Can the U.S. still advance democracy abroad?





U.S. President Joe Biden has promised to convene a Global Summit for Democracy during his first year in order to “strengthen our democratic institutions, honestly confront the challenge of nations that are backsliding, and forge a common agenda to address threats to our common values,” the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace observes. Some argue such a U.S.-hosted summit is too unwieldy; too complicated, especially regarding who to invite; or, in view of the United States’ own democracy deficit, not credible. Others believe that if properly structured, such a summit might help address that deficit and develop a new blueprint for U.S. global engagement on democracy.

Frances Z. Brown, Bruce W. Jentleson, and Stewart Patrick sit down with Aaron David Miller to discuss these and other issues. February 04, 2021 – 11:00 AM—12:00 PM EST Live Online RSVP

On January 8, 2021, the Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) elected a new Chairman, Kenneth Wollack, as well as six new members to its Board of Directors:  Jessica AdelmanRoxanne Brown,  Ambassador Reuben BrigetyScott TaylorAmbassador Kelley Currie, and Minxin Pei.

Representative Karen Bass, and former Representatives Peter Roskam and David Skaggs will serve as Vice Chairs of the NED Board of Directors. Michele Dunne will serve as Treasurer, and Jayne Kurzman as Secretary.

“The NED Board will greatly benefit from the leadership of Ken Wollack during this important time of transition for both our government and for NED,” said NED president Carl Gershman. “Ken’s extensive knowledge of the democracy assistance field, and the NED family of institutions in particular, is unmatched. I have greatly benefited from his support and guidance for many years and it gives me great confidence to know that he will be guiding the Board during the critical period ahead.”

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