Are democracies a dying breed? - 2

In this second episode of Wisdom of the Crowd we take a look at the state of global democracy. More specifically, we discuss why some democratic societies are on the decline, and whether democracies are equipped to face the challenges that arise in this particularly volatile period.

Our guests in this episode are Ambassador Derek Mitchell, the current President of the National Democratic Institute (or NDI) and former US Ambassador to Myanmar (also known as Burma) from 2012 to 2016; and Mark R. Thompson, director of the Southeast Asia Research Center at the City University of Hong Kong and an expert on Southeast Asian governance.

They share their views on democratic decline, specifically honing in on Southeast Asia as a regional case study. We’ll hear about a range of government structures, from the “benevolent dictator” model in Singapore, to the military junta in Myanmar — asking ourselves, “why is democracy worth fighting for?” And: “is it really better than other models”?

Wisdom of the Crowd is produced by the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Bertelsmann Stiftung, Are We Europe, and Awe Studio. Sound design for this episode was done by Stefano Montali with editing by Kyrill Hartog. Research was done by Daniela Rojas Medina and Anthony Silberfeld. The podcast artwork is by Tamara Tasić, and this series is hosted by Rylie Munn.

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Bertelsmann Foundation

Bertelsmann Stiftung

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Awe Studio

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