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Commencement Forum ─ Democracy on the Defensive: The Global Spread of Illiberalism

Saturday, May 28, 2016

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Joukowsky Forum

Brunch on Starr Plaza to follow. Registration for brunch is required.  Please register here.

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Democracies around the world — including the United States, India, and core EU members such as Germany and France — all find their core values today under siege. This panel of experts will discuss how civil rights, equality, and tolerance are not just being challenged, but are also being treated in some political circles as impediments to security and growth. Edward Steinfeld, director of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and of the China Initiative, will moderate the discussion by political scientists Margaret Weir and Ashutosh Varshney, and political economist Mark Blyth.

Moderated by: Edward S. Steinfeld, Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Director of the China Initiative


Margaret Weir, Watson Institute Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Ashutosh Varshney, Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences and director of the Brown-India Initiative at the Watson Institute

Mark Blyth, Eastman Professor of Political Economy and faculty at the Watson Institute