Democracy and Its Opposites: Challenges in a Global World

by Global Cornell

Open Lecture/Webinar Free International Political Special Guest

Mon, Apr 24, 2023

5 PM – 7:30 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Alice Statler Auditorium

160 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, United States

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Lund Critical Debate

Democracies worldwide—even many wealthy democracies long considered safely consolidated—are at risk today. Governments, policymakers, and voters face new conflicts over democratic institutions, checks and balances, which citizens can compete for office or deserve representation, and what rules of accountability apply.

This year's Lund debate from the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies examines the threats democracies around the world are confronting, both from external forces and from within—and what governments and citizens can do to fight back.

Join Thomas Garrett of the Community of Democracies and Damon Wilson of the National Endowment for Democracy for a conversation on democratic backsliding, strategies for resilience, and the conditions and practices that undermine democracy: democracy ... and its opposites.

A reception with refreshments will follow the conversation.

  • Lund Debate: 5:00–6:30 p.m. | Alice Statler Auditorium
  • Reception: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Alice Statler Lobby 

Free ticket required for in-person attendance. Reserve your ticket today!

Food Provided (A reception with refreshments will follow the conversation.)


Alice Statler Auditorium

160 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, United States


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Thomas Garrett

Secretary General

Community of Democracies

Thomas E. Garrett is secretary general of the Community of Democracies, a global intergovernmental coalition comprised of the Governing Council member states that support adherence to the Warsaw Declaration's common democratic values and standards. Garrett previously worked for the International Republican Institute for 12 years overseas in Ukraine, Mongolia, and Indonesia, returning to Washington, DC, in 2005 as director of Middle East programs and then as vice president for global programs.

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Damon Wilson

President and CEO

National Endowment for Democracy

Damon Wilson is president and CEO of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a nonprofit grant-making foundation supporting freedom around the world. Prior to joining NED, he helped transform the Atlantic Council into a leading global think tank as its executive vice president. He previously served as special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs at the National Security Council. Wilson also served at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad as the executive secretary and chief of staff, where he helped manage one of the largest U.S. embassies during a time of conflict.