Bridging the divide

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 live virtual event Bridging the divide – the role of information, inclusion and integrity in revitalizing democracy on July 7, 2021 at 15:30 Stockholm time will open with remarks from Madeleine Albright, Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and a professor, author, diplomat and businesswoman who served as the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. 

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

Bridging the divide – the role of information, inclusion, and integrity in revitalizing democracy
Wednesday, July 7, 2021, 15.30 – 17.00 (Stockholm time/GMT+2)

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

16:15-16:25 – Restarting Democracy – New Ideas for Participation, Accountability and Information Integrity
– Julia Strandquist, Youth Fellow, International Youth Think Tank
– Daniel H. Uruijo, Youth Fellow, International Youth Think Tank

16:25-16:55 – Panel Discussion: How Can We Revitalize Democracy?
– 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

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