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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.

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



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

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


1. Master of Ceremonies

Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General, International IDEA

2. Introductory remarks

Ann Linde, Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs (TBA)

3. Keynote Address

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

4. 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

5. 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

6. Philanthropy – In Service of Democracy?

Helmut Anheier, Adjunct Professor of Social Welfare, UCLA, and former President of Hertie School

7. 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

8. Closing remarks

Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General, International IDEA