FP Virtual Dialogue: Uniting Political Parties to Defend Democracy

How can officials build political bridges in the wake of democratic crises?

Few events have garnered such multipartisan alignment as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Spurred by the global outcry, lawmakers on both sides of the U.S. political aisle have come out publicly in favor of increasing sanctions against Russia and expanding aid to Ukraine. Political parties within Ukraine have coalesced under the unifying goal of defending their country against Russia’s attacks. Building similar political bridges in governments around the world will be essential to defending democracies and addressing the complex and global challenges of our time.

What key issues and unique aspects have led to this broad agreement on aid to Ukraine? How are political parties around the world responding to the crisis and reaching agreement in their responses? What are the lessons that lawmakers have taken from this crisis that can be applied to bolster safety of those in conflict zones and protect democracy in the future?

Against the backdrop of the crisis in Ukraine and global democratic backsliding, Foreign Policy, in partnership with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), will convene government and civil society leaders to explore the dynamics that are fostering collaboration among major political parties and how closer ties can be nurtured around the world.  

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Thomas A. Daschle

Chair of National Democratic Institute (NDI) and Former Senator from South Dakota
Senator Daschle is the Founder and CEO of The Daschle Group, A Public Policy Advisory of Baker Donelson. Senator Daschle served his home state, South Dakota, in the Senate from ...

Maryna Bardina

Member of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Co-chair of the Equal Opportunities Caucus (EOC)
Maryna Bardina, 29 y.o., was elected as MP to the ninth convocation of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in 2019. Bardina joined the Servant of the People party as a gender expert in Ma...
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Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze

Member of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Chair of the Committee of Ukraine's Integration into the European Union
Ivanna entered politics after the Revolution of Dignity in 2014. Prior to that, she worked in civil society and journalism sector. In 2007-2011, Ms. Klympush-Tsintsadze chaired ...
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Senator Chris Murphy

United States Senator from Connecticut
Chris Murphy is a United States Senator from Connecticut. He serves on the Foreign Relations Committee, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and the Appropriatio...
Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)
Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Senior Advisor, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; and Former Representative from Florida's 27th Congressional District
Served for almost three decades as a member of Congress representing a congressional district in South Florida and was the first Hispanic woman to serve in Congress.
As a ...

Ravi Agrawal

Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy, Event Moderator
Ravi Agrawal is the editor in chief of Foreign Policy. Before joining FP, Agrawal worked at CNN for more than a decade, including his most recent position as the network’s New...