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What is the Future of American Democracy?

After the assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, many are warning that American democracy itself is imperiled. Will President-elect Joe Biden be able to fulfill his pledge to unify America or does further division loom? What are the prospects for democracy promotion abroad?  The Center for the National Interest assembled a distinguished group

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“The threat to the liberal order comes not from political shifts within democratic societies from liberal to conservative parties; that’s the normal cycle of democratic politics. It comes from resurgent autocrats in Russia, China, North Korea and Iran who do not tolerate such political shifts. Authoritarianism, not nationalism, poses the real threat to the liberal order.”

-Jacob Heilbrunn

“Resolution of the Korean issues and North Korea’s threat is important, but it must be addressed in the context of the greater situation. North Korea is not the most important thing. Our interests and the security of our allies and friends are the most important.”

-Wallace C. Gregson

“The problem with Trump’s foreign policy rhetoric as a candidate and, at times, as president is that he poses good questions more often than he provides adequate answers.”

-Dimitri K. Simes

“Basing U.S. foreign policy on a transformational agenda has done little to advance vital American interests, but it has proved to be a good recipe for getting stuck in a perpetual cycle of elevated hopes and dashed expectations. It has entangled us in factional infighting in foreign political cultures that we do not adequately understand, and it has made us ripe for manipulation by cynical foreign political operators.”

-George Beebe

“The most important summits between leaders in Washington and Moscow—during the Nixon and Reagan administrations—took place precisely when the two governments recognized the dangers of inveterate mutual hostility and sought to limit them.”

-Paul J. Saunders

“Asia’s greatest challenge today is not a nuclear Pyongyang armed with missiles that can hit most parts of the planet, but something far more complex: a People’s Republic of China that is out of space to grow economically, and has in fact peaked. The ramifications of this fact could be profound, and indeed reorder our thinking of global politics not just in the Asia-Pacific, but on a global scale.”

-Harry J. Kazianis

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What is the Future of American Democracy?

After the assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, many are warning that American democracy itself is imperiled. Will President-elect Joe Biden be able to fulfill his pledge to unify America or does further division loom? What are the prospects for democracy promotion abroad?  The Center for the National Interest assembled a distinguished group

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