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New Scholars Corner video: Identity Politics

March 2019

Scholars Corner is an ongoing SPICE initiative to share FSI’s cutting-edge social science research with high school and college classrooms nationwide and international schools abroad.

Liberation technology seminar series debuts on Sept 26

September 2013

The Liberation technology seminar series starts on Sept 26 and will take place every Thursday until Dec 5 (except Nov 28). For further details, read on.

Expert says Obama's food aid reform has good ideas, bad chance for passage

April 2013

FSE visiting fellow and food aid expert Barry Riley comments on the importance of the President's new food aid reforms, chances of passage, and the US's current role in international food aid.

U.S. shale gas prompts PRB coal producers to look to Asia

March 2013

In advance of the 2013 Pacific Energy Summit, which took place April 2-4 in Vancouver, Canada, PESD Associate Director Mark Thurber spoke with the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) about how...

Crowdsourcing for Democracy: New Era in Policy-Making

January 2013

Our visiting scholar, Tanja Aitamurto, has published a book 'Crowd sourcing for democracy'.

Canada’s new investment rules for oil sands target foreign NOCs

December 2012

PESD associate director Mark Thurber appeared on Canada’s Business News Network to discuss new government guidelines that promise greater scrutiny for future corporate takeovers in the oil sands by...

Five foreign policy questions for Obama and Romney

October 2012

With the third and final debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney set to focus on foreign policy, researchers from the Freeman Spogli Institute ask the questions they want answered and...

The Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program opens application for 2013

October 2012

The Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program is looking for emerging political, civil society and entrepreneurial leaders from transitioning countries where democracy is at risk to participate in the...

Canada's new immigration measure and human trafficking

August 2012

In a piece for the Stanford Daily, Nadejda Marques, manager of the Program on Human Rights at the CDDRL, writes about Canada's new immigration measure and its potential impact on human trafficking.

Stanford scholar recognized for visionary leadership and civic activism

June 2012

CDDRL congratulates Landry Signé for his recent awards in recognition of his pioneering work to advance democratic causes and community leadership in North America.

Restoring Democracy and Peace in Mali

April 2012

CDDRL Post-doctoral Scholar Landry Signé comments on the recent military coup in Mali and what it means for the future of one of West Africa's most stable democracies.

Historic summit to convene leaders of the new Middle East at Stanford

April 2012

The American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford will host its inaugural conference April 10 to 14, convening exceptional young leaders together to share their ideas, seed potential...

New Brookings-Stanford scholarly collaboration provides recommendations for Arab transitions

March 2012

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy is pleased to announce a joint venture with the Brookings Doha Center (BDC) to examine democratic transitions underway in the Arab world.

CDDRL's research community expands

September 2011

CDDRL is pleased to welcome new (and returning) faculty, staff, pre and post-doctoral fellows, and visiting scholars to our expanding research community for the 2011-12 academic year.

Bridging Silicon Valley and Tahrir Square

June 2011

The Program on Liberation Technology at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) hosted two events in May, which brought together the technology and activist communities in...

Announcing the 2012 CDDRL senior honors students

April 2011

The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University is pleased to announce the 2012 class of Senior Honors Students.

Alison Renteln speaks on culture as a human right

March 2011

On February 22, Professor Alison Renteln of the University of Southern California spoke during the seventh installment of the Sanela Diana Jenkins Speaker Series hosted by the Program on Human...

Bob Rae speaks to CDDRL on Exporting Democracy

January 2011

On January 18, the Honorable Bob Rae, Liberal Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre and the foreign affairs critic for the Liberal Party of Canada was the featured speaker at a special CDDRL...

CDDRL launches research project on democracy and statebuilding

November 2010

FSI's Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is pleased to announce the launch of a new research project entitled, "Promoting Popular Sovereignty in Statebuilding," to be...

Republic of Indonesia Ambassador Djalal addresses the future

November 2010

In 1998, in the twilight of the 20th century, the resignation of Indonesia's autocratic president Suharto ushered in a new political era.

Naylor in Spain with the Advisory Committee of the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation

September 2010

FSE director Roz Naylor is among a talented group of advisors in Spain for the annual meeting of the Advisory Committee of the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation.

Health reform spans the Pacific

April 2010

When searching for insights about how other countries deal with similar challenges, Americans often look to Europe and Canada. Rarer is the comparison to counterparts across the Pacific.

Veteran journalist Barbara Crossette wins 2010 Shorenstein Journalism Award

March 2010

This annual award, which carries a cash prize of $10,000, honors a journalist not only for a distinguished body of work, but also for the particular way that work has helped American readers to...


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