The Democratic Statecraft Lab aims to harness the ample expertise of University of Virginia researchers to explore questions that will determine democracy’s place in the coming world order. Its objectives are threefold:

  1. Promote innovative, multi-disciplinary scholarship about the history, foundations, consequences, and ethics of democratic leadership in global affairs.
  2. Inform public and policy discourse about national strategy by establishing durable channels of communication between University of Virginia researchers, policy practitioners, and the public.
  3. Prepare the next generation of scholars, public servants, and citizens to face tomorrow’s challenges to the liberal international order.

The Lab aims to generate innovative scholarship on democratic grand strategy through faculty research and support of our doctoral research associates program. The lab sponsors research projects related to its three areas of study: Defending Democracy, Democracy's Competitors and Democratic Prosperity. The lab also sponsors a Colloquium Series, Conversations in Statecraft, and the Statecraft Series to increase engagement with the broader community of democratic statecraft scholars.