Democracy Now & Next | The Role of Corruption and Kleptocracy: Reforms Adopted, and Those Needed
The fifth session of the Democracy Now & Next: Conversations with Experts on U.S. Approaches to Advancing Democracy and Countering Authoritarianism at Home and Around the World.
This series is convened by Ambassador Sarah Mendelson and co-sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy and Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Today, in the United States and around the world, the most urgent threats to the advancement of democracy are homegrown threats, easily exploited by adversaries. The previous administration’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, culminating in mob violence at the U.S. Capitol, is symptomatic of a democracy in deep distress. The scale of the current crises—public health, economic, racial, environmental, and political—undermine the ability of the U.S. to promote democracy and counter the rising tide of authoritarianism. However, this moment can catalyze once-in-a-generation reform of how the U.S. engages with democracy at home and around the world.
This series hosted by Amb. Sarah Mendelson, Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy, Head of Heinz College in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Mellon University, will provide the Carnegie Mellon and Georgetown communities with a front-row seat to timely policy conversations which are already animating the Biden administration and members of Congress. We will engage experts from a nonpartisan Task Force organized by Freedom House, CSIS, and the McCain Institute regarding the most critical issues facing democracy in 2021.
MODERATOR: Amb. Sarah Mendelson, Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy, Head of Heinz College in Washington, DC, Carnegie Mellon University
Stuart Levey, Former Under Secretary of Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence