State of Democracy Around the World, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, March 10, 2021 [open pdf - 385KB]
This is the March 10, 2021 hearing on "The State of Democracy Around the World," held before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Bob Menendez: "Given the state of the world and our own country, I felt it was paramount to use my first policy hearing as chairman this Congress to examine democracy as a fundamental American value and how it drives our foreign policy. In every region of the world today, authoritarian governments are seizing more and more power, dismantling core democratic institutions, and closing in on civil society and freedom of expression. Many emerging democracies are plagued by scandal, corruption, and citizen disaffection. [...] Our driving question of today's hearing is why the United States must support democracy around the world as a fundamental American value and the most effective tools we have to support democratic resilience and expansion." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Madeleine Albright, Paula J. Dobriansky, Peter Biar Ajak, Wai Hnin Pwint Thon, and Nathan Law.
S. Hrg. 117-5; Senate Hearing 117-5
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