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. For more than six years, he directed FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, where he now leads its Program on Arab Reform and Democracy and its Global Digital Policy Incubator. He is the founding coeditor of the Journal of Democracy and also serves as senior consultant at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy. His research focuses on democratic trends and conditions around the world and on policies and reforms to defend and advance democracy. His latest book, China's Influence and American Interests (Hoover Press, 2019), focuses on promoting constructive vigilance of China’s ambitions as a global economic and military superpower. He is now writing a textbook and preparing a massive open online course (MOOC) on democratic development. Diamond’s other books include Ill Winds:  Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency (Penguin Press, 2019), In Search of Democracy (2016), The Spirit of Democracy (2008), Developing Democracy: Toward Consolidation (1999), Promoting Democracy in the 1990s (1995), and Class, Ethnicity, and Democracy in Nigeria (1989). He has also edited or coedited more than forty books on democratic development around the world. He directed the Stanford Program on Democracy in Taiwan for more than ten years and has been a regular visitor to Taiwan since 1995.

During 2002–03, Diamond served as a consultant to the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and was a contributing author of its report Foreign Aid in the National Interest. He has also advised and lectured to universities and think tanks around the world, and to the World Bank, the United Nations, the State Department, and other governmental and nongovernmental agencies dealing with governance and development. During the first three months of 2004, Diamond served as a senior adviser on governance to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad. 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.

Among Diamond’s edited books are Democracy in Decline?; Democratization and Authoritarianism in the Arab World; Will China Democratize?; and Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy, all edited with Marc F. Plattner; and Politics and Culture in Contemporary Iran, with Abbas Milani. With Juan J. Linz and Seymour Martin Lipset, he edited the series, Democracy in Developing Countries, which helped to shape a new generation of comparative study of democratic development.

Diamond writes a monthly column for The American Interest and frequently consults on policies and programs to promote democracy.

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How to Save Democracy

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A surge of authoritarianism has overwhelmed the “freedom agenda.” Yet even as Russia rages and China seethes, America can, and must, stand up for democracy.

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These 526 Voters Represent All of America. And They Spent a Weekend Together.

featuring Larry Diamondvia The New York Times
Thursday, October 3, 2019

These voters — 526 total, representative of Americans who are registered to vote — were invited to spend a weekend in a resort outside Dallas to prove that there might be a better way to disagree.

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How A Weekend Of Discussing Politics Shifted The Views Of These Americans

featuring Larry Diamondvia CNN
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
If you spent the weekend talking politics and policy with a roomful of people who thought differently from you, how might it change your views of American democracy? According to an experiment called America in One Room, that experience moves Americans toward a rosier view of how American democracy works.
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This Experiment Has Some Great News For Our Democracy

by James Fishkin, Larry Diamondvia The New York Times
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The idea that our divisions are entrenched and unbridgeable is overstated.

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What I Learned From Listening To Americans Deliberate

by Larry Diamondvia The American Interest
Friday, September 27, 2019
We don’t need a new crisis over presidential abuse of power to reveal how badly polarized and degraded our politics have become. Before Watergate, majorities of the American public trusted the federal government “to do what is right,” and as recently as the early 2000s, you could find at least four in ten Americans expressing that confidence. Over the last decade, that number has hovered at or below 20 percent.
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China’s Threat To Democracies Around The World

interview with Larry Diamondvia Democracy Works
Friday, September 20, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond talks about the threat China’s model of authoritarian capitalism poses to liberal democracies in the United States and around the world.

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Democracy Works: China's Threat To Democracy

interview with Larry Diamondvia WPSU Penn State
Monday, September 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond talks about the threat China's model of authoritarian capitalism poses to liberal democracy in the United States and around the world. Economics drives politics, and it's easy to admire China's growth while looking past things like increasing surveillance and lack of respect for norms and the rule of law.

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Larry Diamond: Democracy And The Unconverted

interview with Larry Diamondvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond discusses his Foreign Policy article "America’s Silence Helps Autocrats Triumph."

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Markos Kounalakis With Larry Diamond: Saving American Democracy

with Larry Diamond, Markos Kounalakisvia World Affairs
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Hoover Institution fellows Markos Kounalakis and Larry Diamond discuss Diamond's new book, Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American ComplacencyDiamond argues that we are at a pivotal point where either a new era of tyranny or democratic renewal could be ushered in around the globe. This next era will depend on political reforms and political leadership from the United States and other free republics.

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Democracy Is Fighting For Its Life

featuring Larry Diamondvia Foreign Policy
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

It is common today to speak of a crisis of democracy, but such language underrates the challenge at hand. American democracy faces not one, but three distinct and connected crises. There is an ongoing assault on democratic norms and values, which has led to the coarsening of the U.S. social fabric and the erosion of unspoken, but vitally important, norms that provide the guardrails of self-government. 

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