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Transatlantic Dialogue

July 16, 2020 | 09:00 AM EDT | 15:00 CET

Five Falling Stars:

The Decline of Rule of Law & Democratic Multilateralism


Transatlantic Dialogue

Five Falling Stars: The Decline of Rule of Law and Democratic Multilateralism

July 16, 2020 | 09:00 - 10:30 AM EDT | 15:00 - 16:30 CET 

Not even ten years ago, they were the democratic hopefuls of international liberal order: Brazil, India, Indonesia, South Africa and Turkey. They were economically striving, aimed at improving social inclusion and broadened participation in democratic governance. Many observers had hoped that – despite several shortcomings – they could be the new standard-bearers of democratic multilateralism, promoting human rights, rule of law, and democracy worldwide and contribute to establishing a South-North partnership based on common norms and systems.

Today, many of these expectations have been sobered by rising authoritarian tendencies, populism and more nationalistic foreign policies. Co-chaired by Ted Piccone, author of “Five Rising Democracies and the Fate of International Liberal Order,” the roundtable will feature experts from the five countries to trace the commonalities and differences in political regression and nationalism, and debate the prospects for a positive turnaround domestically and a revival of multilateralism at the international level.

Roundtable panelists

Ted Piccone (Chair)
Chief Engagement Officer 
World Justice Project

Seda Gürkan
Lecturer, Department of Political Science
Université Libre de Bruxelles

Joseph Chinyong Liow
Tan Kah Kee Chair in Comparative and International Politics
Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

Elizabeth Sidiropoulos
Chief Executive
South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)

Oliver Della Costa Stuenkel
Associate Professor of International Relations 
Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV)

Constantino Xavier
Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies
Brookings India

Sabine Donner (Introduction)
Senior Expert, Bertelsmann Transformation Index
Bertelsmann Stiftung 


Anthony Silberfeld
Director, Transatlantic Relations
Bertelsmann Foundation


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The Struggle for Democracy in Asia: Regression, Resilience, Revival

August 6, 2020 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM EDT | 16:00 - 17:00 CET 

For the first time, fully half of the Asian countries assessed by the BTI are governed democratically. At the same time, the growing mobilization of ethnic and religious identities and the rise of populism have brought about significant setbacks in several countries. Join our conversation with a distinguished panel of experts and practitioners from the region on which factors might tip the scale.


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