EVENT ADVISORY: Freedom in the World 2018

Washington, D.C. — Democracy is in retreat globally and some say in the United States as well. Exacerbating the democratic backslide are authoritarian regimes such as Russia and China, which have increased repression at home and made efforts to export instability abroad. On the home front, indifference toward democratic principles is escalating as America retreats from its historic commitment to the promotion of democracy.

“Freedom in the World 2018″—the latest edition of Freedom House’s country-by-country survey of political rights and civil liberties—details the extent of democratic recession and concludes that 2017 was the twelfth consecutive year of the decline in global freedom. Join the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the Center for American Progress, and Freedom House for a broader discussion on these global trends.

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WHO

Panel I: Freedom in the World:

Micheal J. Abramowitz, President, Freedom House
Vladimir Kara-Murza, Open Russia
John Norris
, Senior Fellow and Executive Director, Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative, Center for American Progress
Laura Rosenberger, Senior Fellow and Director, Alliance for Securing Democracy, The German Marshall Fund

Moderated by:
Danielle Pletka, Senior Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Panel II: Freedom in the United States:

Diana Mutz, Director, Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics, University of Pennsylvania
Lee Drutman, Senior Fellow, Political Reform Program, New America Foundation
Arch Puddington, Distinguished Fellow, Democracy Studies, Freedom House

Moderated by:
Ryan Streeter, Director, Domestic Policy Studies, AEI

Keynote Remarks:
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE)

WHEN

January 16, 2018
4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. ET

WHERE

American Enterprise Institute
1789 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20036

For more information, please contact Sam Hananel at shananel@americanprogress.org or 202-478-6327.