9:00 am - 12:30 pm
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Our Inaugural conference, “Reawakening the Spirit of Democracy” is free and open to the public. Register here.
Nativism and authoritarianism are gaining a foothold in countries around the globe. Populist movements are growing. Long established international alliances are fraying. Institutions that protect and promote our liberties are being buffeted by attacks from the left and right.
These trends have led many to ask: Can liberal democracy endure?
“Reawakening the Spirit of Democracy” will address this question head-on.
Co-hosted by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins and the Renew Democracy Initiative, this conference will convene a diverse group of thought leaders – from across both the political spectrum and the world – who will examine and wrestle with the underlying threats to liberal democracy and propose strategies to reinvigorate it. Through vigorous debate and discussion, our panelists will model civil and productive discourse not only for the leaders of today but also for those who will chart the course for open societies in the future.
Panelists will examine the conditions leading to populist movements on the left and right in countries spanning the globe, the changing dynamics of political parties, the rise of disinformation and its impact on democratic societies, and the leadership role that the US should play in supporting democracy around the world.
Toomas Hendrik Ilves
former President of Estonia and Berggruen Fellow at Center for Advanced Studies, Stanford University
Chairman, Renew Democracy Initiative
Founding Director, Defending Democracy Together
Associate Op-Ed Editor, Washington Post
Senior Vice-President, Center for European Policy Analysis
former United States Senator, Maryland
Associate Professor SAIS Johns Hopkins and SNF Agora Institute
Opinion Writer, Washington Post
Richard North Patterson
Author, Columnist, and Former Chairman, Common Cause
New York Times Columnist
Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center; Contributing Opinion Writer, New York Times
Former Deputy Secretary of Defense
Correspondent, PBS NewsHour
Washington Post columnist
Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University
Max Boot, Jeane
J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
former House Majority Leader, R-VA
United States Senator, Maryland
Ronald J Daniels
President, Johns Hopkins University
Resident Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund, Founding Partner Scarlet Oak Advisors
Co-Founder and Managing Director, WestExec Advisors
Ezra K. Zilkha Chair and Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg
Chairman, Spitzberg Partners
Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership, New York University Stern School of Business
former United States Senator, North Dakota