We want to thank all our guest speakers and participants who made our inaugural
Almedalen Democracy Summit such as phenomenal live virtual event.

In case you missed it, you can watch the recording here

We want to thank all our guest speakers and participants who made our inaugural Almedalen Democracy Summit such as phenomenal live virtual event. In case you missed it, you can watch the recording here.

We look forward to welcoming you back in 2022!

Join this free 90-minute digital event with live interactive sessions

In recognition of the Swedish Parliament’s ongoing 100-year jubilee of the democratic process, the Stockholm Philanthropy Symposium, International IDEA, International YOUTH Think Tank, and Athens Democracy Forum have joined forces to organize the Almedalen Democracy Summit.

The purpose of this Summit is to discuss the aspects, challenges and opportunities that modern democracies face, seeking solutions for a more sustainable and inclusive future for our societies.

The event will convene prominent experts, youth fellows, policymakers (including officials from the Swedish government), practitioners and academics from around the world.

The Almedalen Democracy Summit is part of the Almedalsveckan (Almedalen Week) running as a virtual event from July 4-7. Find out more here.

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Moderator

Liz Alderman

Chief European business
correspondent for The
New York Times

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AGENDA

Bridging the Divide – the Role of Information, Inclusion, and Integrity in Revitalizing Democracy

15:30-15:35
Opening Remarks
Dr. Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General, International IDEA

15:35-15:40
Introduction
Ann Linde, Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs

15:40-15:55
Keynote Address
The Honorable Madeleine Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State

15:55-16:05
The Global State of Democracy – Challenges and Opportunities
A brief overview of how democracy is faring around the world, highlighting the challenges both before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. What are the opportunities for democracy going forward, and which countries are moving in a more democratic direction? How important is democratic governance for post-pandemic recovery? The analysis is based on International IDEA’s Global State of Democracy Indices.

Dr. Annika Silva-Leander, Senior Programme Manager, Lead Author of the Global State of Democracy Report, International IDEA

16:05-16:15
Philanthropy: In Service of Democracy?
Philanthropy can have a real impact on democracy, but there is a lack of debate about its potential and limitations. If the sector is to survive and thrive, it needs clear guiding principles and better governance

Helmut Anheier, Adjunct Professor of Social Welfare, UCLA, and former President of Hertie School

16:15-16:25
Restarting Democracy – New Ideas for Participation and Information Integrity
Many Europeans perceive democracy as a monolith far removed from their daily lives. These beliefs are a breeding ground for the kind of authoritarianism and mob-rule politics that have ravaged the world. In a policy brief presentation, the IYTT will argue that community assemblies can be a potential remedy for democratic disenchantment, complementing representative democracy and empowering citizens to take agency in a democratic and open society.
The IYTT will also present a brief about journalistic immunity, outlining why journalistic freedom and the safety of journalists are the most crucial components for ensuring well-functioning democratic societies. Journalists are not safe, as was recently demonstrated when the Belarusian government hijacked an international airplane to arrest a dissident journalist. While several countries condemned the act, the IYTT believes stronger mechanisms are needed.

Julia Strandquist, Youth Fellow, International Youth Think Tank
Daniel H. Urquijo, Youth Fellow, International Youth Think Tank

16:25-16:55
Panel Discussion: How Can We Revitalize Democracy?
Three expert panelists engage in a lively discussion based on the previous presentations.

Ivan Krastev, Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies
Heather Grabbe, Director, Open Society European Policy Institute
Alberto Alemanno, Professor, EU Law and Policy, HEC Paris

Moderator: Liz Alderman, Chief European business correspondent for The New York Times

16:55-17:00
Closing remarks
International Youth Think Tank Fellows

Dr. Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General, International IDEA

Madeleine Albright
Chair, National Democratic Institute; 64th U.S. Secretary of State

Liz Alderman
Chief European Business Correspondent for The New York Times

Dr. Annika Silva-Leander
Senior Programme Manager, Lead Author of the Global State of Democracy Report, International IDEA

Alberto Alemanno
The Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law at HEC Paris

Helmut K. Anheier
Adjunct Professor of Social Welfare, UCLA, and former President of Hertie School

Heather Grabbe
Director, Open Society European Policy Institute

Kevin Casas-Zamora
Secretary-General, International IDEA

Ivan Krastev
Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies

Daniel H. Urquijo
Youth Fellow, International Youth Think Tank

Julia Strandquist
Youth Fellow, International Youth Think Tank

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The Organizers

This program is being shaped through a strong collaboration between these domestic and international organizations.