The Future of Democracy Symposium

Monday and Tuesday, April 8–9, 2019
Future of Democracy Symposium
Thomas Carothers

Senior Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

J. Bradford DeLong

Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley

Senior Fellow for Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

John B. Judis

Author, The Nationalist Revival: Trade, Immigration, and the Revolt Against Globalization and The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics

Shanthi A. Kalathil

Senior Director, International Forum for Democratic Studies, National Endowment for Democracy

Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia, Council on Foreign Relations; 
A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA; @JoshKurlantzick

Adrienne LeBas

Associate Professor, American University

Assistant Professor of International Political Economy, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Vice President, Deputy Director of Studies, and Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; @shannonkoneil

Catherine Rampell

Op-ed Columnist, Washington Post

Laura M. Rosenberger

Director and Senior Fellow, Alliance for Securing Democracy, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Ira A. Lipman Chair in Emerging Technologies and National Security and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations; Author, The Hacked World Order: How Nations Fight, Trade, Maneuver, and Manipulate in the Digital Age; @adschina

Thomas Shannon, Jr.

Senior International Policy Advisor, Arnold & Porter; former Undersecretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State (2016-2018); former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil (2010-2013)

Dan Slater

Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professor of Emerging Democracies and Director, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, University of Michigan

Deborah Amos

International Correspondent, NPR

John C. Bussey

Associate Editor, Wall Street Journal

Carol A. Giacomo

Editorial Board Member, New York Times

Gary Rosen

Editor, Weekend Review, Wall Street Journal

Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran

U.S. Business Editor, Economist

Introductory Remarks

Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Council on Foreign Relations

The Future of Democracy symposium was held on April 9 and 10, 2019. The event convened CFR scholars and experts from think tanks and academic institutions to examine the state of democratic governments around the world, the roles of economics, identity, and technology in empowering or undermining democracy, and what steps governments can take to protect and promote democracy at home and abroad. 

Presented as part of the Rita Hauser Annual Event, the symposium was made possible by the generous support of the Hauser Foundation. 

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