Can the United States and the European Union Still Promote Democracy Abroad?

Monday, December 5, 2022

12:00 pm — 1:30 pm


Open to the Public

Join a panel discussion on the promotion of democracy as part of a national security strategy for the United States and the European Union.

President Joe Biden (Photo credit: Alex Irklievski)
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“Democracy doesn’t happen by accident. We have to defend it, fight for it, strengthen it, renew it.” - President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., February 2021

Current struggles between great powers have been framed in terms of democracy vs. authoritarianism, and the Biden Administration has included the promotion of democracy as part of the US’ national security agenda. The transatlantic relationship, which deteriorated during Trump’s presidency, is considered an important mechanism to address the challenges of the world order, including the regression of democracy. However, given the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, and the ascendance of far-right parties and policies in Europe, how can the US and the EU promote democracy abroad?

Linde Desmaele is a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow in the MIT Security Studies Program. Her research interests include US-Europe relations; the evolution of US grand strategy and its impact on transatlantic and European security; US regional deterrence strategies and alliance interdependence; and the role of leaders in IR theory.

Marta Lorimer is a fellow in European Politics at the London School of Economics. She holds a PhD from the LSE, a dual Master’s degree in European Studies from Sciences Po Paris and the LSE, and also studied at Charles University in Prague. Marta is a regular contributor to the LSE Europp blog and has written for Ideology, Theory and Practice, OpenDemocracy, EuVisions, the LSE Brexit blog and CARR Insights blog.

Francesco Ronchi is currently a Visiting Professor at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College, CUNY and Administrator at the Directorate for Democracy Support of the European Parliament. Previously, he was Deputy Chief of Staff in the office of the President of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, and from 2011 to 2012 he served as an electoral advisor in the United Nations Peacebuilding Mission for the Ivory Coast. He has been Adjunct Professor at Sciences Po Paris since 2014, and he is a regular commentator on European affairs for venues including Le Figaro and The Wall Street Journal

Moderated by Lea Diaz, Visiting Scholar at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies and Associate Professor, University of Murcia.