Freedom in the Future: Towards a Transatlantic Approach to the Global Threat of Authoritarianism
We are living through a democratic recession. Democratic rights and institutions have been disappearing around the world for 15 years, and that trend accelerated in 2020, according to Freedom House. Seventy-five percent of the world’s population lives in countries where respect for political rights and civil liberties is deteriorating, including in countries as diverse as Poland, India, Hungary, Turkey, Venezuela, Ukraine, and the United States. This development is not the problem of a sole nation or region but poses a global challenge, above all for the West. The EU, its member states, and the US are more interconnected than ever as allies and trading partners face a common imperative. Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House, will discuss why protecting democracy and combating authoritarianism must be a shared responsibility. He will consider avenues for transatlantic cooperation in support of democracy, and explore how Europe and the US can—and must—work together to address the strategic challenge posed by democratic decay and resurgent authoritarianism.