FP Virtual Dialogue: Freeing the State
Defending democracy against encroaching authoritarianism
In an extraordinary reversal of democracy trends, the world is back to 1989 levels of liberal democracy, with 33 countries now actively backsliding and authoritarian influences taking root. Autocrats are employing a range of tactics, including utilizing state resources to corrupt the electoral process and entrench incumbents and centralizing control of essential technology to limit the autonomy of independent institutions. The overt and increasingly widespread influence of authoritarian leaders is eroding established democracies and posing grave risks to nascent ones—underscoring the urgency of collaborative and cross-border action to defend democracy and democratic institutions around the world.
Against this backdrop, join Foreign Policy on Feb. 9 for a timely discussion on the pace of democratic backsliding and concrete strategies for fortifying democracies and democratic movements around the world. The decline of democracy worldwide is not inevitable. State actors and other stakeholders have a range of tools that can be leveraged to strengthen accountability, thwart corruption, and build—or rebuild—public trust. This program, which is supported by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, will explore strategies for establishing and enforcing state accountability in politically fragile environments around the world. The event will showcase experts and leaders from policy, civil society, and media and will engage FP’s audience from around the world.