Lonely at the Barricades? How to strengthen the global defense of democracy


The White House’s Summit for Democracy, beginning December 9, is designed to rally democratic countries to meet authoritarian challenges, notes the Wilson Center. It hosts a discussion of the summit’s objectives and how it could achieve its urgent goals. It will also release a collection of short papers examining the strengths and weaknesses of multilateral organizations in defending democracy, and policy options to bolster and complement these institutions.

Lonely at the Barricades: How to Strengthen the Global Defense of Democracy.

Introduction – Benjamin Gedan, Deputy Director, Latin American Program, Director, Argentina Project; Keynote – Allison Lombardo, Deputy assistant secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

Speakers: Dan Baer, Former U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE); Vincent Chao, Former political director for the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO); Miriam Kornblith, Senior Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, National Endowment for Democracy; Helen Kezie-Nwoha, Executive director, Women’s International Peace Centre. Moderator: Nick Schifrin, Foreign affairs and defense correspondent, PBS NewsHour. Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. 11:00am – 12:00pm ET RTWT

As part of the upcoming virtual Summit for Democracy, which will be hosted by President Biden on December 9-10, 2021, the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute and the House Democracy Partnership host four live-streamed virtual sessions that bring together legislative leaders to exchange ideas on how to advance democracy through strong and independent legislative institutions.

  • Addressing Global Threats to Democracy through Empowered and Effective Legislative Institutions – December 2, 2021, 8-8:45 am EST RSVP
  • Curbing Authoritarianism through Strong Legislatures and the Defense of Democratic Institutions and Principles – December 2, 2021, 9-11 am EST RSVP
  • Advancing Integrity through Parliaments – How Parliaments Can Lead the Fight Against Corruption and Kleptocracy – December 3, 2021, 8-10 am EST RSVP
  • Parliament’s Role to Defend & Safeguard Human Rights: Inclusive Lawmaking, Holding Bad Actors Accountable, and Protecting Mechanisms to Redress Grievances – December 7, 2021, 8-10 am EST RSVP
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