Event Details

This year’s Lund Critical Debate from the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies examines the threats democracies around the world are confronting, both from external forces and from within—and what governments and citizens can do to fight back. Join us for a conversation on democratic backsliding, strategies for resilience, and the conditions and practices that undermine democracy: democracy … and its opposites.

After you register, by clicking on the registration button at the top of this page, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link to join the presentation on April 24.


Thomas E. Garrett is secretary general of the Community of Democracies, a global intergovernmental coalition comprised of the Governing Council member states that support adherence to the Warsaw Declaration’s common democratic values and standards. Garrett previously worked for the International Republican Institute for 12 years overseas in Ukraine, Mongolia, and Indonesia, returning to Washington, DC, in 2005 as director of Middle East programs and then as vice president for global programs.

Damon Wilson is president and CEO of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a nonprofit grant-making foundation supporting freedom around the world. Prior to joining NED, he helped transform the Atlantic Council into a leading global think tank as its executive vice president. He previously served as special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs at the National Security Council. Wilson also served at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, where he helped manage one of the largest U.S. embassies during a time of conflict.


About the Lund Critical Debate

The Lund Critical Debate is an Einaudi Center signature event. This year’s dialogue is part of Einaudi’s work on democratic threats and resilience. Established in 2008, Einaudi’s Lund Critical Debate series is made possible by the generosity of Judith Lund Biggs ’57.