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Rise of Authoritarianism and Retreat of Democracy

Milton Bearden, Jack Devine, Jonathan Ward, and Jonathan Michael Meyer

73 --This is the number of countries where the state of democracy has declined according to Freedom House – it’s the biggest gap in 15 years as some in power around the world have leveraged the pandemic to quell dissent and consolidate power.

For too long, the world has watched instability and rising authoritarianism in hot spots from Sudan to Venezuela to the Philippines and more. This week alone, with crises from Kazakhstan to Ukraine, the threat to democracy and international norms takes center stage with high stakes negotiations in Europe.

Our esteemed panel considers threats to democracy in Russia, China and elsewhere.

Moderated by Jonathan Meyer, it will feature three prominent speakers who have spent their careers promoting democracy.

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