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Transatlantic Dialogue

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

Struggle for Democracy in Asia:

Regression, Resilience, Revival


Transatlantic Dialogue

Struggle for Democracy in Asia: Regression, Resilience, Revival

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

Asia is of crucial importance to the future of democracy and its global struggle with autocracy in the 21st century. Consolidated democracies are still the exception in Asia, and many aspiring democracies have suffered setbacks amid the ongoing wave of democratic regression. However, the Asia-Pacific region is still much more democratic today than it was 30 years ago. The Bertelsmann Transformation Index’s data and country reports show that Asia offers important insights into the factors and mechanisms that can slow democratic decay. Our distinguished global panel will discuss the drivers of democratic regression, sources of democratic resilience, and the governance challenges posed by COVID-19.


Aurel Croissant 
Professor of Political Science
University of Heidelberg
BTI Asia Coordinator

Maiko Ichihara 
Visiting Scholar
Stanford University
Associate Professor
Hitotsubashi University

Shirley Lin 
Visiting Professor in World Politics
University of Virginia
Chinese University of Hong Kong


Anthony Silberfeld
Director, Transatlantic Relations
Bertelsmann Foundation


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Africa's New Leader: Changing the Guard or Changing Systems?

August 13, 2020 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM EDT | 16:00 - 17:00 CET 

Africa’s “old men” are slowly but surely being replaced. But do new leaders really bring meaningful change or is it just of "old wine in new wineskins"? On 13 August we will discuss this question with distinguished speakers from Malawi, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.


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