World Affairs

Democracy’s Future: Abroad and at Home

December 7, 2021  • Aspen Strategy Group

The Aspen Strategy Group is proud to partner with Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions on a special publication entitled Democracy’s Future: Abroad and at Home. Coming out of the discussions at the ASG’s annual meeting, our authors’ pieces aim to bolster democracy around the world and in the U.S. at this critical time.

We are pleased to be publishing these essays online ahead of the Summit for Democracy and look forward to releasing an expanded collection as a special print edition of Democracy in early 2022.

Contributors include: Michael Tomasky, Nicholas Burns, Anja Manuel, Michael J. Abramowitz, Danielle Allen, Kristen Soltis Anderson, Zoë Baird, Elizabeth Economy, Peter Feaver, Mark Malloch-Brown, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Anne-Marie Slaughter, Milan Vaishnav, and Amy Walter.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Michael Tomasky

Preface
Nicholas Burns and Anja Manuel

ESSAY 1
Democracy in a Time of Coronavirus
Danielle Allen

ESSAY 2
Authoritarian Repression Anywhere Is a Threat to Democracy Everywhere
Michael J. Abramowitz

ESSAY 3
U.S., China, and Democracy
Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

ESSAY 4
China’s Assertive Authoritarianism
Elizabeth Economy

ESSAY 5
The Challenge of India’s Democratic Backsliding
Milan Vaishnav

ESSAY 6
Democracies’ Great Challenge: Demonstrating Competence
Mark Malloch-Brown

ESSAY 7
The Future of Democracy: National Security Begins at Home
Peter Feaver

ESSAY 8
The Problem of Our Polarization Today
Kristen Soltis Anderson

ESSAY 9
Can America’s Political Polarization Be Fixed?
Amy Walter

ESSAY 10
Renewing American Democracy
Anne-Marie Slaughter

ESSAY 11
Toward a New Technology Policy Centered on Good Jobs
Zoë Baird

Illustration by Richard A. Chance