North Africa Faces the Pandemic, Probing Democracy, and other events


North Africa Faces the Pandemic: Carnegie’s Middle East Program invites you to an online discussion on the pandemic’s effect on vulnerable populations in Egypt, Mauritania, Morocco & Tunisia. Acting Sada editor-in-chief Rafiah Al-Talei will provide a short introduction, followed by a screening of short documentaries. The National Endowment for Democracy’s Fatima Hadji, Intissar Fakir, Timothy Kaldas, and Intissar Kherigi will comment on the broad socioeconomic effects of the pandemic. Carnegie Program Director & National Endowment for Democracy board member Michele Dunne will moderate. October 07, 2021. 11:00 AM—12:00 PM EDT (UTC-4) Live Online. RSVP

Chinese State Capitalism: Diagnosis and Prognosis: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) holds a virtual discussion on a new report. Panelists: Daniel Crosby, partner at King & Spalding; Lingling Wei, chief China correspondent, Wall Street Journal; Jude Blanchette, CSIS chair in China studies; and Scott Kennedy, CSIS chair in Chinese business and economics. 11:30 a.m.: October 7, 2021. Register here.

Turning Corrosive Capital Into Constructive Capital: New case studies by SGI and BRI Monitor spotlight how Chinese-funded projects have exploited and widened governance gaps in recipient countries. CIPE and its partners have created a robust assessment tool to help identify problem areas and incorporate policies and laws that promote transparency and accountability, and limit public financial exposure. A panel will take stock of research on Chinese investment in Myanmar, analyze the situation on the ground, and discuss concrete ways to mitigate the impact of corrosive capital. Thursday, October 7, 2021. 9 AM ET | 8 PM Bangkok | 9 PM Manila Register HERE.

Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict: The Hudson Institute hosts a virtual book discussion. Panelists: author Elbridge Colby; Nadia Schadlow, Hudson senior fellow & National Endowment for Democracy board member; Michael Pillsbury, Hudson director for Chinese strategy; and Kenneth Weinstein, Hudson fellow. 12 noon. October 8, 2021. Register here.

Probing Democracy: The CEU Democracy Institute’s (DI) “Probing Democracy” conference is a two-day hybrid, online and offline event to be held on the premises of the DI in Budapest on October 7 and 8, 2021. The event showcases the richness of the scholarly work conducted at DI on the crises and resilience of democratic societies. Thursday, October 7, 2021, 9:30 am – Friday, October 8, 2021, 3:30 pm CET. Full details here.

Structuring a New Alliance of Democracies: Catholic University of Portugal’s Institute for Political Studies hosts the Estoril Political Forum 2021 on the 80th Anniversary of the Atlantic Charter, October 18 – 20, 2021. The event will feature government officials, think tank researchers, and intellectuals. Further details here.

On the Frontlines of Democracy: Carnegie Council hosts a virtual Global Ethics Day Special Event to hear from those fighting on the frontlines to uphold democracy. Panelists include Nathan Law, Hong Kong democratic activist and former legislator; Wai Hnin Pwint Thon, senior advocacy officer, Burma Campaign UK, and more. Wednesday, October 20, 2021 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM ET. Register here.

Countering Legal Threats to Media Freedom: Journalists around the world are facing a significant, yet often hidden, challenge to their role as public watchdogs. The use of vexatious legal threats – Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (SLAPP) – have proliferated globally in recent years. The event will specifically look at the dual role the UK plays both as a promotor of media freedom through its Global Campaign and as a leading international source of vexatious threats against journalists (as underscored by the findings of FPC’s 2020 Unsafe for Scrutiny survey). The Justice for Journalists (JFJ) Foundation and the Foreign Policy Centre host the first UK anti-SLAPP conference to be held on Monday 22nd November and Tuesday 23rd November 2021. RSVP

SAVE THE DATE: 27 October.

US, Asia, and Europe: Toward a Common Democratic Agenda

In the face of antidemocratic trends and the growing influence of authoritarian states, greater cooperation among the world’s leading democracies will be vital in defending the future of democracy. This event will bring together leading voices from three continents to discuss concrete ways in which the US, European, and Asian democracies can work together to defend democratic norms and values across the globe. Panelists will discuss specific ideas for governmental and nongovernmental action to build a stronger trilateral partnership, and how these efforts can leverage the Biden Administration’s goal of strengthening the alliance between democracies to pursue a common agenda.

Panelists: Bi-Khim Hsiao, Representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO); Žygimantas Pavilionis, Chair, Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas); Alina Polyakova, President and CEO, Center for European Policy Analysis; Maiko Ichihara, Associate Professor, Hitotsubashi University, Japan. Moderator: Carl Gershman, Former President, National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

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