Around the world, democracy is in decline. In countries that have long struggled to establish and protect democratic institutions, authoritarian regimes are strengthening their grips on power. Even in some countries with longstanding democratic traditions, individuals and groups that seek unchecked power give rise to new challenges. It has been called the world’s “democratic recession,” but what explains it? And what can or should be done to strengthen democratic institutions and norms?

The University of Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST) will present the fourth lecture in the annual Hagel Lecture Series on Civil Politics and International Security this Friday, April 26. The lecture series is a forum to amplify and encourage greater civic participation in critical discussions. This year, former Secretary of Homeland Jeh Johnson will join former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for a discussion on the “dangers to democracy at home and abroad.” The discussion will be moderated by Professor Robert Pape, director of CPOST. The Modern War Institute is honored to partner with CPOST and the University of Chicago to present a livestream presentation of the event.

The discussion will take place from 6pm to 8pm EDT on Friday, April 26. The livestream will be available on the MWI website.