KFAS-Stanford Sustainable Democracy Roundtable

KFAS-Stanford Sustainable Democracy Roundtable

Tuesday, August 29, 2023 | 8:30 AM - Wednesday, August 30, 2023 | 2:00 PM (Pacific)

Stanford University

Card for the KFAS-Stanford Sustainable Democracy Roundtable.

This is an invitation-only conference.

Liberal democracy is hard-earned but sometimes even harder to guard. The foundations of liberal democracy are being seriously challenged, leading to political decay and public distrust of democratic systems and their values. With democratic backsliding threatening old and new democracies, Western democracies no longer serve as guiding light.

In partnership with Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies, this inaugural conference of a new annual roundtable series project on sustainable democracy aims to create a unique platform for scholars of diverse backgrounds to propose alternative solutions to globally pertinent policy issues. The participants include five students from U.S. and Korea.

The report from this conference is now available for download.
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8:30-8:45am           Registration

8:45-9:00am           Opening Remarks

Gi-Wook Shin, Director, Shorenstein APARC; Professor of Sociology, Stanford University   
Byung-il Choi, President, KFAS; Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Womans University

9:00-10:00am        Session 1 “Where We Stand Now”  

How would you diagnose the current state of liberal democracy?   
What are notable global trends in liberal democracy?    
How do you envision the next 10 years of democracy from global perspectives?

Speaker: Francis Fukuyama, Professor of (by courtesy) Political Science; Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, FSI, Stanford University   
Moderator: Byung-il Choi, President, KFAS; Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Womans University

10:00-10:15am      Break

10:15-12:15pm      Session 2 “Looking into Backbone: Institutions” 

Should the judiciary serve as the final arbiter of a country's disputes?        
Is the party system the one and only? Can direct citizen action serve as an alternative?    
Is liberal democracy necessarily better than other political regimes in terms of livelihood or quality of life?

Moderator: Sunhyuk Kim, Professor of Public Administration, Korea University

12:15-1:30pm        Luncheon

1:30-3:30pm          Session 3 “Under the Microscope: Pathology”

Can liberal democracy be saved from digital media?    
Under the assumption that polarization is incurable, how should a highly polarized society live with it?     
Is populism necessarily pernicious for democracy?

Moderator: Michael McFaul, Director, FSI; Ken Olivier and Angela Nomellini Professor of International Studies in Political Science, Stanford University

3:30-4:00pm          Break

4:00-5:15pm          Session 4 “Scoring Cards: Performance”

Megastudy identifying effective interventions to strengthen Americans’ democratic attitudes
Presenter: Robb Willer, Professor of Sociology; Director of Polarization and Social Change Lab, Stanford University   
Moderator: Gi-Wook Shin, Director, APARC, Stanford University