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The Decline in Global Freedom

Feb 18, 2020 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Join us for a luncheon discussion with Michael J. Abramowitz, President of Freedom House, a non-partisan voice dedicated to promoting democracy.

The 21st century has been marked by a gathering threat to freedom around the world. Major powers like China and Russia have effectively crushed democratic reform movements at home and are posing a challenge to democratic standards beyond their borders. In established democracies, populist leaders have challenged freedom of speech, the rule of law, and minority rights. Freedom House has been monitoring the state of global democracy for nearly a half-century. Its president, Michael J. Abramowitz, will describe the current state of democracy, explain why we face an erosion of faith in free institutions, and discuss America’s role in moving beyond the current crisis of faith.

Michael J. Abramowitz is the president of Freedom House, a non-partisan voice dedicated to promoting democracy. There he oversees a unique combination of analysis, advocacy, and direct support to frontline defenders for freedom, especially those working in closed authoritarian societies. Formerly he directed the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Levine Institute for Holocaust Education, and before that he led the museum’s genocide prevention efforts. He spent the first 24 years of his career at The Washington Post where he was National Editor and then White House correspondent. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former fellow at the German Marshall Fund and the Hoover Institution. A graduate of Harvard College, he is also a board member of the National Security Archive, and a member of the Human Freedom Advisory Council for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

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