The Future of Democracy: Is Democracy in Decline? OCT 15, 2019 Erin Tor The Future of Democracy: Is Democracy in Decline? How do we restore faith in the American political system and in democracy as an institution? Hear from Batten Dean Ian H. Solomon and fellow panelists Melody Barnes, co-director, the Democracy Initiative and professor of practice, Miller Center of Public Affairs; Micah Schwartzman, director of the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy; Larry Terry, executive director of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service; and Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics; with moderator Mary Kate Cary, professor of practice, Politics Department, College of Arts and Sciences, as they discuss challenges and solutions to the future of democracy worldwide. This event was part of the University of Virginia's "Honor the Future" campaign kickoff. Read more about the event series in UVA TODAY. Ian H. Solomon Ian H. Solomon has been dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy since September 2019. He comes to Batten with more than 20 years of experience as an educator, policymaker, diplomat and businessman in more than 40 countries. The Batten School has the distinction of being the only school of public policy administration in the U.S. that is explicitly committed to teaching leadership. The School’s programs inspire students to act vigorously, effectively and ethically on behalf of the common good. Read full bio Related Content Ian H. Solomon Sen. Tim Kaine Discusses War Powers Legislation With UVA Students News Virginia’s junior senator, who introduced legislation limiting presidential war powers as tensions escalated in the Middle East, said he came to the Batten School to hear from the one group likely to be most affected by war: young people. Dean Solomon Steps In as Guest Coach for UVA Women's Basketball News Dean Ian Solomon took a timeout from his regular day-to-day responsibilities to step in as guest coach for the UVA women's basketball team as they faced off against Old Dominion University on Nov. 24.