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Summit For Democracy - What's Next?

As President Biden convened the Summit for Democracy, a panel of experts considered the challenges facing political freedom around the world—and how democracies can fight back.
US President Joe Biden on Thursday December 9, 2021 kicks off the first White House Summit for Democracy with more than 100
Michael J. Abramowitz
Ivo H. Daalder
Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Nathalie Tocci
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About This Event

The Summit for Democracy on December 9 and 10 brought together the heads of over 100 countries to discuss the state of political freedom around the world. Convened by President Biden, the summit struck a somber tone, as participants grappled with the growing power of authoritarian states and the rising popularity of populist leaders within the democratic world.

Listen to a conversation between Michael Abramowitz, Ivo Daalder, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and Nathalie Tocci, as they considered the scale of the challenges raised at the summit, and how the world’s democracies might respond.

About the Speakers
President, Freedom House
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Before joining Freedom House in February 2017, Michael J. Abramowitz 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. Previously, he was national editor and then White House correspondent for the Washington Post.
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President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Headshot of Ivo H. Daalder
Ivo H. Daalder served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009 to 2013 prior to becoming president of the Council. Previously, he was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution and served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council. He is the author or editor of ten books.
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Former Prime Minister, Denmark
Anders Fogh Rasmussen has been at the center of European and global politics for three decades as Secretary-General of NATO, Prime Minister of Denmark, Danish Minister of Economic Affairs, Danish Minister for Taxation, and a leading Danish parliamentarian. During the Danish presidency of the EU, he played a key role in concluding accession negotiations with 10 candidates for EU membership.
Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali
Nathalie Tocci is director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali and honorary professor at the University of Tübingen. She is special advisor to EU High Representative and Vice President of the Commission Josep Borrell. As special advisor to HRVP Federica Mogherini, she wrote the European Global Strategy and worked on its implementation.