How safe is America’s democracy?

In a critical election year, experts look at the threats to American democracy.

Members event, Panel Recording
14 March 2024 — 6:00PM TO 7:00PM
Chatham House and Online

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— In a critical election year, experts look at the threats to American democracy.

Still raw in people’s minds, there is a nervousness around the stability of US democracy in the first presidential election since the events of 6 January 2021 at the US Capitol.

Extremism is now viewed by many as major threat to the country. Radical ideologies and conspiracies have been unfolding over many decades and now pose a threat to the foundations of the American democratic system. There is concern for the safety and security of the country when the election results are confirmed in late 2024.

The threat is not confined to the physical space. Mis- and dis-information online provide new technological challenges to the authorities, notably the rise of AI and deep fakes, to keep the election process fair and ordered. Will America be able to overcome these challenging times as it heads to the polls in November?

Experts will discuss:

  • What are the most prominent threats to American democracy today?
  • Is the greater threat from abroad or at home?
  • How has the security establishment responded since 6 January to country attempts to undermine the American electoral process?
  • What can the American election tell us about the threat and potential responses to political violence?

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