Larry Diamond

Senior Fellow
Awards and Honors:
Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award
(2007)
Richard W. Lyman Award
(2013)
Kenneth M. Cuthbertson Award
(2016)
Biography: 

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 In Decline

by Larry Diamondvia Foreign Affairs
Monday, July 18, 2016

[Subscription Required] How Washington can reverse the tide.

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Totalitarian Spin

by Christopher Walker, Marc Plattner, Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 11, 2016

Social media and the Internet were supposed to enable democracy to triumph around the world, but now despots are using tech as an instrument of oppression.

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Why An Independent Doesn't Run For President

by Larry Diamondvia Bloomberg
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University, and co-founder of the Journal of ...

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Beware the Nativist Lurch

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 18, 2016

Yes, promoting democracy can be frustrating and dangerous. But freedom and pluralism are still the only way to sustain effective, lasting governments.

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Authoritarianism Goes Global

by Christopher Walker, Marc Plattner, Larry Diamondvia The American Interest
Monday, March 28, 2016

Undemocratic states are kicking their influence-peddling machines into high gear.

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Americans Should Make Room For Third-Party Candidates

by Gary Ackerman, Larry Diamondvia The Washington Post
Thursday, March 3, 2016

The prospect of a White House run by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has reignited a critical debate about whether it’s possible for an independent to be elected president of the United States.

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What Is America Fighting For?

by Larry Diamondvia The Atlantic
Saturday, December 19, 2015

The United States has been at war with ISIS for more than a year. But you cannot beat a surging ideology without a higher sense of purpose.

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A Very Cozy Duopoly

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 16, 2015

One unaccountable gatekeeper—the Commission on Presidential Debates—still bars the door to third-party candidates.

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De-Polarizing

by Larry Diamondvia The American Interest
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Changing how elections are structured can help depolarize U.S. politics without jeopardizing the democratic process.

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Timeline: Democracy In Recession

by Larry Diamondvia The New York Times
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

In 1974, Portugal’s Carnation Revolution, which overthrew the country's almost half-century dictatorship, inaugurated the “third wave” of global democratization.

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