- The State of Democracy Around the World
June 11, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join LAWAC for a discussion with Stanford’s Dr. Larry Diamond on the state of democracy around the world. Larry Diamond is a world-renowned expert in democracy and democratic transitions, and has done extensive work in developing countries in addition to his work as a professor and scholar.
Dr. Diamond will be sharing insights from his new book Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency.
About the book: ‘Ill Winds’ core argument is stark: the defense and advancement of democratic ideals relies on U.S. global leadership. If we do not reclaim our traditional place as the keystone of democracy, today’s authoritarian wave could become a tsunami, providing an opening for Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and their admirers to turn the twenty-first century into a dark time of surging authoritarianism.
We are at a hinge in history, between a new era of tyranny and an age of democratic renewal. Free governments can defend their values; free citizens can exercise their rights. We can make the internet safe for liberal democracy, exploit the soft, kleptocratic underbelly of dictatorships, and revive America’s degraded democracy. Ill Winds offers concrete, deeply informed suggestions to fight polarization, reduce the influence of money in politics, and make every vote count.
In 2019, freedom’s last line of defense still remains “We the people.”’
Dr. Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He is also a professor by courtesy of political science and sociology at Stanford University and a past director of its Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. In 2004, Diamond served in Baghdad as a senior adviser on governance to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. His books include The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World. He is the founding coeditor of the Journal of Democracy and has edited or coedited fifty books on democracy.
3131 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica CA 90404
Please reserve no later than 12:00 pm on Friday, June 7. Cancellations must be made by 12:00 pm on Friday, June 7 in order to receive a refund.