06 FEBRUARY 2019 / «Freedom in the World 2019: Democracy in Retreat» with the SNF Agora Institute

Freedom House, which scores countries on the extent to which democratic freedoms prevail there, has charted a global decline in democracy for over a decade. On Tuesday, February 5th, Freedom House and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University co-hosted a panel discussion of this troubling trend.

The panel included Michael Abramowitz, president of Freedom House; Karen DeYoung, Associate Editor and Senior National Security Correspondent at The Washington Post; and political scientist Yascha Mounk, who joined the SNF Agora Institute in December 2018. Elise Labott, a foreign affairs journalist who recently served as CNN’s Global Affairs Correspondent, moderated.

Freedom in the World 2019: Democracy in Retreat  took place  at JHU’s Washington, D.C.-based School of Advanced International Studies. 

Founded in 1941, Freedom House is an NGO funded by the U.S. government.

Drawing inspiration from the Agora of ancient Athens, which was a hub of conversation and debate and the center of the city-state’s democratic governance, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation committed $150 million to a joint effort with Johns Hopkins University to create the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute. The SNF Agora Institute brings together experts from fields such as political science, psychology, and philosophy to promote open and inclusive discourse.