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 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.

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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.

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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.

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Maine Can Bring Out The ‘Better Angels’ Of Our Democracy With Ranked-Choice Voting

by Larry Diamondvia Bangor Daily News
Thursday, October 6, 2016

American democracy is in trouble, but with a “yes” vote on Question 5 Mainers could do something significant to begin to fix it. By adopting ranked-choice voting, Maine could make its government work better while setting a model of reform for the rest of the country.

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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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