6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Book Talk: Does Democracy Matter? The United States and Global Democracy Support

Cosponsored by the Foreign Policy Research Institute and Kennan Institute

Although most would agree that US interests are better served in the long run by the spread of democracy abroad, some argue that “hard” security interests must always take precedence, at least in the short term. Others see the consolidation of democracies abroad as a core strategic interest in itself. But even among this latter group, many advocate that we must urgently develop more effective approaches to supporting democracy internationally. These are the issues that guided the morning’s discussions between several of the book’s authors and participants.


10:00am: Welcoming Remarks 
Matthew Rojansky, Director of Kennan Institute

10:05am–11:00am: Keynote Remarks and Discussion 
Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment for Democracy 
Interviewed by: Christian Caryl, Editor of Democracy Post Blog, The Washington Post

11:00am-12:00pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A
Amb. Adrian Basora, Co-Director, Foreign Policy Research Institute, Eurasia Program
Melinda Haring, Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute, Eurasia Program
Richard Kraemer, Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute, Eurasia Program
Amb. Kenneth Yalowitz, Global Fellow, Kennan Institute, Polar Initiative
Moderated by: Maria Stephan, Senior Policy Fellow, United States Institute of Peace