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 forthcoming book, Ill Winds:  Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency, analyzes the challenges confronting liberal democracy in the U.S. and around the world at this potential “hinge in history,” and offers an agenda for strengthening and defending democracy at home and abroad. He is now writing a textbook and preparing a massive open online course (MOOC) on democratic development. Diamond’s other books include 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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The Lawfare Podcast: Larry Diamond On 'Ill Winds'

interview with Larry Diamondvia Lawfare
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond discusses his book Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency, in which he charts the rise of illiberal leaders across six continents; the growing influence of China and Russia; and how the election of Donald Trump has affected all of this. Diamond argues that, to curb rising despotism, the United States must reclaim its role as an ardent defender of global democracy. 

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Tides of Humanity

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Millions of people seek better lives by crossing borders, but many of those new lands are ill-prepared to receive them—or hostile toward them. But there are ways to deal with the demographic flood intelligently and humanely.

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Larry Diamond: Challenges To Liberal Democracy

interview with Larry Diamondvia Iowa Public Radio
Monday, June 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond discusses the state of democracy in the US and the global effects of eroding democratic values. 

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Ill Winds: Saving Democracy From Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, And American Complacency, By Larry Diamond

featuring Larry Diamondvia Financial Times
Sunday, June 23, 2019

When one of Ernest Hemingway’s characters was asked how he went bankrupt, he replied: “Two ways . . . gradually and then suddenly.” Larry Diamond, one of America’s foremost political scientists, believes the same goes for global democracy, including in America.

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A New Birth Of Freedom

by Larry Diamondvia The American Interest
Friday, June 21, 2019

Thirty-seven years ago, in one of his most visionary and enduringly influential speeches, President Ronald Reagan declared democracy to be the wave of the future, and committed the United States of America to a campaign to advance its cause worldwide. In what came to be known simply as the “Westminster Speech,” Reagan embraced a vision for fostering, through peaceful means, “the infrastructure of democracy—the system of a free press, unions, political parties, universities—which allows a people to choose their own way.” 

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The Global Crisis Of Liberal Democracy With Larry Diamond

interview with Larry Diamondvia The Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC)
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond talks about his new book Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency, and looks at the global and domestic threats to the principles of liberal democracy.

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Larry Diamond On C-SPAN With Steve Scully

interview with Larry Diamondvia CSPAN
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond discusses his latest book Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency.

In the News

Democracy In Crisis

featuring Larry Diamondvia The New York Times
Saturday, June 15, 2019

China today holds as many as a million Uighurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities in “political education” camps. Across China, Xi Jinping is pioneering a technological despotism of ubiquitous cameras, facial-recognition software and mass surveillance. In Vietnam, Belarus, Egypt and elsewhere, resilient tyrants rule through police monitoring, ethnic division and brute coercion. Burma’s liberalization ended in renewed military supremacy and the bloody expulsion of some 730,000 Rohingya Muslims into neighboring Bangladesh. In its 2019 report, Freedom House notes that last year, more countries became more oppressive than more free — the 13th consecutive year of more decline than progress.

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Larry Diamond: Saving American Democracy

interview with Larry Diamondvia Commonwealth Club
Friday, June 14, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond discusses his latest book Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency.

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Managing The China Challenge

by Larry Diamondvia PolicyEd
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Due to China’s covert, coercive, and corrupting efforts to gain cultural and informational influence, America must reevaluate its relationship with China and find ways to counter its attempts to manipulate American entities.

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