Foreign Affairs May/June Issue Launch: Is Democracy Dying? A Global Report

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Please join Daniel Kurtz-Phelan as he discusses the May/June 2018 issue of Foreign Affairs magazine with contributors Yuen Yuen Ang and Yascha Mounk. The latest issue reports on how the current American political landscape is contributing to a domestic and global democratic regression, and how that endangers the international landscape.


For further reading, please see the May/June 2018 issue of Foreign Affairs, Is Democracy Dying? A Global Report, including the articles “The End of the Democratic Century: Autocracy’s Global Ascendance” by Yascha Mounk and Roberto Stefan Foa, and “Autocracy With Chinese Characteristics: Beijing’s Behind-the-Scenes Reforms” by Yuen Yuen Ang.



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5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Reception

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Meeting 


Yuen Yuen Ang, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan; Author, How China Escaped the Poverty Trap

Yascha Mounk, Lecturer, Government, Harvard University; Author, The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It


Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, Executive Editor, Foreign Affairs; Author, The China Mission: George Marshall’s Unfinished War, 1945-1947


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Yuen Yuen Ang's research integrates global development, China’s political economy, and adaptive processes of change. She specializes in China but is broadly interested in developing countries and emerging markets.

Ang’s research examines the non-linear, adaptive processes of development. In particular, she studies how markets emerge in the absence of good governance and state capacity, and the institutions that enable adaptive problem-solving, even within autocracies and poor countries. She uses China as her major case, draws on the paradigm of complex adaptive systems, and integrates multiple research methods, including in-depth fieldwork and machine learning.

She is the author of How China Escaped the Poverty Trap, which won the 2017 Peter Katzenstein Book Prize and was named “Best Books of 2017" by Foreign Affairs.

Yascha Mounk is one of the world's leading experts on the crisis of liberal democracy and the rise of populism.

The author of three books, he is a Lecturer on Government at Harvard University, a Senior Fellow at New America, a columnist at Slate, and the host of The Good Fight podcast.

Yascha is a frequent keynote speaker at high-profile events like the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Milken Global Conference and regularly briefs organizations like the State Department and the World Bank. Fluent in English, German, French and Italian, he provides commentary for leading radio and television programs around the world.

Daniel Kurtz-Phelan became Executive Editor of Foreign Affairs in October 2017. He previously served as a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and, before that, as a senior editor at the magazine. His writing has appeared in publications including The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The New Yorker, and his narrative history of George Marshall’s post­–World War II mission to China, The China Mission, will be published by WW Norton in April 2018.

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