Promoting healthy democracy

Effective democratic governance is crucial to solving all the other great challenges of our time, yet democracy is under unprecedented threat around the world. Misinformation and extreme partisanship, the rise of populist authoritarian leaders, and other democratic dysfunctions have led to a loss of trust that democracies can solve societal problems.

Through our annual Denver Democracy Summit, the Korbel School is a global leader in convening the best minds on these issues. At Korbel, students can draw on virtually all of our research centers and institutes, including the state of democracy in the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe at the Institute for Comparative and Regional Studies; U.S. politics at the Center for American Politics and the Scrivner Institute of Public Policy; and the long-term prospects for democracy at the Pardee Center for International Futures.

Faculty Spotlight

Timothy Sisk

Timothy D. Sisk


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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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