: From Birth to Maturity.
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FSI's Michael McFaul and Larry Diamond "Tops" for Stanford Students

News / August 1, 2007
The Stanford alumni association announced in May the selection of CDDRL Director Michael McFaul as the 2007 Class Day speaker. Hoover Institution senior fellow and CDDRL democracy program coordinator Larry Diamond was selected as Teacher of the Year by the Associated Students of Stanford University and honored during Commencement Weekend with the Dinkelspiel Award for Distinctive Contributions to Undergraduate Education.
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Iraq: Lessons (Not) Learned

Commentary / January 1, 2005
Larry Diamond writes about hurdles facing nations trying to rebuild or democratize shattered states. This, he writes, is especially challenging in Iraq where the state collapsed not as a result of a civil war or internal conflict, but as a result of external military action to overthrow it.
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'Transition to What in Iraq?' Diamond paints grim picture of country's future

News / May 12, 2004
Larry Diamond, coordinator of the Democracy Program at CDDRL and recently a political adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, spoke at SIIS on May 11. He painted a grim picture of Iraq's future, warning that unless the violence in Iraq is brought under control and the political playing field is equalized, the likelihood of transforming Iraq into a democratic country is slim.
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