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Re-Thinking Democracy Promotion Amidst Rising Authoritarianism

Thank you everyone for attending our event. We will be posting the sessions online in the coming days.

Original program below:

The crisis caused by Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has highlighted the threat to freedom posed by kleptocratic autocracies. The world is watching how the democratic community of nations responds to Putin’s brazen attack not only against Ukraine but against the very concept of freedom and the ability of people to choose their own political destiny. Much is at stake, for authoritarian regimes pose a danger not only to their own populations through suppression of human rights but to others as well. This requires a re-examination of democracy promotion, the threats it faces, and how best to advance it.

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9:00-9:30 Registration and Coffee

9:30–9:40 Opening Remarks

Charles Davidson, Publisher and CEO of The American Interest and Board Member of Freedom House

9:40 – 10:00 Democracy Promotion in the World of Vladimir Putin
Speaker via Recorded Video:
Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University and Europe Center Research Affiliate

10:00 – 10:40 200+ Years of American Values in Foreign Policy
Walter Russell Mead, Editor-at-Large at The American Interest and James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College

10:40 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:15 Do the Internal Affairs of Other Nations Matter to Us?
Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations
Michael Mandelbaum, Christian A. Herter Professor and Director of the American Foreign Policy program at SAIS
Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Board Member of Freedom House

David J. Kramer, President of Freedom House

12:15 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:15 The Authoritarian Temptation – And the Need To Push Back
via Recorded Video: Josef Joffe, Publisher and Editor of Die Zeit and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford
Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow at Brookings

2:15 – 3:45 The Authoritarian Threat
Andrew Nathan, Professor at Columbia University and Board Member of Freedom House
Zainab al-Suwaj, Co-founder and Executive Director of the American Islamic Congress and Board Member of Freedom House
Ruth Wedgwood, Edward B. Burling Chair in International Law and Diplomacy at SAIS and Board Vice Chair of Freedom House
David J. Kramer, President of Freedom House

Carla Anne Robbins, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and Clinical Professor of National Security Studies at Baruch College/CUNY

3:45 – 4:00 Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:00 How Can We Do Better?
Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy
Thomas Carothers, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Daniel Calingaert, Executive Vice President of Freedom House

Adam Garfinkle, Editor of The American Interest

5:00 Closing Remarks by David J. Kramer

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