Panel | “How Democracies Die” | May 20

May 20, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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The Tennessee World Affairs Council is pleased to be a promotional partner with our sister Council, the World Affairs Council of Orange County to present this timely and important conversation.

How Democracies Die: What History Reveals About Our Future

Thursday, May 20, 2021 @ 3:00 PM CST

Daniel Ziblatt is Eaton Professor of the Science of Government at Harvard University and resident faculty at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES). At CES, he co-chairs the Seminar on Democracy – Past, Present, Future.

Steve Levitsky is a professor of government at Harvard University and coauthor of the 2018 New York Times bestseller “How Democracies Die,” with Daniel Ziblatt. In it, they argue that democracies die not because of revolutions or military coups, but due to the slow weakening of critical institutions and the gradual erosion of political norms.

Ann L. Phillips is the senior advisor to the Nagorno-Karabakh Project, part of the Inclusive Peace Processes program at the U.S. Institute of Peace. In addition to ongoing research and writing, she has drafted a conflict assessment, helped develop the workshop agenda for journalists from the region, and worked on other options for engagement.


THE MISSION of the nonprofit, nonpartisan Tennessee World Affairs Council is to promote international awareness, understanding and connections to enhance the region’s global stature and to prepare Tennesseans to thrive in our increasingly complex and connected world.

THE VISION of  the Tennessee World Affairs Council is a well-informed community that thinks critically about the world and the impact of global events.


May 20, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm