Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow,Hoover Institution; Professor, Centeron Democracy, Development and theRule of Law, Stanford University


The Spirit of Democracy

Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; Professor, Center

on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University

In 1974, nearly three-quarters of all countries

were dictatorships; today, more than

half are democracies. Diamond contends,

however, that recent efforts to promote

democracy have stumbled and that many

democratic governments are faltering. He

explains that the desire for democracy

runs deep, even in very poor countries,

and proposes that even entrenched regimes

like Iran and China could become

democracies within a generation.
Produced by The Club's International Relations Memeber-Led Forum

This program was recorded in front of a live audience on May 7, 2008