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DAZ Stuttgart
Donnerstag 27.01. 19.00 Uhr

Democracy in Danger?

Panel Discussion


Part of: What about Democracy?


Location: Zoom
Registration: Please register here for the event. 


According to Abraham Lincoln, “Democracy is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” In recent years, however, profound changes in the economy, society, culture, and world politics have given rise to the impression that democracy is increasingly in danger.

Criticism of the political establishment, disenchantment with elections, anti-democratic positions in society and populism are expressions of dissatisfaction with the government and the system in many countries. In Europe, curtailments of democracy and the rule of law in countries such as Poland and Hungary are a cause for concern, while in the US, the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021, showed that democratic systems are vulnerable.

But what is the real state of democracy in the U.S. and Europe? Is it the only true form of government? Doesn’t a democratic society have to be able to withstand attacks?

In this panel discussion, we will explore whether the forms of government in the US and Europe are really endangered and what consequences should be drawn from the recent challenges in order to strengthen trust in the systems again.


With: Prof. Dr. Marianne Kneuer, Institute of Political Science, TU Dresden; Ted Piccone, The Brookings Institution
Moderated by:
Dr. Martin Kilgus, ifa Akademie
In cooperation with:
Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Baden-Württemberg

Prof. Dr. Marianne Kneuer

Marianne Kneuer joined the TU Dresden in 2021 as Full Professor of Comparative Politics at the Institute of Political Science. Kneuer’s research covers democracy and autocracy studies, focusing on regime change and democratic erosion, external factors (promotion and diffusion) of democratization and autocratization, and foreign policy of autocratic regimes as well as legitimation strategies of autocracies. Another strand of her research deals with digitalization, especially with digital communication and net politics.  Previously, she was Full Professor of Comparative Politics and International Relations at the University of Hildesheim, where she also had the position of Director of the Institute of Social Sciences between 2012 and 2019. She co-founded the Center for Digital Change at the University of Hildesheim and served as its Board Member. She was/is research fellow, e.g. at GIGA, Hamburg, and Arizona State University, USA. She has previously substituted chairs of Comparative Politics at the Universities of Erfurt, Darmstadt and Hagen and has worked as a political journalist and was a member of the planning staff and speech writer of Federal President Roman Herzog. 

Photo credit: M. Kretzschmar

Ted Piccone

Ted Piccone is a nonresident senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings and the chief engagement officer at the World Justice Project, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the rule of law. During his 11 years in residence at Brookings, he was a senior fellow and the Charles W. Robinson Chair, a visiting fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin, and the acting vice president, director and deputy director of the Foreign Policy program. His research has covered global democracy, rule of law and human rights; U.S.-Latin American relations, including China’s rising profile; emerging powers; and multilateral affairs. Mr. Piccone was a senior foreign policy advisor at the State Department, National Security Council and the Pentagon and holds honor degrees from Columbia University’s Law School and the University of Pennsylvania.