The last decade has seen a generalized practice of intervention in other countries’ political choices both by democrats (US, EU) and autocrats (Russia, China, Turkey). In globalized markets and on social media, the war between autocrats and democrats is raging. But unlike the end of the last century, democrats find it increasingly difficult to win.

Join us in the second debate of the Democracy Promotion after Afghanistan series on why the Western liberal order is challenged by the new generation of “spin autocrats” – and what can be done about it. With Larry Diamond (Stanford University) and Sergei Guriev (Sciences Po’s), moderated by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (Hertie School).

Wed, Oct 27, 6pm – 7pm CET, on Zoom
Are autocrats beating democrats at their own game?
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Larry Diamond
is Professor of Political Science and Sociology at Stanford University as well as a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. The world’s leading democratization scholar, he has made it his life’s work to research and support democracy, and many dissidents fighting autocracy across the globe received his sound advice and staunch support. He co-created the Journal of Democracy and its series of reference books on democracy. Prof. Diamond also had a spell as an advisor to Paul Bremer in Iraq after starting his career as a young diplomat in Africa. In his recent work, he advocated for the US to keep its engagement with democracies around the world to resist China’s global power.

Sergei Guriev is Professor of Economics and the Scientific Director of Sciences Po’s Master’s and PhD programmes in economicsIn 2016-19, he served as the Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, after being rector of Russia’s leading private university, the New Economic School in Moscow. His research focuses on the political economy of autocracy and populism. His forthcoming book is on the new generation of autocrats who thrive in times of open borders and new communication technologies the so-called “spin dictators”.

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi is a policy scientist who founded the European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building (ERCAS) at Hertie School, where she holds the democratization chair. Alina is also a consultant for various government and international organizations on evidence-based good governance. In recent years she has worked for the World Bank Development Report, the International Monetary Fund, the European Parliament as principal investigator on ‘clean trade’, as well as the European Commission DG Research on governance innovation. A Romanian by birth, she worked for UNDP in the Balkans and Crimea, for World Bank in the Caucasus and Latin America, and led Romania’s civil society coalitions against corruption for many years.


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Next up in ERCAS Democracy Series:

Wed, Nov 17, 6pm – 7pm CET, on Zoom
Are US and EU parting ways on democracy promotion?

With Thomas Carothers (Interim President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) and Richard Youngs (Senior Fellow, Carnegie Europe), moderated by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (Professor of Democracy Studies, Hertie School).

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