World Views: The Future of Democracy
On Wednesday, July 11, Washington Post hosted a discussion about the future of democracy at home and abroad. With President Trump in Europe for a week of meetings with world leaders, guests spoke in-depth about the health of American democracy and populist movements around the world. Among the speakers were former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta and former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte as well as ambassadors from Brazil, France and Israel.
Global Views of Democracy
Diplomats from South America, Europe and the Middle East offer perspectives on the challenges facing both nascent and time-tested democracies.
Diplomats from South America, Europe and the Middle East offer perspectives on the challenges facing both nascent and time-tested democracies.
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Ambassadors from Brazil, France and Israel discuss President Trump's meeting with NATO allies this week.
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Brazilian Ambassador Sergio Silva Do Amaral describes the health of democracy in Latin America and how it compares to governments in North America.
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Ambassadors from Brazil, Israel and France discuss the rise of populism throughout Europe.
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Ambassadors to Brazil, France, and Israel discuss the health and survival of NATO amid challenges faced by democracies throughout the world and friction between the United States and its NATO allies.
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Sergio Silva Do Amaral
Ambassador of Brazil to the United States
As a career diplomat, Ambassador Sergio Silva Do Amaral served in Paris, Bonn, Geneva and Washington. He was Ambassador of Brazil to the United Kingdom and France. He was also Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Brasilia. He was also the Chairman of the Brazil-China Business Council, Director of the Center for American Studies at FAAP and member of the Strategic Council of the Industry Federation of São Paulo.
Gérard Araud
Ambassador of France to the United States
Ambassador Gérard Araud, a career diplomat, was appointed Ambassador of France to the United States in September 2014. He previously held numerous positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, notably including that of Director for Strategic Affairs, Security and Disarmament (2000-2003), Ambassador of France to Israel (2003-2006), Director General for Political Affairs and Security (2006-2009), and, most recently, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in New York (2009-2014).
Ron Dermer
Ambassador of Israel to the United States
Ambassador Ron Dermer serves as Israel's Ambassador to the United States. In 2004, he co-authored with Natan Sharansky the book, "The Case For Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror," which has been translated into ten languages. From 2005-2008, Dermer served as Israel's Minister of Economic Affairs in the United States. From 2009-2013, he served as Senior Adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Moderated by Mary Jordan
Mary Jordan is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post.
Conservatism, Populism and Democracy at Home and Abroad
Thought leaders discuss the state of democracy against the backdrop of the Trump administration’s domestic and foreign policy.
Ambassador John D. Negroponte, former Director of National Intelligence, and Fox News Host Steve Hilton, former senior adviser to former British Prime Minister David Cameron, discuss the state of democracy against the backdrop of the Trump administration’s domestic and foreign policy.
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Fox News Host and former senior adviser to British Prime Minister David Cameron, Steve Hilton, talks about the "positive aspects" of populist movements in Europe and America.
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Former Director of National Intelligence, Ambassador John Negroponte , says he hopes President Trump reaffirms America's commitment to NATO during talks this week with allies.
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Steve Hilton
Host, “The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton,” Fox News; Former senior adviser to British Prime Minister David Cameron; Author, “Positive Populism: Revolutionary Ideas to Rebuild Economic Security, Family, and Community in America”
Steve Hilton is the host of FOX News Channel’s "The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton," where he analyzes the impact of the populist movement, both in the United States and throughout the world. Previously, Hilton served as a senior adviser to former United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron and, prior to the 2010 general election, was Prime Minister Cameron's head of strategy.
John D. Negroponte
Vice Chairman, McLarty Associates and former Director of National Intelligence and Ambassador to Honduras, Iraq, Mexico, the Philippines and the United Nations
Ambassador Negroponte has been Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington he served twice on the National Security Council staff, first as Director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration and then as Deputy National Security Adviser under President Reagan. He has also held a cabinet level position as the first Director of National Intelligence under President George W. Bush. His most recent position in government was as Deputy Secretary of State.
Moderated by Karen Attiah
Karen Attiah is the Global Opinions editor for The Washington Post.
One-on-One with Leon Panetta
Drawing from his experience in Congress, the White House as Secretary of Defense and Director of the CIA, this seasoned statesman offers a candid assessment of the future of democracy.
Drawing from his experience in Congress, in the White House, as Secretary of Defense and CIA Director, Leon Panetta offers a candid assessment of the future of democracy.
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Former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta takes a closer look at President Trump's strategy when it comes to NATO and U.S. national security and defense policy.
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Former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta discusses President Trump's view of Russia, including what to expect from the Trump's scheduled meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
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Former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta says President Trump's meeting with NATO allies this week could define the Trump Administration's foreign policy doctrine for the duration of his term as president.
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Former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta discusses the most critical challenges facing American democracy today.
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Former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta comments on the strength of America’s system of checks and balances, the rule of law and more cornerstones of democracy.
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Leon Panetta
Chairman, The Panetta Institute for Public Policy and former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director
Leon Panetta co-founded The Panetta Institute for Public Policy with his wife Sylvia in 1997 upon completion of his service as White House chief of staff in the Bill Clinton administration. He co-directed it with her until 2009, when he left to serve as CIA director and then secretary of defense under President Obama. He returned to the Institute as chairman in 2013.
Interviewed by David Ignatius
David Ignatius is a columnist for The Washington Post.
Content from Democracy Fund
Democracy Fund President Joe Goldman delivers opening remarks ahead of The Washington Post’s future of democracy live program.
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