Promoting healthy democracy

Proponents of democracy worry that it is under unprecedented threat. At the Korbel School, students dive into the complexities of democracy and democratization alongside Nader Hashemi, director of the Center for Middle East Studies, where scholars examine one of the world’s most interesting case studies for democracy — Muslim societies. That global perspective on democracy allows for a closer inspection of America’s own systems, which are often under the microscope at the Scrivner Institute of Public Policy, where students blend ethics and leadership skills with hands-on experience and analytics. That continues at the annual Korbel Dinner, where the likes of Joe Biden, John Kerry, alumna Condoleezza Rice and Madeline Albright, the daughter of Korbel’s namesake, share their insights with students, alumni and friends of the school.

Faculty Spotlight


Nader Hashemi

Associate Professor; Cert Director, Religion & Intl

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Micheline Ishay


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Timothy Sisk

Timothy D. Sisk

Professor; Director, ICRS

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Faculty Publications

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The Levant Express

The enormous sense of optimism unleashed by the Arab Spring in 2011 gave way to widespread suffering and despair. Of the many popular uprisings, Tunisia’s now stands alone as a beacon of hope for sustainable human rights progress. Libya is a failed state; Egypt returned to military dictatorship; the Gulf States suppressed popular protests and tightened control; and Syria and Yemen are ravaged by civil war. Challenging the widely shared pessimism among regional experts, Professor Ishay charts bold and realistic pathways for human rights. Read more. 

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Migration and Integration

Migration and Integration clarifies and proposes answers for all of the politically toxic questions associated with large-scale migration from the Global South to the Western liberal democracies. Driven by the conviction that the Alt-Right is using the issues of migration and integration effectively to batter the defenses of liberal democracy, Professor Farer argues that despite its strength, the moral case for open borders should be rejected and that while broadly tolerant of different life styles, the state should enforce core liberal values. Read more. 

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