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. 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 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.


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 ...