Reinforcing the Importance of Modern Democracy

WASHINGTON, DC (November 24, 2020) With the rise of authoritarianism in many parts of the world, the need for a renewed commitment to free and open democracy has never been clearer. In “Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism,” Anne Applebaum dissects the shift of declining liberal democracies and rising authoritarianism and argues that before reestablishing the commitment to democratic values globally, we need to reaffirm it back here in the United States.

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, Applebaum will join McCain Institute Executive Director Ambassador Mark Green to discuss her newest book and the importance of maintaining the modern democracy in the face of nationalism and autocracy. This is the fifth installment of the virtual series, which examines America’s challenges and authors’ insights on how to meet them.

“As opinion leaders debate the state of democracy’s health in America and around the world, Anne Applebaum’s book is especially timely,” said Green. “Promoting human rights, democracy and civic renewal are core to the mission of the McCain Institute, and we’re delight to have this opportunity to discuss these issues with one of today’s foremost thinkers on the topic.”

Applebaum, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, is currently a staff writer for The Atlantic. She is also a senior fellow of International Affairs and Agora fellow in residence at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where she co-directs LSE Arena, a program on disinformation and 21st century propaganda.

The McCain Institute invites all to join the Authors & Insights Book Talk Series: Reinforcing the Importance of Modern Democracy on Wednesday, December 9, at 11 a.m. EST. More information, including the link to register, can be found on the McCain Institute Events page. Viewers will have a chance to ask Applebaum questions about her book, career and the current events, and two lucky attendees will receive copies of “Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism” through a random drawing.

About the Authors & Insights Book Talk Series

While the U.S. faces a range of challenges these days – both here at home and on the world stage – the McCain Institute maintains that all of them can be met by reaffirming character-driven leadership. To bolster its message, the Institute hosts the Authors & Insights Book Talk Series. Through this “reverse book tour,” Institute leaders interview authors of important newly-released books on American politics, policy and leadership with the intention to engage the American people in a dialogue that affirms the importance of character-driven leadership and America’s leadership in the international community. The result will be a blueprint for a brighter future.


About the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University

Inspired by the character-driven leadership of Senator John McCain and his family’s legacy of public service, the McCain Institute implements programs and initiatives to make a difference in people’s lives across a range of critical areas: leadership development, human rights, rule of law, national security, counterterrorism and combatting human trafficking.