18 MARCH 2019 / “Reawakening the Spirit of Democracy” Conference to be Hosted in March by SNF Agora Institute and Renew Democracy Initiative

From March 13th-14th, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University joined the Renew Democracy Initiative in co-hosting a conference in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, MD.

Reawakening the Spirit of Democracy” provided a platform for a diverse slate of thinkers to identify and dissect threats to liberal democracy around the world, then propose remedies that might address them.

The conference began on March 13th with an evening event at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., then continued all day on March 14th at the Peabody Library in Baltimore. Participants included, among many others, Maryland Senator Ben Cardin, Washington Post columnist and London School of Economics professor Anne Applebaum, former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, and New York Times columnist Bret Stephens.

Founded in 2017, the Renew Democracy Initiative asserts in its manifesto that “There is still a center in Western politics, and it needs to be revitalized—intellectually, culturally, and politically.” Garry Kasparov, who is chairman of the organization, is also a member of the Board of Overseers at the Agora Institute and spoke at last year’s SNF Conference.

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 Agora Institute. The SNF Agora Institute brings together experts from fields such as political science, psychology, and philosophy to promote open and inclusive discourse.

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