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Democracy, as a brand, has taken its lumps in recent times, and much of the damage is self-inflicted. In the United States alone, ongoing partisan battles have raised questions about the ability of the often self-proclaimed “world’s greatest democracy” to meet its most basic obligations. Have these failures, real and perceived, damaged the ability of democracies around the world to promote democratic governance as the solution to a wide range of challenges and problems? In this episode of Wilson Center NOW, Larry Diamond provides thoughts on the status of democratic governance and the challenges it faces from within and without. He recently visited the Wilson Center to provide the keynote address during a day-long forum called, “Does Democracy Matter?”


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The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge of Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Through its residential fellowship programs, public lectures, workshops, and publications, the Institute strives to attract, publicize, and integrate new research into the policy community.  Read more