Democracy expert to lecture on stabilizing Iraq

Author: Arts and Letters


Larry Diamond, a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, will deliver a lecture titled “Can Iraq Be Stabilized?” at 6p.m. Nov. 27 (Tuesday) in the Hesburgh Center auditorium at the University of Notre Dame.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

Diamond will discuss the political implications of the current stalemate in Iraq, and why achieving a national political bargain is vital to stabilizing Iraq and preventing a descent into a much larger and bloodier civil war. In 2004, Diamond served as a senior advisor on governance to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad.

At Stanford, Diamond is professor by courtesy of political science and sociology and the coordinator of the democracy program of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law within the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He is founding coeditor of the Journal of Democracy.

He is also co-director of the National Endowment for Democracy’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, which sponsors scholarly research and publications and coordinates an international network of democracy research institutes.

Carr has advised and lectured to the World Bank, United Nations, State Department and other governmental and non-governmental agencies dealing with governance and development. Currently he serves as a member of USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid.

He is now lecturing and writing about the challenges of post-conflict state-building in Iraq, and about the challenges of democratic development and democracy promotion worldwide. His book “The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World” will be published in 2008 by Times Books.

While at Notre Dame, Diamond also will deliver a lecture titled “The Globalization of Democracy,” at 12:30p.m. Nov. 27 (Tuesday) in C103 Hesburgh Center.

Contact: Dawn Dinovo, events coordinator, Kellogg Institute, 574-631-4150 or

Originally published by Elizabeth Rankin at on November 16, 2007.