Are democracies losing out to authoritarian regimes?


In just a few years, Hong Kong has turned from a free city into an authoritarian police state. Freedom: How we Lose it and How we Fight Back, a new book from Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law, narrates the story of the dismantling of free and open society in Hong Kong and the authoritarian influence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Once the youngest lawmaker ever elected to Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, Nathan Law is now living in exile, fighting for democracy from afar.

The National Endowment for Democracy, National Democratic Institute, and International Republican Institute host a discussion in which Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Atlantic staff writer Anne Applebaum will engage Nathan Law, Zumretay Arkin, Program Manager, World Uyghur Congress; Pema Doma, Campaigns Director, Students for a Free Tibet; and Teng Biao, Pozen Visiting Professor, University of Chicago, in a conversation about how to build solidarity, opportunities for democratic activism in exile, and how to counter the global repression of the CCP. With opening remarks by Damon Wilson, President & CEO, National Endowment for Democracy. Tuesday, December 14, 2021. 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. RSVP

Freedom: How we Lose it and How we Fight Back by Nathan Law, is available for purchase through Politics & Prose with an exclusive 10% discount using the code SPECIAL10. 

Talking Diplomacy hosts the second out of three Conversations on Democracy recorded during the high-level Future of Democracy forum held in Vilnius on November 19-21, 2021.

In the episode above, Linas Kojala, Director of Eastern Europe Science Centre, asks Jonas Parello-Plesner, Program Director at the Alliance of Democracies, and Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law if democracy is truly losing out to authoritarian regimes. 

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