Democracy, Populism, & Domestic Politics, Global Governance, United States Watch Now: Can Democracy Advance in Challenging Times?

April 6, 2021
By Perry World House

Democracies across the globe are under pressure internally and externally. Internally, they face protests, scandals, voting controversies, and even insurrection. Externally, meanwhile, democracies are contending with challenges posed by authoritarian regimes, which have sought to outcompete democratic states and outmaneuver the liberal international order.

What are the factors at play in these challenges to democracy, both domestic and international? And in this context, how can democracy advance effectively? Could a summit for democracies as discussed by U.S. President Joe Biden and others help to advance democracy in these challenging times?

Perry World House and the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy hosted a high-level panel discussion on these issues with some of the world’s top experts on democracies, featuring CEO of The Carter Center Paige Alexander; Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Larry Diamond; Head of Democracy Assessment at International IDEA Annika Silva-Leander; and Perry World House Visiting Fellow Ambassador Henri-Paul Normandin.

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