Threats to freedom and democracy 2021

Can democracy recover from 15 years of global decline?

Members event, Panel
9 March 2021 — 5:00PM TO 6:00PM

Over the last year, the global health crisis has presented authoritarian leaders in countries such as Belarus, Venezuela and Sri Lanka with an opportunity to further curtail civil liberties under the guise of pandemic control.

Division and dysfunction has grown in a number of major democracies including India. Meanwhile, China has been a staunch and increasingly influential proponent of alternative models of governance internationally, arguing that democracy may not be the best system to deal with new and unprecedented threats. Against this backdrop, Freedom House’s most recent report marks the 15th consecutive year of declining freedom and democracy globally.

In this discussion, the panellists explore the way forward for global democracy:

  • Is democracy in crisis?

  • What will be the negative impacts of COVID-19 on long-term democratic prospects and can they be mitigated?

  • In which countries could popular protests lead the way forward for a democratic renewal?

  • And will the Biden administration reengage the United States’ foreign policy with supporting democracy abroad?

As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.

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