Can Democracy Survive?

In the face of democratic backsliding around the world, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Anne Applebaum and Richard Haass discuss what needs to happen for democracy to survive.

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Host
  • Richard Haass
    President, Council on Foreign Relations
Episode Guests
  • Anne E. Applebaum
    Staff Writer, Atlantic

Show Notes

About This Episode

 

Will democracy have to evolve to survive in the twenty-first century? Richard Haass sits down with Pulitzer Prize–winning author Anne Applebaum to discuss this question and more on the second episode of Nine Questions for the World. What lessons can the United States learn from other democracies? And how alarmed should Americans be about democratic backsliding?  

 

This podcast series was originally presented as “The 21st Century World: Big Challenges and Big Ideas,” an event series in celebration of CFR’s centennial. This episode is based on a live event that took place on May 4, 2021.

 

See the corresponding video here.

 

Dig Deeper

 

From Anne Applebaum

 

The Bad Guys Are Winning,” Atlantic

 

How to Put Out Democracy’s Dumpster Fire,” Atlantic

 

There are many ways for democracy to fail,” Washington Post

 

From CFR 

 

Elliott Abrams, “Reorganizing U.S. Promotion of Democracy and Human Rights” 

 

Stewart M. Patrick, “With the United States Backsliding, Who Will Defend Democracy in the World?

 

Yascha Mounk, “How Populism Has Proven Lethal in This Pandemic” 

 

Democracy Tested: The Global Democratic Recession, With Yascha Mounk,” The President’s Inbox

 

John Campbell and Nolan Quinn, “What’s Happening to Democracy in Africa?

 

Read More

 

Jill Lepore, “The Last Time Democracy Almost Died,” New Yorker

 

Robert Kagan, “Is Democracy in Decline? The Weight of Geopolitics,” Brookings Institution

 

Marc Rotenberg, “Democracy and the Internet,” New York Times

 

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How democracies can win the war on reality,” Democracy Works, Penn State McCourtney Institute for Democracy

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