Global health expert Thomas J. Bollyky explores the paradox in our fight against infectious disease: the world is getting healthier in ways that should make us worry.
Democratic governance has not been a focus of global health initiatives in recent years. Many of the countries that experienced the greatest improvements in life expectancy have been autocracies, and they have accomplished their health gains with the heavy support of foreign aid. But new research suggests that elections and health are becoming increasingly inseparable. Please join us on March 14, 2019, for a discussion of democracy and health. The opening remarks will present a forthcoming study in the Lancet, which is the first to comprehensively assess the link between democracy and cause-specific mortality, covering 170 countries over 36 years. The first part of the meeting will discuss the measurements of democracy, mortality, and health spending and their evolution. The second part will examine democracy and governance promotion and ideas for extending its reach.To respond to this invitation, please click the Register or Decline button. For more information, please contact Diana Schoder at email@example.com or by phone at 202.509.8602. OPENING REMARKSThomas J. Bollyky, Senior Fellow and Director of the Global Health Program, Council on Foreign Relations SPEAKERS (PART ONE)Joseph L. Dieleman, Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington Simon Wigley, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair, Bilkent University Alyssa Ayres (Presider), Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations SPEAKERS (PART TWO)Thomas Carothers, Senior Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace V. Kate Somvongsiri, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development Thomas J. Bollyky (Presider), Senior Fellow and Director of the Global Health Program, Council on Foreign Relations
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Program DirectorThomas J. Bollyky
Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development and Director of the Global Health Program