Virtual Event | TTTC 2021: Democracy vs. Autocracy

Join Hudson Institute and the Martens Centre for a live discussion on democracy versus autocracy and the great power showdown, part of the 11th annual Transatlantic Think Tank Conference.

Over the past decade, geopolitical tensions have increased significantly around the world. This is partly due to the rise and increased assertiveness of China on one hand, and the continuing revisionism and rogue actions of Russia on the other.

Increasingly, this competition has been cast as one of the fundamentally different political systems. The democratic West and its Asian partners are competing for power and influence with autocratic Russia and China, which hold different values and a different vision of how the international system should be organized. Russia and China are seeking to export their political systems and corrupting influence through such instruments as the Nord Stream pipeline and China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

What can Europe and the U.S. do to boost the resilience of their own political systems and those of their partners around the world? Should they form an alliance of democracies to help each other—and others—to withstand such autocratic and corrupting pressure? What kind of geopolitical opportunities or limitations does conceiving of grand strategy as a division between democracies and autocracies create for Europe and the US? Join Hudson Institute for this important discussion.


Constanze Stelzenmüller
Senior Fellow Foreign Policy, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution

Riho Terras
Member of the European Parliament for Estonia and former Commander of the Estonian Defense Forces

Kenneth R. Weinstein
Walter P. Stern Distinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute

Nate Sibley
Moderator, Research Fellow, Kleptocracy Initiative, Hudson Institute


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