FP Virtual Dialogue: A New Cold War?
The Rise of Authoritarianism and the Future of Democracy
Open war in Ukraine, nuclear saber rattling, human rights violations in Turkey, and regional power struggles all reflect the rise of authoritarian influences across Eurasia and the Middle East, and the highest rate of decline in liberalism across the globe, according to Freedom House’s 2022 Freedom in the World Report.
Simultaneously, illiberal regimes are increasingly supporting one another, propping up autocrats while undermining popular movements and semblances of democracy. While much of this support has been confined to economic and diplomatic deals, the pouring of Russian troops into Ukrainian territory earlier this year have demonstrated the real threat this growing authoritarianism poses to both European security and democracy worldwide.
Join Foreign Policy, in partnership with the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, on December 12th, as we convene leaders and experts across policymaking and international security to discuss the manifestations of authoritarianism in Europe, risks to liberal democracies, and explore the question: have we entered a new Cold War?