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Transatlantic Webinar

June 25, 2020 | 10:00 AM EDT | 16:00 CET

How to Dismantle Democracy:

              Authoritarian Trends from A(merica) to Z(ambia)


Transatlantic Webinar

How to Dismantle Democracy: Authoritarian Trends from A(merica) to Z(ambia)

June 25, 2020 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM EDT | 16:00 - 17:00 CET 

Authoritarian modes of governing have steadily increased over the past 10 years. A number of autocracies have intensified their repressive tactics, while several democracies – many of which were once classified as consolidated – have tampered with fundamental rights and the rule of law. Despite a few developments to the contrary, the Transformation Index (BTI) 2020 highlights the ongoing decline of democracy around the globe.

The presentation of BTI results will focus on the resembling patterns of dismantling democracy in (highly) defective democracies such as Hungary, Moldova, the Philippines, Serbia or Zambia and regimes in which this process has been so pronounced that they are now categorized as autocracies in the BTI, such as Bangladesh, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Turkey or Uganda. It will look at the typical sequence to an authoritarian deconstruction of democratic institutions from within, from the purposeful undermining of oversight institutions, attacking the media and civil society to manipulating the electoral system, in order to examine the resonance of these trends in the United States. The goal of the discussion is to identify the features and underlying causes of this erosion, and to suggest promising counter-strategies.


Ambassador Nicholas Burns
Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations
Harvard Kennedy School

Sabine Donner
Senior Expert, Bertelsmann Transformation Index
Bertelsmann Stiftung 


Anthony Silberfeld
Director, Transatlantic Relations
Bertelsmann Foundation


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Latin America: How to Forge a New Social Contract

July 1, 2020 | 11:00 - 12:00 AM EDT | 17:00 - 18:00 CET 

In our next webinar, we will analyze the prospects of democratic resilience in light of right-wing authoritarianism and left-wing populism, the erosion of stateness and the decline of democracy approval.


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