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Democratic Resilience

Investing in Our Common Democratic Future

About the Program

As a core initiative of the most powerful voice in Washington on transatlantic affairs, the Center for European Policy Analysis Democratic Resilience program aims to support policymakers – in government, civil society, business, and the media, in North America and in Europe – in achieving three vital aims:

  1. Countering authoritarian threats to democracy.
  2. Responding to democratic backsliding.
  3. Bolstering established democracies.

To help transatlantic policymakers succeed in the goals of countering authoritarian threats, responding to democratic backsliding and bolstering established democracies, the Democratic Resilience program brings to bear cutting-edge research and actionable, evidence-based analysis on the causes and effects of democratic breakdown and resilience.

  • Countering authoritarian threats to democracy. Resurgent autocratic regimes in Russia, China, and elsewhere seek to bolster their political dominance at home and project their power abroad by subverting democratic institutions and undermining faith in democratic practice. To mitigate these threats, policymakers will need effective strategies for strengthening institutional resilience, supporting independent civic and journalistic voices, responding to rising digital authoritarianism, and supporting democratic openings in authoritarian states themselves.  
  • Responding to democratic backsliding. Societies across Europe and elsewhere are struggling to defend the hard-won achievements of post-communist democratization and liberalization against expanding authoritarian influence and anti-democratic interests at home. Reversing this dynamic will require pro-democracy forces in governments, civil societies, and media throughout the transatlantic space to find common cause in restoring commitment to representative, accountable, and transparent government.  
  • Bolstering established democracies. The US and many of its allies are facing growing challenges to the functioning of core institutions of democratic governance. These challenges can be neither assumed away, nor seen off in isolation. To ensure the resilience of the democratic model globally, transatlantic leaders and societies will need to take a hard look at their own vulnerabilities and to learn lessons from those on the front lines of the struggle for democracy. 

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Meet the Democratic Resilience Team

Sam Greene

Director, Democratic Resilience Program
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Sasha Stone

Senior Program Officer, Democratic Resilience
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SaraJane Rzegocki

Program Assistant, Democratic Resilience
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Irina Borogan

Senior Fellow
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Ben Dubow

Fellow
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Tadeusz Giczan

Fellow
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Katia Glod

Fellow
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Leon Hartwell

Senior Fellow
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James Lamond

Senior Fellow
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Olga Lautman

Senior Fellow
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Bobo Lo

Senior Fellow
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Chels Michta

Fellow
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Alina Polyakova

President & CEO
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Maryia Sadouskaya-Komlach

Fellow
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Natalia Savelyeva

Future Russia Fellow
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Benjamin Schmitt

Senior Fellow
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Alisa Shishkina

Future Russia Fellow
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Andrei Soldatov

Senior Fellow
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Nicolas Tenzer

Senior Fellow
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Olga Tokariuk

Fellow
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András Tóth-Czifra

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