“Democracy Tested: Political Violence and Global Elections”

The year 2024 has been dubbed “the global election year,” with more than 60 countries, representing half of the world’s population, going to the polls this year. Over the last decade, political scientists, journalists, and other observers have noted a rise in dissatisfaction with democracy in many mature democratic systems and an attendant rise in violent threats to democracy. 

Against this backdrop, HFG’s first Violence, Politics & Democracy speaker series event gathers a panel of scholars to discuss democratic backsliding, political protest, mis- and disinformation, and increased levels of election-related violence. The conversation will feature cases from India, Mexico, and Poland, where elections have already occurred, and consider others happening later this year elsewhere in the world. 

Join us on Tuesday, July 23rd at 1 p.m. ET.

Speakers include:

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Sumit Ganguly is Distinguished Professor of Political Science (Emeritus) and Tagore Chair of Indian Cultures and Civilizations (Emeritus) at Indiana University, Bloomington. As of September 1, he will be joining the Hoover Institution at Stanford University as the Director of the Huntington Program on Strengthening the US-India Partnership. A specialist on the contemporary politics of South Asia, he is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 20 books on the region as well as a long-time columnist for Foreign Policy

Krzysztof Krakowski is a lecturer in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London. Previously, he was assistant professor of political science at the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin. He received his PhD in 2018 from the European University Institute in Florence, where he was awarded Josip Peić Prize for the best thesis in political and social sciences. He completed his MSc studies at the University of Oxford and worked in United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime in Kenya.

María de los Ángeles Rangel is the General Director of MAF y Asociados, a legal consulting firm. She has a long career in the public sector, serving the Republic of Mexico as chief of The Special Prosecutor’s Office for Electoral Offenses (FEPADE), Special Coordinator and Liaison for Social Participation, and as part of the Coordination Council for the Implementation of the Criminal Justice System.  She has been the recipient of various awards and honors for her contributions to law, human rights, democracy, government, and the implementation of penal reform.

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