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 of panelists to present views on these matters in a webinar hosted on January 14, 2021. This discussion included insights from the following experts:

  • Graham Allison is the Douglas Dillon professor of government at Harvard’s Kennedy School. He served as assistant secretary of defense during the Clinton administration. He is the author, most recently, of the book Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’ Trap?
  • Michael Lind is a professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. A former executive editor of the National Interest, he co-founded the New America Foundation. His most recent book is The New Class War: Saving Democracy From the Managerial Elite.
  • Joseph Nye is Distinguished Service Professor, emeritus, at Harvard University. He served as assistant secretary of defense and chair of the National Intelligence Council during the Clinton administration. His most recent book is Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump.
  • Jacob Heilbrunn, editor of the National Interest, moderated the discussion.