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Almedalen Democracy Summit 2021 - Bridging the Divide

In recognition of the Swedish Parliament’s ongoing 100-year jubilee of the democratic process, the Stockholm Philanthropy Symposium, International IDEA, International YOUTH Think Tank, and Athens Democracy Forum have joined forces to organize the Almedalen Democracy Summit.
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The purpose of this Summit is to discuss the aspects, challenges and opportunities that modern democracies face, seeking solutions for a more sustainable and inclusive future for our societies.

The event will convene prominent experts, youth fellows, policymakers (including officials from the Swedish government), practitioners and academics from around the world.

The live virtual event Bridging the divide - the role of information, inclusion and integrity in revitalizing democracy on July 7, 2021 at 15:30 Stockholm time will open with remarks from Madeleine Albright, Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and a professor, author, diplomat and businesswoman who served as the 64th Secretary of State of the United States.

The Almedalen Democracy Summit is part of the Almedalsveckan (Almedalen Week) running as a virtual event from July 4-7.



Bridging the Divide – the Role of Information, Inclusion, and Integrity in Revitalizing Democracy

Wednesday, July 7, 2021, 15.30 – 17.00 (Stockholm time/GMT+2)


Master of Ceremonies
Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General, International IDEA

Introductory remarks
Ann Linde, Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs (TBA)

Keynote Address
The Honorable Madeleine Albright, 64th U.S. Secretary of State

The Global State of Democracy – Challenges and Opportunities
Dr Annika Silva-Leander, Senior Programme Manager, Lead Author of the Global State of Democracy Report, International IDEA

Philanthropy – In Service of Democracy?
Helmut Anheier, Adjunct Professor of Social Welfare, UCLA, and former President of Hertie School

Restarting Democracy – New Ideas for Participation, Accountability and Information Integrity
Daniel H. Uruijo, Youth Fellow, International Youth Think Tank
Julia Strandquist, Youth Fellow, International Youth Think Tank

Panel discussion based on earlier presentations
Ivan Krastev, Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies
Heather Grabbe, Director, Open Society European Policy Institute
Alberto Alemanno, The Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law at HEC Paris
Moderator: Liz Alderman, Chief European business correspondent for The New York Times

Closing remarks
Dr Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General, International IDEA