The Struggle to Build Free Societies with Larry Diamond.
Diamond, a Democracy expert and former advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, discusses his new book The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World.
Larry J. Diamond
Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor by courtesy of political science and sociology at Stanford University. Diamond is a professor at the Center on Democracy on Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. He is also co-editor of the Journal of Democracy and co-director of the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy.
He has written and edited numerous articles and books on democracy in developing countries and the problems of development and corruption, particularly in Africa and Asia. Dr. Diamond has also served as a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development and co-authored its recent report, Foreign Aid in the National Interest.
Executive Director, The Truman Project
Rachel Kleinfeld is the founder of the Truman Project. Rachel previously served as a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she worked on information-sharing across the military, intelligence, and law enforcement communities, homeland security, and trade and security issues. She has also been a consultant to the Center for Security and International Studies on biosecurity and bioterrorism response issues. Rachel is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Blue Fund, a progressive mutual fund.
Rachel maintains a strong interest in efforts to strengthen weak states through the rule of law, human rights, security, and development. She has consulted for numerous private, public, nonprofit, and international organizations regarding building strong police, judicial, and legal structures in weak states. She has also worked in India, Israel, and Eastern Europe for human rights, economic development, and rule of law building nonprofit organizations. Rachel's commentary has appeared in radio, television, and in multiple books, journals, and newspapers, including The Washington Post, the LA Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
A Rhodes Scholar and a Truman Scholar, Rachel received her B.A. from Yale University and her M. Phil in International Relations from St. Antony's College, Oxford.
Larry Diamond, author of The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World, argues that many new democracies around the globe are in danger of collapse due to bad governance and political corruption.