About Events Democracies in Crisis: Threats to Democracies Around the World Democracies in Crisis: Threats to Democracies Around the World FEB 6, 2020 6:30 PM Great Hall of Garrett Hall Register Here At a time when democratic institutions across the globe are facing unprecedented challenges, top scholars will gather on Thursday, Feb. 6 to reflect on the current state of democratic governance and assess its prospects. The Democracies in Crisis discussion, sponsored by the University of Virginia Center for Politics and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, will be moderated by Prof. Peter Johannessen of the Batten School and will feature panelists Michael Abramowitz, Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, and Christopher Sabatini. Thursday’s forum is part of “Democracy in Perilous Times: Unprecedented Challenges and Controversies,” an ongoing program series organized by the Center for Politics and the Batten School as part of the National Symposium Series. Michael Abramowitz Michael Abramowitz is the President of Freedom House. Freedom House is a U.S.-based 501 U.S. government-funded non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom, and human rights. Nicole Bibbins Sedaca Nicole Bibbins Sedaca is the Chair for the Global Politics and Security Concentration in Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program and a Professor in the Practice of International Affairs in MSFS. She has also served for ten years in the United States Department of State, working on democracy promotion, human rights, human trafficking, religious freedom, refugees, and counterterrorism. Christopher Sabatini Christopher Sabatini is a Lecturer in Discipline of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is also the founder and executive director of the new research non-profit, Global Americans and the editor of its news and opinion website. Peter Johannessen Peter Johannessen’s research explores how popular participation shapes the local policy-making process, including projects that focus on local electoral responsiveness and the design of participatory governance institutions in Brazil. Read full bio Related Content Peter Johannessen Experts Discuss the Challenges Facing Democracy Globally News 'Democracies in Crisis' panel, co-hosted by the Batten School and Center for Politics, brought together expert and public perspectives on democracy today. The Batten School Welcomes Four New Professors for the 2019-20 Academic Year News The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy welcomed four new professors to its distinguished faculty for the 2019-20 academic year. The Batten School considers not only academic rigor, but also real-world experience, political impact, teaching, and mentoring when recruiting faculty members.