Bio


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 (and previously was co-director) 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 (USAID) and was a contributing author of its report Foreign Aid in the National Interest. He has also advised and lectured to the World Bank, the United Nations, the State Department, and other governmental and nongovernmental agencies dealing with governance and development. 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. He teaches courses on comparative democratic development and post-conflict democracy building, and advises many Stanford students. 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. He was cited, inter alia, for fostering dialogue between Jewish and Muslim students; for "his inspired teaching and commitment to undergraduate education; for the example he sets as a scholar and public intellectual, sharing his passion for democratization, peaceful transitions, and the idea that each of us can contribute to making the world a better place; and for helping make Stanford an ideal place for undergraduates."

During the first three months of 2004, Diamond served as a senior adviser on governance to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad. Since then, he has lectured and written extensively on U.S. policy in Iraq and the wider challenges of post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction, and was one of the advisors to the Iraq Study Group. 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. He has also participated in several working groups on the Middle East. During 2004-5, was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations' Independent Task Force on United States Policy toward Arab Reform. With Abbas Milani, he coordinates the Hoover Institution Project on Democracy in Iran.

Diamond's latest book is The Spirit of Democracy (2008). Diamond has edited or co-edited some 36 books on democracy, including the recent titles How People View Democracy, How East Asians View Democracy, Latin America's Struggle for Democracy, Political Change in China: Comparisons with Taiwan, and Assessing the Quality of Democracy. Among his other published works are, Developing Democracy: Toward Consolidation (1999), Promoting Democracy in the 1990s (1995), and Class, Ethnicity, and Democracy in Nigeria (1989). He also edited the 1989-90 series Democracy in Developing Countries, with Juan Linz and Seymour Martin Lipset.

Academic Appointments


Honors & Awards


  • Dinkelspiel Award for Distinctive Contributions to Undergraduate Education, Stanford University (June 2007)
  • Teacher of the Year Award, Associated Students of Stanford University (May 2007)
  • POSCO Visiting Fellow, East-West Center, Honolulu (August 1999)
  • Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, Visiting Lecturer in Sociology at Bayero University, Kano (1982-83)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Member, Board of Directors, Voices of a Democratic Egypt (2008 - Present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Council for a Community of Democracies (2006 - Present)
  • Member, Advisory Commission on Voluntary Foreign Aid (U.S. Agency for International Development) (2004 - 2007)
  • Member, Stanford University Task Force on Student Mental Health and Well-Being (2006 - 2008)
  • Member, Faculty Advisory Board, Haas Center for Public Service (2007 - Present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Hillel at Stanford (2004 - Present)
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward Reform in the Arab World (2004 - 2005)
  • Member, Faculty Steering Committee, Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University (2003 - 2006)
  • Consultant, U.S. Agency for International Development (2001 - 2003)
  • Member, Executive Board, Society for Comparative Research (1997 - 2002)
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Current History (2000 - Present)
  • Member, Editorial Board, India Review (2001 - Present)
  • Member, International Advisory Board, International Human Rights Consortium, Center On Rights Development, Denver University (2001 - Present)
  • Co-coordinator, Democratization Seminar, Institute for International Studies, Stanford University (1994 - 2002)
  • Co-coordinator, U.S. and World Affairs Seminar, Hoover Institution (1990 - 2003)

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., Stanford University, Sociology (1980)
  • M.A., Stanford University, Food Research Institute (1978)
  • B.A., Stanford University, Political Organization and Behavior (1974)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


democratic development and regime change; U.S. foreign policy affecting democracy abroad; comparative trends in the quality and stability of democracy in developing countries and postcommunist states; and public opinion in new democracies, especially in East Asia

Projects


  • Taiwan Democracy Project, Stanford University

    Location

    Taiwan

2015-16 Courses


Stanford Advisees


All Publications


  • FACING UP TO THE DEMOCRATIC RECESSION JOURNAL OF DEMOCRACY Diamond, L. 2015; 26 (1): 141-155
  • The Next Democratic Century CURRENT HISTORY Diamond, L. 2014; 113 (759): 8-11
  • Petroleum to the People Africa's Coming Resource Curse-and How to Avoid It FOREIGN AFFAIRS Diamond, L., Mosbacher, J. 2013; 92 (5): 86-98
  • THE NEED FOR A POLITICAL PACT JOURNAL OF DEMOCRACY Diamond, L. 2012; 23 (4): 138-149
  • Elections Without Democracy: Thinking about Hybrid Regimes Journal of Democracy Diamond , L. 2012; 13 (2)
  • Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy Diamond, L., Plattner, M. F. The Johns Hopkins University Press. 2012
  • THE COMING WAVE JOURNAL OF DEMOCRACY Diamond, L. 2012; 23 (1): 5-13
  • Democracy's Third Wave Today CURRENT HISTORY Diamond, L. 2011; 110 (739): 299-307
  • WHY DEMOCRACIES SURVIVE JOURNAL OF DEMOCRACY Diamond, L. 2011; 22 (1): 17-30
  • The Financial Crisis and the Democracy Recession New Ideas on Development after the Financial Crisis Diamond , L. Johns Hopkins University Press. 2011
  • The Impact of the Economic Crisis: Why Democracies Survive Journal of Democracy Diamond , L. 2011; 22: 17-30
  • “A Fourth Wave or a False Start: Democracy after the Arab Spring Foreign Affairs Diamond , L. 2011
  • The Meanings of Democracy INTRODUCTION JOURNAL OF DEMOCRACY Diamond, L. 2010; 21 (4): 102-105
  • LIBERATION TECHNOLOGY JOURNAL OF DEMOCRACY Diamond, L. 2010; 21 (3): 69-83
  • The State and Violence PERSPECTIVES ON POLITICS Diamond, L. 2010; 8 (1): 293-296
  • WHY ARE THERE NO ARAB DEMOCRACIES? JOURNAL OF DEMOCRACY Diamond, L. 2010; 21 (1): 93-104
  • Democratization in Africa Plattner , M. F. edited by Diamond, L. Johns Hopkins University Press . 2010
  • IS A 'RAINBOW COALITION' A GOOD WAY TO GOVERN? BULLETIN OF INDONESIAN ECONOMIC STUDIES Diamond, L. 2009; 45 (3): 337-340
  • Supporting Democracy: Refashioning U.S. Global Strategy Democracy in U.S. Security Strategy: From Promotion to Support Diamond, L. Center for Strategic and International Studies. 2009
  • Democracy: A Reader edited by Diamond , L., Plattner , M. F. Johns Hopkins University Press . 2009
  • The democratic rollback - The resurgence of the predatory state FOREIGN AFFAIRS Diamond, L. 2008; 87 (2): 36-48
  • Political Change in China: Comparisons with Taiwan Chen, W. edited by Diamond , L., Gilley, B. Lynne Rienner Publishers. 2008
  • Latin America’s Struggle for Democracy edited by Diamond , L., Plattner, M. F., Abente , D. Johns Hopkins University Press . 2008
  • Conclusion: Values, Regime Performance, and Democratic Consolidation How East Asians View Democracy Diamond , L., Chu , Y., Nathan , A. J. Columbia University Press . 2008 : 238-257
  • Progress and Retreat in Africa: The Rule of Law versus the Big Man Journal of Democracy Diamond , L. 2008 ; 19: 138-149
  • How People View Democracy edited by Diamond , L., Plattner , M. F. Johns Hopkins University Press . 2008
  • Introduction: Comparative Perspectives on Democratic Legitimacy in East Asia How East Asians View Democracy Diamond , L., Chu , Y., Nathan , A. J., Shin , D. C. Columbia University Press. 2008 : 1-38
  • How East Asians View Democracy edited by Diamond , L., Chu , Y., Nathan , A., Shin , D. C. Columbia University Press . 2008
  • A Compatative Perspective on Hong Kong Democratization: Proespects Toward 2017/2020 China’s Hong Kong Transformed: Retrospect and Prospects Diamond , L. City University of Hong Kong Press. 2008 : 315-333
  • Why China's Democratic Transition Will Differ From Taiwan's Political Change in China: Comparisons with Taiwan Diamond , L. Lynne Rienner Publishers . 2008 : 243-257
  • Prospects for Democratization in Hong Kong: A Comparative Perspective Hong Kong on the Move: 10 Years as the HKSAR Diamond , L. Center for Strategic and International Studies . 2008 : 3-17
  • Political Change in China: Comparisons with Taiwan edited by Diamond , L., Gilley , B. Lynne Rienner Publishers . 2008
  • The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World Diamond , L. Times Books. 2008
  • Forward Smart Aid for African Development Diamond, L. Lynne Rienner Publishers. 2008
  • Iran's weakened hard-liners crave a US attack Christian Science Monitor McFaul, M. A., Milani , A., Diamond , L. 2007
  • Iraq and democracy: The lessons learned CURRENT HISTORY Diamond, L. 2006; 105 (687): 34-39
  • Seeding Liberal Democracy With All Our Might: A Progressive Strategy for Defeating Jihadism and Defending Liberty McFaul, M. A., Diamond, L. 2006
  • What to do in Iraq: A Roundtable Foreign Affairs Diamond, L., Dobbins, J., Kaufmann, C., Gelb, L. H., Biddle, S. 2006; 85 (4)
  • Electoral Systems and Democracy Plattner , M. F. edited by Diamond , L. The Johns Hopkins University Press. 2006
  • Slide Rules: What Civil War Looks Like The New Republic Diamond, L. 2006: 11-14
  • A win-win US strategy for dealing with Iran WASHINGTON QUARTERLY McFaul, M., Milani, A., Diamond, L. 2006; 30 (1): 121-138
  • Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq Diamond , L. Times Books. 2005
  • What Went Wrong and Right in Iraq Nation-Building: Beyond Afghanistan and Iraq Diamond , L. 2005
  • Beyond Incrementalism: A New U.S. Strategy for Dealing with Iran Hoover Institution Press McFaul, M. A., Diamond, L., Milani, A. 2005
  • Building democracy after conflict - Introduction JOURNAL OF DEMOCRACY Plattner, M. F. 2005; 16 (1): 5-8
  • World Religions and Democracy edited by Diamond, L., Plattner, M. F., Costopoulos, P. J. The Johns Hopkins University Press . 2005
  • Assessing the Quality of Democracy edited by Diamond , L., Morlino, L. Johns Hopkins University Press . 2005
  • Empowering the Poor: What Does Democracy Have to Do with It? Measuring Empowerment: Cross Disciplinary Perspectives Diamond , L. 2005
  • The quality of democracy - An overview JOURNAL OF DEMOCRACY Diamond, L., Morlino, L. 2004; 15 (4): 20-31
  • What went wrong in Iraq FOREIGN AFFAIRS Diamond, L. 2004; 83 (5): 34-?
  • Nigeria's Struggle for Democracy and Good Governance: A Festschrift for Oyeleye Oyediran Onwuiwe , E. edited by Agbaje, A. A., Diamond, L. Ibadan University Press. 2004
  • Promoting Real Reform in Africa Democratic Reform in Africa: The Quality of Progress Diamond , L. Lynne Rienner Publishers. 2004
  • Universal democracy? POLICY REVIEW Diamond, L. 2003: 3-25
  • Species of political parties - A new typology PARTY POLITICS Gunther, R., Diamond, L. 2003; 9 (2): 167-199
  • The Rule of Law as Transition to Democracy in China Journal of Contemporary China Diamond, L. 2003; 12 (35)
  • Islam and Democracy in the Middle East Diamond, L., Plattner, M. F., Brumberg, D. Johns Hopkins Univeristy Press. 2003
  • Institutional Design, Ethnic Conflict Management, and Democracy in Nigeria The Architecture of Democracy: Constitutional Design, Conflict Mangement and Democracy Diamond, L., Suberu, R. Oxford University Press. 2002
  • Democracy After Communism Plattner, M. F. edited by Diamond, L. Johns Hopkins University Press. 2002
  • Consolidating Democracies Comparing Democracies: New Challenges in the Study of Elections and Voting Diamond , L. Sage. 2002
  • Promoting Democratic Governance U.S. Agency for International Development, Foreign Aid in the National Interest: Promoting Freedom, Security, and Opportunity Diamond, L. U.S. Agency for International Development. 2002: 33-53
  • Foreword to "Federalism and Ethnic Conflict in Nigeria" Federalism and Ethnic Conflict in Nigeria Diamond , L. U.S. Institute of Peace. 2001
  • How People View Democracy: Halting Progress in Korea and Taiwan Journal of Democracy Chu, Y., Diamond , L. 2001; 12 (1)
  • Anatomy of an Earthquake: How the KMT Lost and the DPP Won the 2000 Presidential Election Taiwan's Presidential Politics: Democratization and Cross-Strait Relations in the 21st Century Diamond, L. M.E. Sharpe . 2001
  • Building a World of Liberal Democracies Foreign Policy for America's Third Century: Alternative Perspectives Diamond , L. Hoover Institutution Press . 2001
  • Political Parties and Democracy edited by Diamond , L., Gunther , R. Johns Hopkins University Press . 2001
  • The Global Divergence of Democracies Diamond , L., Plattner , M. F. Johns Hopkins University Press . 2001
  • The global state of democracy CURRENT HISTORY Diamond, L. 2000; 99 (641): 413-418
  • Is Pakistan the (reverse) wave of the future? JOURNAL OF DEMOCRACY Diamond, L. 2000; 11 (3): 91-?
  • Consolidating democracy in the Americas Diamond, L. SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC. 1997: 12-41
  • THE GLOBAL IMPERATIVE - BUILDING A DEMOCRATIC WORLD-ORDER CURRENT HISTORY Diamond, L. 1994; 93 (579): 1-7
  • EX-AFRICA - A NEW DEMOCRATIC SPIRIT HAS LOOSENED THE GRIP OF AFRICAN DICTATORIAL RULE TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT Diamond, L. 1993: 3-4
  • PROMOTING DEMOCRACY FOREIGN POLICY Diamond, L. 1992: 25-46
  • ECONOMIC-DEVELOPMENT AND DEMOCRACY RECONSIDERED AMERICAN BEHAVIORAL SCIENTIST Diamond, L. 1992; 35 (4-5): 450-499
  • BEYOND AUTHORITARIANISM AND TOTALITARIANISM - STRATEGIES FOR DEMOCRATIZATION WASHINGTON QUARTERLY Diamond, L. 1989; 12 (1): 141-163
  • CLASS FORMATION IN THE SWOLLEN AFRICAN STATE JOURNAL OF MODERN AFRICAN STUDIES Diamond, L. 1987; 25 (4): 567-596
  • BUILDING AND SUSTAINING DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT IN DEVELOPING-COUNTRIES - SOME TENTATIVE FINDINGS WORLD AFFAIRS Diamond, L., LIPSET, S. M., Linz, J. 1987; 150 (1): 5-19
  • NIGERIA BETWEEN DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY CURRENT HISTORY Diamond, L. 1987; 86 (520): 201-?
  • ISSUES IN THE CONSTITUTIONAL DESIGN OF A THIRD NIGERIAN REPUBLIC AFRICAN AFFAIRS Diamond, L. 1987; 86 (343): 209-226
  • EFFECTS OF INVESTMENT DEPENDENCE ON ECONOMIC-GROWTH - ROLE OF INTERNAL STRUCTURAL CHARACTERISTICS AND PERIODS IN THE WORLD-ECONOMY INTERNATIONAL STUDIES QUARTERLY Gobalet, J. G., DIAMOND, L. J. 1979; 23 (3): 412-444
  • DEMOCRACYS RACE AGAINST TIME NATION Diamond, L. 1975; 220 (18): 558-562
  • BOOM TIME ALONG SUEZ NATION Diamond, L. 1975; 220 (22): 680-684