Rising Authoritarianism:  Can Democracy Meet the Challenge?   

April 11-12 Sante Fe Forum

As a new era of international strongmen emerges, the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum annual symposium, April 11-12 at the Santa Fe Community College, focuses on Europe, Latin America and the US to examine the global authoritarian threat, its underlying causes, and how authoritarianism can be, and is being, countered.  As a partner organization, WISC members are eligible for the two day $95 member discount which includes continental breakfasts and lunches as well as a Meet the Speaker Reception on the first day.

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The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum – 2019 Symposium, April 11-12, 2019 at the Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Cosponsors: Santa Fe Community College, Colorado European Union Center of Excellence and the European Union

For more than two centuries, America has advocated for democratic principles starting with its Founding Fathers who proclaimed our nation to be created by and for the people, to joining with the liberal world to fight for our beliefs in two world wars.  Following those wars, the United States was in the forefront of international efforts to create global institutions dedicated to peace, prosperity and justice.

Now, as a new era of international strongmen emerges, are America’s traditions and institutions capable of ensuring that democratic principles continue to push back on the tyranny that has threatened every generation?  Focusing on Europe, Latin America and the US, the symposium examines this moment with open eyes, asking tough questions about the global authoritarian threat, its underlying causes, and how it can be, and is being, countered.

Speakers: Ellen Laipson, Director, International Security Program, George Mason University, former Director of the Stimson Center; Professor Melissa Bokovoy, Chair, History Department, University of New Mexico. Eastern Europe Specialist; Professor James West, former professor of Russian History and Humanities, Middlebury College and the Humanitarian University, St. Petersburg, Russia; Folkert Geert Wilman, Attorney, European Commission, EU Legal Service, Brussels, and EU Fellowship Program 2018-19; Ambassador (rtd) Charles Shapiro, President of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, former US Ambassador to Venezuela and career senior US Foreign Service Officer; the Honorable Alan Webber, Mayor of Santa Fe, and Ambassador (rtd) James Zumwalt, CEO Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, former US Ambassador to Senegal and career senior US Foreign Service Officer.  

Cost: SFWAF Members and affiliates both days: $95. Non-members: $120. Thursday only: $75; Friday only $65. College and university students both days: $60. The prices include continental breakfast and lunch both days and a Meet the Speakers’ reception Thursday afternoon following the day’s final session.

 

 

 

 

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