Date(s) - 02/07/18
5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Political freedom has been in decline globally for over a decade, according to Freedom House’s annual Freedom in the World report. In recent years democratic governments have faced growing pressure from populist movements, disillusioned electorates, and foreign interference. Meanwhile the world’s autocratic regimes have felt emboldened to roll back political reforms. Why is global democracy in retreat today, and who can lead the defense of open, pluralistic political systems? To mark the release of Freedom House’s 2018 survey of global freedom a panel of experts will discuss the state of democracy and its future prospects.
Michael J. Abramowitz
President, Freedom House
Michael J. Abramowitz is president of Freedom House. Before joining Freedom House in February 2017, he was director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Levine Institute for Holocaust Education. He led the museum’s genocide prevention efforts and later oversaw its public education programs. Abramowitz was previously national editor and then White House correspondent for the Washington Post. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former fellow at the German Marshall Fund and the Hoover Institution. A graduate of Harvard College, he is also a board member of the National Security Archive.
Paula J. Dobriansky
Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Paula J. Dobriansky is a senior fellow at Harvard’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and vice chair of the National Executive Committee, US Water Partnership. She has served as under secretary of state for global affairs; president’s envoy to Northern Ireland; director of European and Soviet affairs at the National Security Council; and deputy assistant secretary of state for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs. Dobriansky received a BSFS from Georgetown University and an MA and PhD from Harvard University.