Symposium

The Future of Global Democracy

By The Editors

Tagged DemocracyForeign Policy

We’ve all become accustomed to essays and op-eds considering the future of democracy, written from 30,000 feet and with too few specifics and too many generalities. But democracy as practiced, lived, even protected, can be local and messy. It constantly intersects with other policy problems, and its survival depends not on abstract tides of history but on specific decisions that specific leaders make. To that end, we have assembled this symposium on the future of global democracy, with support from the Open Society Foundations, that examines the challenges from some surprising directions. We wanted to give a view of democratic opportunities and threats, large and small. In this symposium, you’ll find authors ranging from the former mayor of Ithaca, New York to the current vice president of Colombia, and issues ranging from the role of American secretaries of state to the future of refugee flows. (And yes, where the United States and China stand.) We know you’ll find a new perspective in each.

The American Role: Partners, Not Lecturers

By Tom Perriello

15 MIN READ

A Helsinki Moment for a New Democracy Strategy

By Rachel Kleinfeld

16 MIN READ

Pulling the Plug on our Toxic Information Environment

By Laleh Ispahani

13 MIN READ

Where Are the Techno-Democracies?

By Maya Wang Frederike Kaltheuner Deborah Brown

11 MIN READ

Democracy’s Promise in the Global South

By Francia Márquez-Mina

12 MIN READ

How Mayors Guard Democracy

By Svante Myrick

11 MIN READ

Democracy's Frontline Domestic Defenders

By Spenser Mestel

14 MIN READ

Elevating Pro-Democracy Republicans

By Sarah Longwell

13 MIN READ

Building A Nation of Welcomers

By Nazanin Ash

15 MIN READ

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The Editors of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas are Michael Tomasky (Editor), Jack Meserve (Managing Editor), and Sophia Crabbe-Field (Associate Editor).

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