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University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

Future of Democracy

Around the world, democracy is being challenged as never before. Many Western democracies, including the United States, face significant democratic backlash at home. Countries such as Russia and China, whose institutions developed outside the post-war democratic consensus, are becoming increasingly powerful. Authoritarian states are proliferating. And new technologies are fueling the spread of disinformation and empowering autocrats and extremists. The Future of Democracy program expands understanding of how to strengthen democracy and the democratic world order. Our work involves multiple specialties designed to better understand urgent threats to democracy and democratic representation at all levels of governance, while suggesting practical solutions and supporting new generations of thought leaders. (Photo credit: United Nations)