GAMBIER — Top-tier diplomats, foreign policy experts and former White House officials will gather at Kenyon College, April 12 through 14 to discuss the role of the United States in promoting democracy around the world.
Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations, will open the conference by addressing the question posed by the title of the conference: “Should America Promote Democracy Abroad?”
The Center for the Study of American Democracy (CSAD) at Kenyon hosts the conference in the wake of the Arab Spring, two U.S. wars and disputed elections in Russia and Iran. Participants represent the full ideological spectrum and a wealth of hands-on experience in navigating global turmoil with democracy as the beacon. A broad range of democratization practitioners, leaders of non-governmental organizations, policy analysts and journalists will also participate.
“The issue of whether and how to promote liberal democracy is made especially timely by recent events in the Middle East and around the world,” said Thomas O. Karako, CSAD director. “For better or worse, there seems to be a characteristically American impulse to try to promote the blessings of liberty and democracy abroad. Sometimes it has gone well, sometimes less so. Sometimes it promotes our national security, sometimes not.”
Events are free, and the public is encouraged to attend. Registration is not required. The keynote address by Khalilzad is at Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive. All other events are at the Gund Gallery Community Foundation Theater, 101 College Drive.
Conference schedule: Thursday, April 12
7 p.m. — Keynote by Zalmay Khalilzad: “Should America Promote Democracy Abroad? “
Friday, April 13
9:30 a.m. — Remarks with Nicholas Burns and Elliott Abrams.
10:30 a.m. — Panel: “Assessing the Arab Spring and Democracy in the Middle East” with John Agresto, James Zogby, Danya Greenfield and Karan Bhatia.
1:30 p.m. — Remarks by Judy Woodruff and Al Hunt.
2:45 p.m. — Panel: “Is the Promotion of Democracy in America’s Best Interest?” featuring Scott Carpenter, Charles Kesler, Michael E. O’Hanlon, Anthony Cordesman and Tony Smith.
4:30 p.m. — Panel: “Promoting Democracy beyond the Middle East” featuring Morton H. Halperin, Nadia Diuk, Adam Przeworski and John D. Sullivan.
Saturday, April 14
9 a.m. — Panel: “The Mechanics of Democracy Promotion” featuring David Kramer, Les Campbell, Melinda Haring, Jamila Raqib and Tom Garrett.
11:30 a.m. — Closing address by Larry Diamond.
Published on April 7, 2012