FP Virtual Dialogue: Freeing the State

February 9, 2023 | Virtual
11:00 a.m. ET

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IFES-freeing-the-state-democratic-backsliding-social-1200x628

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.

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Event Details

February 9, 2023 | Virtual
11:00 a.m. ET

Speakers
Thomas Carothers
Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Thomas Carothers is a senior fellow and co-director of Carnegie’s Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program. Carothers is a leading authority on international support for de...
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Francis Fukuyama
Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and Director of the Ford ...
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Fukuyama-Francis-2022
Nicola Schmidt
Executive Director, Democracy Reporting International
Nicola Schmidt is Executive Director of Democracy Reporting International (DRI), a Berlin-based independent non-profit organisation committed to d...
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Maximo Zaldivar
Regional Director for the Americas, International Foundation for Electoral Systems
Maximo Zaldivar serves as regional director for the Americas at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems. He has over 20 years of experience in democracy, elections an...
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Maximo Zaldivar 600x600
Moderator: Maggie Lake
Veteran Journalist and Founder of Maggie Lake Media
Maggie Lake is a veteran journalist with more than two decades of experience covering business, technology, politics, and international affairs. She started her career at Reuter...
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Maggie Murray Headshots