2018

2018 Nov 01

Democracy in a Suddenly Hard Place: Confronting the Authoritarian Challenge in America

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Suite 200N

Democracy appears to be in retreat, not just in fragile states, but also in the West, where we have long taken such concepts as the rule of law and a free and independent press for granted. Join M. Steven Fish, University of California, Berkeley, for a discussion on how can we not only understand this anti-democratic surge, but learn how democracy advocates can surmount this growing threat. Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations at HKS will moderate.... Read more about Democracy in a Suddenly Hard Place: Confronting the Authoritarian Challenge in America

2018 Oct 25

Democracy in Hard Places Seminar: How to Think About Democratic Dissatisfaction and Populism in the West

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Suite 200N

Join Sheri Berman, Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University, for a discussion analyzing various explanations for growing dissatisfaction with liberal democracy and rising populism in the West.  The talk will cover some of the main causes put forward by scholars and pundits, assess the evidence for these various causes, and suggest some ways the research agenda and our understandings of these crucial phenomena can move forward.... Read more about Democracy in Hard Places Seminar: How to Think About Democratic Dissatisfaction and Populism in the West

2018 Oct 04

Democracy in Hard Places Seminar -- Democracy When You Least Expect It: Strong State Democratization in Authoritarian Asia

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Suite 200N

The conventional wisdom is that democracy emerges from the ashes of a collapsed authoritarian regime. In other words, democratic prospects look most enticing when dictatorships become weak, unstable or fall. Counterintuitively, democracy in Asia has tended to emerge when authoritarian regimes have been relatively strong. We call this democracy-through-strength, and illuminate this model through historical examples in Taiwan, Korea and Indonesia, and assess the prospects of democracy in authoritarian stalwarts like China.

Join Joseph Wong, Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation at the Munk School of Global Affairs, a Professor of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto, in discussion. Scott Mainwaring, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazil Studies, will moderate.... Read more about Democracy in Hard Places Seminar -- Democracy When You Least Expect It: Strong State Democratization in Authoritarian Asia

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