Office of Global Engagement

Watson Commencement Forum | Democracy on the Defensive: The Global Spread of Illiberalism

May 28, 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Joukowsky Forum
Brunch on Starr Plaza to follow. Registration for brunch is required. Please register here.
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Democracies around the world — including the United States, India, and core EU members such as Germany and France — all find their core values today under siege. This panel of experts will discuss how civil rights, equality, and tolerance are not just being challenged, but are also being treated in some political circles as impediments to security and growth. Edward Steinfeld, director of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and of the China Initiative, will moderate the discussion by political scientists Margaret Weir and Ashutosh Varshney, and political economist Mark Blyth.