Panel 4: Is Democracy At Risk?

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For the past several years, concerning trends have taken root in many democracies. From Turkey and Hungary to the US and the Philippines, the erosion of democratic institutions, suppression of dissent, and flaunting of norms of governance have been a cause for concern among democracy advocates. What forces enabled these trends?  Is there anything we can do to slow them? How do they correspond with other historical moments? And what is the role of youth in this democratic decline? Experts and activists alike will explore these crucial questions.


  • Larry Diamond

    Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Diamond is also a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University and a professor by courtesy of Political Science and Sociology at Stanford. He leads the Hoover Institution’s programs on China’s Global Sharp Power and on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region.
  • David Riveros Garcia

    Executive Director of reAcción and Board Member of the World Youth Movement for Democracy Garcia founded reAcción, a grassroots anticorruption NGO in Paraguay, at age 17 after leading a mass demonstration against corruption. He is an alumnus of the International Center on Non-violent Conflict and has researched the impact of social media on democracy, youth political participation, citizen engagement, open data, and open government.
  • Yascha Mounk

    SNF Agora Senior Fellow and Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, SAIS Mounk is a political scientist known for his work on the rise of populism and the crisis of liberal democracy. He is a contributing editor at The Atlantic and author of several books, including The People vs Democracy: Why Our Freedom is In Danger and How to Save It.
  • Janjira Sombatpoonsiri

    Researcher, Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University; Associate, German Institute for Global and Area Studies Sombatpoonsiri’s research focuses on nonviolent activism and social movements in the context of democratization and autocratic pushbacks. She is the author of Humor and Nonviolent Struggle in Serbia. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Peacebuilding & Development and Journal of Civil Society (forthcoming).