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Does Democracy Still Matter? A Conversation About Democracy At Home and Abroad

February 27 @ 12:15 pm - 2:45 pm EST

In January, Freedom House released its annual Freedom in the World survey showing a continuing decline in democratic performance worldwide, including in the U.S.  With recent global and domestic events, many questions have been raised about the future of democracy.  Is democracy the most effective governing system to protect security, prosperity, and human rights?  What are the greatest challenges to democracy globally?  Does the international community have an obligation to promote democracy globally?  If so, how?  

MSFS and the George W. Bush Institute invite you to a dialogue about democracy and democracy promotion. Th​is interactive​ discussion will launch with a presentation based on a recent “Call to Action” paper by a bipartisan team of scholars on behalf the Bush Institute, The Spirit of Liberty. 

The Speakers will be the co-authors of  paper,  Bush Institute Human Freedom Fellows Thomas O. Melia (former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy & Human Rights) and Peter Wehner (senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center).  The session will be moderated by Prof. Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, Chair of Global Politics and Security in MSFS.   

This event is open to SFS students only.

 Light lunch will be provided.


February 27
12:15 pm - 2:45 pm


Copley Formal Lounge, 3700 O St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Washington, DC United States