Undermining Democracy: 21st Century Authoritarians | Freedom House

Undermining Democracy: 21st Century Authoritarians

Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 9:00am to 12:30pm

Room SD-124, Senate Dirksen Office Building
Washington, DC

In recent years, a distinct set of powerful authoritarian states – including Iran, China, Russia, Venezuela, and Pakistan - have advanced alternatives to democratic models of government. Their efforts to undermine democracy are organized, sophisticated and well-resourced. Call it "Authoritarianism 2.0." In order to better understand how these regimes are adapting authoritarianism to a 21st century setting, Freedom House, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Radio Free Asia commissioned some of the most highly-regarded experts on these countries to analyze their key methods and strategies of control.

Featured Speakers:

James Traub
Contributing Writer, The New York Times Magazine
Author, The Freedom Agenda: Why America Must Spread Democracy (Just Not the Way George Bush Did) [2008]

Robert Kagan
Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Author, The Return of History and the End of Dreams [2008]

Peter Beinart
Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Author, The Good Fight: Why Liberals - And Only Liberals - Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again [2006]


Country Analyses by:

CHINA: Perry Link
University of California at Riverside

IRAN: Abbas Milani
Stanford University (video interview)

RUSSIA: Daniel Kimmage
Homeland Security Policy Institute, George Washington University

VENEZUELA: Javier Corrales
Amherst College


Comments by:

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KA)
Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)
Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL)

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