Diamonstein-Spielvogel Project on the Future of Democracy

Project Overview

Democratic government has been regressing across the globe for more than a decade. Even the United States, the world’s oldest continuous democracy, has seen its democratic norms and practices eroded by rising inequality, populism, political polarization, institutional decay, and misinformation. Other current democracies teeter on the verge of becoming autocracies, potentially producing tectonic shifts in global power and exacerbating economic inequality and social tensions. And the COVID19 pandemic threatens to accelerate these trends. 

The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Project on the Future of Democracy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) aims to identify threats to the health of democracies around the globe and to recommend steps that policymakers, business leaders, civil society organizations, and citizens can take to reverse the erosion of democratic norms and values.

This project is made possible by the generous support of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation. 

Experts

Elliot Abrams profile picture
Elliott Abrams

Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies

Paul J. Angelo
Paul J. Angelo

Fellow for Latin America Studies

Thomas J. Bollyky
Thomas J. Bollyky

Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development and Director of the Global Health Program

Max Boot
Max Boot

Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies

John Campbell
John Campbell

Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies

Steven A. Cook
Steven A. Cook

Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies and Director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars

Michelle Gavin
Michelle Gavin

Senior Fellow for Africa Studies

Yanzhong Huang
Yanzhong Huang

Senior Fellow for Global Health

Joshua Kurlantzick
Joshua Kurlantzick

Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia

Matthias Matthijs
Matthias Matthijs

Senior Fellow for Europe

Yascha Mounk
Yascha Mounk

Senior Fellow

Shannon K. O'Neil
Shannon K. O'Neil

Vice President, Deputy Director of Studies, and Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies

Stewart M. Patrick
Stewart M. Patrick

James H. Binger Senior Fellow in Global Governance and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program

Gideon Rose
Gideon Rose

Mary and David Boies Distinguished Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy

All CFR Work on Democracy

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