After the fall of the Soviet Union, it seemed that there was no end in sight for liberal democracy: the end of history was here, and global democracy was a dream that had come true. In 2022, we know that this is far from the reality of the state of democracy around the world. Over the last several years, we have witnessed a trend of democratic backsliding, as populist and authoritarian candidates in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere have moved liberal democracies towards increasingly authoritarian regimes. Although the Biden Administration has made promises to fight to uphold democracy abroad, these trends continue. What do the administration’s efforts actually look like, and has the Biden Administration delivered on its promises? Joining us today to answer these questions and more is Professor Yascha Mounk.
Yascha Mounk is one of the world’s leading experts on the crisis of liberal democracy and the rise of populism. He is an Associate Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Johns Hopkins University, a Contributing Editor at The Atlantic, a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, the Founder of Persuasion, and the host of The Good Fight podcast.