Larry Diamond

Senior Fellow
Awards and Honors:
Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award
Richard W. Lyman Award
Kenneth M. Cuthbertson Award

Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, where he directs the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Diamond also serves as the Peter E. Haas Faculty Co-Director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford. He is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Democracy and also serves as Senior Consultant at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy. During 2002-3, he served as a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development. He has also advised and lectured to the World Bank, the United Nations, the State Department, and other governmental and nongovernmental agencies. His 2005 book, Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq, was one of the first books to critically analyze America's postwar engagement in Iraq.

His latest book, The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World (Times Books, 2008), explores the sources of global democratic progress and stress and the prospects for future democratic expansion.

At Stanford University, Diamond is also professor by courtesy of political science and sociology. In May 2007, he was named "Teacher of the Year" by the Associated Students of Stanford University for teaching that "transcends political and ideological barriers." At the June 2007 Commencement ceremony, Diamond was honored by Stanford University with the Dinkelspiel Award for Distinctive Contributions to Undergraduate Education. In January 2014 he received the Richard W. Lyman Award for service to the Stanford Alumni Association.

Diamond’s current research is also examining the political transition in Burma, where he has visited three times and lectured extensively.

He has participated in several working groups on the Middle East. With Abbas Milani, he coordinates the Hoover Institution Project on Democracy in Iran.

Diamond is now completing a new book of essays, In Search of Democracy. He has written, edited or co-edited over 40 books on democracy.

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Analysis and Commentary

Democracy Only As Strong As Citizens’ Support For It

by Larry Diamondvia San Francisco Chronicle
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Democracies are unique in the extent to which their stability depends on legitimacy — a belief on the part of the public that the system of government in the country has what Seymour Martin Lipset called “a moral title to rule.”


A 'City On A Hill' As A Fortress In A Moat

by Abbas Milani, Larry Diamond, Michael McFaulvia The Atlantic
Friday, February 3, 2017

The notion that one form of prejudice can defeat another is an illusion.

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Visions of Democracy

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 27, 2017

Global democracy is in trouble, and Donald Trump can either help it or harm it. Where will he lead? 


The Middle East’s Next Moment Of Reckoning

by Larry Diamondvia Project Syndicate
Friday, January 20, 2017

When the Arab Spring erupted in December 2010, advocates for change in the Arab world had reason to be hopeful. But, as we saw in 2016, authoritarianism has returned, and whether that trend can be reversed in 2017 will depend on how well regional and international leaders have absorbed lessons from the recent past.


The Most Urgent Questions About the Russia Hacks

by Larry Diamondvia The Atlantic
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

No foreign power has ever intervened to try to shape a U.S. election with this kind of sophistication and potency.


Global Democracy Is Spiraling Down. Here’s What That Looks Like — And What President-Elect Trump Should Do.

by Larry Diamondvia Medium
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

In this series, FSI experts share their recommendations for President-elect Trump.


Russia And The Threat To Liberal Democracy

by Larry Diamondvia The Atlantic
Friday, December 9, 2016

How Vladimir Putin is making the world safe for autocracy.

Analysis and Commentary

Democracy After Trump

by Larry Diamondvia Foreign Affairs
Monday, November 14, 2016

[Registration Required] When U.S. President-elect Donald Trump takes office on January 20, he will face a world with more authoritarian momentum and greater democratic instability than at any time in the last several decades. How he responds will be one of the great challenges of his presidency.


It Could Happen Here

by Larry Diamondvia The Atlantic
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Democracy is facing setbacks around the world, but there hasn't been reason to doubt America's resilience—until now.


The Second-Most Important Vote On Nov. 8

by Larry Diamondvia Foreign Policy
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Maine voters are about to have their say on an experiment that could change the face of democracy in America — and the world.