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Larry Diamond

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Larry Diamond

Faculty Affiliate
Stanford King Center on Global Development
Senior Fellow
Hoover Institution
Senior Fellow
Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI)
Professor, by courtesy, of Political Science
Department of Political Science
Professor, by courtesy, of Sociology
Department of Sociology
PhD, Sociology, Stanford University, 1980
MA, Food Research Institute, Stanford University, 1978
BA, Political Organization and Behavior, Stanford, 1974


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 2019 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 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.
Diamond writes a monthly column for The American Interest and frequently consults on policies and programs to promote democracy.
Research Interests: 
Democratic Development and Regime Change, U.S. Foreign Policy Affecting Democracy Abroad