Does Democracy Matter? The United States and Global Democracy Support


Date : Fri., September 8, 2017 Category : Conferences/Symposia


Co-Sponsored by Perry World House, Penn Law – CERL, and Penn Department of Russian and East European Studies


Does Democracy MatterLiberal democracy is under siege globally, and the traditional U.S. policy of defending democracy abroad is very much in question. This half-day conference is inspired by FPRI’s new book, which explores the issues in the debate over whether the support of democracy abroad should remain a significant component of American foreign policy – or not. These issues have taken on sharp new relevance with the Trump administration’s downgrading of democracy support. Does democracy abroad still matter to U.S. security interests? Do democracies make safer neighbors and better allies? Does democracy promote peace, security, and economic prosperity? How should the U.S. deal with the democratic recession of the past decade and the authoritarian counter-offensive that has reversed some of the spectacular democracy gains of the 15 years following the fall of the Berlin Wall? Where and how can U.S. democracy assistance be delivered effectively? These are the issues that will be discussed with prominent experts in the field.

Topics and Speakers

Registration


09/08/2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks


09/08/2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.


Panel I: Progress of Liberal Democracy Since 1989, and the Authoritarian Counteroffensive


09/08/2017 - 10:10 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.
Thomas Melia

George W. Bush Institute; USAID

Mitchell Orenstein

FPRI; UPenn

Tarun Chhbara

Perry World House; Brookings Institution

Claire Finkelstein

Moderator

CERL, UPenn Law School


Break


09/08/2017 - 11:25 a.m. to 11:35 a.m.

Panel II: The United States and Democracy Support -- Does Democracy Matter?


09/08/2017 - 11:40 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Adrian A. Basora

FPRI

Sarah Bush

FPRI; Temple University

Melinda Haring

FPRI; UkraineAlert; Atlantic Council

Sean L. Yom

Moderator

FPRI; Temple University


Lunch Break


09/08/2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Keynote Remarks, followed by a conversation with William Burke-White


09/08/2017 - 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Thomas Carothers

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

William Burke-White

Perry World House


Reception and Book-signing


09/08/2017 - 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location


Venue


Perry World House


University of Pennsylvania 3803 Locust Walk PA Philadelphia 19104

Registration links


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Register Deadline


Thu., September 7, 2017

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