It is with great regret that I announce my resignation as chair of the editorial board of The American Interest. I helped to found TAI back in 2005, whose original purpose was to better explain the United States to the outside world, and the outside world to Americans. In the fifteen years since then, it has been home to an illustrious series of contributors who have turned it into a vibrant forum for civil discussion of the most important issues facing us.

I am resigning because I disagree with the publisher’s decision to terminate Jeff Gedmin as editor-in-chief. This decision…


by Djurdja Jovanovic Padejski

“Accommodate a despotic ruler if you have to,” says Stephen Krasner, a Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies in his forthcoming book How to Make Love to a Despot: An Alternative Foreign Policy for the Twenty-first Century (Liveright, 2020).

Krasner suggests that by embracing rational choice institutionalism, the U.S. should be working with the elites the way they are, rather than expecting them to abide by our standards; aiming for not more and not less than “good enough governance.”

We talked with Professor Krasner in more detail about his “third approach.”

Stephen D. Krasner, Stanford FSI/CDDRL Senior Fellow


By: Hesham Sallam

Published in Jadaliyya

[Husni Mubarak (1928–2020) was the fourth president of Egypt, ruling from 1981 to 2011. His resignation was announced on 11 February 2011 in the wake of Egypt’s January 25 Revolution. On the occasion of his passing this week, Jadaliyya’s Co-Editor Hesham Sallam considers the legacy of Mubarak in light of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, the current regime of Abdel Fattah El-Sissi, and how the political establishment is reacting to news of his death.]

Jadaliyya (J): How would you assess the place and legacy of Hosni Mubarak’s presidency vis-a-vis the post-colonial political and economic…


Саша Джейсон, переклад: Олександр і Катерина Акименко

The Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program відкрита для заявок на 2020–21 навчальний рік! Ми обрали декілька найбільш частих запитань з нашої недавньої події в Україні:

Питання: Які критерії відбору на першому етапі процесу? Чи є обмеження по сфері, в якій ви повинні працювати?

Відповідь: Ми шукаємо лідерів, які мають досвід роботи у сферах демократії, розвитку та верховенства права. Однак ця робота може бути дуже різноманітною: наші стипендіати працювали як представниками влади, антикорупційними активістами, соціальними підприємцями, адвокатами з прав людини, тощо. …


By Sasha Jason, Program Associate, Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program and Oleksandr Akymenko, Program advisor

We are proud to share that our Ukrainian Emerging Leaders program alumna ’17, Oleksandra Matviichuk, played an important role in the release of political prisoners Oleh Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko. Read more about their cases and Matviichuk’s work below.

2017–18 Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program alumna Oleksandra Matviychuk moderating the press conference with freed Kremlin prisoners Oleh Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko, September 10th, Kyiv, Ukraine. The event was organized by the Center of Civil Liberties. Photo by Irina Semenyaka

The morning of Saturday, September 7, 2019 was a busy one at Boryspil airport: a group of political prisoners were returning to Ukraine as a part of a prisoner swap with Russia. 35 men descended from a sole plane from Moscow, greeted by the Ukrainian president and running to hug the family members they hadn’t seen in years. Activists and human rights defenders, including Ukrainian Emerging Leaders alumna Oleksandra Matviichuk, were awaiting their arrival.

Among these 35 were Oleh Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko.

Both Sentsov and…


by Sasha Jason

Прочитайте цю статтю українською тут

The Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program is now open for applications for the 2020–21 academic year! We selected a few of the most frequently-asked questions from our recent Q+A in Ukraine.

Q: What is the selection criteria for the first stage of the selection process? Are there any restrictions in which sphere you have to work?

A: We are looking for people who have experience working in the spheres of democracy, development, and the rule of law. However, this work can be quite diverse: fellows have worked as government representatives, anti-corruption activists, social…


By Sarina Beges, Associate Director of Stanford CDDRL

Draper Hills Summer Fellows pose on a campus tour of Stanford University

There are few stories of hope in the world today, just images of repression, deprivation and environmental degradation. It is often hard to see how we can make progress amidst all of the uncertainty. However, there are a few rays of light piercing through the darkness.

This summer I interacted with 26 leaders from 22 countries who are working in some of the most challenging environments to drive social change, root out corruption and defend democratic values. …


by Zhanna Nemtsova, Stanford “Draper Hills” alumna ’17, Deutsche Welle show host “Nemtsova.Interview

The first Boris Nemtsov Summer School of Journalism, a joint project of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation and the Faculty of Arts at Charles University in Prague, was held in Prague between July 16 and August 3. A three-week study program brought together an inaugural group of 29 journalists, bloggers and media activists from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Europe and the USA, eager to educate themselves on the core principles of quality journalism and modern digital media tools.

The intensive course was combined of academic sessions, workshops and…


Authors: Alexandra Blackman (Stanford University), Julia Clark (University of California, San Diego), Aytug Sasmaz (Harvard University)[1]

This post is drawn from a series of blog posts and policy briefs written for Democracy International, in which we highlight key results from our local election candidate survey (LECS) conducted during Tunisia’s May 2018 municipal elections. Here, we introduce the survey and examine the characteristics and performance of three historically underrepresented groups in Tunisia’s first democratic municipal elections: women, youth, and independents. The entry of these new actors into Tunisian politics represents a potential sea-change in the identity of the country’s politicians and…


CDDRL Research Seminar by Robert O Keohane, Visiting Fellow at CDDRL

Please scroll down for the transcript, slides included

This is a talk on the comparative politics of climate policy. It’s partly a sermon to graduate students and faculty. It’s partly an attempt to discuss a project I have, which involves younger scholars, on climate change. This is not a paper with conclusions. It’s a presentation about ideas — about how to discuss, how to study, the politics of climate change.

I start with what’s political science good for? We’re trying to understand the politics behind crucial public policy…

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