Bridging Gaps Conference 2017
By the end of the 20th century, Europe reached a level of relative stability after decades of conflict and division. A key element that sustained this political stability was the spread and strengthening of liberal democracy across the continent. Representative governments, separation of powers, multi-party systems, free and open elections and equal protection of civil rights, human rights, and political freedoms are a few of the components that have defined and maintained these liberal democracies.
Recently, however, Europe has seen a growing number of threats to its liberal democratic character. The rise of populism and anti-establishment leaders, increased threats of terrorism, heightened sophistication of online radicalization, and the proliferation of fake news through social media jeopardize these political structures across the continent.
Bridging Gaps 2017 aims to confront each of these threats head on. Current and future policy makers can exchange ideas among like-minded peers.