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The Future of Democracy with Garry Kasparov and John Avlon

May 14 Through May 24 | Sun |
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Join Renew Democracy Initiative (RDI) Chairman, chess grandmaster, and political dissident Garry Kasparov and CNN Senior Political Analyst John Avlon on the future of democracy in America and abroad.

American democracy has traditionally been perceived as a shining city on a hill. Today, however, not only is this perception faltering internationally, but Americans themselves are losing faith in their democracy. At the same time, authoritarian governments abroad are growing bolder––brutally cracking down on protests, meddling in democratic elections, and even invading foreign countries.

This has us asking: how can Americans protect their own democracy and help stop the spread of authoritarianism?

In this event, we will explore what those individuals who have risked their lives for semblance of freedom abroad can teach us about valuing and defending our own democracy. Dissidents are experts on the risks of political extremism, how authoritarians corrupt democracy, the dangers of limiting free expression, and the critical role of the United States in world affairs. They are uniquely-versed in identifying the emerging threats that face democracy today and, more importantly, how to respond to these crises early for a better tomorrow.

We hope to have you join us for this important conversation.

Venue: 92nd Street Y

1395 Lexington Ave. Map