FOLIO CIVIC FORUM
Democracy in Danger. The USA.
Folio's series on Democracy in Danger, drawing on distinguished local experts, concludes this month with a focus on The United States.
In the United States we have a Constitutional crisis brought on by President Trump's refusal to cooperate with the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry. Meantime, various Democratic presidential candidates are charging that American democracy is at stake in the 2020 election, endangered by the president's threats to the press and his political opponents and extreme polarization of the nation into Red and Blue "tribes," each with its own definition of truth and partisan media outlets to broadcast them. The major question to be addressed is: "Is US democracy in real danger or are our Constitutional institutions strong enough to maintain it?"
Elizabeth "Betsy" Andersen is the Executive Director of the World Justice Project, leading its global efforts to advance the rule of law through research, strategic convenings, and support for innovative programs.
Slade Gorton began his political career in 1958 as a Washington state representative. He served as a U.S. senator from 1981 to 1987, and from 1989 to 2001.
Robert W. Merry is a political writer, publishing executive, and author of books on American history and international affairs. He was recently editor of The American Conservative and his most recent book is a biography of William McKinley.
Margaret O’ Mara teaches and writes about the political, economic, and metropolitan history of the modern United States, and has spent many years working in national politics and policymaking.
Ted Van Dyk has been active in national policy and politics since 1961, serving in the White House and State Department and as policy director of several Democratic presidential campaigns.
Daniel Chirot, Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies who has worked mostly in Eastern Europe and West Africa and has written about ethnic conflict, social change, tyranny, memories of World War II, and genocide.
Attendees are encouraged to read How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt.
Noted national commentator and author Mort Kondracke, now a resident of Bainbridge Island, is coordinating the series in partnership with the The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, William Neukom of the World Justice Project, World Affairs Council of Seattle, and Seattle Pacific University.
Tuesday, November 12 2019, 7 pm
Complimentary reception to follow