|EVENT: CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF THE SEYMOUR MARTIN LIPSET LECTURE ON DEMOCRACY IN THE WORLD WITH LARRY DIAMOND AND SVIATLANA TSIKHANOUSKAYA
Join us virtually on Wednesday, December 6th at 5:30 pm ET. Titled “Power, Performance, and Legitimacy: Renewing Democratic Momentum,” this year’s lecture will be delivered by Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow at Stanford University and founding Coeditor of the Journal of Democracy. The lecture will be followed by a conversation with Larry Diamond and Democratic Leader of Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, moderated by NED’s vice president for studies and analysis, Christopher Walker. A livestream of the event will be available here on YouTube.
ARTICULATING GOVERNANCE CHALLENGES FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TECHNOLOGIES
On October 24th, the Forum released the report “Setting Democratic Ground Rules for AI: Civil Society Strategies.” Drawing on global civil society perspectives, it surveys what stakeholders need to know about AI systems and the human relationships behind them. It delves into the obstacles—from misleading narratives to government opacity to gaps in technical expertise—that hinder democratic engagement on AI governance. It explores how new thinking, new institutions, and new collaborations can better equip societies to set democratic ground rules for AI technologies. During the public launch event moderated by Axios’s Ryan Heath, NED Senior Program Officer Beth Kerley shared key findings from her report while civil society experts Natalia Carfi, of Open Data Charter, and Eduardo Carrillo, of TEDIC, provided additional insights.
THE EVOLVING SHARP POWER CHALLENGE TO DEMOCRACIES
On October 30th, the Forum hosted a discussion about the new Journal of Democracy book, Defending Democracy in an Age of Sharp Power. Sarah Cook, of Freedom House; Nadège Rolland, of the National Bureau of Asian Research; and Glenn Tiffert, of the Hoover Institution joined the Journal of Democracy’s William Dobson and moderator Frank Langfitt of NPR to discuss the book’s findings on authoritarian “sharp power” tactics and how civil society can combat growing authoritarian influence in universities, democratic institutions, media, technology, and entertainment.
Rick Fawn outlines how the OSCE’s ODIHR can counteract Russian authoritarian influence.
Former Raegan-Fascell Fellow Shu-ling Ko explores Taiwan’s response to the PRC’s information operations.
Maria Isabel Puerta Riera’s explains how converging Russian and PRC narratives, regional partnerships, and local vulnerabilities influence the Latin American public.
In a special student submission for Power 3.0, Logan Petkosek explores the Kremlin’s “robust and interconnected information manipulation ecosystem” in Central Europe.
Rana Siu Inboden and Sophie Richardson joined Christopher Walker to discuss how to defend the human rights system from authoritarian assault, featuring her July Forum report.