Twentieth Anniversary Celebration of the Journal of Democracy: Democracy’s Past and Future

January 21, 2010
12:00 am - 12:00 am


  • Francis Fukuyama, Bernard Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
  • Ivan Krastev, chairman and program director of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Larry Diamond, coeditor of the Journal of Democracy, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and director of Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.
  • Marc F. Plattner, coeditor of the Journal of Democracy, director of the International Forum for Democratic Studies, and vice-president at the National Endowment for Democracy.

Moderated by:

  • Moisés Naím, editor and publisher of Foreign Policy and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy.

About the Event

The twenty years since the Journal of Democracy was launched in January 1990 have witnessed extraordinary democratic advances—and some setbacks as well. The new January 2010 issue reflects back on this remarkable period but also looks at the challenges confronting democracy in the years ahead.

The Journal’s coeditors and two other contributors to the issue discussed various aspects of “Democracy’s Past and Future,” including transitions to the rule of law, postcommunism and its discontents, the absence of democracy in the Arab world, and the resilience of democracy.