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Defending Democracy at Home and Abroad: A Brainstorming Happy Hour

  • Open Gov Hub 1110 Vermont Ave NW Suite 500 Washington, DC 2005 USA (map)

The Defending Democracy program and Idealists are pleased to invite you to a special happy hour to brainstorm on the theme of defending democracy at home: what can we learn from abroad?

Are you concerned about growing challenges to American democracy - the Trump administration mimicking the language of autocrats and undermining trust in institutions?

Do you see parallels between what's happening at home with democratic backsliding and authoritarianism in other countries?

Do you have experience and lessons from defending democracy in other countries, including on strategies and tactics to respond effectively, or want to chat with those who do?

The Defending Democracy program is designed to help American democracy advocates make sense of growing challenges to democracy at home, by learning from experiences in other countries and connecting with likeminded folks. Through a few structured activities, help us brainstorm the most effective ways to connect the dots domestically and internationally. Together we can identify high-priority topics for activities that can help American democracy defenders learn from their peers abroad to constructively combat corruption, protect civic and press freedoms, preserve free and fair elections, and more.

We aren't the first people to worry about the health of our political system and how it treats all members of society.

As more well-established democracies experience backsliding, and authoritarian practice creeps in to more countries worldwide, join us for this timely, informal conversation and help kickstart further discussions.

Bring your thirst and your ideas for how to uncover strategic lessons and build solidarity with democracy defenders at home and abroad.


Drinks and refreshments provided.


About the Co-organizers:
Idealists is an informal group of global development, democracy and human rights experts and advocates dedicated to a robust and progressive US foreign policy. The Defending Democracy program is a collaboration of Global Integrity, Open Gov Hub, Sunlight Foundation, and Transparency International.